2016 12 26

December 26, 1990: Independence and Unity Day in Slovenia

December 29, 1911: National Independence Day in Mongolia

January 1, 1984: Brunei Independence Day

January 1, 1960: Cameroon Independence Day

January 1, 1993: Dissolution of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia

January 1, 1804: Haiti Independence Day

January 1, 1956: Sudan Independence Day

25 Years On, Collapse of Soviet Union Still Brings Cheers—and Tears

25 Years Ago, First Western Countries Recognized Croatia’s Independence


Yazidi leader seeks protection for community after genocide

Only few Yazidi women kidnapped by IS freed – Iraqi MP

Yezidi on Mount Shingal suffering under heavy snow

Santa Claus takes off to spread Christmas cheer around the world

Agreement on the Nordic Saami Convention reached

Nordic Sámi Convention agreement reached after more than a decade

Children of the Crimean political prisoner Uzair Abdullaev: “STOP BEATING AND HARASSING OUR DADDY!”

No investigation into abduction of Crimean Tatar activist, just FSB surveillance of his parents

How Russian ‘law enforcers’ humiliate their Muslim prisoners in Crimea

The Hague Court recognizes the war in Ukraine and Crimea annexation as an international armed conflict

“Convicted” Crimean prisoners will be sent to correctional labour centres in Russia

The Daily Vertical: Does Anybody Remember Crimea?

Crimean political prisoners tortured on the way to court in Russian occupied Crimea

Russia prepares new criminal charges as Crimean Tatar leader refuses to be silenced

UN officially recognized Russia as an occupying power in Crimea

Trump is on collision course with international law over Crimea

U.S. Blacklists 15 Russian Entities Linked to Ukraine and Crimea introduces special mode for hotel booking in Crimea

Turkey agrees to visits by cruise ships stopping over in Crimea, Caucasus ports

Japan to maintain Russia sanctions while embarking on economic project

Russian police arrest Yuri Dmitriev, Karelian human rights leader

Russia to ban Ukrainian World Congress

Russian Kalmyk soldiers “got lost ” in the steppes of Ukraine

Two Chechen battalions to be deployed in Syria

Putin’s Hit Teams Head for Syria

West Papuans look to march again, despite police

Over 500 arrested in West Papua demonstrations

Two West Papuans charged with treason for demonstrating

Westminster must grant Scotland the powers to remain in the European Union, writes Joan McAlpine

Alex Salmond predicts indyref2 victory should Theresa May sever Scotland’s ties with EU

Former Scottish leader warns of pre-Brexit independence vote

Nicola Sturgeon lays her Brexit cards on the table but holds back indyref2 hand

Nicola Sturgeon presents complex ‘independence in Europe’ plan to Theresa May with warning of second referendum

Analysis: First Minister plays for high stakes as she fires first shots in indy long game

Spain rejects Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for Scotland to stay in single market

Jean-Claude Juncker ‘still open’ to Scots deal despite Spain

Independence campers ordered to pay £105,000 in legal bills

Independence movement needs strong women to build it

The Bruce, The Wallace and the declaration of Arbroath

Tibetan Teen Detained, Beaten Following Protest

His Holiness the Dalai Lama remains hopeful about returning Tibet

20 nuns 1st in history to receive the Geshema degree, the highest academic title in Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Protest Monk Released After Serving Full Term in Jail

Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and Laurie Anderson to perform at Tibet House benefit in March

Tibetan Women’s Association Donates Rs 6,43,950 to Tibetan Market Fire Victims in Delhi

India should make Tibet a core issue with China: Tibet PM in exile

Tibetan PM hopeful after Trump’s take on ‘One China policy’

Tibetan community outraged by TTC ads

China wages cyber war via dharamsala

Mob attacks offices of pro-Kurdish party in Istanbul

ISIS offers $1mn reward for Kurdish-Danish Peshmerga

US relations with Kurdistan solid, strong

Canada to continue military, humanitarian support to Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan’s independence, a moment of truth: Kouchner

Suspected Turkish spy ‘thought to have planned Kurdish murders’: report

Bombs kill seven near Iranian Kurdish party headquarters in Iraq

Kurdish group says Iran behind bombing its Kurdistan Region base

Kurdistan parties urge Iranian Kurdish parties to reach unity

Kurdish Militants Claim Attack on Off-duty Turkish Soldiers

PKK-armed wings recruit child soldiers in Iraq

Erdogan vows not to allow Kurdish state in Syria

We’ll discuss Kurdistan independence with Turkey in 2017: PM Barzani

Catalan leader to push for independence vote

85% of Catalans in favour of calling a referendum according to latest poll

Catalan Government receives Spanish Constitutional Court warning on penal consequences of holding a referendum

Catalan leaders call for bilateral relationship with Spain, refuse to attend upcoming regional summits

Catalonia cross-party National Alliance bids for agreed referendum in 2017 with international recognition

Catalonia’s pro-referendum block stages summit

Catalan separatists gather, prepare independence vote

Spanish Court allows Catalonia to carry out foreign action but not establish bilateral relations

February trial set for ex-Catalan chief Artur Mas

Russian gifts for ISIS: what was left behind in the abandoned military base in Palmyra

Ukraine’s rising Euroscepticism

Austrian far right signs deal with Putin’s party, touts Trump ties

Foreign Contenders: Ukrainian Sheriffs is a Buddy Cop Doc Set Against the Annexation of Crimea

The U.S.S.R. Fell—and the World Fell Asleep

Timeline: Ten Years of Russian Cyber Attacks on Other Nations

Russia’s War on the West Is Real. Why Aren’t We Fighting Back?

Russian pundit calls for Syria-style airstrikes against Ukraine

Millionaire returning $4M piece of Manhattan to Indian tribe

Ireland scoops ‘best destination’ award in New York

War over Taiwan undesirable, but not unthinkable

Roma breaks glass ceiling in Bosnia but challenges remain

Behind the wall – Ghettoization of Roma people in Krusevac, Serbia

Albania must move to ensure equal rights for Roma and Egyptian women and girls

The Year of Hygge, the Danish Obsession with Getting Cozy

Israeli Blogger Jailed in Belarus over Visits to and Comments about Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan to buy Israeli air defence system

Czech Republic buys Iron Dome radars

Greenland and Denmark: China syndrome

Obama ignores Alaskans, Natives with decision to prohibit Arctic offshore development

Obama, Trudeau, Invoke Indigenous Rights in Curtailing Arctic Drilling

Sovereign Mineral Rights and Wrongs

Ryan Zinke: Interior Secretary Pick has a Record of Listening to Tribes

Intergenerational Trauma: Understanding Natives’ Inherited Pain

An Economic Contract With Indian Country: Trump’s First 100 Days

Three out of four Greek firms in Bulgaria are ‘ghost companies’

Rebuilding Haiti: Hopes for a homegrown recovery

Sowing seeds of hope for Haiti’s future

The complicated story of NGOs in post-disaster Haiti

Haiti orders review of presidential vote results

Iceland: World’s Hottest Borehole Is Being Drilled Into a Volcano

Work has finally started on building Kresen Kernow – Cornwall Centre

Russia offers Serbia warplanes as Balkan state looks east

Serbia, Beware Russians Bearing Gifts

Russia arms Serbia amid tensions with NATO

Clashes in Chechen Capital Leave at Least Seven Militants Dead

At least 7 Libyan National Army fighters killed in Isis attack in Benghazi

A Tortuous Path to Peace in Libya

Illustrator brings Indian tribal struggle to life

Aboriginal teacher connecting people with country in the middle of the city

Finland’s Basic Income Experiment – 2017

2,000 selected for compulsory basic income trial – participants to be notified December 28

