An unrecognized democracy emerges in Somaliland

Paramilitary: The Immortals [Tribal Politics]Macron opens door to changes in mainland-Corsica relationshipPiedmont ready to talk autonomyImagine a Palestinian Movement Led by GandhiUnder the Radar: An unrecognized democracy emerges in SomalilandOvercoming people’s fear of change will win indyref2, not socialismChina threatens ‘decisive action’ if Taiwan declares independencePutin’s Children in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and BoliviaBiafra take Nigerian govt to AURohingya crisis: Is another Bosnia in the making?The Iron People Of BelarusKurdistan’s at a Breaking Point, but Will It Be a ‘Kurdish Spring’ or a Civil War?Tibetan President calls on China to review its failed policies in TibetSpanish siege repelled as Catalan independence forces re-win majority

1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day

1911 December 29: Mongolia Independence Day

1960 January 1: Independence Day in Cameroon

1993 January 1: Velvet Divorce: Czech Republic and Slovakia

1804 January 1: Haitian Declaration of Independence

1962 January 1: Samoan Independence Day

1956 January 1: Sudan Independence

1948 January 4: Myanmar Independence Day

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania

Paramilitary: The Immortals [Tribal Politics]

Freed Donetsk religious scholar: Many in Donbas want a return to Ukraine but are afraid

Red Famine traces the shocking history of Stalin’s war on Ukraine

Russia turns to punitive psychiatry as its trial of jailed historian of the Terror collapses

Largest prisoner swap in Donbas: 73 Ukrainians released from captivity of Russian-run “republics”

Russian security agents detain woman in Simferopol raid

Rafis Kashapov Released: Trading ‘Small Prison’ For Big One

Emine Dzhaparova: Our main success story in Crimea is Chonhar tower broadcasting 4 radio stations and 5 TV channels across occupied territory

Chiygoz, Umerov sue Kremlin

Mejlis chairman Chubarov: Russia wants to legalize theft of Crimea through UNESCO

Former Malian president Toure returns from exile

Winners and losers in another year of political upheaval for Hong Kong

Khalistan Movement & Sikhs in India

Macron opens door to changes in mainland-Corsica relationship – no language rights

Corsica Is Not the Next Catalonia

Piedmont ready to talk autonomy

Three months after a hurricane devastated Barbuda and everybody left, little is back to normal

Israel behind ‘Christian exodus’ from Palestine

Imagine a Palestinian Movement Led by Gandhi

Jerusalem Train Station Near Western Wall to be Named After Donald Trump

Israel passes disputed law muzzling police on high-profile probes

Iceland’s tourism dilemma

Ex-head of Mari El accused of bribery achieves reduction of sentence

North Ossetia Defends Mandatory Ossetian Classes In Schools

Self-proclaimed president Bibilov Says Breakaway S. Ossetia Belongs to Russia

Palau holds out as China squeezes Taiwan’s allies

Tatarkino in the beam of light

UAE cancels Tunisia handball games amid row over women

Football star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election

FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering

Adivasi-Lambada rift: Internet suspended in Adilabad

Russian fake news is causing trouble in Latvia

Under the Radar: An unrecognized democracy emerges in Somaliland

Why the world is even more curious of Guam after nuclear threats

Political generation gap in Scotland has never felt wider

Bravehearts say William Wallace epic is their top Scots film … but Unionists are only half as keen

Why Scots need to rediscover first footing in 2018

BBC Scotland most-read stories of 2017

Ask Angry: What’s next? 12 months of fighting for independence

Overcoming people’s fear of change will win indyref2 – not socialism

Scotland in Union’s cabal of letter writers exposed in leaked email

What Ireland’s 80-year-old constitution might teach a new Scotland

READERS’ LETTERS: Gaelic signs help keep our history alive

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sets out vision for Scotland’s 2018

Soldiers arrested for trying to assassinate Guinea-Bissau army chief

Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018

2017 Year in Review: Europe’s secessionist movements

In China’s Xinjiang, Even Mild Critics Silenced

China probes deeper into the lives of Uyghur minority

Haiti’s ex-prime minister banned from travel amid corruption probe

Haiti records 45 deaths from diphtheria

On 214th anniversary of Haiti’s freedom, Haitians tell Trump #Neveragain

Pacific News Minute: Pacific News Projections for 2018: Decolonization

Venezuela blames Portugal for sabotaging Christmas with ham delays as protesters urge ‘pork revolution’

Portugal: Thousands leaving the country each year – few returning

All we want for Christmas is a Free West Papua!

From bitcoin to Belize, here are the best and worst assets of 2017

Vatican is holding a contest for climate change startups

At least 23 church workers killed in 2017

A Woman Now Leads the Vatican Museums. And She’s Shaking Things Up.

Topless protester tries to grab baby Jesus figure at Vatican

Review: Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa by Paul Kenyon

The world’s youngest continent will keep being run by its oldest leaders

Secessionist Crisis in Cameroon Risks Sliding Into a Rebellion

Finland nurses its economy back to health

Brain drain of Finnish researchers continues into second decade

Finland’s street harassment law imposes immediate fines for harassers caught in the act

22 killed, 18 injured in inter-clan war in South Sudan

South Sudan: Refugees flee to DRC amid latest fighting

South Sudan Information Minister Defiant About US Sanctions

39 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

Goodbye Venezuela, hello Russia. Can Vladimir Putin save Cuba?

Basque charity dance in Caldwell nears 50th anniversary

An Indigenous Community in Paraguay Faces One of the Biggest Hydroelectric Dams in the World

In Paraguay, an Indigenous Community Is Facing a Second Eviction Due to a Hydroelectric Dam

“Ojibway Netflix” app launched as part of effort to revive American Indian languages in Minnesota

Last Native American Village in Yosemite Being Rebuilt

Solar Panels Are Replacing Diesel Fuel in Canada’s Far North

Book published on Inuit tattoo revitalization ‘all my visions coming to life,’ says author

Cherokees look to the sun for energy with car-charging station

Navajo lawmakers support funding for student housing project

Sizing them up: Utah rep, not Trump or Obama, meets Navajo needs on Bears Ears

‘Unscripted America’: Rivett explores Native American linguistic contributions to American literature

Why 2018 will be the year of Indigenous youth

Navajo officials remember female judge as role model

Column: Time for a non-racist name for Washington’s football team

“This Is Not A Symbolic Action” — Indigenous Protesters Occupy Oil Platforms in Radicalized Fight Against Pollution in the Amazon

Brazil 2017: environmental and indigenous rollbacks, rising violence

You Are What You Eat: How Seasons and the Inuit Diet Affect the Microbiome

Earthlings unite in collaborative show at U of T gallery

Navajo: Crotty, advocate for the underdog, rises to Person of the Year

50 years ago: Worst snowstorm of 20th Century hits Navajo Reservation

American Indian nursing documentary garners awards

Beer stores near American Indian reservation fight tax bill

Possibly world’s oldest human footprint returned to place of origin

The bizarre story of Canada’s lost, doomed scheme to import Indian yaks for Inuit to farm

Louie Kamookak among several Northerners honoured with Order of Canada appointments

Journalism versus activism in times of resistance

2017 forced us to ask how far we have come in Indigenous affairs

Gambia Seeks Sanction Extension to Jammeh’s Family

The Gambia set to rejoin the Commonwealth after Jammeh exit

Westminster failings fuelling Cornish ‘crisis of democracy’

The silver lining of disasters in Fiji? Improving the lives of women

Switzerland tightens sanctions against North Korea

Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza organises week long national prayers

The Baloch Refugees

Vandals spray paint over Irish language Mid Ulster Council sign

Gaelic gangster rap is now a thing in Ireland and it’s great

Brexit boosts support for united Ireland

One in five Irish passports this year go to people living in BRITAIN

MI5 ‘asked loyalist paramilitary group to assassinate Irish prime minister at height of Northern Irish conflict’

State papers: Pressure for Irish Language Act from Irish government in 1992

State papers: Bid to ‘depoliticise’ Irish language years before Stormont power-sharing impasse

‘Violence has not left our homes’: the fight goes on for female guerrillas in Timor-Leste

Chinese official threatens ‘decisive action’ if Taiwan declares independence

Youth in Taiwan embrace Taiwanese language and independent mind-set

Putin’s Children in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia

Victims of the red revolution: The haunting faces of prisoners worked to death in Stalin’s slave camps emerge as 100th anniversary of 1917 Bolshevik takeover approaches

Stalin’s legacy lives on in city that slaves built – archive, 1994

Somalia aim to play at home after 30 years

After 27 Years, Somalia Regains Control of Airspace Management

Corruption rife in Somalia, UN says in year-end assessment

Norway leads way on electric cars: ‘it’s part of a green taxation shift’

A mass for a fascist: a troubling history haunts modern Croatia

Croatia: WWII Controversies and a General’s Suicide

Journalists in Croatia Facing Death Threats

The country that brought its elephants back from the brink

Widow Of Tajikistan’s First Elected President Dies In Fire

UNESCO recognizes Panama’s hats — no, not those ones

Jamaica virtually sweeps tourism segment of World Travel Awards

What Moldova’s new NATO office means for Russia—and the EU

Moldova Needs the West’s Help Against an Aggressive Russia

Interpol Rejects Russian Request to List Moldova Leader

Bahraini military court convicts six to death on terror charges

Bahrain sentences 10 to life for manufacturing bombs

The truth about the greatest Welsh rugby stories ever told and the ones that just don’t stack up

Christmas traditions that used to be common in Wales

Extra funding given to early years childcare to get 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050

Threat of ‘blood diamonds’ returns as exports flow from Central African Republic

First Decentralized Casino on Ethereum is Legalized by The Curaçao Government

Eleven acts are asking the question: Is this the way to San Marino?

