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“If you stay alive”



1953 October 22: Laos Independence Day

1956 October 23 – November 10: Hungarian Uprising

1964 October 24: Zambia Independence Day

1955 October 26: Austrian National Day

2014 October 26: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

1979 October 27: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day

1991 October 27: Turkmenistan Independence Day

1918 October 28: Independent Czechoslovak State Day

1923 October 29: Turkey Republic Day

1981 November 1: Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day

November is National Native American Heritage Month in the US

1984 November 1: Anti-Sikh Riots

1978 November 3: Dominica Independence Day

1903 November 3: Panama Independence Day

2018 November 4: New Caledonian independence referendum

November 7: International Inuit Day

1953 November 9: Cambodia Independence Day

2014 November 9: Catalan self-determination referendum

2001 November 10: Indonesian Military assassinate West Papuan Independence Leader Theys Eluay

1975 November 11: Angola Independence Day

1918 November 11: National Independence Day in Poland

Justice for Survivors of ISIS: The Plight of Yazidi Women

Palestine: Authorities Crush Dissent

Cities Will Bear the Brunt of Trump’s Aid Cuts to Palestine

Catalonia: Council of the Republic to be launched on Oct 30 in Barcelona

Torra calls summit for dialogue on Catalonia for November 16

EU resolution could see Francisco Franco Foundation banned

Puigdemont calls right to self-determination ‘a tool for peace’

Catalonia: unemployment rate lowest since 2008

Catalan president vindicates declaration of independence one year on

In support for Kanak independence movement Maohi leader Temaru joins campaign trail in New Caledonia

Campaigning starts officially for New Caledonia referendum

New Caledonians at a crossroad of destiny

Human Rights body issues warning prior to New Caledonia vote

Bolton in Azerbaijan: U.S. Will Continue To Support Peaceful Solution Of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Pashinian’s Bid To Force Snap Elections In Armenia Moves Ahead

Bolton in Armenia: After Elections, ‘No Better Time’ For Armenia To Resolve Nagorno-Karabakh Issue

Tens of thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

Russia is forcing Crimeans to serve in Russian army

Russian authorities dig up ancient Muslim necropolis to build highway in occupied Crimea

Russia launches new attack on Crimean Solidarity & lawyers defending political prisoners

Two Muslims get huge prison sentences for teaching their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia uses same methods of persecution against Crimean Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Haley demands UN punish Cuba, Bolivia after ‘mob scene’ at US event for Cuban political prisoners

Russian Patriarch Cuts Short Planned Visit to Moldova

Indigenous Sámi community weighs in on truth and reconciliation process

Sights And Sounds Of Discontent In Turkmenistan

Xinjiang Authorities Jail Prominent Uyghur Television Host

Inside China’s internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks

China’s Government Has Ordered a Million Citizens to Occupy Uighur Homes

The Yaaku sad as efforts to revive dying language fail

Tokelau’s newspapers foster language and bring home youth

Scottish Gaelic Awards 2018: The fantastic finalists are revealed

Language ambassadors part of Scotland’s first Gaelic tourism strategy

The Welsh government has a plan to make smart home devices speak Welsh

Welsh Language Isn’t Dead, But Your Opinion of It Is

How do you have sex in the Irish language?

Irish spoken inside the House of Commons for the first time since records began

Larung Gar residents prohibited from celebrating Buddhist festival

Around 35 Tibetan NGO activists detained after protests against Chinese delegation in Delhi

Tibet: Parliament in Exile in Unofficial Talks with Chinese Government

New Zealand firms looting of Sahrawi phosphate hinders UN peace process

Minister proposes Irish, East Timor models for Kashmir solution

West Papuans remain peacefully defiant as Indonesian Police storm Congress of the West Papua National Committee