Finnish police aim to ban neo-Nazi group

Finns top mobile data table

Lauder welcomes Ban Ki-moon’s ‘long-awaited’ admission of UN bias against Israel

World Jewish Congress President Lauder ‘dismayed’ by UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements

UN Security Council passed a resolution to end Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories

Palestinian leadership praises passing of UN resolution

Israel settlements: Netanyahu orders UN ties review

Palestinian protesters in Santa suits clash with Israel Defence Force

Israel summons ambassadors over UN Security Council vote on settlements

Abbas: Resolution doesn’t solve Palestinian issue, but rather defines it

Once outlawed, Uganda’s tiny Jewish group opens synagogue

Holocaust survivors call on world to indict those responsible for Syrian atrocities

For Uighur exiles, Kashmir is heaven

Bolivia’s Morales says he may run for fourth term despite referendum loss

Biafra Agitation: IPOB uncovers plot against its members

‘President is a killer of Biafrans,’ IPOB says

British Govt. Exposes Atrocities Committed By Gowon During Nigeria-Biafra War

Christianity led Biafrans to slavery – Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters

Biafra: 16 members of European parliament ask EU to challenge Buhari, DSS

Biafra: IPOB thanks media for bold reportage

Sultan’s comments show hatred, hypocrisy against Biafra — MASSOB

Biafra: IPOB to protest Buhari’s visit to South-East

42 rights organisations seek probe into alleged repression of pro-Biafra activists

Massive Biafra protest hits Enugu over Buhari’s visit

Killing of Biafra activists: IPOB demands panel of enquiry, referendum date

#MissionCashless: Few use mobiles, fewer know what internet is in adivasi belts of Madhya Pradesh

Dalits and Adivasis faced highest number of atrocities in Rajasthan between 2013 and 2015

Darkness falls: thousands go blind in Chhattisgarh, no relief in sight

Police arrest adivasis who wanted to submit plea

‘There’s an elephant in the flowerbed again!’

Kennewick Man to return to Native Americans for reburial

President named Ukraine’s Environmental Pig of the Year for vetoing crucial EU-integration laws

Māori constitutional law lies in stories not statutes

Emotiki, the world’s first Maori emoji app, goes live

Foiled Coup Plot in US-Allied Montenegro Has Russia’s Fingerprints All Over It

New language protocol seeks to level linguistic playing field

Police brutality in Belarus

Kosovo arrests 59 officers in traffic police corruption probe

Wales takes on income tax powers for first time ever in milestone agreement

What exactly is a traditional Luxembourg Christmas?

A newspaper’s closure sparks fury — and concern over Hungary’s rightward drift

Deterioration of health situation of Sahrawi political prisoners on hunger strike

European Court dismisses Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara

Macedonia: Ex-PM threatens foreign ambassadors, NGOs

Macedonia’s conservatives win national elections after poll rerun

New Russian-Language Websites Offer Reality Check For North Caucasus And mid-Volga

Under the Guise of Public Safety, China Demolishes Thousands of Mosques

Algeria: 15th National Amazigh Film Festival Opens in Tizi Ouzou

Chilean football club tours West Bank to reconnect with its Palestinian roots

Cracks deepen in Palestinian politics as Abbas clamps down

First Use of Quechua Language in Peruvian News

Norway and China to normalize relationship after Nobel rift

How to save a dwindling language: Inuit fly to Wales and back

Belgium says will ‘re-examine’ relations with former colony Congo

Slovenia Finds Croatia’s Chocolates Not Very Sweet

A spat with China could push Mongolia into default

Mongolia says Dalai Lama won’t be invited again

Mongolia’s nomad herders facing winter disaster as temperatures plunge

India gets sucked into Mongolia – China relations; As China sanctions Mongolia over Dalai Lama’s visit

Trump Should Read India’s Playbook for Taunting China

Taiwanese pro-independence groups urge President Tsai Ing-wen to have courage and get tough

‘Wait until the harvest’: Leading figures in Iran, Lebanon warn of Aleppo fallout

In multicultural Lebanon, Nativity scenes are common in public places

US gets drone back, but Singapore still waiting on armoured troop carriers

East Icelanders tell TV weatherman to stop standing in front of their region

Israel just announced it will take in wounded civilians from Aleppo

Bulgaria faces early parliamentary election next spring

Bulgaria’s president-elect to appoint interim government next month

Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry launches new website

EIB, EBRD, EU back construction of Moldova-Romania gas link

U.N. sees steep Gaza population growth in 30 years, with economic problems ahead

Portugal dreams of a Tesla Gigafactory

Sweden Heads The Best Countries For Business For 2017

Silicon Valletta Accelerates Malta’s Emerging Tech Hub In The Mediterranean

Singapore Convicts Former Banker With Ties to Key Figure in 1MDB Probe

The extraordinary story of Wales’ protest against England after FA banned playing of the Welsh anthem at Wembley

Luxembourg opens Europe’s first hybrid bus recharging station

Albania revises gas pipeline deal to get more support

In Albania, recycling foreign waste means big business

1st Native American to receive a vote in the Electoral College for president

Why Chechnya influences Russian action in Syria

N.L. commits to annual leaders forum with Aboriginal leaders

Quebec launches inquiry into treatment of aboriginal people

Greece’s New Year of Living Dangerously

Which was the site of the world’s first decorated Christmas tree?

Taiwan’s president to visit US despite objections from China

A small African nation severs ties with Taiwan, and Beijing applauds

São Tomé and Príncipe: Sao Tome Latest Target in China and Taiwan’s Fight for Allies

Taiwan star’s gig off amid ‘support’ for independence

China tightens screws on Taiwan businesses

The BBC and Wales’ information deficit

A life in flux for Lebanon’s Dom community

Lithuania said found Russian spyware on its government computers

Albania clears path for judges law that is key to EU talks

EU presidency strengthened Slovakia’s government

Energy giants to begin talks for Cyprus gas

Norway fund blacklists more coal groups over climate concerns

Portugal Is The Country Everybody Will Be Visiting In 2017

Real-life Libya plane hijack halts hijack film shoot in Malta

Slovenian business sentiment rises to highest in 8.5 years

When Native Americans were arms dealers: A history revealed in ‘Thundersticks’

Irish language bursary scheme withdrawn in Northern Ireland

Latvia releases unique translucent coin with Earth

Germany Drains Bosnia of Doctors and Nurses

Singapore police investigate event HK activist addressed

Xi backs HK’s curbs on independence

Belarus: reporter sentenced for ‘radioactive’ milk story

Croatia Unblocks Serbia’s EU Negotiations 1

Croatia unblocks Chapter 26 in Serbia’s EU accession talks 2

‘Unscrupulous’ art dealers taking advantage of Aboriginal artists over the Christmas holidays

Norway’s ten weirdest Christmas traditions

Portugal produced 4.8 million tons of rubbish in 2015

Tiny Estonia Spearheads Fight Against Human Rights Abuses

Bosnian ‘minehunter’ dogs saving lives across the world

Singaporean blogger in immigration detention in US

5 more books by Indigenous authors for your holiday reading

Moldova’s Igor Dodon sworn-in as president

The pioneering Aboriginal team that took cricket by storm

Peru and Bolivia vow to clean Lake Titicaca

Georgia becomes partner of Europol


2016 12 18

December 15, 2012: Indonesia assassinated West Papua independist Hubertus Mabel

December 16, 2009: Indonesia assassinated West Papua independist Kelly Kwalik

December 17, 1945: people of Kurdistan celebrate national flag day

December 18, 1971: Qatar National Day

December 24, 1951: Libya Independence Day


Pooping Logs Bring Christmas Cheer In Catalonia

Meet the Thirteen Yule Lads, Iceland’s Own Mischievous Santa Clauses

Sweden beats China to win Santa world cup

Welcome to Santa Claus Office: Joulumaantie 1, 96930 Arctic Circle


Indigenous Peoples activist detained in Moscow

Trump’s man in Moscow claims ‘misinformation’ about Crimea, Ukraine was ‘catastrophic’