Siberian Super Horse: Incredible photographs show how the Yakut survives winter temperatures of -60C

Bolivia: Helping children break the cycle of poverty

Bolivia seeks investors to power up lagging lithium output

Bolivia: Health Workers Escalate Protests and Strike in La Paz

Bolivia economy grows 3.8 percent in third quarter

Fresh anti-Gnassingbé protests kick-off in Togo

Macedonia introduces emergency measures as smog chokes capital

Highs And Lows Of Pacific Mini Games

Albania is losing its national bird to rampant poaching

The robots are coming, and Sweden is fine

The history of Biafra – a comparative perspective of the old and contemporary struggle

Yemen, the modern-day Biafra

Biafra: Why we dragged Buhari’s govt to AU – IPOB

IPOB: AU acknowledges receipt of Petition against Buhari, FG

Solar power for homes in Kiribati capital

Court fees and fear: Bosnia war rape victims struggle

Bosnia war crimes: Former female fighter Azra Bašić gets 14 years

Bosnia Charges 25 Muslim Wartime Officers, Four Bosnian Serbs With War Crimes

Bosnian Serb Ex-Minister Charged with Srebrenica Crimes

Rohingya crisis: Is another Bosnia in the making?

Hundreds flock to Brunei E-sports event 2017

Time Required To Start A Business in Malta Is Insanely Long

Serbia: War Criminals Praised, War Trials Delayed

Serbia Routinely Ignoring Human Rights Rulings, Experts Say

Facebook Reveals Serbian Fighters’ Role in Ukraine War

Iraq: Yezidi Fighters Allegedly Execute Civilians

More than 3,000 Yazidis still missing after collapse of Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate

62 mass graves with thousands of Yazidi victims’ relics found in Sinjar: Official

Why Guyana’s rainforests are a scientist’s dream

Sugar cane production falls to 27-year low in Guyana

Another Group In Azerbaijan’s Nardaran Case Sentenced To Prison

Chinese ships spotted by satellites ‘selling oil to North Korea’ 30 times since October, despite sanctions

South China Sea: How 2017’s forgotten flashpoint could flare again

Human rights activist from Kharkiv helps Roma community to integrate

Armenia looks to solar energy to move out of Russia’s shadow

Inside Estonia’s Bold Plan to Build a Digital Country on the Blockchain

Estonia hands EU presidency off to Bulgaria

Belarus Legalizes Cryptocurrencies and ICOs – Tax-Free for Five Years

Environmental protection in Belarus: are the rankings misleading?

The Iron People Of Belarus

Hoist Flag Back! Three heroic deeds of the year that inspired Belarusians

Mikalai Statkevich: Most Interesting, Important Things Begin in Belarus

Libertarian Paradise: Liechtenstein

PUK head warns about Kurdish protests: United we stand, divided we fall

Hundreds detained in Iraqi Kurdistan amid corruption protests

Kurdistan’s at a Breaking Point, but Will It Be a ‘Kurdish Spring’ or a Civil War?

Serbia Extradites Kurdish Activist to Turkey Despite UN Appeal

Reviving Kurdish language in northern Syria

Arab Writers: Arab World’s Opposition To Kurdish Independence Referendum Is Hypocritical

Muslims, Christians, Zoroastrians celebrate Christmas in Sulaimani

Kurdistan flag banned, Khamenei photo raised in Kirkuk

Officials sound alarm over Kirkuk Arabization: Kurds given 72-hrs to leave

Samoa recycle company to assist Tokelau with waste management

Tibetan filmmaker flees to U.S. after ‘arduous and risky’ escape from China

Unity of three provinces of Tibet is most important: Tibetan leader

Tibetan President calls on China to review its failed policies in Tibet

Tibetan Self-Immolator, a Former Kirti Monk, Dies of His Burns

‘Not Tibet anymore, but an occupied Chinese Tibet’

Lhakar in the land where Buddha attained enlightenment

China Launches Helicopter Tourism In Tibet

Tibetans In Exile Source Of Hope To Brothers And Sisters In Tibet: Dalai Lama

Cloud of corruption hangs over Bulgaria as it takes up EU presidency

From migrants to Brexit, Bulgaria to play mediator at EU helm

Algeria sets Berber New Year as public holiday

Innovative medical aid for Gabon’s ‘poorest of the poor’

Catalan Independence majority reconfirmed

Catalan election: Spanish establishment siege repelled as independence forces re-win majority

Catalan Parliament agrees to appeal Article 155 in Spain’s Constitutional Court

‘Puigdemont will be sworn in as president’ insists JxCat

Catalan parliament to hold constitutive session on January 17

Catalan professionals take part in an EU project in Egypt

Catalonia year in 10 images

Puigdemont to Rajoy: “What has been the point of so much repression?”

Solar roads in Monaco

The Second Life of Mongolian Fossils

Bhutan: A society for sustainable tourism

Inside the Djibouti refugee camp bracing for influx as Saudis launch fresh Yemen offensive

Kadyrov’s Social-Media Accounts Blocked Due To U.S. Sanctions

Trump administration sends a commendable signal to despots everywhere

Democrats Are Actually Praising Team Trump for Taking on Russia

Chechnya’s first openly gay man forced to apologise on national TV

Rihanna’s cousin shot dead in Barbados on Boxing Day

Thousands attend separate Hmong New Year celebrations. But it meant the same for all

Bright Ideas 2018: Teach kids Hmong history in school

Balearic Islands Friendship Association with Saharawi People organizes a rally in support of Sahrawi political prisoners and disappeared

Western Sahara issue gains visibility in France in 2017, despite media blackout


A Secret Visit and Sino-Tibetan Dialogue


Catalan Separatists Want Independence. Who Else?Papuan Protests on the anniversary of Indonesia military operationBaloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti hopes for Bangladesh-like liberation for Balochistan from PakistanSlovakia remains key tourist destination for Czechs 25 years after splitA Secret Visit and Sino-Tibetan DialogueCatalan leaders need to be bold and seize the moment

1878 December 18: Qatar National Day

1961 December 19: Operation Trikora

1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day

1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day

1911 December 29: Mongolia Independence Day

1960 January 1: Independence Day in Cameroon

1993 January 1: Velvet Divorce: Czech Republic and Slovakia

1804 January 1: Haitian Declaration of Independence

1962 January 1: Samoan Independence Day

1956 January 1: Sudan Independence

1948 January 4: Myanmar Independence Day


Three cheers for Estonia and its stance on Kurdistan’s referendum

One year in, President of Estonia Kaljulaid anything but toothless

EKRE chairman: Estonia must support Catalonian independence

Braiding Science Together with Indigenous Knowledge

Philippines: Indigenous people seek peace after attacks

Medicines of the land: Sámi Reflections on the Role and use of indigenous medicine today

Sami herder in Norway ordered to put down dozens of reindeer in controversial cull

Indigenous languages must feature more in science communication

We’re not closing the gap on Indigenous employment, it’s widening

Indigenous culture has a part to play in protecting the next generation of children

Friday essay: dreaming of a ‘white Christmas’ on the Aboriginal missions

Aboriginal children suffer ‘unexplained’ injuries in out-of-home care

Mapping Indigenous languages in Canada

Fair trade for Peru’s indigenous coffee growers?

Bar Harbor to host Northeast’s biggest Native American marketplace

In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court

Fear of losing heritage drives Cherokee Nation opioid case

Why Fritz Scholder Was One of Few Native Artists to Break into the American Mainstream

Last of a warrior breed: Colorized photographs show Native Americans as their way of life was irrevocably changed by the conquest of the West

Coal Mining in the Navajo Nation: lighting the West, dividing the tribe

American Indian Graduate Center Receives Million Dollar Grant From Wells Fargo

A Native American tribe on the Eastern Shore receives Maryland Indian Status

The picture that has shamed Argentina: tiny Mbya Guarani girl goes on hands and knees to lick water from a dirty puddle

Inuit artists to represent Canada at Venice Biennale

In Bolivia’s bellwether city, anger at Morales grows

Canada’s Winnipeg Art Gallery Receives $10 Million to Launch New Inuit Art Center

What the ‘California Dream’ means to indigenous peoples

‘This fight is not over’: Gwich’in, Environmental Groups Vow to Resist ANWR Oil-drilling

Brazil: the Guarani and a decade of broken promises

Watch these ‘future leaders’ spell out their post-Brexit solutions for Welsh farming

Are Welsh male voice choirs slowly dying out?