The forgotten genocide of Somaliland

Somaliland: Biggest Liaison Office Abroad Opened in Kenya

El Salvador issues arrest order for Archbishop Romero’s killer

Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBTQ message

Vatican ‘suffragettes’ want vote, change, in a man’s Church

Vatican stalls on married Catholic priests

Jamaica wants reggae on UNESCO cultural heritage list

Bitter taste for Cuba as it imports sugar for the first time

The Hungarian Uprising of October ’56

Island diplomacy: a storm in the Maldives

Rohingya deserve dignity and a safe home

Black and Indigenous: prisoners of mixed heritage face institutional ignorance

Neo-Nazi C14 vigilantes appear to work with Kyiv police in latest ‘purge’ of Roma

Montreal all-girls school honours missing and murdered Indigenous women with dress project

Taiwan indigenous musician sounds clarion call for cultural, environmental well-being

From ‘Aboriginal’ to ‘Indigenous’ in the Justin Trudeau era

Alaska Natives Call on Banks to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge From Drilling

How long before Dalit Bahujan Adivasi women can say #MeToo?

Adivasi children take to streets to protest Naxal barbarism

Adivasis gear up for Kumram Bheem commemoration

Navajo stories turned into comic books

Facing Arizona: I want to inspire Navajo children to be successful

Nunavut Inuit to explore self-government

Hmong: Alarming Crackdown on the ChaoFa in LPDR

World Sindhi Congress Holds 30th Annual Conference in London

Chittagong Hill Tracts: UN Development Program to Improve Indigenous Quality of Life

“If you stay alive”: Kadyrov offers Ingush to organize rally in Chechnya

Kadyrov Aspires To Annex Far More Of Ingushetia As Well As An Entire District Of Daghestan

From Volga River to Yenisei River: barometer of living standards in Russian regions

Equatorial Guinea frees 34 opposition figures

Comoros island inches back to life after uprising

George Weah declares public universities in Liberia tuition-free after fee-hike protest

Liberia rape scandal shifts aid sector spotlight

In Laos, a World Bank ‘model’ dam and the myth of sustainable hydropower

‘An Attack on Belarus Is an Attack on Russia,’ Moscow Warns

Moscow’s ‘Article Five’ Guarantee to Belarus: First Step Toward Permanent Russian Base?

‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expert

Lukashenko: Belarus ready to “engage” in Donbas conflict settlement

Nicki Minaj contributing to relief efforts after her native Trinidad is devastated by floods

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Blessings from Beijing



1991 October 18: Azerbaijan Independence Day

1953 October 22: Laos Independence Day

1956 October 23 – November 10: Hungarian Uprising

1964 October 24: Zambia Independence Day

1955 October 26: Austrian National Day

2014 October 26: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

1979 October 27: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day

1991 October 27: Turkmenistan Independence Day

1918 October 28: Independent Czechoslovak State Day

1923 October 29: Turkey Republic Day

1981 November 1: Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day

November is National Native American Heritage Month in the US

1984 November 1: Anti-Sikh Riots

1978 November 3: Dominica Independence Day

1903 November 3: Panama Independence Day

2018 November 4: New Caledonian independence referendum

Antigua and Barbuda Retain World Domino Title

Protesters, soldiers clash in Comoros over presidential term extension

Titiyev, Activist Jailed In Chechnya, Awarded Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

Win a smartphone in Russia by denouncing neighbours for ‘extremism’

Two “DNR ministers” surrender to Ukraine. Will the rest follow?

Russian controlled ‘Luhansk republic’ bans all Protestant churches

Crimean children take oath to serve as friends of the Russian FSB

Italian Minister Says Rome Will Oppose Extension Of EU Sanctions On Russia

Court in Finland finds pro-Kremlin trolls guilty of harassing journalist

Balochistan: Pakistani forces abduct five persons from different areas

Taiwan independence rally attracts thousands of protestors in Taipei

Preparations Underway for Independence Vote Next Year in Bougainville

Spain won’t overturn decree facilitating companies fleeing Catalonia after all

Minister and mayor summoned to high court over Catalan October 1 referendum

Tribute to Catalan president Lluís Companys executed by Franco October 15, 1940

Brussels won’t oppose Madrid closing hundreds of Catalan independence referendum web sites

