July 25: National Day of Galicia

1847 July 26: Liberia Independence Day

1965 July 26: Maldives Independence Day

1821 July 28: Fiestas Patrias, Peru

2014 July 28: Yarkand Massacre, Xinjiang

1980 July 30: Vanuatu Independence Day

1960 August 1: Benin Independence Day

1291 August 1: Swiss National Day

1969 August 2: Act of Free Choice/Act of No Choice, West Papua

1944 August 2: Roma-Sinti Auschwitz Day

1960 August 3: Niger Independence Day

1960 August 5: Burkina Faso Independence Day

1825 August 6: Bolivia Independence Day

1962 August 6: Jamaica Independence Day

1960 August 7: Ivory Coast Independence Day

1965 August 9: Singapore National Day

1809 August 10: Ecuador Independence Day

1960 August 11: Chad Independence Day


Worse Than You Think

1816 July 9: Argentina Independence Day

2011 July 9: South Sudan Independence Day

1973 July 10: Bahamas Independence Day

1979 July 12: Kiribati Independence Day

1975 July 12: São Tomé and Príncipe Independence Day

1992 July 17: Slovak National Council’s Declaration of Independence of the Slovak Nation

1810 July 20: Colombian Declaration of Independence

1831 July 21: Belgian National Day

July 25: National Day of Galicia

1847 July 26: Liberia Independence Day

1965 July 26: Maldives Independence Day

1821 July 28: Fiestas Patrias, Peru

Latvia will host new NATO northern headquarters from 2019

Swaziland’s First Ever Pride March

Sindhi spiritual leader Dada Vaswani dead

Iranian forces executed one Baloch in Saravan prison

PkMAP urges Baloch, Pashtuns to launch joint rights movement

Polynesian Leaders Group grows

Bulldozing Palestine, one village at a time

Israel freezes funds for Palestinian prisoners’ families

Protests erupt at Bedouin village Israel plans to demolish

Benin’s start-ups overcome ‘scammer’ stigma and hit global market

For Yazidi Woman Abducted by IS, a Tearful Homecoming

Yazidi genocide survivor to international community: verbal support is not enough

Court blocks electoral bid of Kurdistan Freedom Movement

Fires and armed conflict take toll on Kurdish flora, fauna

PKK ‘occupation’ of Kurdistan causing civilian casualties: PM Barzani

Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Party Seeks to Redraw Political Borders

What’s behind nationalist gains in Turkey’s Kurdish regions?

No change expected in Kurdish policies

Turkey arrests two Britons over Kurdish ‘terror propaganda’

Ghassemlou’s assassins still at-large 29 years after his death

Kurmanji or Sorani? Why not both in the Kurdistan Region?

Iranian guards seize livestock, detain shepherds, families in Kurdistan

Syrian Kurds continue resistance in Afrin

Parliament votes to suspend Kurdistan presidency, postpone election

Lawmakers call for Kurdistan Region constitution

Eight casualties, 76 ‘neutralized’ in week-long anti-PKK operations: Turkish official

Airstrikes kill 54 in Syria’s Deir al-Zour: Monitor

Iran bombards Kurdistan border, forcing civilians to flee

Catalonia’s Roma: Fighting stereotypes 600 years after migration

The only district in Europe where Roma are the majority: a day in Šuto Orizari

Roma integration strategies are failing: weak governance, unchecked discrimination and deep-rooted antigypsyism

The Importance of Educating Roma Girls: a message to my 16-year-old self

Gypsy children cannot become scouts in Hungary

Kate Kennally: Cornwall will control its own destiny

Gonzaga professor contributes to business book for Native Americans, by Native Americans

Indigenous Bowl gives American Indians a chance to play football, meet peers

Facebook launches Inuktut translation option to ease access for Inuit users

Mexican Presidential Election and Perspectives for the Country’s Indigenous Population

Prisons ‘pulverizing’ Indigenous people

AFN candidates tell Yukon First Nations to ‘exert your sovereignty’

Criminalisation brought to new extremes in case of Aymara indigenous communities in Peru

Interpreter trial ensures hospitals are no longer places where Aboriginal people ‘go to die’