We are watching Aleppo burn in real time. And just like in Bosnia and Rwanda, we do nothing

Pakistan is repeating in Balochistan what it did in Bangladesh

Iceland’s Seamen Start Their Strike Tonight

Iceland’s president calls on deadlocked parties to form government

Ireland Rules Out Bilateral Deal With U.K. for Brexit

O Muilleoir wants to end 279-year-old ban on Irish language in courts in Northern Ireland

Scotland gets new tax powers, as economic growth dims

Scotland Back in the Day: How Andrew Carnegie worked his way up to become the Bill Gates of his day

Jean-Claude Juncker tells Salmond: Scotland’s earned the right to be listened to

Alex Salmond’s Brussels speech in full: Europe must see Scotland’s Brexit fate as unacceptable

Cornwall Draws Up Brexit Blueprint

Was Cornish language funding cut because it was too successful?

Spanish court ruling tells Catalans to delay any plans for an independence referendum

Not Even a Prosperous Slovakia Is Immune to Doubts About the E.U.

Palestine prepares for 2017 general census

Palestinian official: peace prospects dead if Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem

Hamas blames Israel for killing of drone expert in Tunisia

Israel’s government is bracing for a violent showdown at the settlement of Amona

Israel’s Parliament Draws a Line on Short Hemlines

Sweden ‘to seek anti-settlement resolution’ during Security Council presidency in January

Britain Restricts Palestinian Aid to Prevent Transfer of Money to Terrorists

MPs call for financial penalties to combat Palestinian ‘anti-Semitic incitement’

Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless

Two journalists quit Finnish broadcaster in row over coverage of PM

Tibet, Southern Mongolia, East Turkestan: Exiled Human Rights Defenders Release Statement on Systematic Disregard for Human Rights in China

New Parliament of Brittany Inaugurated in Lanrodec

Provisional Government of the State of Savoy seeks more autonomy

Georgia – Best destination for business trips

Donald Trump cancels Trump Tower project in Georgia, Associated Press says

Trump Moves to Cancel Deals in Azerbaijan, Georgia

E-signatures, e-documents simplify legal services in Georgia

Georgian President: NATO enlargement is possible with occupied territories

Report: 52% of Georgians have positive view of EU

‘Australia Day’ boycott gathers steam in call for date change

Hobart Mayor Sue Hickey warns against ‘guilt-ridden’ Aboriginal focus

Aboriginal woman’s slaying exposes racial divide in Australia

Twitter suspends account lobbying against black deaths in police custody

Footage of ‘inhumane’ treatment of jailed Aboriginal woman rattles Australia

Aboriginal artwork worth $150,000 thought to be missing since 1981 is FOUND hanging in a tourism boss’s office

Africa’s first humanitarian drone corridor brought to life in Malawi

South Sudanese child soldiers estimated to be over 17,000

Tunisia’s torture victims speak out

Namibia Has Been Recycling Raw Sewage Into Drinking Water For Nearly 50 Years

Trouble stirs in sands of Western Sahara

President Ghali calls for release of Sahrawi political prisoners

Lamamra urges AU to get fully involved in effort for resolution of Western Sahara conflict

International Law Students’ Seminar about Saharawi Self-determination in Japan

Croatian Minority in Serbia Celebrates Its Day

Haiti among countries being left behind

Swedish island rejects renting pipe storage space to Russia

Russia To Nuke Baltics, Use Space Weapons And Start WW3, Report

Lithuania caught up in spying, illicit border trade

Denmark and EU to set up Europol backdoor

The Danish word of the year is…

Danish teens still most boozy in Europe

It’s official: Hygge part of new Denmark Canon

Bolivia ruling party defies referendum, backs Morales for 4th term

Despite Legal Protections, Violence Against Women Is Spiking in Bolivia

These brave LGBT activists are marching for equal rights in Montenegro

Montenegro opens two chapters in EU accession talks

China Bars Taiwan Tourists From Tibet Amid Ongoing Row With Trump

Taiwan Is Both Exhilarated and Unnerved by Trump’s China Remarks

Independence advocates thank Donald Trump

US-Taiwan breakthrough likely: ex-minister

Four Kuwaitis arrested in Iran

World’s longest tunnel opens regular service in Switzerland

A country full of Christmas markets

Switzerland: a pirate’s paradise?

Finland, the Baltic states and security

Estonian representation in Belarus becomes NATO contact point embassy

Estonian government approves ban on display of tobacco products in stores

United States decides to accelerate troop deployment to Poland, Baltic, and Romania

US, Baltics eager to sign military pacts before Trump inauguration

France, Spain accused of sabotaging Eta peace efforts with Basque arrrests

Anti-ETA militant wanted to commit suicide attack

World Bank, OECD: Latvia needs tax reform

Gorgeous portraits capture the people of old Ireland in magnificent detail

Greenland and Denmark: not so foreign

Libya announces liberation of Sirte from ISIS control

Austria: a weak link in Europe or historical ally of Ukraine?

Ex-Soviet states tell US ‘I told you so’ over Russia hacking allegations

Russian riot police conduct mass arrests in Crimea

What Putin is doing in Aleppo is what he could have done in Kyiv or Lviv

Crimean Tatars find new home in Lviv Oblast

Navalny says will hold referendum on Crimea if elected president

After Crimea and Aleppo, what does Vladimir Putin want from his wars?

Ukrainian savagely beaten in Russian-occupied Crimea now arrested

From His Home in Russia, #Calexit Leader Plots California Secession

Cambridge spy seminars hit by whispers of Russian links as three intelligence experts resign

FBI in agreement with CIA that Russia aimed to help Trump win White House

Russia’s youngest victims in occupied Crimea urgently need support

Russia’s next election operation: Germany

Putin using all means against the West – including Islamist terrorism – Piontkovsky says

Germany’s Siemens Company accused of scam to bypass Crimean sanctions

Misleading OSCE Media report ignores Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Strasbourg to rule on Russia’s 2nd deportation of Crimea Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev

Dutch Court Rules Crimean Artifacts on Loan Will Return to Ukraine

Russia to appeal Dutch ruling to return Crimean treasures to Ukraine

Closed ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea moves to strip Crimean Tatar leader of his lawyer

Russia stripped of right to host bobsleigh world championships

His ‘crime’ is fidelity to Ukraine: Crimean farmer faces 4 years in jail

Basis of Putin’s optimism: big US Firms were quite ready to overlook even Stalin’s crimes

The centenary of the Russian revolution should be mourned, not celebrated

Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them

EU agrees to extend anti-Russian sanctions for six months

Crimea in the dark – silencing of dissent

Tsipras says people of Greece have made enough sacrifices

The first Catalan nanosatellite successfully launched with three experiments on board

Inside Europe: Catalonia continues push for independence

Spanish court ruling tells Catalans to delay any plans for an independence referendum

Catalan leader mulls early vote on break with Spain

Spanish Court suspends Parliament’s plan for pro-independence referendum

Puigdemont: “We will vote, debate and hold meetings”

Catalonia’s right to independence debate is put on trial

Catalan parliament speaker in court over secession debate

Forcadell testifies before the court for allowing debate on independence

Thousands hit the streets to defend Forcadell, prosecution provokes international outrage

Forcadell says her trial “puts democracy at risk”

Swiss MPs add to international outcry over Forcadell’s prosecution

Pro-independence civil society organisations emphasise “unity” in support for Forcadell

