Intense January in Catalan politics ahead

Corsica Nationalists Gear Up for Tussle with Macron – Fresh CAR violence drives thousands to Chad – Russian strategic bombers in Indonesian occupied West Papua – Russian methods of repression in Crimea – Which Will Be Europe’s Poorest Country? – Independent Scotland perfectly feasible – Overcrowded Uyghur Re-Education Camps – What Happened When Jewish Settler Slapped Israeli Soldier – Tuareg rebel amnesty – Perfect families living abroad – Guinea massacre suspects to go before criminal tribunal – Eco-colonialism at the Ballot Box – Anywhere but here – Women shaping Botswana’s new economy – Somalia Charges 5 for Attack That Killed over 500 – Barotseland will only engage on disengagement – Mass protests against planned execution in Bahrain – Ethnic Minority Marginalized in Factory Towns – Kurdistan’s biggest stories – Amazigh genie out of the bottle – Mufti of Dagestan’s wife to contest Putin – Spanish army ready to act in Catalonia – Intense January in Catalan politics ahead – 15 years in jail for Tibetan language – A special place for Luxembourgish

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

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania

1991 January 20: The Barricades in Latvia

Palau has introduced a ‘passport pledge’ visitors must sign in order to enter

Mauritanians eye dollars, euros in currency revamp

Corsica Nationalists Gear Up for Tussle with Macron

Equatorial Guinea says attempted ‘coup’ thwarted

Chad denies role in alleged Equatorial Guinea coup attempt

Chad will finally hold legislative elections this year

Fresh CAR violence drives thousands to Chad

Russian strategic bombers in Indonesian occupied West Papua

Indonesia plans to turn the largest lowland rainforest in the Pacific and West Papua into a giant Palm oil plantation

Indonesian officials detain West Papuan self determination activist Filep Karma at Jakarta airport and call him a Monkey

Alex Sambom was a 19 year old West Papuan activist, murdered on 15th October 2017

Where Is West Papua’s Struggle for Independence From Indonesia Headed?

Ebola survivors sue government of Sierra Leone over missing millions

Dominica welcomes first cruise ship since Hurricane Maria

Why UN, ICJ resolutions fail to change human rights situation in occupied Crimea, Refat Chubarov

Crimea. People of Сharacter

Stolen Heritage: How Russia is Destroying Crimean Archaeological Sites

How the “Crimean Solidarity” resists Russian repressions

Russian security forces raid Crimean Tatars’ two houses in Simferopol, seize religious literature

Over 60 Crimean Tatars deprived of liberty in Crimea – Chubarov

Crimean courts fined Crimean Tatars more than 5 million rubles in 2017

Crimean childhoods Russia ended in just a few brutal moments

Crimea and the depletion of Russia’s resources

New documentary: “A struggle for survival of the indigenous people of Crimea”

Mustafa Dzhemilev: Russian methods of repression in Crimea worse than Soviet times

Moscow-led church in Ukraine refuses to bury boy from Kiev branch

Ukraine: march for Bandera’s birthday

How can the West promote an East-Central European security alignment?

Top Moscow bank to stop servicing sanctioned Russian defense firms

Torture and humiliation: freed Ukrainians talk about Donbas captivity

Mass grave of Kozak Volyn Division of UNR Army found in Vinnytsia Oblast

A Russian Blackwater? Putin’s Secret Soldiers in Ukraine and Syria

Russia refuses to let family and doctors see abducted Ukrainian teenager

Which Will Be Europe’s Poorest Country? Ukraine or Moldova

Suriname: A thousand growers may export to Europe in 2018

Richard Leonard admits an independent Scotland is ‘perfectly feasible’

March for Scottish independence to take place in Glasgow in May

Scotland Office is just the UK’s propaganda outfit

What is the point of a Britain that has simply lost its way?