Australian police chief apologizes to indigenous people

Indigenous leaders gather for First Nations summit at Old Parliament House in Canberra

Armed villagers attack neighbouring Batwa community in southern Rwanda

Watch how easy it is for companies to take indigenous land

Saving tigers, killing people

Why conservation must include indigenous rights

Three reasons why we should all care about Indigenous Peoples

Reinforcing efforts to include indigenous peoples

Global Sikh community called to unite for independence referendum

Guinea capital paralysed by fuel price strike

Dvořák Prague Festival: Piano Chords of the “Russian World”

“Slava Ukraini! Glory to Ukraine!”: Ukrainians crash FIFA rating on Facebook over Vida incident reaction

How the World Cup exposed Russian chauvinism

Most of searches in Crimea conducted among Crimean Tatars, – Dzhemilev

Eight members of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people stay outside Crimea – Jemilev

FSB torture Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev’s family driver

Russia hides imprisoned Ukrainian human rights activist on hunger strike

How the Russian authorities fabricated criminal charges against Crimean farmer Volodymyr Balukh

Defiant cries of ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ as Russia sentences Panov to 8 years for exposing ‘Crimean saboteur’ scam

Crimean Tatar activist accused of terrorism vows to continue hunger strike until Russia releases all Ukrainian political prisoners

Satellite imagery confirms environmental disaster in Crimea

US non-recognition policy and Crimea – Russian misrepresentations and Baltic truths

Liechtenstein leads the change towards sustainable finance

Azerbaijan’s sabre-rattling grows louder

Two Police Killed In Clash With Protesters In Azerbaijan’s Second-Largest City

Moldova Remembers Victims of Stalin’s Deportations

Ireland aims to be ‘vocal, active and courageous’ on world stage as it seeks United Nations Security Council seat

Northern Ireland ‘unsupportive’ of ‘no deal’ Brexit, study shows

Ireland to hold referendum to remove ‘women’s place is the home’ clause from constitution

Irish senate backs bill banning trade with Israeli settlements

Tech-savvy Estonia wants you to know it has 1.3m people — and 4 unicorns

100 hot air balloons fly for Lithuania’s 100th birthday

Lithuania introduces ‘cultural passport’ for schoolchildren

EMERGENCY SITUATION in West Papua: Indonesian military conducting full scale attack on villages in NGUDA

Indonesian security forces shoot into Papuan village from helicopters

Indonesian police raid student dormitory to prevent Bloody Biak screening

Monday Extract: New Zealand’s disgraceful role in the ‘slow genocide’ of West Papua

West Papua National Army is constitutionally obliged to defend the territory and people

PNG PM urges Pacific countries to take Papua issue to UN

Uighur children fall victim to China anti-terror drive

The Uighur Muslim crisis is worse than you think

Risky Recoil? Xinjiang relocates 460k residents

Interview: Witness Recalls ‘The Smell of Innocent Blood’ From July 5, 2009

World Uyghur Congress calls on China to reveal the whereabouts of countless Uyghurs disappeared in Urumqi

Spy For Us — Or Never Speak To Your Family Again

Taiwan braces for Chinese meddling ahead of election

Taiwan isolation pays off for Panama as China opens free trade talks

Beijing hits out at Washington for ‘playing Taiwan card’ after US warships sail through strait

‘We will not give up self-determination,’ says Torra after meeting with Sánchez

‘Thaw’ but long way to go: papers have their say on Torra-Sánchez meeting

Sánchez government comes in for criticism over tweets in Catalan

Court orders suspension of six jailed and exiled leaders as MPs

Remaining jailed leaders transferred to Catalan prison

Removal of Francoist symbols from public places to be obligatory

PP leadership candidates take aim at Catalan pro-independence parties

‘Fictitious narrative’ from Spain on rebellion has collapsed, says Catalan president

Court sides with ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont on rebellion charge

Spanish judge might withdraw extradition request for Puigdemont, say reports

Representative in Brussels Serret ready to push ‘interests of Catalans’ before EU institutions