European Parliament urges Spain to investigate Francoism crimes

Trump fever sweeps Iraqi Kurdistan

‘Peshmerga is ISIS’ chant drives Kurdish football clubs to withdraw from Iraq league

Masrour Barzani: Why self-determination allowed for others, forbidden for Kurds

Germany arrests suspected Turkish spy for monitoring Kurds

Armed attack on pro-Kurdish HDP as Turkey detains lawmaker

Inside Europe: Kurdish politicians in the crosshairs of Ankara

Protesters storm pro-Kurdish party local HQ after Turkey attack

Suspect in murders of Kurdish activists dies in Paris hospital

Kurds in Europe seek support for independence on Kurdish flag day

Balkanization, Kurdistan will be stabilizing: Former US diplomat

“We came, you weren’t here”: Turkish police raids Halkların Demokratik Partisi – HDP office in Istanbul

China forces Tibet’s Larung Gar students to pass political exam

China’s Buddhist Supervisory Body Announces Explicit Restrictions on Tibetan Buddhism

One Man’s Mission to Save a Culture

Tibetan sets himself on fire in China protest

Sikyong Leaves for Official Visits to Bodh Gaya, Delhi and Mundgod

Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche Inaugurates ‘Grassland – A Photo Exhibition’ at Tibet Museum

Japanese MPs gather to launch Tibet support group

Symposium ‘Tibet’s Past, Present and Future—What is the Way Forward?’

European Parliament Passes Resolution on Larung Gar

China must respect freedom of expression and religion in Tibet: EP

Tibetan leader urges Trump to confront China on rights

China slams India over invite to the Dalai Lama

Tibet’s PM in-exile slams China for opposing Dalai-President Pranab Mukherjee meet

Tibet is Not a Part of China but Middle Way Remains a Viable Solution: CTA

Malta competes to host post-Brexit European office for the Lloyd’s of London insurance market

Indonesia faces chance to prove it is more ‘journalist-friendly’ in 2017

Wamena, West Papua: up to 30 people reportedly arrested ahead of peaceful demonstrations

Seven members of West Papua National Committee arrested for supporting West Papua at Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting

Indonesians asking West Papuans for forgiveness for human rights violations of Indonesian government

Peru has launched its first-ever newscast in Quechua

New Xinjiang Party Boss Boosts Surveillance, Police Patrols

Passport Recall in Western China Signals a Major Human Rights Problem

Uyghur Farmers Sent to School in China ‘Anti-Extremism’ Drive

The Roma homeland that never was

Reflections on the 10th EU Roma platform

French Left and Right unite to evict thousands more Roma onto the streets

Survey shows 80 percent of Roma at risk of poverty

Macedonia’s “queen of Gypsy music” buried in Skopje

Professor confronts persecution faced by Roma people

Roma Union Chair: Fico’s Condemnation of Roma Horrifying

“Light bringers” help Hungary’s impoverished Roma power their homes

Putin Is Doing to Aleppo What He Did to Grozny: Flatten the Place

Syria’s Ilovaisk

Daghestan Authorities Intensify Pressure On Laks To Cede Homes To Former Chechen Deportees

Turkey and Russian death squads

Trump team reaches out to Native Americans

Austria to use Hitler birth home as charity headquarters

Nigeria fails to come to grips with separatist “New Biafra”

Operation Python Dance is a plan to annihilate Biafrans, MASSOB

Luxembourg must stand up for political prisoners

Kosovo Gets Its Own Country Code

Bosnia’s War-Displaced Families Still Waiting for Electricity

Cloud Armor That’s Not Quite So Fluffy

Inside Europe: Latvia’s harrowing past comes to life

Montenegro seeks man pictured with Russian foreign minister

National study finds ‘staggering’ Maori and Pacific problem gambling rates

New Zealand’s largest tribe, Ngāpuhi, move to next phase of settlments

Māori Party song goes viral

The strange case of the Northwest’s Native American Nazi

Haiti: Saving itself after foreign aid’s failure

EU Parliament in tears, gives standing ovation to Yezidi girls after hearing their tales

Film of abducted Yazidi girl wins Dubai award

Snow on Mount #Sinjar thousands of #Yazidis are still living in simple tents‬

Lamya Haji Bashar awarded European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought and expression

Ecommerce in Slovenia is growing fast

Slovak Charter 77 signatory Miroslav Kusý honoured by Czech prime minister

Sweden presents new national gender equality authority

Leonardo DiCaprio donates $65,000 to Children of Armenia Fund

Why Iran is angered by Israel alliance with Azerbaijan

Two Moldovan models crowned the world’s most beautiful women in the 2016 Miss Humanity Universe beauty pageant

Hong Kong independence activists ‘assaulted’ by pro-China group during Taiwan visit

Avoid using ‘mainland mentality’ to tackle Hong Kong problems, Chinese scholar urges Beijing

Regina Ip pledges to allow discussion of Hong Kong independence in schools, defend academic freedom

Austria’s social system ‘unaffordable without migration’

Serbia to bolster air force with Russian jets and European helicopters

Great Escape: Mongolia’s Altai Kazakh Eagle Hunters Festival

India’s relations with Mongolia – Mongolia’s relations with China have taken a hit

China-Mongolian Border Blocked

Economic gods may be smiling again at Mongolia

Bulgaria Has to Be Better NATO Partner, But No Enemy to Russia – President-Elect

EU parliament writes to Ethiopian president over detained Oromo leader

Dozens march for peace deal in ethnically divided Cyprus

Macedonia’s election has opened the door to finally tackling the country’s corruption problem

Albanians From Macedonia Cross Ethnic Lines to Vote Against Ruling Parties

It’s 2016, and Macedonia is a real place

The Welsh economy still the weakest in the UK shows new figures

The Wales Office has had a rebrand and got rid of the dragon and Welsh motto

Row over UK ‘veto’ of Welsh laws in Wales Bill debate

Welsh government plans national legal code

Why the Tiny Island of Malta Has Europe’s Most Progressive Gay Rights

Lebanon to get legislative tracking app

Lebanon ‘approaching breaking point’ due to influx of Syrian refugees

Oklahoma’s Native tribes are trying to fill a gap in sex ed left by the state’s schools

More insurers considering move to Ireland, central bank says

Institute of Directors report highlights ‘extreme concern’ over Brexit in Northern Ireland

Digs funded at ‘lost kingdoms’ sites in Scotland and Ireland

Inuit group learning about Welsh language promotion

According To Instagram, Everyone’s In Singapore Now

Moldova’s breakaway territory of Transnistria: Putin Wins a Pawn

Bosnia to Expel Hundreds of Foreign Property Owners Amid Tax Probe

Hundreds gather in Sarajevo to rally for peace in Syria

“Russian World” In Belarus Is Putin Plus Lukashenka

Bosnia to Expel Hundreds of Foreign Property Owners Amid Tax Probe

Belgium’s Flanders wary of Brexit deals with large EU member states

World’s largest wave recorded off the coast between Ireland and Iceland

Slovakia’s Fico criticizes sanctions against Russia

Serbia furious with Croatia about blocking chapter in EU accession talks

Portugal loses appeal in English court over swap contracts

Armenia’s Russia problem

Serbian court postpones Srebrenica massacre trial until February

World Bank Lends Albania $71M for Tourism Infrastructure

Windsor, Ont. public schools improving Indigenous representation in curriculum

Canada ‘falls short’ in treating First Nations patients, says country’s 1st female Indigenous surgeon

Indigenous military members endure ‘systemic’ racism, report claims

Passionate supporters of the Welsh language vastly outnumber critics, study finds