Wales launches strategy to double number of Welsh speakers by 2050

Plan to put education at heart of ambition to achieve a million Welsh speakers by 2050

A million Welsh speakers- we can make it happen

Plan for extra 600 Welsh-medium teachers by 2021

Minister recalls how stones were thrown at her Welsh medium school bus in Cardiff

Top 5 ways Westminster shafted Wales in 2017

‘If Wales doesn’t stand up to be counted, the rest of the world will forget it ever existed’

Wales to be promoted as ‘principality’ by Lord Elis-Thomas

Remembering Himmler’s ‘Auschwitz decree’ to exterminate Roma and Sinti

‘Roma Segregated’ in Bulgarian Maternity Wards

Russia Holding Norwegian Man On Suspicion Of Spying

3000-strong Southern Finland Sysmä municipality to trial independent currency in 2018

A second territorial dispute in Asia could be more dangerous than the South China Sea

China air force drills in Sea of Japan and again around Taiwan

Taiwan Suspects Pro-China Party of Passing Information to Beijing

Milashina To Receive Harvard Journalism Award For Reporting On Chechen Gay Abuse

Reputed Organized-Crime Bosses From Russia, Elsewhere Hit By New U.S. Sanctions

U.S. Sanctions Chechen Leader Kadyrov, Four Others Under Magnitsky Act

U.S. Sanctions 52 People For Abuses Related To Global Magnitsky Act

Czech parliament appoints Communist-era policeman’s election to oversight post and cancels the appointment, for now

A convicted murderer is the new star of Czech television

Greek supermarkets strip shelves after eco-terrorists ‘poison foods in Christmas consumerism protest’

Sahrawi political detainee Mohammed al-Ayoubi sentenced to 20 years imprisonment

Catalan Separatists Want Independence. Who Else?

IPOB faults Nwodo on equation of Biafra agitation to war

BIAFRA: Igbo youths right on agitation, wrong on strategy – Nwodo

Samoa reopens damaged hydropower stations five years after Cyclone Evans

Small hydro in Samoa increasing via rehabilitation and development project

Media freedom ‘at risk’ in Samoa: criminal libel law

Despite agreement, no sign Rohingya will be allowed to return home to Myanmar

‘I’m Struggling to Survive’: For Rohingya Women, Abuse Continues in Camps

Stateless Rohingya to get digital IDs with blockchain

The language of the persecuted minority Rohingya will be digitized

ICAN Nobel Peace Prize resonates in radiation-hit Marshall Islands

Occupation legacy: Marshall Islands residents use Japanese term for traditional handicrafts

Many Marshall Islanders living here still can’t get care to deal with U.S. nuclear fallout

America’s Overlooked Pacific Island Partners

Sport: Mini Games leaves Vanuatu with ‘can do attitude’

Vanuatu govt restricts liquor access during festive season

For remote Vanuatu islanders, fleeing climate disasters is an uphill battle

Vanuatu MP issued with restraining order over land dispute

Vanuatu PM Salwai defeats motion of no-confidence

Take Part: Uruguay’s ongoing legalization of cannabis

Scuffles, flares as Albania picks interim prosecutor

Qatar marks National Day amid Gulf crisis

Qatar seeks new markets amid Gulf crisis, tours West Africa

WHO certifies Gabon as polio-free

Gabon hopes to attain self food sufficiency by embarking on an ambitious agric program

Paraguay senator with dictatorship ties to run for president

Paraguay Parliament recognizes Khojaly genocide

#Cementazo: legislative committee requests ethics sanctions against Costa Rican president

Six weeks before elections, one third of Costa Ricans are undecided

Dreaming of Somaliland

Somaliland: A step closer to International Recognition

Here are the 7 small nations that sided with U.S. and Israel on U.N.’s Jerusalem vote

ADB provides $US15m for Pacific disaster resilience

Ecowas threatens Guinea-Bissau sanctions as crisis drags

Writers Seek to Form National Identity Through Literature for Guinea-Bissau

Eritrea’s first Winter Olympian is from Alberta

Does Eritrea Deserve the Lifting of its Sanctions?

School rules: Plea to Canberra from relatives of jailed Eritrea protesters

Eritrea’s Democratic Credentials!

Grenada PM calls for reform of region’s energy sector

East Timor parliament rejects government budget second time

Being Irish gave me instant kudos in East Timor

Resistance leaders’ sway still strong in Timor

In Sweden, There Is No Christmas Without Donald Duck

Sweden Says #MeToo

Hundreds protest in Sweden after police told women to ‘stay inside or walk in pairs’ after series of violent gang rapes of teenage girls

Sweden plans change in law to require explicit consent before sexual contact

A Base In Tiny Djibouti Shows China’s Grand Global Ambitions

UN Migration Agency Launches Mobile Clinic for Stranded Migrants in Djibouti

ECHR charges Russia for the death of a witness in Tatarstan

Tatneft ran Crimea fuel station, despite sanctions risk

Siemens wins contract for Tatarstan combined-cycle plant

Telangana gags media against reporting Adivasi-Lambada tribe conflict

Will a Nationalist Triumph in Corsica Lead to More Autonomy From France?

What’s Hogmanay without a ceilidh?

Let’s hope the SNP rediscover their capitalist instincts in 2018

Alarm at rise in Scottish suicides as rest of the UK sees decrease

Scottish Labour leader accidentally makes the case for independence during FMQs

UK’s failure to protect Scotland brand is one of many reasons No voters are now thinking again

Latest poll shows 49 percent of Scots back an independent Scotland in the EU over post-Brexit UK

Canadian Gaelic teacher denied her dream job on Scottish island of Mull

Legal action by Scots politicians to reverse Brexit gets go-ahead

SNP group ‘had no choice’ but to quit East Dunbartonshire council

Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

Russia Aims to Lure South Ossetian, Abkhazian Patients Away from Georgia

Separatist South Ossetia votes in 2018 budget to be financed by Russia

2,000 Russian troops conducting military drills in Georgian breakaway regions

Georgia crowned European champion in bridge among small federations

US: With invasion of Georgia, Russia demonstrated willingness to violate sovereignty of states in region

Georgia-Belarus sign deal to exchange and protect classified information

Authors Of Articles For Russian News Agency On Trial In Belarus

Belarus adopts crypto-currency law to woo foreign investors

Oman Pride: Basketball competition for physically challenged athletes in Oman

Coalition government with far-right Freedom Party takes power in Austria

Austria and Italy clash over South Tyrol citizenship proposal

Austria’s Kurz says will fight anti-Semitism after Israel voices concern

Austria: Russia’s Trojan Horse?

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Sparked Deadly Violence — From Israel

Israel to Probe Fatal Shooting of Palestinian Paraplegic

Israel Tackles Existential Threat Posed By 16-Year-Old Palestinian Girl

Miss Iraq family flee country after selfie with Miss Israel

Palestinians slam US veto on Jerusalem resolution

After Trump’s Jerusalem gambit, the world must recognise a Palestinian state

Bringing te reo to deaf Māori

Most teachers are using te reo Māori

Few Schools Able to Develop Students’ Te Reo Māori Skills

Basque linguist exchanges language strategies with Māori

French judges finish probe into attack that sparked Rwanda genocide

Lithuania Bans Kaspersky Lab Products on Critical Systems

Ebola survivors drag Sierra Leone’s government to Ecowas Court of Justice

Ebola survivors in Liberia demand prosecutions for fraud and corruption that cost lives

Liberia to move ahead with Dec 26 runoff poll

Let’s take Jamaica back from violence, says investor

US will provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

Ukrainian journalist imprisoned in Russia awarded Sakharov Prize for Courage

EU Urges Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership Countries To Speed Up Reforms

Moscow’s divide and rule strategy

U.S. Envoy Says 2017 Deadliest Year In Ukraine Conflict, Warns Of Spiking Violence

Ukraine makes strides towards energy independence

Russia tries 86 Crimean Tatars in single day

Mass ‘trials’ of Crimean Tatars for legal pickets against repression in Russian-occupied Crimea

Akhtem Chiygoz: Russian terror in Crimea is an attempt to recall the events of 1944

Spirits unbroken: “Crimean Solidarity” pays $14,000 of fines of repressed activists with coins

Russia confirms ban on independent journalists & freedom of speech in occupied Crimea

UN Approves Measure Condemning Rights Violations In Russian-Annexed Crimea

Return of Soviet-era punitive psychiatry

Putin rival Sobchak defends Crimean Tatar activist on trial for saying, like her, that Crimea Is Ukraine

FSB terrorize, arrest and even jail the elderly in Russian-occupied Crimea

Portugal’s economic revival reaches turning point

Portugal Has Emerged as Europe’s Booming Anti-Germany

Portugal makes another early IMF repayment, 80 pct now paid

Papuan Protests on the anniversary of Indonesia military operation

66 arrested and 4 beaten at solidarity rallies to reject Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua

West Papua Police ‘Evacuate’ Protesters After Clash

Indonesian military and police shoot 5 West Papuan people and torture 4, including children

EU, Kyrgyzstan Launch Talks On New Agreement

Kyrgyzstan Goes Back To Russia For Hydropower Project Help

U.S. restores trade benefits to Gambia, Swaziland

Washington impounds exiled former Gambia President Yahya Jammeh’s US assets

U.S. sanctions Myanmar general, others for abuses, corruption

China underscores one-China principle as Gambian president visits

Leonor Espinosa Receives The Basque Culinary World Prize 2017

Why Basques wear their berets with pride

Koopera, Ramon Barea, Abel Barriola and ‘NO always is NOT’, Sabino Arana Awards of 2017

The 77-year-old loophole that created Puerto Rico’s unique market and led to its ultimate meltdown

Puerto Rico Homeowners Brace for Another Disaster: Foreclosures

Hong Kong fined for Chinese anthem booing

The best Irish-language books of 2017

‘Social media provides a means for anyone to build a virtual language community’

Motherfoclóir: can millennials rescue Irish?

