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1000 Muslims close London streets to chant Allahu Akbar and demand Islamic caliphate

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MORE than 1000 Muslims took to the streets of London last night chanting Allahu Akbar and demanding an Islamic caliphate. Express The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo. The demonstration became an… 1000 Muslims close London streets to… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

A general view shows the hemicycle as French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve delivers a speech outlining his new government program at the National Assembly in Paris, France, on Dec. 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves 20-year austerity plan

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The Brazilian Senate has approved a controversial amendment to the constitution capping public spending for the next 20 years. BBC News The approval of the austerity measure is an important victory for President Michel Temer. He took office earlier this year promising to… Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves… Read More »

Catalan separatists defy Spain in pursuit of ‘utopia’

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The mayor of the small Catalan town of Berga became today the first arrested for disobeying political independence of justice in the process of secession began in this region of northeastern Spain. / AFP / PAU BARRENA        (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-independence parties prepare for mass acts of civil disobedience against the Spanish state. Politico Guy Hedgecoe BERGA, Spain — A large Catalan independence flag hangs from the city hall of Berga, a town of 16,000 inhabitants in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Known as the Estelada, the red-and-yellow… Catalan separatists defy Spain in… Read More »

Cameroon urged to investigate deaths amid anglophone protests

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Four killed when police fire into air, as tensions rise in English-speaking areas over perceived discrimination The Guardian Eyong Blaise Okie International organisations are calling for an investigation in Cameroon after four people were killed during unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. Tensions have been brewing for… Cameroon urged to investigate… Read More »

Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in 1960s-style dresses

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A new Egyptian initiative is calling upon women to wear 1960s-style dresses as a way to fight sexual harassment. Al Monitor Menna A. Farouk The initiative, dubbed “Dresses of the Past When Our Streets Were Safe,” seeks to normalize the sight of women on the streets wearing dresses as it was in the 1960s, when sexual harassment rates were at their lowest. Hadia Abdel-Fattah, the feminist activist behind the… Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

Park says she will accept court’s impeachment result

Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye has said she will accept the result of a looming and possibly lengthy impeachment process, but defied pressure to resign immediately. SBS An opposition-sponsored impeachment motion is almost certain to be adopted by the national assembly on Friday, with some 30 rebel MPs from Park‘s Saenuri party saying they will vote in favour. The motion would then require the approval of the… Park says she will accept court’s… Read More »

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

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Tel Aviv residents woke up on Dec. 6 to an unusual site – a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest. Hurriyet TEL AVIV – The Associated Press Itay Zalait, the artist behind the protest, said he worked on the life-size statue for two… Israel artist displays… Read More »

Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over ‘fair use’ provisions

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A GROUP of Australian actors, artists, writers and musicians have launched a campaign to prevent changes to copyright laws which they say will hurt artists and stifle the country’s creative industries. NT News Nick Whigham Author and TV personality Tara Moss, musician and Mambo artist Reg Mombassa and radio and TV personality Rove McManus are among the Australian celebrities who have lent their support to the campaign to… Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Lebanon halts work as Palestinians reject wall around refugee camp

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US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the US-Mexico border isn’t the only one raising controversy these days. Al Monitor Haytham Mouzahem Construction began — and halted — last month on a wall at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in… Lebanon halts work as… Read More »

As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of protest has no end

Protest - The Guardian

History shows that many protest movements are marked by long phases of apparent futility, until something finally changes The Guardian Clive Hamilton What is remarkable about Wednesday’s Parliament House protest against detention of asylum seekers is that there has not been a lot more of it. In the history of protest it was a… As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of… Read More »

Parliament protesters played into the government’s hands

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Wednesday’s and Thursday’s over-the-top protests at Parliament House could not have been more poorly timed. The Canberra Times David Ellery They made the rapid passage of a multi-million dollar security upgrade that will effectively deny visitors access to the building’s roof-top lawn almost a foregone conclusion. The plans, revealed by Fairfax earlier this… Parliament protesters played into… Read More »

Nobel Prize Winner Fulfills Promise To Leave US After Trump Victory

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The winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature says he has fulfilled a pre-election promise to cut up his green card and leave the United States if Donald Trump was elected president. The Daily Caller Chuck Ross “I have already done it, I have disengaged [from the… Nobel Prize Winner… Read More »

Commentary: The high price of Turkey’s ‘witch-burning’ crackdown

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the arrest of three prominent activists for press freedom, in central Istanbul,Turkey, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Necmye Alpay greeted me warmly. Reuters David Kaye Dressed casually in a workout-style jacket and sneakers, her spirit of optimism stood in stark contrast to the spareness of the setting: the Bakirkoy Women’s Prison in Istanbul. Alpay has been held in Bakirkoy since the… Commentary: The high price of… Read More »