Namibia: Stunting in Namibia Still Too High

Luxembourg’s entrepreneur of the year

Armenian youth learn about EU funded projects

Armenia: Anti-corruption game launched on Anti-Corruption Day

Palestinian Body Politic Rotten to the Core

The Palestinian leadership that doesn’t represent us

Portugal’s Guterres sworn in as next U.N. secretary-general

IMF urges Spain to provide Autonomous Communities with “greater power to mobilise their own revenues”

Catalan lawmakers rip up images of Spain’s King Felipe

Catalans re-arrested after burning images of the king

Crimean Tatars accuse Russia of kidnappings and political arrests

20+ Proposed Pipelines Threatening Indigenous Communities

Lebanon: Student Arrested for Facebook Post

UN: Albania must ‘turn page’ on communist-era disappearances

Currency Springs Central Bank Trap as Iceland Risks Overheating

Nigeria: The Case for Pro-Biafra Agitators

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu remains resolute, fearless no matter the cost – IPOB

Lithuanian President Grybauskaite visits Ukraine

The Welsh flag emoji is FINALLY happening

Nearly 7 years after quake, 50,000 in Haiti still in camps

LuxLeaks whistleblowers appeal jail sentences in Luxembourg court

Malle, Belgium, to host 2017 Para dance sport Worlds

Man bashes teen, ‘racially abuses Maori teen’ on Perth bus

Bosnia preparing for return of Islamic State fighters

Ireland and four UK territories named on ‘world’s worst tax havens’ list

Easter Rising flag finally returned to Ireland 100 years on from 1916

Austria calls for freeze on Turkey’s EU membership talks

Turkey Moves to Crush Kurdish Party After Deadly Bombing

US committed to defence pact with Kurdistan Region, says Carter

Russia’s Rosatom gets compensation for scrapped €10bn nuclear project in Bulgaria

Moroccan forces intervene violently against Sahrawi demonstrators on International Human Rights Day

Albania Survey Shocks Victims of Communist Regime

Campaign repeals Lebanon’s rape law but there’s a long way to go

Hipsters’ insatiable appetite for superfoods is starving India’s ancient indigenous people

Singapore: behind the world’s best students is a soul-crushing, billion-dollar private education industry

Jamaica’s Musical Genres Rated Among The Best

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s media manipulator

Orbán’s Hungary – The Kremlin’s Trojan Horse

A nasty Hungarian national mood rejects immigrants — and journalists

Ohaneze Ndigbo declares support for Biafra; provides reasons

Oxfam: Luxembourg, Ireland, Netherlands among worst tax havens

Kosovo, Montenegro premiers meet in neighboring Albania

Survey: 89% of Estonians support the country’s NATO membership

The Forgotten American Indian Slaves

Former Tibetan prisoner shares her experience of torture and human rights abuse in Tibet

Spiritual leader of Tibet and President of India grace child-rights summit


2016 12 11 Sunday

December 5, 1994: Budapest Memorandum in pictures

December 10: Human Rights Day

December 12, 1963: Jamhuri must be about transforming Kenya

December 16, 1971: Bahrain Independence Day

December 16, 1991: Kazakhstan Celebrates Independence Day

December 18, 1971: Qatar National Day


Baloch political parties have recorded worldwide protest on human rights day

Will Trump Support Scottish Independence?

No Scottish musicians on BBC’s ‘meaningless’ Sound Of longlist for fourth successive year

Brexit: Supreme Court is told: Article 50 is none of Scotland’s business

Scotland Back in the Day: Loyalties of Scots were divided in America’s revolution

The Irish served bravely for the Union in the American Civil War

The Cornish in Latin America: ‘Cousin Jack’ and the New World

Michael Gray: Impotent calls for a federal state can only boost the independence cause

Sturgeon snubs UK’s offer of a post-Brexit indyref2

Mayors and councillors of 300 Catalan cities to work during Spain’s Constitution Day

Head of Catalonia’s delegation to UK explains independence process at Westminster

Scotland’s George Kerevan lodges motion against trial of independist Speaker of the Catalan Parliament Carme Forcadell

British MPs report Forcadell’s “prosecution” to the Parliament and warn it may set “a dangerous precedent”

Pro-independence parties present motion against prosecution of Catalan Parliament President

Association of Municipalities for Independence explains Catalonia’s political process to 500 mayors worldwide

Junqueras to advance pro-independence referendum depending on Spanish decisions towards Catalonia

Catalonia: Summit to organise independence referendum to be held on 23 December

The “niche” and “ailing” Cornish Language: another assault on ethnic minority rights in the UK
The Express version & the Sun version

Breton – Cornish Youth & Breton Cornish Language Exchange

Value of Gaelic to businesses and communities in Scotland

Norway, Sweden express concern over Israeli settlement bill

Palestinian Authority delegation heads to US hoping to meet with Trump

Netanyahu: Trump ‘feels very warmly about the Jewish state’

Obama Pressed to Wade Into Israel-Palestinian Fight Again

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is Worth the Necessary Rethink

Election Being Held In Moldova’s Breakaway Transdniester Region

China: the People’s Republic of the Disappeared

Human Rights Day 2016: Stand up for Uyghur Rights Today

A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist

Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese protesters in Trafalgar Square, London

Why Hong Kongers are calling for independence

Hong Kong: are democracy’s days numbered in this former colony?

Hong Kong’s Beijing-Backed Leader Says He Will Not Seek Re-election

Taiwan: Tsai’s Call to Trump Upholds Nation’s Dignity on the International Stage

Czechs Approve Smoking Ban in Pubs, Restaurants

Kuwait offers ‘illegal’ workers amnesty

Kuwait emir appoints Essam al-Marzouq new oil minister

Suspected of 46 offenses in Finland, Janitskin claims he is now in Russia

Record 2.7 million watch Independence Day ball broadcast in Finland

Sámi instruction has fallen behind

Revitalization of Inari Saami language

Government of Canada supports Aboriginal tourism

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Announces Indigenous Languages Act

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi named among top 10 tourist destinations

Sweden, Spain, Lithuania, Greece, Bulgaria all support Georgia’s EU integration

OSCE Group of Friends of Georgia adopt declaration supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity

Russia Follows the Policy against Belarus Practiced Before the Annexation of Crimea

Belarus arrests advocates of “Russian world”

Mustafa Dzhemilev: Belarusian authorities are acting as kholops of Moscow

Crimean Tatars: Mustafa Dhzemilev Warns EP of Russian Nuclear Arms in Crimea

Forget Objectivity: For The Atlantic Council, Eritrea’s Prison State Isn’t That Bad

Refugees in their own land: How Indigenous people are still homeless in modern Australia

How #IndigenousDads became one of the most important movements

Genetic study points to Indigenous Australians as the oldest continuous society on Earth

Veterans Ask for Forgiveness and Healing in Standing Rock

Standing Rock Tribe Defied History; What Happens Next Is Anything But Inevitable

How Northwest Tribes Joined Forces to Beat Fossil Fuel Initiatives

Sindh: New Laws Aim to Enhance Protection of Women

Aceh: Devastating Earthquake Strikes Region, Killing More Than 100 People

Crackdown on Anti-Slavery Movement in Mauritania Continues after Release of Biram Dah Abeid

Venetians call for recognition as a ‘minority’

Armenian and Assyrian Writing Replaced by Turkish Flag

Nigerian govt. must intervene to prevent extinction of minority languages

IPOB launches ‘Operation David Dance’

Biafra will be actualised without war – IPOB

7 reasons why we are fighting for Biafra – IPOB

Biafra: Why we want to break out from Nigeria – Ohanaeze

Conference: Local to Global Perspectives on Language Revitalization and Documentation

16th International Conference on Minority Languages

Independence of Saharawi state only way to ending violations of human rights in occupied Western Sahara

China’s Major General Wang Xiaojin Appointed Commander of the UN Mission for Referendum in the Western Sahara

China ‘blocks’ Mongolia border after Dalai Lama visit

Chinese state media chides Mongolia for seeking Indian financial aid

Does India Sense an Opportunity in Mongolia Amid Ulaanbataar-Beijing Split Over Dalai Lama?