2018 will be ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’ – the Year of Irish: ‘It’s not about getting it perfect, it’s about having fun’

Taoiseach launches Bliain na Gaeilge programme

Irish people share the most ridiculous ways their names get mispronounced abroad

DUP launches fresh attacks on the Irish government as the relationship between them deteriorates further

Pupils ask Santa to deliver Irish Language Act this Christmas

Laochra Loch Lao. Don’t bet against those words being on the tongues of gaels across the land in the years ahead

Soldiers cleared of mutiny rap in Lesotho

UN refugee chief finds Somalia suffering from instability and drought, but sees hope

Somalia: Up to 30 Percent of Soldiers Unarmed

AU Says it Needs Urgent Resources for its Mission in Somalia

Somalia releases jailed ex-minister and government critic

Burundi peace talks are all wrong

Uighurs in Xinjiang live in constant fear

12 days in Xinjiang: How China’s surveillance state overwhelms daily life

Technology-aided Chinese Big Brother Makes Thousands Disappear

China will collect the DNA of every adult in Xinjiang province, where Uyghur people are systematically oppressed

China Dangles Huge Payouts For Tips on ‘Terrorists’ in Largely Uyghur Hotan Prefecture

Two Uyghur Students Die in China’s Custody Following Voluntary Return From Egypt

World Uyghur Congress President Sounds Alarm Over Organ Harvesting in China

China Detains Kazakhs During ‘Unity Week’ in Troubled Xinjiang Region

Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti hopes for Bangladesh-like liberation for Balochistan from Pakistan

Head of World Baloch Women Forum Naela Quadri Baloch seeks US President Trump’s intervention in Balochistan

Free Balochistan campaign launches in New York

Then we have the proof: Santa is from Greenland

6 suspected Somali pirates held in Seychelles face 30 years in prison

Serbia Negotiating Purchase Of More Russian Arms After Vucic’s Visit To Moscow

Serb President Sees Second Term Unlikely After EU Work Ends

Tongan rugby star Sione Vaiomounga stranded in Romania

Bahrain Interfaith Delegation Lights Hanukkah Candle in Jerusalem

Valuing and protecting biodiversity in the Caribbean

Delay in Release of Election Results Lands Former St Kitts Supervisor of Elections in Court

Cuba boosts trade ties with Cold War ally Russia as U.S. disengages

Raul Castro Will Step Down as President of Cuba Later Than Expected

Russia donates military equipment to Tajikistan

Border Roads Shut, Hampering Trade On Tajik-Afghan Frontier

More protests in Togo as president chairs ECOWAS

ECOWAS urges Togo to have an ”inclusive dialogue” on political crisis

UNICEF: 2017 has been a ‘very difficult year’ for children in Central African Republic

Remains of Central African Republic’s imperial past

Botswana trans rights victories: What’s next?

A terminal crisis in Turkmenistan?

Nicaragua Taught Me to Laugh at Donald Trump

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition sweats over insecurity as Oromo, Amhara MPs protest

Dozens die in clash between Ethiopian Somalis and Oromos

Venezuelan President threatens to break ties with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire

Hernández announced winner of disputed Honduras election

In Honduras, Calls Rise for New Presidential Elections

East Libyan commander Haftar says U.N.-backed government obsolete, hints may run in elections

U.S. Bank Reportedly Freezes $22.6 Billion In Kazakh Assets Over Moldova Dispute

Luxembourg 2017: Nation branding, Ray Liotta and Asian connections

Energy Union: European solidarity on energy – synchronization of the Baltic States’ electricity network with the European system will strengthen security of supply

South Sudan rebels accuse army of attack as peace talks restart

South Sudan Army Makes Push Against Rebels as Peace Talks Begin

Kidnapped aid workers in South Sudan released: U.N., rebels

South Sudan government, rebel groups sign ceasefire

Civil War Pushing South Sudan Closer to Starvation

In Bolivia’s bellwether city, anger at Morales grows

In Montenegro, cornerstone laid for first synagogue in centuries

Slovakia remains key tourist destination for Czechs 25 years after split

Denmark opens the world’s ‘most humane’ maximum security prison designed to teach prisoners to change their ways

Brunei women lucky, but still need more work to raise gender equality

Azerbaijan’s unlucky lawyers

Facebook now lets you check to see if you followed Russian propaganda

Moldova recalls ambassador to Russia over ‘intimidation’, as diplomatic tensions rumble on

‘Brooklyn to Benin’ Explores Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Heritage and Identity in Mixed-Media Series

Hungarian left’s far-right dilemma

PM Orban: Hungary will block any punitive EU action on Poland

Switzerland Says the EU Is Trying to Weaken Its Financial Center

Lonely Cape Verde rethinks West African isolation

The African islands that the whole world wants to visit

Kashmir: Woman and two fighters killed in a gun battle

Slovenia – the happy country that should be even happier

Bulgaria rolls out anti-corruption law before taking over EU presidency

The Hirak: A Moroccan People’s Movement Demands Change From the Streets

Protests in Algeria over Tamazight language

Can helping men in Mongolia improve life for women?

Legends of Judo: Mongolian icon Tüvshinbayar Naidan

Life washes up on Maldives’ local islands

China arm twists Maldives into signing a free trade agreement

Tunisia to hold long-delayed municipal vote in 2018

LGBT radio goes online in Tunisia despite threats

Seven years after Arab Spring revolt, Tunisia’s future remains uncertain

Will the 2010s be the ‘wasted decade’ of Arab hopes?

Bhutan Government officials poised to break down gender barriers

Corporate Income Tax: Bahamas ‘Too Eager To Be Led To Slaughter’

Belgium just became the first country to make a woman its ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Belgium ends 19th-Century telegram service

One year on, armed Kurdish party continues to accuse Iran for deadly twin attacks

Turkey demolishes cemetery of fallen Kurdish fighters

In Turkey, Repression of the Kurdish Language Is Back, With No End in Sight

Opposition groups quit Iraqi Kurdish government over protests

Protests rage in Iraqi Kurdistan

Mountains to Manhattan: A Tibetan journey

A Secret Visit and Sino-Tibetan Dialogue

Former monk sacrifices himself for Tibet

China tightens security around Larung Gar

Economists defend Catalan economy strengths

Traditional candidate portrait made impossible by prison and exile

Catalonia National Day demonstrations fall under crime of rebellion

Congratulations from Yes Cymru

Scottish politicians show solidarity with Catalonia at Holyrood rally

Guy Verhofstadt under fire for ignoring pro-indy victory in Catalonia election

Spanish supreme court broadens Catalan independence case investigation

Catalan leaders need to be bold and seize the moment

EU should be ashamed of attitude to Catalonia

Rajoy must now sit down and talk to Catalans

EKRE chairman: Estonia must support Catalonian independence

Diary from Catalonia: It’s time for pro-indy parties to make majority count

Christmas carols for freedom of ‘political prisoners’ sang across Catalonia

Who delivers Catalan kids their Christmas’ presents?

