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Sexual Violence by the Burmese Military Against Ethnic Minorities

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Testimony of Skye Wheeler at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-Chairmen Representatives McGovern and Hultgren and members of the commission, thank you for the opportunity to testify at today’s hearing on human rights and the use of sexual violence by the Burmese military against ethnic minorities in Burma. HRW Human Rights Watch has conducted research on the human rights situation in Burma for more than 25 years, focusing on abuses against political dissidents and media, as well as laws-of-war ... Read More »

How to reduce slavery in seafood supply chains

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Seafood is one of the most-traded foods in the world. The sector employs at least 260 million workers globally, and some 3 billion people rely on seafood as a primary source of protein. Trevor J Ward The Conversation The US State Department and other credible sources have consistently identified the seafood sector as a significant contributor to the global incidence of modern slavery. Widespread forced labour has been reported in the seafood industry in 47 countries. Part of the problem ... Read More »

Patriotic songs and self-criticism: why China is ‘re-educating’ Muslims in mass detention camps

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China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies their existence. But extensive reporting by international media and human rights groups indicates upwards of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs — a… The Conversation By Michael Clarke ABC The camps are not only massive, with some exceeding 10,000 square metres, but have also been likened to prison-like compounds, with, “reinforced security doors and windows, surveillance systems… The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China calls it, “The largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the ... Read More »

A short and disturbing history of Australia’s spy scandals

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Over and over, the history of intelligence services in Australia is that the only people made to suffer are those who reveal wrongdoing or incompetence. Bernard Keane Crikey We are regularly told that Australia has outstanding intelligence services and an enviable domestic security record. But, in fact, Australia’s intelligence services have long displayed incompetence and misconduct. The following list of scandals and failures of Australia’s intelligence agencies in the last 30 years illustrates an ongoing problem: the lack of adequate ... Read More »

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas link pipelay barge sets up in Germany

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Brussels — Preparatory works to lay pipes for Russia’s 55 Bcm/year Nord Stream 2 gas link at Lubmin, Germany have begun, with the offshore pipe installation barge put in its starting position. Author: Siobhan Hall Editor: Jeremy Lovell S&P Global Barge in position at Lubmin to start laying pipe NS2 plans to complete Greifswald works by end-2018 “The Nord Stream 2 project continues as planned and the implementation schedule is well within the planned timeline,” Nord Stream 2 project company ... Read More »

Torture is ‘Systemic and Endemic’ in Azerbaijan

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Torture Prevention Body Publishes Damning Reports Torture in Azerbaijan by police and other law enforcement agencies is “systemic and endemic,” according to a report from the Council of Europe’s torture prevention body. Giorgi Gogia HRW The report by The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), based on six visits to Azerbaijan from 2004 through 2017, documented repeated cases of “severe physical ill-treatment” of… The cases appeared to follow a consistent pattern: mostly ... Read More »

Guy Verhofstadt brands Tory Brexiteer ‘insane’ for suggesting some Remainers should be tried for treason

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David Campbell Bannerman suggested treason laws should be updated to cover ‘extreme EU loyalty’ Jon Stone Independent The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator has rebuked a British MEP after he suggested that Remainers who side with the EU over the UK should be tried for treason. Guy Verhofstadt said David Campbell Bannerman, a Tory, was trying to force his “narrow view” of national identity of the peoples of Europe and that the politician’s comments were “insane”. Mr Campbell Bannerman was accused by one MP of ... Read More »

‘People weren’t told the TRUTH!’ Now Elton John launches FURIOUS attack on Brexit

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SIR ELTON JOHN claimed British people “weren’t told the truth” prior to the Brexit referendum as he hit out at the “completely ridiculous” promises made during the campaign. By CHARLOTTE DAVIS Express The British singer claimed British Brexit voters did not know what they were voting for in the 2016 referendum when 17.4 million Britons voted to leave the European Union. Sir Elton said Brexit was like “walking through Hampton Court maze blindfolded, being turned around 16 times and trying to find your way ... Read More »

EU trade war OVER? Trump and Juncker thrash out deal – Brussels agrees to ZERO tariffs

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STOCK markets across the world have rallied after the United States and European Union agreed to measures to avert a full-scale trade war. By HARVEY GAVIN Express President Trump said both sides had agreed to “work together towards zero tariffs”. And he announced the EU had agreed to increase American exports of liquefied natural gas and soybeans to Europe. Mr Trump’s comments came after he met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today. MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained ... Read More »

Pakistan election: Bloodshed and accusations of foul play taint historic democratic vote

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More than 350,000 army personnel stationed across the country, as suicide bombing kills at least 32 Adam Withnall. Maija Liuhto  Mohammad Zubair Khan Independent Pakistan voted on Wednesday in a historic general election that was as bitter, heated and bloody as expected following weeks of acrimonious campaigning. In the city of Quetta near the Afghanistan border, a suicide bomber drove a motorbike into a crowd of people near a polling station. Witnesses told The Independent the target appeared to be a police van, and there ... Read More »

Swedish student prevents deportation of Afghan asylum seeker by refusing to sit down on flight

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Live stream of Elin Ersson’s dramatic protest shows how she stands her ground against flight crew and fellow passengers, before her efforts are finally applauded in emotional scenes Adam Withnall Independent A student activist in Sweden single-handedly prevented the deportation of an asylum seeker to Afghanistan, by refusing to sit down on the plane that was due to take him out of the country. Elin Ersson started live-streaming her dramatic protest after flight attendants demanded she sit down for departure and tried to take away ... Read More »

Emergency Alert

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Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by emergency services to send voice messages to landlines and text messages to mobile phones within a defined area about likely or actual emergencies. Choose your state on the map OR dropdown list below Emergency Alert is just one way of warning communities and will not be used in all circumstances. Emergency Alert relies on telecommunications networks to send messages, and message delivery cannot be guaranteed. There are a range of ... Read More »

Children mining cobalt in slave-like conditions as global demand for battery material surges

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If you have not spared a thought for cobalt since high school science, then it might be time. It is having a boom, and the modern world is increasingly reliant on it — using it to stabilise batteries in phones, computers and electric cars; in fact, it is probably in the device you are using right now. The Signal – By Angela Lavoipierre, Stephen Smiley and Lin Evlin ABC But there is a catch. Cobalt is mined in a string of ... Read More »

Photos of the Devastating Wildfires Outside Athens, Greece

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Strong winds drove wildfires across the villages, hills, and forests around Athens, Greece, starting on July 23, with authorities blaming the fires for at least 74 deaths. Alan Taylor The Atlantic More than 300 firefighters were quickly mobilized to the area, but many residents scrambled to safety on their own—with hundreds racing to the shore to evacuate in small boats, or to try to swim away from advancing flames. While most of the fire has now been contained, the risk ... Read More »