The First “Plastic-Free” Advent Fair Opens in Croatia

Five killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment

Lithuanian parlt panel requests funds to train 7,000 experts to recognise suicide risks

Lithuanian residents unlikely to stand up for violated rights – poll

From Washington, influencing Ethiopia’s politics

Wales: £1m appeal to build ‘world’s largest dragon’

Five Things To Watch In Macedonia’s Early Elections

Macedonians Voting In Wake Of Wiretap Scandal

Denmark has fewer long-term unemployed than the rest of Europe

Danish court blocks Apple from exchanging an iPhone under warranty with a refurbished model

What are the most watched videos in Luxembourg?

Thousands of Haitians seek refuge in Mexico

Taiwan is trending, and L.A.’s Taiwanese community has mixed feelings about it

Libya: a dead-end for migrants

No respite for Libya after Islamic State driven from coastal city

Estonia: Why Trump Makes This Small Country So Nervous

Estonian embassy in Minsk to take over as NATO contact point embassy

Latvia and Belarus to sign defense agreement

Baltic PMs: Regional gas market would be a good thing

NATO, EU have woken up to propaganda problem

Russia is bad-mouthing the Baltics again

Armenia to promote sustainability and strengthen competitiveness with World Bank support

Lawyers seek to launch Brexit challenge in Irish court

Reframing modern Ireland

Greenland’s ice-free past exposes sea level rise danger

Studies paint grim outlook for mammal species

Solid majority favours Greenland independence

The View from Copenhagen: no-one is going to oppose Greenlandic independence

A boost in Māori doctors

Why is the “European CNN” becoming the voice of the Kremlin?

Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election, U.S. Says

Trump’s man in Moscow claims ‘misinformation’ about Crimea, Ukraine was ‘catastrophic’ & sanctions don’t work

Officer from Russian 18th Motor Rifle Brigade traced to war zone in Ukraine

Russian mercenaries on contract service in the Russian army after Donbas

Russian Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense officer identified in Donbas

Crimean Tatar rights activist placed in psychiatric clinic on eve of Human Rights Day

Language as enemy

UK spy chief warns of Russia’s role in Syria ‘tragedy’

Russia bombs Syria & uses refugees as a weapon while denying them asylum

Senators Urge Trump to Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Russia threatens retaliation over latest round of Canadian sanctions

Sanctions on Russia Need More Teeth

Crimean Tatars ’tried’ & fined for solidarity with victims of persecution

The United States hints at that Ukraine should give up with Crimea for Donbass

Kremlin won’t accept Finlandization of Ukraine

Ukrainian Muslims join in affirmation of unity and support for Ukraine

Swiss wary of Trump protectionism

Chocolate bar made in Serbia triggers trouble in Croatia

Switzerland extends freezing of assets of former Ukrainian officials for a year

Serbian attitudes harden as migrants gather once again

As Iraq’s Kurds Eye Statehood, a Border Takes Shape

‘Talks begin’ with Baghdad over Kurdistan independence

Kirkuk governor: Remaining with Baghdad is ‘a disaster’

Thousands turn to online English course in Kurdistan

Former American diplomat calls for a US-protected Kurdish autonomy in Syria

US facilitating joint talks with Turkey, Syrian Kurdish forces to ease tension

As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail

Literary night in Istanbul highlights Swedish-Kurdish ties

Turkey’s CHP declares initiative aimed at opening to Kurds

Crackdown in Turkey Threatens a Haven of Gender Equality Built by Kurds

Kurdish and Arab neighbours forge stronger relations post-ISIS

New round of talks aims to break Kurdistan’s political impasse

Instead of Uniting, Kurds Are Busy Fighting Each Other

Assad Says Kurdish Federal Zone in Syria ‘Temporary’

Amnesty urges Iran to release Kurdish prisoner, give medical care

Tibetan self-immolator calls for freedom in Tibet, democracy in China

Where from here? The curious case of Free Tibet Movement

Human rights violations in Tibet high, government-in-exile says

Tibetan refugees observe World Human Rights Day

Expelled Larung Gar Nuns Held in Camp in Kardze

Central Tibetan Administration Calls on UNHCHR to Take Urgent Action to Save Larung Gar

China sentences ten Tibetans to varying prison terms in Tibet

Former Tibetan village leader jailed for ‘inciting secession’ released after four years

Tibetan mother jailed in connection with self-immolation released in poor physical and mental health

Niece of Tibetan reincarnate lama says her uncle was poisoned to death in prison

Top US Congressman Urges President-elect Trump to Meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Payment card use in Slovenia still rising

Icelanders Prefer Credit Cards to Cash

Iceland’s wait continues for news of next government

Swedes should be on Mars by the 2030s: Liberals

Want to avoid stress in Sweden? Stay away from public transport

Jamaica moves up two places on ICT Development Index

Portugal with fourth fewest smokers in the EU

Gala Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Sweden, Norway

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Mid-winter eviction puts over Romani 600 people on the streets in Paris

Election brings no hope to Macedonia’s Roma-run ‘ghetto’

Online hatred for Czech Roma growing

Helsinki Commission focuses on human rights, security violations in Russian-occupied Crimea

Why Is China Playing Hardball With Singapore?

Chechen Whistle-Blower Appeals To Russian Investigators Over Threats By Local Authorities

Reports: Russia Sent Chechen Forces to Syria with Claim to Protect Hmeimim Base

Chechnya’s leader says troops would fight happily in Syria

Israeli Army Tweets Fake Map of Hezbollah Positions in Lebanon

You’ll never guess, or pronounce, Austria’s word for the year

Verdict on Haiti Vote Challenges Kicked Up to Highest Court

Bulgaria seeks to buy eight fighter jets

e-Estonia: Lessons for Namibia

Estonia joins US in passing Magnitsky law

EU takes step towards Bosnia’s membership but warns on rhetoric

The Plan for an Energy Internet Revolution in Luxembourg

Russia and Terrorism Dominated CIA Chief’s Albania Visit

Not just Athletic Bilbao anymore: Basque Country clubs are boldly buoyant in Spain

Highest share of low-wage earners in Latvia

Hungary’s leader urges Hungarian minority to vote in Romania

Orban: Poles and Hungarians are joined by ‘brotherhood of blood’

British troops ‘to be investigated’ over killings during the Troubles in Northern Ireland

Irish Diaspora 2017 Presidential Awards winners

Malta still discriminating against the non-religious

In Europe first, Malta bans gay conversion therapy

If You Cared About Standing Rock, You Need To Know About West Papua

Human Rights Day in West Papua: thousands demand their right to self-determination

West Papuans arrested and threatened with life sentences for a graffiti

International Parliamentarians for West Papua is growing

United Liberation Movement for West Papua lobbies the UN

West Papuan and Indonesian students celebrate West Papua national day

West Papua on mainstream media in Australia

Incarcerated in West Papua – a six-month ordeal

Iraq’s Yazidis plead for the world’s protection

Yazidi Leader Seeks Protection for Community After Genocide

Rescued Yazidi Women Relate the Horror of Captivity Under IS

Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania ‘Can Be Centers of Excellence for Nuclear Decommissioning’

Sweden joins dash to host EU drugs agency instead of London after Brexit

Inside Russia’s secretive stronghold of Kaliningrad ‘where World War Three could start’

Can Belarus Punish Lithuania For Its Position On The Astraviec Nuclear Power Plant?