Amended constitution undermined possible resolution of the Barotseland Self-determination question – Catholic Church in Zambia

PP blocks measure, backed by nearly 30,000 people, designed to ensure the use of #Galego in the socio-economic area


December 21: the 2d round of Catalan independence referendum

The spectacle of Palestine – Taiwan and its South Pacific allies – ‘Confusion’ and ‘frustration’ about Welsh politics – Arab Spring Anniversary – Paris leaves little scope for enhanced Corsican autonomy – Is it really such a crime to be Crimean Tatar? – From Akhriya to All of Eritrea – 10% of Residents of a Xinjiang Township Arrested – Macedonia needs prospect of joining EU to thwart authoritarianism – Papuans want justice, not infrastructure – China gives Tonga huge aid package – A Native American ‘Sesame Street’ could help save dying languages – Child Psychiatrist Calls for US Government Apology to American Indians – How Native Americans Taught Both Assimilation and Resistance at Indian Schools – Equality for Euskara language in Nafarroa – An icy cold war and the fight for Greenland – Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa – The Long View: Catalonia and Cornwall – China to attack Taiwan ‘the day a US warship visits’ – Collective Punishment in Balochistan – Fed by greed, Jamaica continues to bleed – Why Bother with a Country Like Swaziland? – Oromia hit by fresh #OromoProtests in response to state-sponsored killings – Moldova backing EU membership at record levels – How school has been used to control sovereignty and self-determination for Indigenous Peoples – Small-scale peace in South Sudan – Barred from Turkish parliament for saying: ‘Kurdistan’ – My father fought the CIA’s secret war in Laos – Irish-Gaelic rebirth has Northern Ireland talking – French senate team to help set up New Caledonia independence referendum – Tibet as ‘core issue’ – Berbers protest for Tamazight language rights – Self-determination, to be free of oppression

1963 December 12: Jamhuri or Republic Day in Kenya

1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day

1971 December 16: National Day in Bahrain

1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day

2010 December 17: Arab Spring begins

December 17: Kurdistan Flag Day

1878 December 18: Qatar National Day

1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day

1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day

1911 December 29: Mongolia Independence Day


The Book Flood Cometh: Iceland’s ‘Jólabókaflóð’ Arrives Once Again

“Majority of Icelandic women are whores”

Iceland’s Gender Equality Policies Are Famous, But Violence Against Women Is Out Of Control

TASS: How to compensate indigenous peoples for degradation of their lands

Non-Russian nations of Russia to defend themselves from Putin because their elites won’t

Kremlin Hopeful Sobchak Decries ‘Cavalier Assault’ On Tatar Language

Tatar Villagers Living In The Shadow Of A Nuclear Tragedy

Russian Plant Admits It Emits Nuclear Isotope Amid Leak Reports

Russia sanctions not to be lifted until Ukraine’s territorial integrity restored – Tillerson

EU leaders agree to extend sanctions against Russia

They called him “Yuriy”: the KGB past of the man who advocates restoring Russia at PACE

Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

Forbes: Chinese ownership is raising questions about the editorial independence of a major U.S. magazine

Israel closes Gaza border crossings

The spectacle of Palestine

57 Muslim nations say Trump is now disqualified from Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Israeli undercover unit breaks up Palestinian protest

Jerusalem: Palestinians killed in fresh clashes with Israel

Informing action: Pacific nations unite on the environment

Taiwan and its South Pacific allies

Judges in Nicaragua learn to see the world through the eyes of vulnerable women

Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Tug-Of-War: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Look To Finally Settle Decades-Old Border Dispute

UN added a horse game from Kyrgyzstan and dolma to a list of important cultural heritage items

‘Confusion’ and ‘frustration’ about Welsh politics

Welsh Assembly: Report backs more members and votes at 16

‘It is possible to find a meaningful place in Welsh society as an immigrant with brown skin’

North Wales gets its own regional chief from Welsh Government to drive economy

Welsh university bosses’ pay ‘generally lower’

‘The most senior person in the county should speak the language’ Calls for next council chief to speak Welsh

Welsh Books Council drops plan for book shop after complaint

‘Support for proposal to develop Welsh-language provision for pupils with autism’ says BCBC

Wales needs control of taxes so that we can forge our own economic future

Central Africa’s free market plan hits the roadblock of reality

Bank of Cyprus and former CEO found guilty of market manipulation

Haitian Women Seek Support for Children Fathered by UN Troops

UN committee: Slovakia still discriminates against Roma

Roma arriving in Scotland being ‘targeted unfairly’

Racist shop owner who pushed with her foot a Roma girl sentenced

Hungary plans big boost in solar power generation

Switzerland thrives on apprenticeship tradition

‘Heal Guyana’ formed to treat “fractured country”

Adivasi-Lambada rift takes violent turn

Adel Chihi: How sport can make a difference in Tunisia

Tunisia: Truth Commission Divides Nation

NATO defence education experts visit Tunisia

Tunisia ready for “decisive action” on economy, IMF says

At Arab Spring Anniversary, Is Tunisia Really a Success Story?

Tunisia’s Nobel prize-winning trade unions are holding the country back

Corsica calls for greater autonomy from France after election

Paris leaves little scope for enhanced Corsican autonomy

Macron should draw lessons from Catalonia on Corsican autonomy, says European Free Alliance

Move over Hygge, ‘Còsagach’ is the Scottish lifestyle trend set to take over in 2018

Russian cyber-activists ‘tried to discredit Scottish independence vote’

Scottish islands find an innovative solution to a shortage of teachers

SNP claims Russia is likely to have interfered in referendum

Indyref2 in early 2019 would mean easy EU entry for Scotland, says top expert

Top marks for Aldi as supermarket promotes Scottish produce

Trump signs defense bill into law with $354.6M for Guam buildup, 4,000 H-2B workers

Liberia to Hold Runoff Presidential Election Dec. 26

Italy declares state of emergency after deadly gas explosion in Austria

Austria stubs out looming smoking ban in name of ‘freedom’

Far-right party in Austria’s new government

Togo frees detained Imams critical of government

Togo’s opposition coalition boycotts government talks

Togo opposition wants regional backing for political change

Jihadists’ kill six in an attack on an armed Tuareg group in Mali

Bahrain interfaith group pays unprecedented visit to Israel

Gaza Protesters Gather to Stop Bahraini Peace Tour with Rotten Eggs

Israel delegation to visit Bahrain after furore: report

Ukrainian World Congress to fight for Crimean Tatar people rights

Paul Goble: Russian occupiers now hold at least 70 political prisoners in Crimea

Russian occupiers raid Crimean Tatar activist Osmanov’s house, detain son

Dzhemilev warns fake Mejlis may be created in occupied Crimea

UN documents torture and arrests of Crimean Tatars by Russia

Vedzhie Kashka: “Is it really such a crime to be Crimean Tatar?”

Crimea occupied by terrorist state, Deputy Mejlis Chairman Akhtem Chiygoz

Ukraine to broadcast to Crimean Tatars

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekir Degermendzhy is dangerously ill

Norway becomes first country to switch off FM radio

Norway’s footballers sign historic equal pay agreement

Norway has voted to decriminalise drug use

Eritrea: Post Akria Developments

Akhriya Steps-Forth: From Akhriya to All of Eritrea

Caribbean Island Of Anguilla Bounces Back After Intense Hurricane Season

China Collecting DNA From All Uyghurs in Xinjiang Under Guise of Free Physicals

Uyghur Woman Dies of Condition Left Untreated in Chinese Police Detention

Nearly 10 Percent of Residents of a Xinjiang Township Detained by Chinese Authorities

Use of ‘halal’ logo in restaurants restricted in China’s Xinjiang

Former Macedonian rightist PM resigns party leadership

Macedonia-Greece Name Dispute Could Be Resolved In Coming Months, Says UN Envoy

Macedonia says it needs prospect of joining EU to thwart authoritarianism

Fitch lift makes Portugal predominantly investment-grade

Portugal cleans up with six top prizes at World Travel Awards, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile

Asian ecumenical group describes “grave human rights violations” in West Papua

Pursuing freedom for West Papua

West Papua could compete in future Pacfic Games

West Papuans pleaded for US help in 1960s amid Indonesia takeover

Files show birth of Papua independence struggle

Papuans want justice, not infrastructure

West Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion behind bars charged with treason

West Papuans remember Kelly Kwalik and Hubertus Mabel assassinated on 16th December in 2009 and 2012

Gambia denies hosting Russian imperial revival bid

The Gambia-EU Relationship

Tonga waiting for the next PM

Caretaker Govt signs new economic agreement with China

China gives Tonga huge aid package

A Second Year Of Shortages In Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan tightens fx regulations as black market flourishes

A Native American ‘Sesame Street’ could help save dying languages

Incredible images show remote Brazilian tribe which was nearly wiped out by disease dancing, balancing in trees and swimming in waterfalls

The Misguided Concept of ‘Wilderness’ Comes at the Expense of Indigenous Peoples

Prostate cancer mortality 87 percent higher in American Indians

Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

Child Psychiatrist Calls for US Government Apology to American Indians

Mi’kmaq Resistance: Defend The Sacred

Fake web pages claim Redskins have changed their nickname

American Indian activists seek to rekindle debate on Redskins nickname

How Native Americans Taught Both Assimilation and Resistance at Indian Schools

Billings middle school students confront American Indian stereotypes

Indigenous March in Ecuador Yields Major Victory

Canada announces first presentation of Inuit art for 2019 Venice Biennale

NATO supports Mauritania in enhancing its crisis management system

IMF: Mauritania Gets Help To Strengthen Economic Stability, Speed Up Growth

Mauritania: Return of the birds

Basque protesters in Paris demand ETA prisoner rights

Thousands demand reduced sentences for Basque separatists

Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad: Goals galore in Basque derby