One year on, Catalan pro-independence activists remain in pre-trial jail

Is he not persecuted because of his nationality? Jordi Cuixart: I am a political prisoner, held hostage by Spain

Spain vetoes Catalan language in European Parliament

Greece sacks honorary consul in Barcelona at demand of Spanish government

No Spanish budget negotiations whilst many Catalan politicians are in prison or exile

Flanders hits back after Spain withdraws delegate’s diplomatic status for speaking up for inprisoned Catalan politicians

Exiled Catalan official claims Spanish diplomatic moves to bar him from event in Belgium

Switzerland loses top spot as US named most competitive economy

Barotseland: periodic prayer rituals will not sanitize Zambia’s many transgressions!

Chinese official says ‘sinicization’ of religion in Xinjiang must go on

Prominent Uyghur Publisher Arrested, Under Investigation

Children Caught in Xinjiang Crackdown

Xinjiang Authorities Detain Prominent Uyghur Journalist in Political ‘Re-Education Camp’

China’s Targeting of Uyghur Scholars an Outrageous Abdication of the Rule of Law

NZ addresses UN on Tokelau self-governance

Bulgaria indicts suspect accused of the rape and murder of a television journalist

Welcome to Bulgaria, the world’s fastest shrinking nation

Sweden leads the world in cashless payments

Sweden has EU’s lowest proportion of people living in serious poverty

Somaliland’s world-leading move towards a cashless culture

DP World investment boosts Somaliland’s push for sovereignty

Four parties agree to Western Sahara talks

IV UN Commission: EU backs a solution that provides the self-determination to the Saharawi people

Unfair sentences against Saharawi journalists in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara

UN adopts resolution for self-determination of Sahrawi people

China could either transform you or you can transform China: Tibetan President

The West should learn some bravery from Tibet

A Tibetan view of the Vatican’s agreement with China

Tibetan Land Protesters Attacked, Beaten in Qinghai

Geoengineering will happen, China controlling rain across Tibet

Blessings From Beijing: Inside China’s Soft-Power War on Tibet

Heeding China’s call, Hong Kong tightens grip on dissent

Beijing is taking Hong Kong back 100 years, says Baggio Leung, new spokesperson for pro-independence group HKNF

Independence activists urge US to punish Hong Kong officials over ‘rights violations’ as scuffle unfolds outside Gov’t HQ

Danske Bank money laundering: Europe’s ‘biggest scandal’

Miss Earth Lebanon is stripped of her title after posing for a photo with Miss Earth Israel

Welsh language and heritage centre in Gwynedd wins top award in Brussels

What is Shwmae Su’mae Day and what it means to those who speak Welsh

We deliver letters addressed in Irish and Ulster Scots, says Royal Mail after post returned

Armenia’s Pashinian Resigns To Force New Elections

Gambia Launches Truth and Reconciliation Body to Confront Abuses Under Yahya Jammeh

Journalist murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

Indonesia’s Papua Media Blacklist

Light at end of tunnel for West Papua

Real-time plantation map aims to throttle deforestation in Papua

West Papua’s Suppression Is a Fraudulent Process Facilitated by the UN

Scotland’s independence marchers show the movement is far bigger than the SNP

Belize Celebrates Hicatee Awareness Month

At U.N., Cuban diplomats shout down U.S. event on political prisoners

Patriotic Union of Cuba: Cuba frees dissident after US call for release

Police: At Least 2 Dead in Anti-Corruption Protests in Haiti

Biafra: No substitute For Biafra Referendum And Election Boycott

1st indigenous Miss Panama advocates for native peoples

Indigenous Stories for Young Readers

Indonesia’s Indigenous Languages Hold the Secrets of Surviving Disaster

The Aboriginal language taught more than Spanish in NSW schools

Language app adds Navajo courses

Self-determination underpins new Aboriginal affairs framework

As more Aboriginal children are removed from families, critics say government risks a second Stolen Generation

40 years ago we stopped the practice of separating American Indian families. Let’s not reverse course.