21 UK residents get Jamaican citizenship

Is This Norwegian TV Series the Future of Television?

China imposes hefty fines for fake or harmful news in Xinjiang

Iceland’s Next Generation of Filmmakers Gains New Entrant in Guðmundur Guðmundsson With Debut ‘Heartstone’

Organization Demands Clarification on Number of Amazigh Speakers in Morocco

Lebanon: Schools in Palestinian camp reopen after gun battles

Switzerland Buys Back Its Own Luxury Watches

Aboriginal war memorial helps heal old wounds

Azerbaijan: A decade in jail for graffiti activist is a shameless attempt to stifle criticism

Journalist in Crimea charged with extremism

Russia undermines European security through its actions in Crimea, Donbas

Time for Bulgaria to Join Euro Waiting Room – C-Bank Governor

Oromo: Refugees Protest Being Denied Asylum in Egypt

Ethnic tensions could see Ethiopia descending into civil war

A New Radio Drama Inspired by PJ Harvey, On Kosovo Field, is Coming to BBC’s Radio 4

Kosovo Bans Building of Serb Wall in Mitrovica

Bosnia Arrests Third Ex-Soldier for Sarajevo War Rape

Inuktut language group to tour Wales to learn about language revitalization

NSU taking proposals for 45th annual Symposium on the American Indian

Film examines realities of American Indian

Jamaica, Cuba pledge to deepen relations

Money-Laundering Monitor Says Switzerland Has Work to Do

Sweden has the fewest smokers in Europe

Thriving Program Makes Penn a Quechua Language Hub

Armenia’s Former Flagship Enterprise Declared Bankrupt

Palestine: The End of the Bedouins?

Hungary leaves anti-corruption group that criticized it

Orban Allies Tighten Media Grip Ahead of Hungary Election

Bulgaria’s Socialists Return Govt Mandate to President

Sweetheart tax deals in Luxembourg, Belgium spike

UN prosecutors urge life term for ‘Butcher of Bosnia’

Estonia and Finland have best EU science teaching

Stigma still an issue for Maori living with HIV

No respect for Māori custodians of Porotī Springs

Turkish border guards kill three Syrian Kurdish civilians

OSCE helps Albania dispose of toxic chemicals

Greece, Not Italy, Still Poses Biggest Challenge to Eurozone

Migrants in Greece Drop Off Grid

Galicia seeks to improve European proposal for 2017 fishing opportunities

Bosnia arrests Serbs for 1992 mass killing

Chechen strongman not to be called at Kremlin critic’s murder trial

Bank of Lithuania promises fastest financial institution license for FinTech companies in EU

Hungary lags far behind CEE peers in terms of growth

Moldova: a country being emptied of its inhabitants

Large Syrian Refugee Population in Lebanon Sparks Social Tensions

Croatia Becomes First Free Reading Zone Country in the World

UN Warns Croatia about Abortion, Contraception and Sex Education

Greece could profit from Europe’s political turmoil but it needs all the friends it can get

Czech firms grow hedges to offset impact of crown cap removal

The rain feast: an Aymara measure

National Committee for Human Rights: Amazigh, Tubu rights must be guaranteed by Libya’s constitution

Kuwait’s anti-austerity lawmakers threaten reform plans

Crimean authorities plan to black out Ukrainian broadcasting on peninsula

Crimea is expecting another “business delegation”— this time from Greece

Belarus: Is The Isolation Spell Broken?

Far Right loses in Austria

Once Booming, Mongolia’s Economy Veers From Riches To Rags

Danish doctors come out against circumcision

Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich American Indian reservations

More Punishment for Tibetan Buddhists

Caught With Your Pants Down? Must Be Christmas in Catalonia

Gunman kills three women in Finland

Cyprus minority sees chance to save ancient language


2016 12 04 Sunday

November 30, 1966: Barbados independence 50: What changed after the British left?

November 30, 1967: Fractured unions new and old: South Yemen independence day

December 1, 1961: the day the West Papuan national flag was first raised

December 1, 1640: Restoration of Independence Day in Portugal

December 2, 1766: Sweden’s pioneering free press act turns 250

December 2, 1972: National Day in United Arab Emirates

December 4, 1835: Aboriginal warrior: Tasmanians commemorate the anniversary of Mannalargenna’s death

December 6, 1917: Finland Independence Day

December 9, 1961: Tanzania Independence Day


People of West Papua, Melanesia celebrate their national day

Russia increases its misinformation attacks against the Baltics after US presidential elections

Norway urges Trump to issue predictable, clear policy on Russia

Norway and Finland thaw relations with Russia

Latvians keep calm but also keep allies, weapons close

Lithuania urges Trump to uphold NATO security commitments

Lithuanian civilians fearing Russian attack train for worst

Russian tanks in exercise as British soldiers prepare to face up to Putin in Estonia

From wintry Lithuania, NATO sends Russia a signal of resolve

Baltics should be more worried about EU collapse than transatlantic relations

Estonia hosts major robotics event

Largest NATO cyber defense exercise ends in Tartu

Tartu students mark 97th anniversary of Estonian-language university

Record setting tree lighting takes place in Latvia

Nordic, Baltic countries hold security consultations with US

Kuwait receives widespread praise for Amir Jaber prize at UNESCO

Kuwait tops Gulf states in attracting commercial banks

Kuwait fails to keep up with its neighbours

Book review: A difficult story of Tibet and Xinjiang

East Turkestan: Man Detained In Chinese Attempt to Force His Brother’s Return From Turkey

Southern Mongolia: Newly Imposed Surcharges Place Extra Strain on the Region

Ethnic Mongolian Kills Four Chinese Farmers, Highlighting Ethnic Tensions

Top Mongolian rapper ‘savagely assaulted’ by Russian diplomat for wearing swastika

Singapore minister sees increased threat of extremist attack

Singapore is Evolving, Infocomm Media Development Authority

Troop carriers seized: Is China sending Singapore a message?

Singapore may prove a tough nut for China to crack over regional security

A Tale of Two Economies: Singapore and Cuba

Trump’s Phone Call With Taiwan President Sparks China Complaint

Why Singapore can’t afford to be pushed around by China

Tibet’s pilot national park: a land of golden opportunity?

Tibetans inside Tibet are the rightful owners of Tibet: Dalai Lama

China Seizes Tibetans’ Passports in a Bid to Block Travel

Dalai Lama Receives Tibetans Ordered Home by China

New York City’s Lhakar Group On CBS Television

The Dalai Lama in Mongolia: ‘Tournament of Shadows’ Reborn

Mongolia Stands Up Against China With Dalai Lama Again

China imposes new fees on Mongolian imports after Dalai Lama visit

Karmapa visit to Arunachal Pradesh likely to irritate China

Long friendly with US presidents, Dalai Lama looks forward to vising Trump

Indian MPs reaffirm support for the issue of Tibet

Bonhams Sets New World Auction Record for Tibetan Sculpture

Tibet Museum in Tibet closes for renovation, expansion – to be reopened in three to five years

Russia’s Golden Triangle of Buddhism: Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva

Nothing but praise after Finnish opera premiere in New York

Although support for NATO membership remains low, many more in Finland see Russia as negative influence

What Azerbaijan Plans To Do When The Oil Runs Out

Hong Kong officials widen legal attack on fledgling independence movement

China warns Taiwan not to meddle in Hong Kong affairs

Stoltenberg vows NATO’s strong political support for Georgia’s independence

Georgian alphabet added to UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Two Russian citizens sent to jail for sending ‘warning’ texts prior to Russia-Georgia war

EU report: Georgia making headway in implementation of Association Agenda

PM Kvirikashvili: “First visit to Brussels after elections confirm Georgia-EU strategic ties”

Final Chance to Say NO to Devonwall!