Scotland in Union face questions as we reveal foreign billionaire’s donation

Scottish independence ‘must be an option’ amid Brexit horror show, says Sturgeon

The Plot Behind China’s Suppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Georgia to rely more on gas from Azerbaijan, refusing purchase of Russian gas

Politicians, merchants and the unemployed on 2017 in South Ossetia

Uyghur Inmates in Xinjiang’s Korla City Endure Overcrowded Re-Education Camps

World Uyghur Congress calls on French President Macron to raise human rights concerns with his counterparts in Beijing

New Year in Uruguay begins with a raft of goods and services price increases

Irish Prime Minister says he aspires to a ‘united Ireland’

Fianna Fáil suggests Irish passport office along border with north

2018 is officially the year of the Irish language

Racism row online in Austria over Muslim New Year’s baby

North Korea Nuclear Missile Threat Wrecks Guam’s Hope for 2018 Tourism Boom

Who Loses When a Country Puts Citizenship Up for Sale?

Costa Rica Murder Rate Hits Record in 2017

Why getting rid of Costa Rica’s army 70 years ago has been such a success

Companies In Iceland Now Required To Demonstrate They Pay Men, Women Fairly

Belize Ends Oil Operations in Its Ocean Waters

Israel passes law to prevent ceding control of Jerusalem

Israel Indicts Palestinian Girl Who Slapped Soldiers

What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped an Israeli Soldier

Israel Enters a Fifth Year of Drought

Palestinian teen first to be killed by Israel in 2018

Lorde labelled a ‘bigot’ in full-page newspaper advertisement after cancelling Israeli concert

2018 European Capitals of Culture: Valletta’s ‘festa’ and Leeuwarden’s ‘open community’

United Arab Emirates’ Nuclear Power Gambit

Norway suspends arms sales to UAE over Yemen war

For the first time, electric and hybrid new car sales overtook gas and diesel in Norway

Norway Labour Party’s deputy leader suspended over harassment allegations

Mali president eyes Tuareg rebel amnesty under ‘national consensus’ law

Latvia, a disappearing nation

Things of Latvia: Perfect families living abroad

São Tomé and Príncipe and Cabo Verde lead economic growth in Portuguese-speaking Africa in 2018

Guinea massacre suspects to go before criminal tribunal

St. Paul lawyer sworn in as Minnesota’s first Hmong-American judge

An Unfinished Revolution: A Hostage Crisis, Adivasi Resistance and the Naxal Movement review: From ground zero

Adivasis-Lambadas rift: A story of inequalities

Qatar merger creates state-owned gas giant

Qatar allows full ownership for foreign investors

As the U.S. Retreats, Europe Moves to Strengthen Ties With Cuba

Cuba’s Santeria Priests Wax Positive as Transition from Castros Begins

Half of Puerto Rico still doesn’t have power—104 days after Hurricane Maria

Informal Dwellers of Puerto Rico

Greenland Reconciliation Commission finds colonization did ‘a lot of damage’

How mobsters turned Albania into a cannabis-producing state

Albania’s judicial reforms all but go up in smoke

2 Albanian lawmakers fired for criminal records in Italy

‘Eco-colonialism’: Rift grows between Indigenous leaders and green activists

How an artifact from Standing Rock protest made its way to American Indian museum

American Indian tribes commission problem-gambling study

The case for guaranteed Indigenous representation in Ottawa

Indigenous scholar Val Napoleon embraces disruption

American Indians in Minnesota reclaiming traditional tobacco

‘Anywhere but here’

14 Watershed Moments for Indigenous Rights in 2017

Indigenous Self-Determination and Land Rights: Confronting Trudeau’s Fake Reconciliation Promises

Legendary but ailing Inuit singer pleads for help to keep heat, lights on

Will #MeToo Movement Lead to Protections for American Indian Women?