On the Trail of Missing American Indian Women

Canada’s Wild Salmon Caravan Connects Future Of Fish And Indigenous People

Kosovo moves to create an army, Serbia warns of ‘threat to peace’

Serbian Patriarch Faces Calls to Apologise in Montenegro

British student Matthew Hedges charged with spying in United Arab Emirates

Macedonian parliament approves country’s name change

Rwanda names 50% female Cabinet, following Ethiopia

Syrian Kurdish leader: Anybody who attacks our areas will face same fate as Islamic State

Russian narrative against US-backed forces in Syria intensifies

Turkey to host Syria summit with Russia, Germany, France

A strong Kurdistan region is good for US in Iraq

US needs to support Kurds in Iraq and Syria: Former Pentagon Official

4,536 bodies exhumed in Nineveh since ISIS defeat: Iraqi human rights commission

Nobel Winner Nadia Murad Puts A Voice To Yazidi Minority’s Message

Kurds want justice a year after Iraq’s takeover of Kirkuk

Iraqi counter-terrorism arrest Kurdish activist in Kirkuk for protesting Oct. 16 attack

Iran launches drones from Kirkuk to monitor Kurdish parties’ activities

IRGC masses troops on Iraq border amid rising tensions with Kurdish groups

Iranian Kurds call on international community to prevent new Iran cross-border attacks

Iran executes seven in past week, three of them Kurds

Iran arrests six Kurds for aiding opposition forces

Turkey shells Kurdistan Region, claims it killed 12 PKK members

Turkey deposes some 260 elected village heads, arrests follow

Daniel Ortega unleashes Orwellian repression as Nicaragua accused of torturing protesters

Albania migration trends change, 52 percent mull leaving

Videofact: Girl Refused To Give Way To Lukashenka’s Cortege In Hrodna

El Salvador celebrates its first saint, whose legacy continues

Martyr priest, now Saint Romero, challenged power in El Salvador

Chinese demand fuels Solomon Islands mass deforestation

Croats rally to demand faster war crimes investigations

Migrant caravan heads north as Trump threatens to stop aid to Honduras

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Migration, the new map


1492 October 12: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Iceland to Welcome Seventy-Five Refugees Next Year

Czech Republic politicians turning on Roma

Roma children traumatised by repeated attacks on their South Belfast home

Miss Iraq 2015 flees country after string of murders targeting female models

At least 19 migrants killed as truck overturns in Turkey’s Izmir

Sindhi, Baloch activists oppose construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam

Hundreds Of British Sikhs Protest Against Anti-Terror Raids

Big Sikh rally in New York demands Khalistan

Sikh group plans to hold Khalistan referendum polling in Canadian cities in 2020

Greece moves refugees from Moria camp to mainland

Woman told she’s ‘unsuitable’ for job because of skin colour

Top foreign berry pickers earned up to €14k euros in Finland this year

Cyclone in Odhisha Severely Affects the Tibetan Settlement

UK Government may force firms to reveal ethnicity pay gap to boost minority workers

Activists welcome measures to help jobseekers among Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups as ‘potential game-changers’

Richard Leonard condemned for sacking Labour’s only ethnic minority MSP from frontbench

Why Iranians Are Moving to Georgia

Kuwait to ban expats with low degree scores

Costa Rica grants asylum to Nicaraguan human rights activist

Japan overtakes Singapore as world’s most powerful passport

Anguilla Residency by Investment Phase 1 to commence in November

More than 100 migrants arrive in Malta on small boat

Malta, A Modern Smugglers’ Hideout

EU passport sales create ‘proud Maltese citizens’

Foreigners in Slovakia: We did not feel welcomed at first

Does slavery await father of 5 from Lockland fighting deportation back to Mauritania?

