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Polish Supreme Court’s top judge to defy ’purge’

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Poland’s Supreme Court chief justice has vowed to show up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as… WARSAW – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The European Union on Monday launched legal action against Poland due to the reform, the latest salvo in a bitter battle over sweeping judicial changes introduced by the ruling Law and… According to Amnesty International, judges in Poland are “experiencing political pressure” in connection with the PiS judicial reforms ... Read More »

12-year-old Gives Powerful And Moving Speech At “Families Belong Together” Rally In DC

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12-year-old Leah from Florida is the daughter of undocumented immigrant parents. This is a speech she gave at a “Families Belong Together” rally in Washington, DC in protest of the current administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. WYSK In her powerful speech, Leah fights through her tears to talk about the “constant fear” she lives in of her mom being taken away from her. “It’s scary. I can’t sleep, I can’t study, I am stressed. I’m afraid that they will take ... Read More »

Active citizenship, a social contract, Islam and democracy in Egypt

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The Arab Spring that swept across North Africa in 2011 brought the promise of democracy within reach of millions of Egyptians. Nuraan Davids The Conversation But seven years later this promise hasn’t been fulfilled. That fledgling democracy is now akin to a military dictatorship, where any form of protest or assertion of autonomous thought is constrained. Since the heady days of the Arab Spring, Egypt has been riddled by political protests, labour strikes, and unprecedented violence in its Sinai Peninsula. ... Read More »

President Buhari, Please Stop the Muslim Slaughter of Nigerian Christians

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Muslim herdsmen are massacring their Christian neighbors, and the Nigerian government refuses to act. Babies are being hacked to death. Michael Brown Stream Children kidnapped. Women raped and savaged. Young and old burned alive. Houses destroyed, livestock plundered. Muslim herdsmen are massacring their Christian neighbors while the Nigerian media misreports and the Nigerian government refuses to act. Some even claim the government is complicit in these attacks. President Buhari, as the watching, worldwide community, we appeal to you to act ... Read More »

Photos From the Nationwide “Families Belong Together” Marches

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Across the country yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in small towns and big cities to march and voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Alan Taylor The Atlantic Demonstrators in more than 700 locations called for the swift reunification of immigrant families separated by border agencies, and an end to the policies that cause so many separations. Collected here, photos from Indianapolis, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., ... Read More »

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests draw low turnout, 21 years after British handover to China

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Hong Kong’s annual pro-democracy protest saw one of the lowest turnouts in history, as thousands braved sweltering heat to protest against Beijing’s tightening grip over the city on the 21st anniversary of its return to Chinese rule. ABC Organisers said 50,000 protested, in one of their lowest estimates since the annual march started in 2003. Police said 9,800 attended at the peak — the lowest figure on their record. Hong Kong’s opposition has lost much steam in the past year, ... Read More »

Australia prepares to block Japanese bid to kill whales for profit

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Australia and other anti-whaling nations are set for a showdown with Japan amid reports it will formally seek to lift a ban on commercial whaling so it can slaughter the animals for profit. Nicole Hasham Brisbane Times Japanese officials have reportedly confirmed the country will propose the resumption of commercial whaling at an International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil in September, on the condition only whales with healthy population numbers are killed. Japan’s current so-called “research” program kills whales in ... Read More »

Christianity CRACKDOWN: Crisis in Nigeria as THOUSANDS killed in ‘pure GENOCIDE’

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THOUSANDS of men, women and children have been killed in Nigeria in what the country’s Christian community are condemning as “ethnic cleansing”. Joey Millar Express Last weekend 238 Christians were killed in a number of attacks by militia in Plateau State, a region in the heart of the country. Campaigners are warning it is just the latest example of “pure genocide” in a country ravaged by religious division. A joint statement issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria said more ... Read More »

‘Bringing reusable bags has been a challenge’: Woolworths backflip on plastic bags

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Woolworths has backflipped on its plastic bag ban after irate customers refused to pay for plastic bags at the checkout. Melissa Cunningham Brisbane Times The supermarket giant will hand out free reusable plastic bags for 10 days, after stores were inundated with complaints from customers who refused to pay for bags or did not have enough of their own stored up. It comes a week after Woolworths issued a ban on single-use plastic bags in stores across Victoria, New South Wales, ... Read More »

Point of No Return? Britain and the Elgin Marbles

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Britain’s ownership of the Parthenon Sculptures has caused controversy since they were first brought to London in the early 1800s. Ioannis D. Stefanidis History Today Keen to keep the Greeks onside, the debate became highly charged during the Second World War. Since they were first ‘acquired’ in 1816, Britain has never seriously considered returning the sculptures collectively known as the ‘Elgin Marbles’ to their place of origin. Successive governments have argued that they are better preserved and more accessible in ... Read More »

Federal judge halts family border separations, orders reunification

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New York:  A federal judge in California has ruled that US migration agents can no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, and must work to reunite those families that had been split up in… Jonathan Stempel Reuters, Agencies, The Canberra Times United States District Court Judge Dana Sabraw granted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed over the family separations. He ordered all families already separated be reunited within 30 ... Read More »

90-year-old Ethel Kennedy joins hunger strike against immigration policies

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At 90 years old, Ethel Kennedy is joining the fight against the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the border to Mexico. J.D. Capelouto Boston Globe Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, plans to participate in a hunger strike in protest of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for immigrants who enter the country illegally, in conjunction with several activist groups and… The fast, which started Saturday, is scheduled to last for 24 days, in honor of the estimated 2,400 ... Read More »

Thailand: Resuming Death Penalty a Major Setback

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Government Executes a Prisoner After 9-Year Moratorium (New York) – The Thai government should halt further executions and publicly resume its de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. HRW Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18, 2018, the country’s first execution since August 2009. “Thailand’s resumed use of the death penalty marks a major setback for human rights,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The Thai government’s many pledges ... Read More »

Vietnam Mass Protests Expose Hanoi’s China Dilemma

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The protests highlight the difficulties in embracing Chinese investment while defending Vietnamese independence. Tom Fawthrop The Diplomat The huge nationwide protests that rocked Vietnam last week have highlighted Hanoi’s headaches in dealing with China, both as a hostile power in the South China Sea and as a key trading partner and economic investor. The history of Vietnam-China relations is steeped in a thousand years of Chinese colonization, conflict, and rebellion. The last Chinese invasion was a two-month border war in ... Read More »

Turkey resists Erdoğan on social media as snap election approaches

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Turkey will soon go to the polls for the fifth time in less than four years. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced them on the same day that parliament extended the national state of emergency for the seventh time since the… Rabia Karakaya Polat The Conversation Erdoğan brought these elections forward to June 24 for his own political ends: to pre-empt an expected economic downturn, to take his rivals by surprise, and to ride a surge of nationalism stirred up by ... Read More »

The sound of children crying for their parents at the border

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(CNN)“I don’t want them to stop my father,” a child whispers in Spanish. “I don’t want them to deport him.” Emanuella Grinberg and Jamiel Lynch, CNN So begins an excruciating audio clip of children howling for their parents after being separated from them at the US-Mexico border. The audio was published Monday by the investigative nonprofit ProPublica. It adds a visceral element to the coverage of a controversial Trump administration policy of taking undocumented immigrant children from their families and putting them in government ... Read More »