A Crash Course On Basque Cuisine From Legendary Chef Gerald Hirigoyen

47% of citizens would vote ‘no’ on an independent referendum

Demonstration for equality for Euskara language in Nafarroa

Worldview: An icy cold war and the fight for Greenland

Fears Rise Over LGBT Discrimination in Conservative Paraguay

Brazil captures most wanted arms trafficker in Paraguay

Migrants and Militias: Libya’s Enduring Crises

Hurricane Maria has made Puerto Rico a testbed for new technology

EU advances membership talks for Montenegro, Serbia

Women as change makers in Papua New Guinea

Troubled Papua New Guinea deep-sea mine faces environmental challenge

Central Africa Republic: The country with no teachers

Central African Republic: The state that doesn’t exist

Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa

The Long View: Catalonia and Cornwall

Cornish tickbox demanded on next census as campaign launched at Westminster

Cornish fishermen out in force in Brussels to secure better quotas

In Fiji, India’s Pacific Presence Grows

Reserve Bank of Fiji looks at ways to lift economy

The biggest misconceptions about Nordic countries

Finland’s first international gender equality prize goes to Angela Merkel

How Finland eliminated homelessness

East Timor considering contraceptives ban for unmarried women and girls

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

Somalia: Suicide bomber hits Mogadishu police academy

U.S. suspends aid to Somalia’s army over corruption

Pentagon Foresees at Least Two More Years of Combat in Somalia

Lesotho: Trial of soldiers for shooting newspaper editor offers hope of justice

Lawyers representing women soldiers in Lesotho vow to fight pregnancy rule

Burundi’s President Launches Campaign to Extend His Rule

Burundi orders ‘voluntary’ tax to fund fresh elections

Burundi: Rights Defender Nestor Nibitanga Detained

Tajikistan: Independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov detained for corruption report

Tajikistan: How A Broke Government Keeps Its Books Balanced

The letter from high profile nationalists appealing to Leo Varadkar not to abandon the north

Nationalist ‘uprising’ came about out of frustration, says leading lawyer

Irish-Gaelic rebirth has Northern Ireland talking

Irish Sign Language is handed official status at last

New Zealand security chiefs warn of China threat

China Calmed Asian Maritime Dispute in 2017 Without Ceding Sovereignty

While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

China to attack Taiwan ‘the day a US warship visits’: diplomat

China flies most powerful warplanes around Taiwan and over South China Sea during ‘regular’ and ‘necessary’ military drill

China war planes SURROUND Taiwan ready for INVASION if US warships meddle

Spanish court allows extradition of 121 Taiwanese to China

Pakistan says over 300 Baloch separatist militants surrender

Baloch National Movement urges UN intervention for prevention of Baloch genocide by Pakistan

The Collective Punishment in Balochistan

Fed by greed, Jamaica continues to bleed

Jamaica tun cow bwoy town!

Why Bother with a Country Like Swaziland?

Swaziland: 8 in 10 Elderly Are in Poverty

Ethiopia: Oromia hit by fresh #OromoProtests in response to state-sponsored killings

Ethiopia has blocked social media sites as new Oromo protests hit the country

Hundreds of thousands of displaced Ethiopians are caught between ethnic violence and shadowy politics

To Snitch or Not to Snitch? Explaining Non-cooperation with Police in Georgia

Geneva Talks focus on ethnic discrimination against Georgians in occupied regions

Gulf banks face up to Qatar fallout

Moldova backing EU membership at record levels, survey claims

Bulgaria Freezes Assets of Independent Media Publisher

Bulgaria makes telecoms overhaul a focus during Council presidency

Reforms in education, judiciary key for Bulgaria to bridge income gap-IMF

The vengeful sea devouring Albania’s coast

First Aboriginal owned and operated mine in Australian history opens in Arnhem land

Indigenous Australians ‘taking power back’ from government in Queensland

Australia: organ transplant system ‘tipped towards non-Indigenous patients’

How school has been used to control sovereignty and self-determination for Indigenous Peoples

Protesters injured in Honduras clashes as electoral crisis rumbles on

Somaliland hailed as it swears in new president

Russian Court Sentences Two Chechens To Prison Over 1995 Budyonnovsk Hostage Seizure

Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds

Armenia and NATO sum up 2017 and outline new directions

Estonia: Europe’s Little Technological Giant

In war-torn South Sudan, one town nurtures a small-scale peace

Death toll from fighting in South Sudan’s Great Lakes rises to 170

South Sudan needs $1.7 billion humanitarian aid in 2018

UNHCR’s Grandi appeals for urgent action as South Sudan crisis enters fifth year

Four Years Of War In South Sudan Leaves Seven Million In Need

UN warns of cost if South Sudan stymies ‘last chance’ peace plan

Bosnian museum of wartime childhood aims to go global, wins top prize

‘EU must recognize historic opportunity to solve Kosovo issue’

How a Postage Stamp May Have Helped Create the Panama Canal

Kurdish forces suffer big setbacks in Deir Ezzor amid endless ISIS attacks

Turkey launches artillery, airstrikes in Kurdistan mountains: official

HDP lawmaker barred from Turkish parliament for saying ‘Kurdistan’

Theresa May invites Kurdish PM Barzani for meeting in London

KRG FM receives Turkey’s new Consul to Erbil

Kurdish PM Barzani is set to meet Chancellor Merkel

Flag of Kurdistan proudly raised high at Flag Day events

Singapore: Go green with a twin-centre

Vatican should consider voluntary celibacy to cut child abuse risk – royal commission

Party without parliamentary seats leads in Slovenia opinion poll

U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law

From life as thugs to baking, El Salvador’s ex-gang members seek peace

Hmong: my father fought the CIA’s secret war in Laos

Laos: 5 Years Since Civil Society Leader’s ‘Disappearance’

What’s Next for Vietnam-Laos Border Cooperation?

Laos Cracks Down on Trafficking on Border With Thailand

French senate team to help set up New Caledonia independence referendum

Indian police arrest French journalist for filming in Kashmir

The Incredible Linguistic Diversity of Tibet Is Disappearing

Treat Tibet as ‘core issue’, Tibetan govt-in-exile president to India

Gaden Ngachoe observed across Tibet despite heavy restriction

Meet Nepal’s man in Tibet, the head of the only diplomatic mission based in Tibet

As Tibetans in India Opt for Citizenship, Will They Be Less Committed to Tibetan Struggle?

Massive rally for Tibet in New York marks Int’l Human Rights Day

Tibet activists protest against Chinese FM Wang Yi’s visit to India

Book on Tibetan women writers to be published in 2018

Dalai Lama launches iPhone app… but it’s blocked on Apple’s China app store so most Tibetans can’t access it

Tibet Holds the Key to Changing China: CTA President

In Morocco’s Tinghir, Authorities Refuse to Deliver Family Records in Tamazight

Clashes as Algeria students march in support of Berber language

Algeria’s Berbers protest for Tamazight language rights

Lebanon sets 6 May date for first legislative election since 2009

Letters: The quashing of the Catalan movement sets a grim precedent

Catalonia’s December 21 elections

Catalonia On Knife-Edge As Pivotal Elections Loom

Palau Makes All Tourists Sign a Pledge to Protect the Environment

French officials accused of ‘complicity’ in Rwanda genocide

Not one ‘single dinar’: Yezidi MP slams Baghdad for failing Shingal

Benin cassava flour makers seek Geographical Indication

ECHR orders Russia to pay €99.000 to 6 victims of police torture, including Mari El and Chuvashia

Auckland universities ‘caught off guard’ as popularity of te reo Māori classes surges

Guinea-Bissau opposition rejects president’s crisis talks plan

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

Self-determination, to be free of oppression – interview with Marino Busdachin, the UNPO secretary-general


Unique Xmas celebrations: Iceland, its jólabókaflóð and its high literacy rate

People of West Papua mark #HumanRightsDay and demand referendum on West Papuan independence – Spain keeps some Catalan political prisoners and let’s go of some others – Corsican voters favor nationalists seeking more autonomy – FLEMISH dreams of a separate state revived by mass Catalan demonstration in Brussels – How we are pursuing actualization of Biafra – Turkey to put Kurds in prison – Tibetan youth plan march for freedom


1917 December 6: Finland Independence Day

2014 December 8: Paniai Massacre in West Papua

1961 December 9: Tanzania Independence Day

1963 December 12: Jamhuri or Republic Day in Kenya

1971 December 16: National Day in Bahrain

1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day

1878 December 18: Qatar National Day

1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day

Unique Xmas celebrations: Iceland, its jólabókaflóð and its high literacy rate

European Parliament Takes a Stand on Indigenous Rights in Latin America

Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump after Bears Ears National Monument reduction

Inuit traditional knowledge shaped commercial fishing ban for the High Arctic

Great Greenland CEO: seal hunting ban ‘devastating’ for Inuit communities

U.S. Senate Tax Bill Will Have Devastating Impacts on the Alaska Native Gwich’in Peoples’

Ontario moves to allow indigenous institutes to award own degrees

This Game Developer Wants to Create Space for Indigenous Stories

Canada’s 1st Inuk Heart Surgeon Hopes More Inuit Kids Will Pursue Their Passions

¡YA BASTA! Another Indigenous Community Leader Killed by Colonos in Nicaragua

Vast Yukon Wilderness Protected in Ruling for Native Tribes

Why does Canada spy on its own indigenous communities?