For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box

From shadows to town hall: Nicaragua female mayor to put women first

Memory of Cornish coast dwellers kidnapped for slavery ‘culturally erased’

Lesotho, the first African country to license medical cannabis

Africa, The Next Cannabis Powerhouse: Lesotho Medical License Paves the Way for Green Rush

Hong Kong legal chief steps down early amid judicial turbulence

Women shaping Botswana’s new economy

Balochistan: Previously abducted Baloch teacher’s dead body found

Baloch, Sindhi activists hail US President Trump’s statement on Pakistan

The Lasting Legacy Of Central Asia’s Writers: The Founding Fathers (Part 1)

The Lasting Legacy Of Central Asia’s Writers: The Soviet Era (Part 2)

Turkmenistan’s president banned black cars, reportedly because he “prefers white”

This Is the 1 Country Where North Koreans Can Vacation as Long as They Want

Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Jailed For Corruption

Clashes break out near South Sudan capital in truce violation

Bratislava in the spotlight: Slovakian city celebrates 25 years as capital

EU to Fund New Poland-Slovakia Gas Pipeline

We have to see Slovakia as a success story: PM Fico on the 25th anniversary

Slovakia President awards 25 personages, marking 25 years of independence

China-Taiwan Relations: What to Expect in 2018

Stakeholders Celebrate Success of Biometric Election in Somaliland

Somaliland is a beacon of democracy in an unstable region

First Impressions of Nicaragua From a Recent Expat

Ethiopia to free jailed politicians to ‘foster national reconciliation’

Growing Popular Opposition Continues to Put Pressure on Ethiopia’s Ruling Party

Ethiopia – A deadly 2017 saddled with security headache, simmering protests

Somalia Charges 5 for Attack That Killed over 500

Somalia PM fires top ministers in reshuffle

Panama cancelling registration of two vessels linked to North Korea trading

As Chaos and Despair Grow in Libya, Qaddafi Son Plans Comeback

Moldova court suspends president over Russian media bill

Court Allows Moldova’s Government To Enact Law Against Russian ‘Media Propaganda’

Moldova President Defiant After Fresh Court Suspension

Gagauz Resist Moldova’s Embrace of West

Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic to protect ocean life

Barotseland will only engage Zambian govt on disengagement from Zambia, says Sinyinda

Barotse must have more self-belief in 2018; UN, EU, AU, SADC which prefer firefighting won’t help much – BTG

Barotse National Freedom Alliance 2018 New Year message

Opposition leader says Saint Lucia in constitutional crisis

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) launches Hausa Radio Service

Biafra news app, for all the latest news and information on Biafra receives good ratings on Google Play

Samoa and Kiribati are first to welcome the new year

Tauto Sansbury: Aboriginals have little to feel positive about

Indigenous communities in Australia press for a national voice despite setbacks

Honduras murder rate fell by more than 25 percent in 2017

Honduras opposition calls for month of protests against president

Putin’s investment in the Czech Republic puts his dwindling influence on display

The Trump of Europe who rules in Prague

North Korea’s Military Partners in the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia

A Somber New Years’s Eve In Eritrea

World’s Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Embattled Togo leader breaks silence in New Year address

“When Diana left, the eyes of the world left too”: Inside Bosnia’s landmine fields where a million killing machines sleep in the dirt

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Catholic exodus

Greece says it wants to settle Macedonia name dispute this year

Slovenia, Croatia in diplomatic spat over border dispute

Croatia sees first budget surplus in 2017

Why Russia Is Hunting For A Balkans Bargain

24 hour hunger strike to move control over broadcasting from London to Cardiff

Wales’ New Year resolution must be to take control of its own destiny

People Who Shaped Malta In 2017

In 2018 the anti-ISIS coalition should focus on helping Yazidi victims

Benin magistrates to strike over ban on strikes

Mass protests against planned execution of activists continue in Bahrain

2017 Worst Year for Human Rights in Bahrain: Activist

Bahrain urges citizens against travel to Iran

Will We Ever See the End of Information Control in Azerbaijan?

Why are Gypsy children often expelled from UK schools?

Yet another country – Lithuania – forced to ask: Is this stupidity or is it treason?

City Lights: Are Yi Ethnic Minority Youth Marginalized in Factory Towns?

