September 25, 2017 independence referendum in Kurdistan; October 1, 2017 self-determination referendum in Catalonia Posted on 2017-06-13 by SmallNationsAlliance Petition: Help to END THE GENOCIDE in West Papua June 6, 1523: National Day of Sweden June 12, 1898: Day of Freedom in Philippines June 14, 1941: Soviet Mass Deportations from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania June 17, 1944: Foundation of The Republic of Iceland Euro-MP Paloma Lopez warns of effects of continued plundering of Western Sahara’s natural resources Asia: 260 Million Indigenous People Marginalised, Discriminated Asia – Indigenous Women Fight for Justice, Influence and Equity Explainer: What was the Myall Creek Massacre? Scottish National Party sees steep losses in UK vote count Over 40 Tibetans arrested after clash with police over water rights Did the US Just Abandon Tibet? Miss Tibet Wins Pageant Held in Exile Community President Trump, Don’t Forget About Tibet China bans foreign climbers from Everest after illegal Tibet crossing US Congressman Calls for New US Policy on Tibet Karmapa Said He Left a Message When He Escaped Tibet in 1999 Grand Tibet Solidarity Rally held in Geneva Nigeria needs to start talking about the horrors of the Biafra war, fifty years on Nigeria: Likely Scenarios If Biafra Goes Ethnic Tensions Bubble in Nigeria in Echo of Biafra Civil War Time to let ‘Biafra’ go Biafra: MASSOB reveals next line of action Underground Basque group claims arson attack on Basque couple’s second home Shocking statistics about Indonesia’s “development” in occupied West Papua Wansolwara student journos report on West Papua human rights struggle Kurdish forces bring the battle to the heart of ISIS’ capital after liberating new villages Kurdish cantons in northern Syria already linked Kurdistan Region to hold independence referendum on Sept 25 Catalonia to hold self-determination referendum on October 1, 2017 “The referendum will not take place,” says Spanish government Experts say Catalan question must be faced to “avoid another front of instability” in Europe La Model Prison, a symbol of Francoist repression, is shut down in Barcelona European Court of Human Rights ruled Russia responsible for actions of Transnistria Transnistria. Why Russia should leave the occupied territories Executed in Donbas: activists present data on 95 extrajudicial killings South Ossetia becoming something of a Switzerland or Cayman Islands for self-styled Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” Georgia to play viral transit role connecting India to Europe Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan conduct joint military drills Georgia receives record Foreign Direct Investments in Q1 2017 Abkhazia’s roads: deadlier than a warzone Russia, Serbia, Belarus Hold ‘Slavic Brotherhood’ Military Drills Russia threatens retaliation as Montenegro becomes 29th NATO member Kremlin hackers’ new target: Montenegro Flag-raising ceremony marks Montenegro’s entry into NATO Montenegro court confirms indictment for Russians accused of involvement in coup plot Russia actively stoking discord in Macedonia since 2008, intel files say Bracing for Russian military exercise, Lithuania puts up a border fence Lithuania warns Russian drill may mask troop build-up Lithuania’s Former President Recalls Country’s Fight To Secure Independence Reykjavik Summit: When Iceland paved the way for world peace Norwegian mass murderer legally changes his name Ukraine restores course towards NATO membership How Ukraine can open its door to NATO What Ukrainians Think about NATO? 79 percent of Estonia’s residents support women’s voluntary conscript service Majority of Estonia’s Russian-speaking residents against NATO presence 20th anniversary of the Welsh Language Project in Patagonia October 2-5, 2017: Food Sovereignty Summit Ottawa continues to fail Indigenous children Six Indigenous scholars share their views of Canada at 150 Indigenous rights in Canada: Significant work still needed Window art displays across Montreal highlight issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women Indigenous and environmental rights under attack in Brazil Pascua Yaqui First to Successfully Prosecute Non-Indian for Domestic Violence Indigenous Traditional Healer Nominated to Run for President of Mexico Brazil: UN Special Rapporteur Criticizes Country’s Record on Indigenous Issues Mayan Weavers Seek Legal Protection of Their Designs Church of Scientology recruiting