Inuit seek full management of Tallurutiup Imanga, Canada’s largest protected area

Sharing their stories: American Indian educators speak to BHS students about racism, learning their cultures and finding their idols

Ancestral Lands Returned to the Rapa Nui After 129 Years of Chilean Control

A Native Activist on a Simple Way to Combat Land Grabs Like Bears Ears

As Camp Qungaayux Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary, The Next Generation Prepares To Take The Lead

An Inside Look at Colombia’s Indigenous Guards

Guinea is not a pig or a fowl, rather a country about to take-off

Guinea to hold first local elections in 12 years

How Bosnia is on the frontline of Europe’s landmine battle

Why Bosnia Matters

Bahamas gov’t moving to avoid being blacklisted by EU

EU adopts blacklist of 17 tax havens

Five Caribbean Nations Make EU Tax Haven Blacklist

Namibia slams ‘unjust’ listing on EU tax haven blacklist

Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Marshalls among EU’s blacklisted tax havens

UAE ‘Surprised and Disappointed’ Over EU Blacklisting

UAE, Bahrain say they’ll act to get off EU’s tax blacklist

Panama recalls EU ambassador over tax haven list

Mauritius and black money – Riding roughshod over regulators

Switzerland placed on EU tax ‘grey list’

Vatican prosecutors urged to go after money laundering

The Complicated China-Vatican Relationship Moves Forward

Zambia police summon Catholic Radio presenter for ‘inciting’ Barotse community against government officials

Iceland to Celebrate Centennial with Over 100 Projects

Sacred fell to be world’s biggest light show – Sámi people left out, says researcher

Moldova ruling party chief Vlad Plahotniuc says framed by Russia in bogus cases

Uyghur Activist, Ilham Tohti, honoured with 2017 Weimar Human Rights Award

Uyghur Grape Merchants Suffer Losses Amid Party Congress Clampdown

Two more Yezidi mass graves found ‘with bodies of 40 children

Half of Yazidis kidnapped by Islamic State still missing

‘Suicide Would Have Been a Blessing’

Yezidi refugees in Greece have not escaped fear

Yazidi Town Gripped With Challenges Long After IS Removal

Benin buoyed by Macron pledge on African heritage

Female judges from Benin and Uganda join International Criminal Court

17 Oligarchs Who Are Shaping Eastern Europe

How to Stand Up to the Kremlin

“DPR” militants and Russian media intimidate the population of Ukrainian occupied territories with new fakes

MEP Harms calls to boycott 2018 World Cup in Russia

Russia aims to smear Mejlis after latest raid on Crimean Tatars which left one dead and imprisoned four

Rally in support of political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku held in Moscow

Russia set to begin its latest Crimean trial on ethnic and religious grounds

Imprisoned Crimean Tatar Activist Named Ukraine’s “Volunteer of the Year”

Russian occupiers making Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar ‘outcast’ languages

Russia adds a vital source of information about rights abuse in occupied Crimea to its list of ‘foreign agents’

Russia forces Crimean Tatars to violent resistance

Judge keeps 4 Catalan independists Junqueras, Forn, Cuixart and Sànchez in prison

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont hailed as hero at Catalan march in Brussels

45,000 people attend demonstration in Brussels, according to Belgian police figures

Brussels rules out European Arrest Warrant reform suggested by Spain

Obstacles remain as New Caledonia prepares to vote on independence from France

New Caledonia called on to advance preparations for 2018 referendum

New Caledonia: the future takes shape

Only Malta and Andorra prohibit abortion under any circumstances

Support for Scottish independence surges amid Brexit chaos

Time is fast coming to name the date for indyref2

James Eglinton: Why Gaelic speakers talk about God in English

Glasgow home to largest number of Gaelic speakers outwith highlands and islands

Map: How the number of Scottish Gaelic speakers has changed since 1891

Nicaragua: Army Assassination Disguised As A Marijuana Raid?

Nicaragua: They Also Want to Kill the Truth

Rihanna Attends Renaming Ceremony for ‘Rihanna Drive’ on Barbados Independence Day

Moscow leaves Tatarstan speechless

Kazan School Director Faces Suspension For Refusal To Abolish Mandatory Tatar Classes

Karabolka next to nuclear Mayak: Russian part evacuated – Tatar part left to die as guinea pigs

Rule in Russia Being Further Centralized

Russian minorities fear for languages amid new restrictions

5 Percent of Namibians Live With Disabilities

NATO asks Russia to pull out from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, promises membership to Georgia

Militants kill U.N. peacekeeper in Central African Republic

Central African Republic: “In Batangafo, people are afraid for their lives. It’s the only thing they have left”

At least 10 killed in Central African Republic clashes

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

China’s Exports to Cuba Slump as Island’s Cash Crunch Deepens

These are the best investment opportunities in Gabon

No, everyone, Welsh road signs do not make you crash your car

BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year shows that we still rate British performances over Welsh ones

Wales is trapped in a war between two factions that don’t care about our nation

A Notch Up in Eritrea’s Struggle For Liberty and Justice

Guyana pumps billions into state-owned sugar company

Guyana targets 100 per cent registration of births

Mauritania: New ‘Apostasy’ Draft Law

Mauritania’s president must ensure blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed regains his freedom

President Of Mauritania Decries Slavery Problem

Aruba ‘first country’ to use blockchain as tourism distribution platform

300 days and counting: Why Adivasi, Dalit farmers are protesting at Kerala Secretariat

Adivasi union parishad member gunned down in Rangamati

How The Adivasi Goes To Vote

Corsican voters favor nationalists seeking more autonomy

Corsican nationalists celebrate election victory, call for greater autonomy

Walter Williams: Economics often drive independence movements – Bavaria, Catalonia, Veneto

Albania 2018: Preparing for a breakthrough

What is the capital of Israel?

FLEMISH dreams of a separate state revived by mass Catalan demonstration in Brussels

Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

Fiji villagers plant mangroves in race against rising seas

Fiji to Host the 34th FAO Conference

Fiji urged by U.N. not to overlook people ostracized for having albinism

Lithuania emerging as the ‘gateway’ to blockchain in Europe

Photographing Historical Armenia: Facing a Past of Pain, Creating a Future of Peace

Armenia and EU Sign New Partnership Agreement

Libya, A Country With No Borders, But Slave Markets

Libya launches voter registration with election date unclear

After IS, Libya yearns for normality

Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

Eurogroup’s next leader will be Portugal’s Mário Centeno

Can He Make Portugal the Next Tech Capital?

Austrian court rules same-sex couples can marry from 2019

Austria and Germany are still recycling Marshall Plan funds

Tyrol to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in Austria’s ski scene

Sierra Leone opposition ‘satisfied’ with police chief sacking

Sierra Leone’s 709-Carat ‘peace diamond’ fetches US$6.5M

There’s a surge of anti-LGBTQ hate taking over Paraguay

Dominica gov’t lowers interest rates, offers grants to rekindle economic recovery

Gambia celebrates a year after Jammeh’s downfall

Gambia gets its first private TV station, 52 years after independence

Gambia needs to address the past, move on

WANEP Gambia forum focuses on women’s role in reform process

Why #Montenegro is not ready for EU accession

Finland declares independence on 4 and 6 December 1917

Finland’s blue & white around the world for centennial celebrations

100 years after independence from Moscow, Finland is firmly anchored to West

Finland: the only country where fathers spend more time with kids than mothers

United Liberation Movement for West Papua: new leader but same agenda

Indonesian minister wants United Liberation Movement for West Papua members arrested

Liberation Movement to remain voice of West Papuans, Benny Wenda

Self-determination resistance continues in West Papua

Jakarta rally calls for Freeport closure, West Papua self-determination

#FreeWestPapua protest on motorbikes in Port Numbay (Jayapura) in West Papua to mark #HumanRightsDay

People of Merauke in West Papua demonstrate to mark #HumanRightsDay and demand a referendum on West Papuan independence

Groundhopper: Basque identity against Spanish identity

From Guernica’s ruins, a lesson in fake news

Guns and phones deal ‘maximum’ carnage to Papua New Guinea’s warring tribes

What next for Papua New Guinea?

Grid powered by tidal energy for Papua New Guinea town

As Puerto Rico seeks to restructure its debt, ‘Everything is on the table’

Volunteers, residents work to restore Puerto Rico’s communities

Puerto Rican leaders fear federal tax overhaul to harm island

Puerto Rico Still Waits for $4.9 Billion From U.S. Treasury

Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 64. Actual Deaths May Be 1,052.

Joshua Wong leads ‘anti-authoritarian’ march in Hong Kong

Joshua Wong faces prison again as ‘slow drip’ of prosecutions takes its toll

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Yeung Ke-cheong runs for China’s legislature, claiming support for Xi Jinping thought

In 1825, Haiti Gained Independence From France For $21 Billion — It’s Time For France To Pay It Back

In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

Haiti / Dominican Republic: One island, two worlds

Ten arrested and three charged over murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Swaziland Govt Running Out of Money

Ethnic violence in Ethiopia leaves deep wounds

Oromo: Ethiopia Target Activists and Dissidents Internationally with Cyber Spyware

International experts support Baloch activist’s call for designating Musharraf as global terrorist

More Baloch women and kids abducted as military offensives continue in Awaran

The man who brought cinema to war-hit Chad

The Trial of Chadian dictator Hissène Habré

Irish language in Northern Ireland sees popular revival amid political controversy

Irish language taking centre stage for trailblazers Laochra

Judge refuses to refer request for Irish language hearing to High Court

Mid and East Antrim council vote to block Irish language legislation

Majority in the north of Ireland support joining a United Ireland to remain within EU

In Northern Ireland, history repeats itself

Taiwanese politics and culture commentator Chang Tieh-chih barred from entering Hong Kong

North Koreans face Mongolia exit as U.N. sanctions bite

Mongolia’s president vetoes 2018 budget

Mental health patients in Cook Islands held in jail

Jordan ‘humiliated’ by Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Palestinian protests break out in Jordan over Trump’s move on Jerusalem

Will Jerusalem issue prompt Jordanian policy rethink?