China’s War On Islam: Dolkun Isa Escaped Xinjiang and Interpol to Defend Uyghur Existence

Poland should quit UN migration pact, minister says

Migration: new map of Europe reveals real frontiers for refugees

U.S. Campaign Against Migration Goes Unheard, or Unheeded, in Guatemala

Migrant Children in Search of Justice: A 2-Year-Old’s Day in Immigration Court

Turkey TV series offends Circassians

Jordan Queen visits International Circassian Cultural Academy

Fleeing Anti-Gay Persecution in Chechnya, Three Young Women Are Now Stuck in Place

Fighter for Ukraine savagely beaten after being treacherously handed over to Russia

Quarter of Ukrainian IDPs suffer from depression, few get help

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Nothing to Celebrate


1991 October 8: Croatia Independence Day

1962 October 9: Uganda Independence Day

1970 October 10: Fiji Day

1968 October 12: Equatorial Guinea Independence Day

1492 October 12: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

1991 October 18: Azerbaijan Independence Day

1953 October 22: Laos Independence Day

1956 October 23 – November 10: Hungarian Uprising

1964 October 24: Zambia Independence Day

1955 October 26: Austrian National Day

2014 October 26: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

1979 October 27: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day

1991 October 27: Turkmenistan Independence Day

1918 October 28: Independent Czechoslovak State Day

More than 20 Tuaregs killed in Mali

Crimean Tatar political prisoner released under house arrest after likely stroke

Russia fights Crimean Solidarity with long prison sentences and shattered childhoods

38 of the 46 Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Crimea forced to close by Russian occupiers

Putin Aide promises Donbas militants higher ‘pay’ & help with ‘elections’

OSCE catches Russia bringing anti-aircraft gun, other military hardware by night to Donbas

Ukraine wins approval for historic split from Russian church

Czech Republic politicians turning on Roma

Roma children traumatised by repeated attacks on their South Belfast home

Growing interest in Cornish language

Native Alliance Initiative

Learn the Hawaiian and Navajo Languages on Duolingo

New survey confirms strong social demand for education & visibility for #Breton

A woman refused to pay her TV licence to fight for Wales’ ‘freedom as a nation’

Independence on the table after Brexit – Plaid’s Price

Support for Welsh independence climbs to 19% in new poll

25% surge in Plaid Cymru membership in two weeks

Nadia Murad: Yezidis need security, justice

Iranian forces start final war games in Kurdistan province

Turkey arrests over 150 Kurdish politicians, journalists, and activists

Turkey condemns Kurdish reporter to 90 months of jail

Purge in Turkey reaches Kurds paid to fight for Turkish army

Erdogan vows to ‘finish’ Kurdish militants in Iraq

Kurdistan will become independent country sooner than later: Former US Ambassador

Masoud Barzani: People of Kurdistan have legitimate cause

US-Kurdish alliance important for changes in Middle East: Ex-Israel National Security Advisor

Iraqi delegation in Erbil to ‘turn new page’ with Kurdistan Region

Update: Kurdistan and the Battle Over Oil

Kurdistan counter-terror forces break up ISIS finance cell

Sindhi, Baloch activists oppose construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam

Baloch children don’t learn Balochi in schools, but set to be taught Chinese

Balochistan National Congress condemns Pakistan’s foreign minister’s ‘hypocritical’ remarks at UN

Balochistan: Pakistani forces abducted 9 persons in three days

Baloch Martyrs Day: Free Balochistan Movement to organise an event in Germany

Young singer named Gaelic ambassador of the year

AUOB Edinburgh march biggest pro-independence event in Scotland’s history

Fundraiser led by Elaine C Smith launched for indy campaign aiming to keep Yes support above 50%

Stir It Up heats up campaign with independence recipes

Spanish vice president: ‘There was no agreed referendum in Scotland’

Catalan independence question is ‘more alive than ever’

Catalan National Assembly calls for declaring independence and freeing jailed leaders

Six high-ranking Catalan police officials investigated for rebellion over referendum

Spain threatens ‘legal measures’ after Catalan parliament rejects monarchy

‘Nothing to celebrate’: Catalan businesses opening on Spain’s national day

Hundreds Of British Sikhs Protest Against Anti-Terror Raids

Big Sikh rally in New York demands Khalistan

Sikh group plans to hold Khalistan referendum polling in Canadian cities in 2020

Electric vehicle sales achieve new record in Norway with 45% of new cars being all-electric and 60% plug-in