Irish translators Fears that DUP deal with May will result in concessions to unionism All bets are off on a Stormont deal while DUP has a hold over Tory government Gerry Adams is the most successful party leader in this election Refat Chubarov: Russia stepping up repressions against Crimean Tatars after ICJ ruling on Mejlis EU Ambassadors Favor Extending Crimea Sanctions Crimean Tatar Leader Umerov Goes On Trial On Separatism Charge Crimeans seek stable life under Russian control ’Judge’ in Soviet-style trial of Crimean Tatar leader is wanted by Ukraine for treason Russia methodically destroys and removes cultural treasures from occupied Crimea Due to political repression, nearly hundred Crimean kids grow up without fathers Third ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ says Russia TV confession obtained through torture Russia refuses to let imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader see his gravely ill mother Forensic tests overturn Russian FSB ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ story Somalia: Farmajo’s 100 days in office, security still in limbo Al-Shabaab seize Somali town after overrunning army base Five people killed as Somalia soldiers fight over food aid distribution Zambia deports 31 Chinese illegal miners after diplomatic protest Zambia’s opposition chief sent to high-security jail pending treason trial Chadian opposition reject proposed national forum by president Idriss Deby EU diplomat says claims of meddling in Burundi politics is ‘fake news’ NGO’s in Congo call for release of activist Mali settles for constitution referendum Made in South Sudan exhibition kicks off in Juba 20 foreign journalist banned by South Sudanese media authority South Sudan president declines to attend summit on his country’s situation African countries break ties with Qatar Five things to know about the Qatar-Gulf rift US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis Qatar vows no surrender in Gulf crisis as U.S., Kuwait seek solution Zimbabwean 12 year-old girl defies odds to become first female motocross champion In Ethiopia, Authorities’ Reshuffling of the Oromo Language Alphabet Touches a Nerve Wakeffanna Assembly disheartened by Minister’s depiction of Oromo religion and culture Eritrean radio station Radio Erena provides a voice for the voiceless Renewing The Mandate Of The UN Special Rapporteur In Eritrea Rwanda’s electoral commission to regulate social media Sahel region risks becoming a global terrorist den – France cautions UN $3,379 for speedboat ride to Europe: Italy busts Tunisian human smugglers Lesotho: Incumbent Mosisili loses election to former Prime Minister Thabane Regional troops to remain in The Gambia West Africa a source of democratic hope for Africa, world – EU’s Mogherini Chilufya Tayali and Munyinda trials: Are Lozis second class citizens in Zambia? Thousands of Slovaks protest corruption, demand resignation of interior minister Kosovo Voters Look To Put Europe’s Newest Country Back On Track Kosovo IS commander killed, police and family say Cyprus Peace Talks Summit Set for June 28 Cyprus: four decades of division and negotiations Israeli commandos head to Cyprus for largest land-based drill Belgium detains 12 after raids linked to Brussels attacks Jared Kushner’s family is a legend in this Belarus town Belarus Sends Chechen Man Back To Russia Despite Fears For His Life BELARUS: Priest forced out after ten years EU should put pressure on Belarus nuclear project Even Shanghai Got Tired of Lukashenka MEPs to discuss civil rights in #Moldova In Moldova, thousands protest over proposed voting changes Usain Bolt confessed to being a nervous wreck before winning final race on home soil in Jamaica Jamaica: Inside the Block Party of World’s Biggest Exporter of Black Models Good things are happening in Jamaica Race for Mongolia’s Presidency Begins Mongolia Presidential Hopeful Urges More State Control in Mining Mongolia Presidential Candidate Evokes Trump, Challenges IMF Getting Deported Back to Haiti Almost Killed Me Haiti fears deportations will mean surge of child servants A Haiti reboot? Country welcomes Google, Facebook, Silicon Valley to tech summit Haiti chefs carving out higher profile for country’s cuisine Czech soccer chief steps down, facing graft charges Miners eye Europe’s largest lithium deposit in Czech Republic Czech architect puts tree house on a pedestal Anti-EU rhetoric props up Czech election race Sweden says to tighten laws to fight