Women, ethnic minorities more likely to find mentorship programs helpful

Ethnic minority people forced to seek work in cities

Kuwait to join UN Security Council as Arab member

How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia’s Most Endangered Species

Liberia’s big school experiment

The calm over South China Sea dispute may be short-lived

Is Mekong River set to become the new South China Sea for regional disputes?

Series of Satellite Launches Will Bolster Chinese Control of Disputed Sea

Ankara ready for peace, if PKK lays down arms: FM

Turkey jails pro-Kurdish HDP party lawmaker Idris Baluken for more than 16 years

Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish HDP party co-leader Selahattin Demirtas to step down

Iran’s Kurdish opposition parties back protesters, call for international support

Iran re-opens border crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan region, but not for porters

Recap 2017: Kurdistan’s biggest stories

Leaders in Kurdistan send messages of hope for 2018

Sahrawi Lawyers Union denounces plunder of Western Sahara resources

Gabon leader pledges ‘radical change’ in New Year message

Reporters face obstacle run in corruption-hit Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s president vetoes anti-corruption law

Murders fall in El Salvador, but citizens still fearful

El Salvador, last country with embassy in J’lm, won’t move again

An endless cycle of carnage in El Salvador

U.S. deportations of alleged El Salvador gang members surge

Former El Salvador official convicted in corruption case

Laos film festival nurtures big screen dreams

Tiger farms still booming in Laos

Presidency Council forces try to grab Ras Jedir border post from Amazigh

Amazigh Rabea Jayash accused of espionage for speaking Berber language and kidnapped

Morocco Wants to Declare Amazigh New Year as National Holiday

Is the ethnic genie out of the bottle? Berbers and the ‘North African Spring’ five years on

Amazigh New Year Yennayer in Algeria

Religion, migration and the dreams of Dagestani youth

Mufti of Dagestan’s wife Aina Gamzatova to contest 2018 election against Putin

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont urges Madrid to accept results, negotiate

Czechoslovakia split could be “example” for Catalonia, says Czech PM

Catalonia: Carles Puigdemont demands Spain restore his government

Euro hits four-month high despite Catalan uncertainty

Barcelona to open infamous Model prison to public in 2018

The IndieBeat: Las Tractoradas shows how Catalonia is trying to escape the reins of Spain

Spanish government cuts Catalan budget by €780m

Catalonia flag will fly over Dublin City Hall for one month in solidarity with Catalan people & Catalan political prisoners

Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras ordered to stay in jail as court rejects ‘political prisoner’ claims

Catalonia’s Separatists: In Exile. In Jail. In Power?

Catalan independence: Jailed minister’s nativity decoration smashed

Spanish army was ready to act in Catalonia, says defense minister

Mixed reaction to idea of investing Catalan president at a distance

Intense January in Catalan politics ahead

Stewart Arnold: Catalonia shows way ahead for Yorkshire

Will neglect drive Yorkshire to a Catalan-style revolt?

Bailed out, yet again – Mongolia stares at a brighter future

Red Cross recognition of Marshall Islands gives it greater global voice

Marshall Islands de-registers company linked to North Korea

Beirut lifts security cordon in boost for battered business quarter

Stray dog poisoning video sparks outcry in Lebanon

Singapore bans film focused on indicted Palestinian teen activist

new central business district of singapore, jurong lake district, will be one giant garden

The end of the road for Bhutan’s refugees

Nature’s Heroes Award for Bhutan’s Godfather of conservation

Trump threatens stop to Palestinian aid over Jerusalem row

Tibetan language campaigner Tashi Wangchuk faces up to 15 years in jail for ‘inciting separatism’

Genesis of Tibetan Self-Immolations is China’s Repressive Policies in Tibet

Only 60 Tibetans Escaped Into Exile During 2017

Tibet: Rampant Miscarriages of Justice Take Place Under the Chinese Legal System

China Forces Sri Lanka to Stop Dalai Lama’s Autobiography Publication

A special place for Luxembourgish’: Grand Duchy’s native language enjoys renaissance