Hong Kong press freedom in question as FT journalist denied visa

Japan and Vietnam join hands over disputed South China Sea

Philippines joining Beijing’s South China Sea drill ‘shows nations are hedging bets’ in Sino-US tussle

China Looms Large at Australia-Japan Meeting

Cameroon rebels outgunned in increasingly violent separatist campaign

MEP: Reality of my three days in occupied Western Sahara

1st International Conference of Liberation Movements establishes Forum for Liberation Movements and African Parties

Antigua and Barbuda gains access to Green Climate Fund

In Tokelau, a fight to reclaim homes from rising tides

Belgian beer named ‘Maori tears’ is slammed for being ‘culturally offensive’

Friends of Tibet group established in Czech Parliament

Repression on multiple fronts in Tibet, says report by US Commission on China

China set to build “world’s most challenging” railway line in occupied-Tibet

Central Tibetan Administration President on Three-Nation Europe Visit

Lobsang Sangay: Tibet’s charming champion

How the Chinese government destroyed Kashgar, fulcrum of the Silk Road

Georgian PM Opens Frankfurt Book Fair

Austria Tiring of Being ‘Ashtray of Europe’

New Zealand: World Indigenous Business Forum opens up in Rotorua

To conserve West Papua, start with land rights

West Papua human rights advocate calls for solidarity

West Papua Liberation Army leader at large in Highlands

Indonesia rails against Pacific support for West Papua

ULMWP Benny Wenda on growing Indonesian state violence in West Papua

Costa Rica grants asylum to Nicaraguan human rights activist

Fighter for Ukraine savagely beaten after being treacherously handed over to Russia

Land Grab? Why The Ingush Are Furious With Chechnya

Mari El ex-Head Markelov complains of abhorrent conditions in jail

West must deploy intelligence agencies to defeat poachers, says Gabon president

Macedonia parliament debates name change deal with Greece

Japan overtakes Singapore as world’s most powerful passport

Guam pushes for native-only vote on US relationship

Anguilla Residency by Investment Phase 1 to commence in November

Sweden’s St. Lucia’s Day holiday goes gender neutral

Eritrea Creaks Open the Door as Fears of War Recede

Human Rights Concerns Persist in Eritrea, Months After Peace Deals

A ‘Voice For The Voiceless’: Sainthood For El Salvador’s Archbishop Óscar Romero

In tech-laggard Cuba, President Diaz-Canel launches twitter account

Myanmar ‘unwilling’ to probe Rohingya abuse, U.N. must act: rights envoy

Reporters: No way home for the Rohingya

France has again boycotted the UN debate of French Polynesia’s decolonisation

France faces Hague complaint over Polynesia nuclear tests

Qatar blockade ‘has been a catalyst for change for the entire nation’

Researchers Say Human Toll of South Sudan War ‘as Bad as Iraq or Syria’

Sierra Leone cancels $300 million airport deal with China

Erdogan Toughens Stance as Cyprus Faces Permanent Partition

Fear and anger mark Kashmir’s first local poll in 13 years

Maldives strongman challenges election defeat

EU passport sales create ‘proud Maltese citizens’

‘President’ For a Day, Schoolgirl in Paraguay Shines Light on Violence, Equality

Burundi arrests aid workers for flouting foreign NGO ban

Police, slavery activists clash at Mauritania parliament

Guyana may be the next big beast in global oil

Attacks on journalists increase during Nicaragua protests

Albania beats EU nations on renewable energy

What tiny Bhutan can teach the world about being carbon negative

Minsk Priest Banned From Service For Criticizing Moscow Patriarch

Putin elite can’t retain power and property without another war, Pastukhov says

Lukashenka tells Putin’s new man in Minsk: ‘Belarus will not ever be part of Russia’

Russian sociological centers study Belarus like Ukraine before the war

BAROTSE CHANGE: Further reflections on Freedom of Independence versus Freedom of Dependence!

New Caledonia: the independence vote looms