Major audiovisual trade fair to move to Barcelona in 2021

Catalan economy rises to 19.2% of Spain

Between 110k and 200k in protest to demand freedom for jailed leaders

How much does it cost to have a baby in Finland? Yle does the maths

Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim Torra

Quim Torra: Scotland and Catalonia are nations with the same goal

Yes DIY: We must reframe the narrative of Scottish independence

Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence

Forget football, it’s independence that’s really coming home

Poland and Baltic States Reduce Reliance on Russian Energy

Trump’s attacks on NATO are a matter of life and death for Baltic countries

This is How Russia Could Test NATO, Warns Former US Army Europe Commander

Niue joins growing Pacific movement to ban plastics

Pro-Biafra groups move to unite Igbo leaders on secession

Igbo Independence And Biafran Identity

Lesotho: No Justice Two Years After Lesotho Editor’s Shooting

Plaque in honour of Basque refugees who sought refuge in Newport unveiled

Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebels

China plays peace broker for Myanmar talks with ethnic groups

New Caledonia: decolonisation in conversation

Tajikistan: Monopoly practices send fuel prices soaring

Tajikistan: Journalist’s Conviction a Mockery of Rights

How the War on Drugs Is Making Tajikistan More Authoritarian

What Can an Ancient Language Teach Us About The Future of Language Learning?

Head of Ingush ‘torture centre’ claims to be victim of political intrigue

Forgetting Chechnya

Russian rights activist goes on trial in Chechnya

Power in Chechnya: Ramzan Kadyrov’s family business

Kalmykia Buddhists Demand Russia to Issue Visa for Dalai Lama Visit

How social media users in Kyrgyzstan are turned into “extremists”

Time for Bolivia to Join Safe Schools Declaration

Gang wars in Montenegro

Grenada tourism on a hot streak

Public workers in Guinea-Bissau march for higher wages

Reuters Reporters To Face Trial In Myanmar After Covering Rohingya Massacre

Bangladesh Begins Registering Rohingya Refugees

‘We are always missing you’: Torn apart by violence, Rohingya families connect through letters

U.N. readies to send experts to Myanmar’s Rakhine after Rohingya return deal

Cuba to prune back private sector as new rules start in Dec

Inside the surreal capital city of Brunei, a tiny nation of unimaginable wealth where oil money pays for everything and half the population lives in a floating ‘water village’

US Slaps Terror Designation On Iran-linked Group In Bahrain

CAR rejects Russia mediation bid with rebels

Timor-Leste spy case referred for investigation

Turkmenistan’s Economy—Half Empty or Half Full?

Turkmenistan: Keep the family close, and keep the population closer

At least 45 Houthis killed in failed attempts to restore various lost posts

Amnesty calls for probe of torture claims at Yemen detention centers

Betraying Justice for Rwanda’s Genocide Survivors

After shuttering 700 churches, Rwanda proposes stricter clergy guidelines

Constitutional reforms expected in Vanuatu parliament this year

El Salvador’s hidden tragedy: ‘I can’t take the agony any more’

El Salvador Gangs Influence Local Politics in the Capital: Report

El Salvador government rejects court ruling over disappearance of a diplomat

The story behind why Paraguay followed the US and moved its embassy to Jerusalem

Paraguay’s #MeToo: ‘He likes you, so he will rape you.’

In Mauritania, a Female Dance of Freedom

Belarus gains from Russia’s political disputes to grow big in fuel re-export

Belarusian Journalist Is Tried On Charge Of Assaulting Police Officer

Belarus citizens shifting away from under Moscow influence

New Togo fishing port stokes coastal erosion fears

Liberia Takes Small Step Toward Justice for War Crimes

Luxembourg’s brexit bill

EU backs Bulgaria’s first step towards joining euro

Tonga to start repaying Chinese loan

Crypto Investors Try Forming First Regulated Bank, in Malta

Mauritius financial centre ‘booming’

Pink Coconuts takes action in Barbados to promote inclusivity

South Sudan cancels Independence Day celebrations amid war

South Sudan: Voices of Independence past

South Sudan rebels reject peace deal reinstating Machar

South Sudan government forces, allies killed hundreds of civilians: U.N.