Independent Scotland could take UK’s place in EU says European Green Party co-chair

Where now for Scotland?

Scotland’s National Day: Sanct Andra’s Day: Oor National makar Rab Wilson haes scrievit a brent new poem

St Andrew’s Day Special: The No voters who have changed their minds to Yes

New alliance: Irish leaders lend support to ‘positive’ Nicola Sturgeon, contrasting her with the ‘lies’ of the Leave campaign

Politicians across Irish senate back independence for Scotland

Documenting Yes

The Russians Are Coming – Regime Change in Bulgaria and Moldova

Viewers in Malta spend two hours daily watching TV

One in five people in Malta cannot afford monthly meal with friends

Migration: Malta to serve as an ‘honest broker’ in difficult talks on Dublin reform – Abela

Canada says it isn’t liable for the removal of Indigenous children from homes in the Sixties Scoop

With Disney’s “Moana,” Hollywood almost gets it right: Indigenous people weigh in

Indigenous social work students call for women’s shelters on reserves

These Big Native American Facebook Pages Are Actually Being Run By People In Kosovo And Vietnam

Native Americans stand by Standing Rock Sioux to defy corporate interests

US military veterans backing North Dakota pipeline protests

Solidarity with Standing Rock on West Papuan Independence Day

Standing Rock protests mirror Pacific indigenous rights

The Climate Movement Is Indigenous-led

Coastal Indigenous people eat 15 times more seafood

Brazil: Indigenous Communities Protest Against Government Programmes

The Desert Rock That Feeds the World

Western Sahara: right to self-determination, a fundamental human right

UN Security Council called to assume its responsibilities in protection of peace and security in Western Sahara

Ethiopia arrests top Oromo opposition politician after Europe Parliament speech

Balochistan: Eight People Abducted by Pakistani Security Forces

Austria’s economy looks confident despite political division

Austria Heads to Polls in Latest Test for Populist Tide

Pirates given mandate to form new Iceland government

Killing of 150 Pro-Biafra activists

Simply The Best – Jamaica Shines At World Travel Awards

Corporate Jamaica backs #CrimeFreeChristmas campaign

Bosnia’s disabled children swim against indifference

Ratko Mladic: the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ whose trial nears end

Bosnia war crimes court indicts six over Srebrenica

Welsh Cathedral to host LGBT film premiere

The Question: Will the Irish ever accept water meters?

Birte Kauffmann gains a rare insight into the Irish Traveller community

The Late Late Toy Show: ‘You can’t explain it to non-Irish people’

The Irish government is compensating a woman after abortion trauma

Ireland moves towards legalizing marijuana for medicinal use

President of Kosovo bans anti-Semitic books

Only Albania and Kosovo Have Slower Internet than Croatia

Albanian PM warns Islamists, and Moscow, may seek to undermine Europe via Balkans

Croatia Again Refuses Continuation of Border Arbitration Proceedings with Slovenia

Melania Trump Hires Law Firm to Protect Her Image in Slovenia

Denmark second in the world at fostering talent, after Switzerland

Four new neighbourhoods on Denmark’s inglorious ‘Ghetto List’

Māori loan words making English more Kiwi

Libya’s cities making $346M a year from people smuggling

Libya capital clashes ‘worst in two years’

Armenia Is Literally Joining Forces With Russia

Russian diplomats and spies trained Hungarian neo-Nazis

Shootout raises fears over Russian ties to Hungary’s far right

Kremlin-backed militants arrest dissident Luhansk blogger

Serbian nationalists on Moscow’s service

Tomislav Nikolic: Serbia won’t align with East or West

Russia Snubs Croatia’s Peace Initiative on Ukraine

Half the Berkut officers deployed against EuroMaidan activists remain police officers

Russia transports Syrian chemical weapons to Crimea

Ukraine did receive threats from Russia over the upcoming exercises near occupied Crimea

Russia accused of mechanisms of political repression in Crimea unprecedented since Stalin & Hitler

Next year Russia is going to cut funds for annexed Sevastopol

Russia targets only Crimean Tatars in revenge prosecution and their families

Suspected Russian interference in elections around the world is spreading

Russia’s quiet encroachment

KRG Restrictions Harm Yezidi Recovery

Ex-IS sex slave fearful for Yazidi women left behind

‘They raped girls of eight or nine’: An interview with a woman who escaped ISIS

Former Yazidi Sex Slave Uses International Stage to Spotlight Trafficking

Thousands of Yazidis are ready to move to Canada: NGO

Greece facing millions of euros in fines over waste-water treatment

Farmers block border in northern Greece

Greece needs reforms, not debt relief: Germany’s Schaeuble

Latest arrests mean no more local, parliamentary reps for Kurdish Province in Turkey

Turkey seeks 30 life sentences for Syrian Kurdish leader

Turkey accused of planning assassination of Kurdish activists abroad

Kurdistan Region close to independence, predicts Jewish scholar

US Vice President emphasizes Washington support to Kurdistan

UN: Investigation of torture on Kurdish detainees in Turkey ‘difficult’

Islamists bomb Kurdish district amid mounting violence in Syria’s Aleppo

‘US will recognize an independent Kurdistan’

Indonesian police violently suppress West Papua independence protest

Demos and arrests expose core West Papua grievance

Decolonisation Fundamental to Pacific Sovereignty

‘Rize of Morning Star’ boosts global ‘free Papua’ movement with new video

Vanuatu pushes for position on UN committee to counter Indonesian colonization in West Papua

Morocco-Spain: King Mohammed VI Should Call For Self-determination of People of Catalonia

Spanish government may contest allocation of money for independence referendum in Catalan budget

Legal “disconnection” from Spain to start only after a ‘Yes’ victory, says CUP

Spain’s dialogue promises “must be backed by action”, says Catalan Government

Cutting-edge contemporary dance comes to Belarus

EU Confirms Execution Of Third Inmate In Belarus In November

Cyprus leaders agree to resume peace talks

U.N. Finally Apologizes For Cholera In Haiti … But Omits One Point

New hydroelectric power projects threaten The Valbona Valley in Albania

Lebanon’s very own apartheid wall?

Slovakia Toughens Church Registration Rules to Bar Islam

Roma fear Brexit to bring back bad times for their thriving Slovak town

Romani celebrity faces racist comments, death threats from fans of xenophobic band Ortel

Is there life after George Soros? Not for these Hungarian NGOs

Michal Mižigár: Inclusion is an opportunity for a better life

Switzerland agrees banking transparency with 21 more countries

Swiss police raid homes in World Cup probe

In Macedonia’s fake news hub, this teen shows how it’s done

Human trafficking increases in Luxembourg

Explore stamps from the world’s largest island: Greenland

Sweden threatens action to stop Facebook ‘hate and lies’

The Czech Republic May Dodge a Bullet to Free Speech This Year. But Will It in 2017?

Tension cools as EU approves Czech renewables support

Namibia will stay in ICC – if United States joins, says president

People with HIV have life in Namibia

UNESCO Deems Belgium’s Beer Culture A Treasure Of Humanity

Dutch, Belgium swap pieces of territory

Why Portugal has become an oasis of stability

How US security aid to Palestinian Authority sustains Israel’s occupation

Palestinian leader seeks Trump support for independence

Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub opens London Stock Exchange on UN Palestine Day

Ex-President Carter urges US to recognise Palestine

Azerbaijan Criminalizes Defamation of President Online

Dozens gather, remember Hawaiian Independence Day at Anahola Beach Park

Indigenous Australians respond to Pauline Hanson’s call on what makes an Aboriginal