terrorism New law and space agency to support Luxembourg’s space resources ambitions New European Public Prosecutor’s Office to be based in Luxembourg Hong Kong, Singapore rivalry hobbling Asia in $100 billion fintech race UN human rights chief calls for end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine Persistence of Palestinian Memory 1967 war: How Israel occupied the whole of Palestine Misery of Palestinian people is the result of two historic events marked this year Israeli forces kill Palestinian protester in Gaza In Armenia, the frontline starts at school Why are children in Armenia being given compulsory chess lessons? Remembering Bash Aparan, and Building a Green Sustainable Armenia Support for independence drops, despite concerns over Hong Kong’s post-Handover decline China Purges Critics in Hong Kong 20 Years After Handover After Two Decades of Chinese Rule, Hong Kong People ‘Not Optimistic’ About City’s Future Next Hong Kong leader plays down threat of independence advocates in talks with Chinese officials Tens of Thousands in Hong Kong Commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre Romansh: Switzerland’s smallest national language struggles for survival Alois Mock, Austrian Who Helped Tear Down Iron Curtain (Literally), Dies at 82 Austrian court jails parents who took kids to live under Daesh Hungary to Ease Planned Restrictions on Foreign-Funded NGOs Malta’s Prime Minister Promises to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Lebanon: Fighters to Bikers Welcome to Lebanon … in the United States Critical Mass exhibition celebrates Lebanon’s female graphic designers Bulgaria wants to be free of EU monitoring by end of 2018 ‘Eyebombing’ transforms crumbling streetscapes in Bulgaria Russia strengthens military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan End Of UN Contraceptive Program In Kyrgyzstan A Bitter Pill For Many The Downside of Foreign Aid in Kyrgyzstan Albania Struggles to Make Parties Declare Election Finances Albanian Judicial Reform Faces New Court Challenge Albania’s big parties in election campaign to ditch ‘king-maker’ Mabo anniversary: Aboriginal Tasmanians say land handback fight far from over Mabo Day: ‘Always has been, always will be Aboriginal land’ Marking Mabo: How has Native Title changed since the landmark ruling? Aboriginal men in central Queensland aim to rebuild life after prison with New Endings program How Indigenous tourism can help bring about reconciliation in Australia Aboriginal women ‘sick of being another domestic violence statistic’ Greens, anti-Adani groups ‘hijacking’ interests of Aboriginal people Gang jailed after ‘flooding’ Cornish towns with drugs Disney searching for Māori Moana China eroding Taiwan’s defense advantages Half Soldiers: Meet Bastar’s Adivasi Militia Who Were Used and Abandoned Leela Santhosh: Kerala’s first Adivasi filmmaker who wants to tell the real stories of Adivasi struggles Tribals in Kerala’s Attapady are blaming banana farms for infant deaths Why development must not be pursued at the cost of adivasis Adivasis in remote Sajek villages require attention First-Ever Roma Cultural Institution Opens in Europe Athens: An anti-Roma pogrom continues for a second day Turkmenistan: 18 Men Tortured, Sentenced in Unfair Trial Turkmenistan: Hosting Asian Games Amid Widespread Repression Turkmenistan leader wants to end free power, gas, and water Chechens ‘forced to attend’ Russia Day celebrations EU Urges Azerbaijan To Release Detained Opposition Figures Azerbaijan moves forward with ‘5-star’ free-trade hub China Embeds Cadres in Uyghur Homes During Ramadan Australian sovereignty under threat from influence of China’s Communist Party Did you know Chinese students in Australia are monitored by the Chinese Embassy? Yazidi Villages Have Been Liberated, But The Community Still Needs International Support ‘Let ISIS see we do not die’: Yezidis repair their temples US taking stronger stance in South China Sea Countries Defy China’s Extra-Strict Fishing Moratorium in South China Sea China builds 24 fighter-size hangars on South China Sea outposts Balochistan: Pakistani forces abduct head of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Two children among three killed in ISI attack on Bugti refugees camp in Afghanistan Ahwazi: Daughters of Political Prisoner Yousef Silavi Demand Answers From Ayatollah Khamenei Puerto Rico votes to become America’s 51st state What’s Next in the Fight for Puerto Rico Statehood?