South Sudan parliament extends president’s term until 2021

UN Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

Macedonia celebrates the invitation to join NATO

Russia complains Macedonia being sucked into NATO by force

Greece expels Russian diplomats over interference in Macedonia dispute

Namibia: former refugees return

Namibia: Pro-Secession Activists Charged in Zambezi

Ethiopia And Eritrea Declare End Of War

Confronting Horror at the Jordan-Syria Border

Why Kashmir is still reeling from rebel Burhan Wani’s death

The importance of having an Afro-feminist activist in Costa Rica’s government

Switzerland launches WTO action over U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs

Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami

The Faroe Islands’ 500-year-old fight to save its language

Ethiopian rebel group OLF declares ceasefire in wake of reforms

Gambia authorities identify exhumed bodies

Four shot dead in another PNG prison break

Taiwan helping bankroll Pacific Forum in Nauru

Bid to make Polynesian languages official languages rejected

India’s rising soft power in Greece, Suriname & Cuba

Nauru’s ABC ban will leave Islanders in the dark: Palau media

India to ‘educate and advise’ Maldives on China

Machakos DG, Maliti speaks on colonial injustices

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Meets the Dalai Lama

Chinese Police Brutally Assaults Tibetan Villagers

Let the Dalai Lama go home

Young Tibetan Monks Forced to Leave Monastery to Join Chinese Schools

United States Taking Action to Ensure Reciprocal Access to Tibet


Balanced and Open: Blessed to Fly

1776 July 4: United States Independence Day

1962 July 5: Algeria Independence Day

1975 July 5: Cape Verde Independence Day

2009 July 5th: Urumqi Massacre, Xinjiang

1811 July 5: Venezuelan Declaration of Independence

1975 July 6: Comoros Independence Day

1253 July 6: Crowning of King MINDAUGAS – Day of Statehood in Lithuania

1964 July 6: Malawi Independence Day

1978 July 7: Solomon Islands Independence Day

1816 July 9: Argentina Independence Day

2011 July 9: South Sudan Independence Day

1973 July 10: Bahamas Independence Day

1979 July 12: Kiribati Independence Day

1975 July 12: São Tomé and Príncipe Independence Day

1992 July 17: Slovak National Council’s Declaration of Independence of the Slovak Nation

1810 July 20: Colombian Declaration of Independence

1831 July 21: Belgian National Day

Open Letter to EU Decision-Makers Sheds Light on Plight of the Hmong

Creation of African mechanism for Western Sahara, important step in resolving conflict

Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power

Unilateral Catalan independence bid debate revives

‘We won’t give up until you’re home,’ says Catalan president to jailed leaders

‘Transferring us closer to home is not a gesture, it’s a right’

Pro-independence groups pay 2.1m required of former cabinet by judge

Catalan President and Scottish First Minister to meet on July 11

Catalan pro-independence parties reject new threshold for EU parliament election

Spain grants Dukedom of Franco to dictator’s granddaughter

Torra urges Spain to follow UK example and allow referendum

Catalan parliament agrees to ‘forum for dialogue” for all parties

Independence movement prepares 6km demo for Catalan National Day

New Spanish government to take pro-independence initiative to court for first time

Five key points of upcoming Catalonia-Spain presidents meeting

Sánchez says no to referendum, but is ready to lift veto on Catalan social laws

‘We will not give up self-determination,’ says Torra after meeting with Sánchez

Dozens of Uyghur Children of Xinjiang Village Camp Detainees Sent to Live in Orphanages

Uyghur Exile Group Leader’s Mother Died in Xinjiang Detention Center

Calls to stop 11 Uighurs’ return to China amid fears of torture

Russia’s transformation of ethnic mix in occupied Crimea an act of genocide

Jailed Crimean Tatar Human Rights Activist on Hunger Strike in Russian World Cup city

Jailed Crimean Tatar civic journalist subjected to punitive psychiatry for innocuous YouTube videos from 2013

In Provocative Move, Putin Names Regiments After Ukrainian Cities, Warsaw, Berlin

Ukrainians may stay in Serbia for up to 90 days without visa – new deal

EU aid not reaching Yazidi in northern Iraq, says NGO

Sulaimani protesters call Turkish forces ‘occupiers’

Barzani, Silliman break ground for US consulate in Erbil

What is the future of Kurds in the new Turkey?