UNDP gives Vanuatu international standard ballot boxes

10th Pacific Mini Games kick off in Vanuatu

MEPs urge Bulgaria to tackle shocking corruption at Turkish border

Bulgaria: ‘Shalom’ welcomes Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Bulgaria Condemns the Decision of US President to Declare Jerusalem Capital of Israel

Honduran protesters call for vote recount

Honduras Slips Deeper Into Political Crisis

Honduras Opposition Proposes Election Recount or Run-Off

Honduras police refuse crackdown on protesters

Fugitive US lawyer wanted for fraud captured in Honduras

Trump Administration Praises Honduras Amid Election Crisis

Honduras election tribunal says to hold partial re-count in presidential vote

Samoa judge says smacking children encourages more violence

Biafra: Court shifts Nnamdi Kanu trial till Feb 20

How we are pursuing actualization of Biafra – Dr. Ikedife

Biafra: No amount of oppression, propaganda will stop agitation – Eliot Ugochukwu-Uko

Serbian President Says Serbia Does Not Plan to Join NATO: TASS

Serbia, Bosnia seek to boost ties after war crimes tensions

Kosovo court acquits 9 accused of terror attack in Serbia

“Kosovo can only get UN chair through agreement with Serbia”

Niue leads the way in maritime safety training

Pacific mentoring programme helps women MPs share experiences

If the US treated women more like Norway it would be $1.6 trillion richer

Ex Norwegian Royal Alleges Kevin Spacey Groped Him During Nobel Peace Prize Event

Andrej Babiš sworn in as Czech PM with pledge to crack down on migration

EU to sue Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic in top court over migration

EU steps up pressure on Hungary over Soros university, NGO laws, migration

KGBéla Kovács—the Hungarian MEP charged with spying on the EU

Hungary’s Jobbik party says fine risks making it insolvent ahead of 2018 vote

17 suspects identified in Hungarian National Front probe

Czech Republic follows Trump’s lead and recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Hanging by a Thread: Timor-Leste Government Losing Grip on Power

East Timor Is Running Out of Oil

Jose Ramos-Horta: East Timor will survive as oil ends

Botswana agrees to recognise transgender man in landmark case

Bratislava is for losers

Slovakia is often disregarded when it comes to EU posts

Togo Electrification Scheme Gets Boost From Solar Rollout

Understanding Neo-Colonialism in Togo

UN Experts Urge Azerbaijan To End Travel Ban On Award-Winning Ismayilova

Time for Ukraine to invest in the education of the country’s Roma youth

Israeli Scholar: The Romani People Are Descendants of the Israelite Tribe of Simeon

For Many Romani Women, Marriage Requires a Reconstructed Hymen

The Psychic Tea Rooms of 1930s New York Didn’t Predict All the Police Raids

Segregation of Hungarian Roma children must end

Czech court fines online racists a mere EUR 4 for death threats against Romani celebrity

FIFA lifts ban for political interference on Kuwait

Gulf Cup to return to Kuwait following lifting of FIFA ban

Germany presses Kuwait over airline’s rejection of Israeli

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting breaks up within hours

UAE’s ‘alternative GCC’

Agreement Aside, China Boosts Control Over Disputed Asian Sea

South Sudan wants thousands sheltering in UN camps to leave

60 die in livestock battle in South Sudan

More than one million people in South Sudan ‘one step away from famine’

Trump Jerusalem move sparks Israeli-Palestinian clashes

Two Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli army as US isolated at UN over Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Trump, Jerusalem and Arab indifference to Palestine

How Israel is digitally policing Palestinian minds

‘Children of the stones’: the day Palestine was reborn

Somalia, Djibouti Say Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem is ‘Dangerous’

Djibouti vows to become major East African logistic hub

Switzerland to return $320m stolen by Nigerian dictator

A quarter-century of Switzerland’s special status in Europe

The land where winter sports began

Switzerland launches anti-terror action plan

Analysis: ‘Losing all the glaciers in Switzerland is not that far away’

EU ushers Macedonia to come closer

Aspiring NATO member Macedonia angles for membership invite in 2018

Mattis says US ready to end Syrian-Kurdish military support

US-backed Syria Kurdish force says east Euphrates free of ISIS

Deadly explosion at Kurdish refugee camp was airstrike

US Jewish groups back Kurdish cause

Kurdistan slams Abadi for omitting Peshmerga in victory speech

Britain has turned its back on its Kurdish allies

KRG asks Germany to help start talks, warns Baghdad may use force again

Kurdistan Region’s diplomacy with Baghdad pays off in Paris

Ankara Steps Up Threats Against Syrian Kurdish Enclave

Kurdish Leader Selahattin Demirtas Goes on Trial in Turkey Facing 142 Years in Jail

Turkish academics to be tried in April over Kurdish letter

Israel’s Netanyahu: Erdogan ‘bombs Kurdish villages,’ cannot lecture Israel

Bolivia’s Afro king leads a long-neglected group stepping out of the shadows

Bolivia lawmakers vote to ease abortion limits

Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia demand higher wages

Slovenia: Emerging Europe’s Hidden Giant

Hmong face military in Laos jungle in fallout from Vietnam war

Village Buddhist Monks in Laos Initiate Environmentally-Aware Development

Countries not willing to talk about Kashmir because of India’s influence: former Pakistan diplomat

Claims of normalcy in Kashmir ‘contrary’ to ground situation: Farooq Abdullah

Stone-pelting Kashmiri girl scores a goal for women’s football

Alisa Ganieva Explores Complexities Of Culture And Marriage In Dagestan

Dagestan: 3 more Muslim prisoners of conscience

Could Somaliland eradicate FGM?

Dalai Lama’s Envoy Samdhong Rinpoche Discreetly Visited China

Tibetan youth plan march for freedom

Czechia Standing by Tibet

US lawmakers slam China for ‘repression, rights violations’ in Tibet

Richard Gere returning to Capitol Hill to talk Tibet

Oppression In Tibet Cannot Be Tolerated: Testifies Richard Gere

Film on Tibet Shown in the European Parliament

Tibet Rallies Across The World On Human Rights Day

Game of Thrones in Berber : Youssef Aboutaleb and his team for highlighting the Amazigh culture

Algeria student protests against moves to curb Berber language development

Taskiwine, an Amazigh Martial Dance, Named UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Haratins: “Time to end Arab racism”, human rights activist Biram Dah Abeid

ADB to Help Marshall Islands Deliver More Efficient, Sustainable Power

BELARUS: Maltreated, fined for offering religious literature

Belarusian arrested in Andromeda crackdown identified as significant cybercriminal figure

Slowly, Tech Brand Belarus Emerges

A Step To War: Russia To Place Tanks, Other Equipment In Belarus

Belarusian National Congress leader Mikalai Statkevich arrested

Belarusian Centenarian Recounts Repression Under Stalin

After Weeks Of Will-He-Or-Won’t-He, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rescinds Resignation

Lebanon emerges from crisis with Iran on top, but risks remain

World powers push Saudis, Iran to stop interfering in Lebanon

US to Saudis: Temper actions on Yemen, Qatar, Lebanon

Chechen Leader Kadyrov Taunts Moscow Again with Talk of Retirement

Lingerie And Sex Shop Opened By Muslim Daughter Of Russian Leader Who Banned Revealing Clothes

European Committee for Prevention of Torture in Chechnya as 7 People Abducted

‘This is my buddy’: Boxing great Mayweather meets Chechen leader Kadyrov, wants Russian citizenship

Chechen Ombudsman offers to block websites reporting on kidnapping in Republic

Somalia’s Peacekeeping Mission Could Be Hurt by Cut in Force Size

Somalia’s Puntland Region Declares State of Emergency Over Drought

Somalia needs investment and improved living conditions says UN, AU

Things of Latvia: Not being kick-ass

Maldives Rushes Through Trade Pact With China Despite Opposition

Tunisia seen softening economic reforms to avoid unrest

Tunisian labor union says Jerusalem decision a ‘declaration of war’, calls for protests

Tunisia and Morocco summon U.S. ambassadors over Jerusalem

Women in rural Tunisia mix hot sauce with business

Frenemies for life: Has the love gone between Uganda and Rwanda?

Bhutan’s happiness index catches on in other countries too

Russian minorities fear for languages amid new restrictions

Research reveals 40% of women in Georgia are economically inactive

Lithuanian-language teachers gradually pushed out of Kaliningrad schools

Call for Release of Alliance for Independent Madhesh coordinator Dr CK Raut