Iran to create no man’s land on Kurdish border, gives 72-hour notice to villagers

UN report details large-scale human rights abuses in Afrin

Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua

West Papua a “black hole” for human rights

Basque students protest against refusal to mark science exams completed in Basque, effectively failing 180 students

Not just a joke: Why we should challenge anti-Welsh ‘humour’

Backbone of Britain: The battle to protect the Welsh language has already begun

Moldova’s Euromaidan? Protests in Chisinau recall 2013 Ukraine uprising

EU freezes aid to Moldova as row over mayoral election festers

Moldova’s Andrei Nastase: The Man Who Would Be Mayor — Or More

High-level Finnish and Swedish Support for NATO Membership

Finland and Sweden sign defence pact in Turku

How this brave Jewish Berber queen fought against Islamic expansion in 7th century Northwest Africa

Has Tibet finally lost out to China?

Tibetan Migration Into India Down to a Trickle

Kashmiri Tibetans Dream to Return to Tibet from Kashmir

Tibetans Marked a Grand Celebration of Dalai Lama’s Birthday in Nepal

Tata’s Vistara Airlines Feels Blessed to Fly Dalai Lama

New Zealand warns of security risk from China’s influence in Pacific

China Deploys Heavy Armed Forces in Tibet on Dalai Lama’s Birthday

Snubbed in world’s biggest war game, will Beijing make waves in South China Sea?

Japanese helicopter carrier to tour South China Sea, Indian Ocean for two months

Islamic State in the Greater Sahara branch films clashes with Tuareg militias

July 1 democracy demo: Hongkongers fear dwindling freedoms, Chinese encroachment 21 years after Handover

Saint Lucia takes over chairmanship of CARIFORUM from St. Kitts and Nevis

How Cambridge Analytica fueled a shady global passport bonanza

France revisits 1959 conviction of Tahiti’s Pouvanaa

French Polynesia’s govt marks autonomy day

Meet the Teen Metalheads Saving the Maori Language Through Thrash

Sister of Adivasi man beaten to death by mob in Kerala becomes cop

Starting from scratch: Aboriginal group reclaims lost language

Kids are keeping Aboriginal languages alive — and learning just how different they are

New Farmington American Indian Ambassador named

‘Our lives are at stake’: Gwich’in fight to protect caribou at biennial gathering

Inuit hunting grounds get UNESCO World Heritage status

Investing in indigenous communities is most efficient way to protect forests, report finds

Smartphone app helps indigenous communities fight deforestation

Indigenous Lands in Canada & Colombia on World Heritage List

Navajo veteran is first to be named a Tillman Scholar

Record Number Of Native Americans Running For Office In Midterms

Call for balanced information campaign in New Caledonia

Dreams Of Change Deferred: Activists Can’t Work In Tajikistan, Can’t Live Outside It

Liberia: 76 Groups Seek Justice for War Crimes

Equatorial Guinea amnesty for political prisoners greeted with sceptism

Djibouti commissions $3.5 billion Chinese-built free trade zone

Gabon struggles to stem tide of child trafficking

US slaps new sanctions on Nicaragua over violence, corruption

Physicians say Rohingya scars ‘highly consistent’ with Myanmar atrocity reports

Somaliland: an isolated country runs on mobile money

An inclusive response: reaching Batwa communities to combat Ebola

Togo launches $1.8bn plan to provide universal access to electricity

In Bhutan, hordes of young people are giving up rural life to move to cities

Papua New Guinea Aims To Redefine Masculinity In A Way That’s Nonviolent

Burundi school ban on expectant teens ‘skewed’ against girls’ education

Biggest Melanesian festival underway in Solomon Islands

Belarus authorities thwart opposition rally in Minsk

Balochistan: Eight abducted from Turbat, dozens of students whisked away from a library in Quetta

Sindh: Meghwar Woman First of Community to Run in Assembly Constituency Elections