The Year When We Will Win Independence Debate


Human Rights Violations in Western SaharaCommunist holocaust and its lessons for the 21st CenturyWhat do teens in occupied Donetsk want in life?This is the year we’ll win Scottish independence argumentHere is what my #shithole looks likeConservation RefugeesBeijing ‘white elephants’ seen swimming in PacificIlham Tohti nominated for the Nobel Peace PrizeYuan DiplomacyFinnish ships face increased scrutiny in Russian harboursNewfound Pride in Guaraní‘Hunger is killing me’: starvation as a weapon of war in South SudanReferendum about Taiwan Independence or unification should be allowedNo way to treat a neighboring countryHerdsmen Killings Worse Than Kanu’s BiafraGlobal cyber-alliance of democraciesDespite losses, Kurds have ‘promising future’ if unitedIn Trouble for Listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Separate CountriesEither the Catalan issue is resolved or Spain won’t have a democratic government

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania

1990 January 19-20: Azerbaijan: Black January

1991 January 20: The Barricades in Latvia

1946 January 22: Establisment of the Republic of Kurdistan

1919 January 22: Day of Unity of Ukraine

2014 January 22: The first killings of protesters on the Maidan

1759 January 25: Burns Night, Scotland

1788 January 26: Australia Day to Invasion Day to Survival Day

January 26, 1950: Republic Day in India

Western Sahara dispute should invalidate EU-Morocco fish deal, EU court adviser says

Despite Threats of Censorship, Documentary Filmmakers Show Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara

A major battle of land ownership is brewing between Antigua and Barbuda

Niger’s Gold Rush Has Turned Bandits into Barons

Belgium in Uproar Over Torture of Sudanese It Deported

Seven out of ten Walloons never use public transport

Flanders makes bid for 2021 World Championships

Average length of traffic jams on Flemish roads reached six-year record in 2017

Two Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli troops

Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw formal recognition of Israel

Flare-Up With Israel Tests Hamas Effort to Keep Gaza on Low Boil

Netanyahu’s son brags about prostitutes, $20 billion deal for friend’s dad in strip club rant

Israel bans entry for 20 groups over BDS support

More than 1,000 settlement homes approved in West Bank

Israel searches West Bank after settler killed in drive-by shooting

Sikhs ban Indian diplomats from entering Gurdwaras across US

Lithuania bans entry to 49 Russians under ‘Magnitsky Act’

Putin’s “hybrid peace” is a Kremlin trap for Ukraine

“They said they would torture my son” – religious scholar released from occupied Donbas

Russian military was behind ‘NotPetya’ cyberattack in Ukraine, CIA concludes

Ukrainians travelling to Russia are playing Russian roulette

Can anything be done in Ukraine with the so-called “canonical” Moscow Patriarchate?

The Communist holocaust and its lessons for the 21st Century

A U.S.-Ukraine Weapons Deal Has Russia Up in Arms

What do teens in occupied Donetsk want in life?

Russian troll factory expands its work space threefold in 2018

Ukraine must officially recognize Soviet regime as an occupation, Kyiv historian says

Crimean political prisoner beaten in Russia for reporting brutal treatment

Russia to deploy S-400 missile systems in occupied Crimea

Russia is destroying 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace in occupied Crimea

Germany, Norway deliver ilmenite ore to occupied Crimea in sanctions breach

Why we should write about the Crimean Tatars

10 thousand Crimeans forced to serve in Russian occupying army

Proposed law could affect land owning groups in French Pacific

Scotland independence debate is less rowdy, but we still give a hoot

SNP “discrimination” case to consider whether Scottish independence is a philosophical belief

Breakthrough as lost Pictish monastery where monks first wrote Gaelic discovered by archaeologists

What does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?

First Minister: Creating an independent Scotland “not about flags or passports”

Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy

This is the year we’ll win the independence argument

Independence is the answer to UK’s cultural and economic vacuum

Hundreds enjoy 1,600-year-old spectacular Burning of the Clavie ritual

Russia ‘reversed position on independence post-Brexit’

M&S tells Scottish customer: You’ve had your referendum and you’re part of England now

Switzerland’s Central Bank Made $55 Billion Last Year—More Than Apple

‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark

‘An homage to resilience’: Portraits of Haiti’s rape survivors

Gambia ‘suspends political events’ over clashes

Gambia: Barrow Urged To End ‘Unprovoked’ Attacks On Former Ruling Party Supporters

ECHR obliges Russia to pay 4 thousand euros to resident of Tatarstan who spent three years in jail

Tatarstan to host int’l Turkological conference

Ex-head of Mari El gets another ammunition storage charge

Welsh Government announces £50m fund to prepare Wales for Brexit

The AMs who speak the most (and the least) Welsh in the Senedd

Plaid Cymru to vote down latest Brexit Bill

‘Rural areas neglected by Welsh and Westminster governments’

Welsh government launches consultation on plans to ban smacking for children

5 things the UK Government could do in 2018 to help reverse Wales’ decline

Why are Yorkshire MPs speaking for Wales at Westminster?

Plaid Cymru Brexit bill warning to Welsh ministers

Regional editor denies being ‘enemy of Welsh language’

Harry and Meghan to celebrate Welsh culture on Cardiff visit

Wales needs to enlist its expat army and turn the brain drain into a resource

Complaint made after Father Christmas couldn’t speak Welsh

Planning officers call for Welsh condition on new homes in Llanrhaeadr YM

9 lovely Welsh towns to visit for a weekend break

Violence, overcrowding and prison deaths put Welsh prisons among UK’s worst

Equatorial Guinea: Coup attempt leaves many questions

Equatorial Guinea claims failed coup planned in France

U.S. Sends Nuclear-Capable Stealth Bombers to Guam, U.S. Territory North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Threatened to Blow Up

Gunmen kill 13 in Senegal’s Casamance region

Batwa: Uganda’s ‘conservation refugees’ mired in extreme poverty

Is Lebanon Set for an Oil Bonanza?

Environmentalists Warn Of Mediterranean Pollution From Lebanon Land Reclamation

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Wants Lebanon Kept Out of the Saudi-Iranian Conflict

Hmong Veterans Ask Congress for Right to Burial in National Cemeteries

Far-right Austria minister’s ‘Nazi language’ causes anger

Austria’s president is forced to step in after country’s first newborn of 2018 is revealed to be Muslim

Austria wants to cut family benefits for children living abroad

‘A great milestone’: Somaliland adopts legislation outlawing rape

Somaliland journalists sentenced to two years in prison on propaganda charges

China lodges diplomatic complaint over “onerous debt burdens on regional governments”

Beijing ‘white elephants’ seen swimming in Pacific

Faroese nationalise fishing quota

Rights Situation in Xinjiang Has ‘Further Deteriorated’ in Recent Months

Uyghur Detentions Continue in Xinjiang, Despite Pledge to End With Party Congress

Chinese Authorities Arrest Halmurat Ghopur Amid Crackdown on Prominent Uyghurs

Ilham Tohti has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Yuan Diplomacy: Panama Cuts Ties with Taiwan in Favor of the Mainland

Guinea pays tribute to iconic former captain ‘Papa’ Camara

Malta: EU island of ‘impunity and fear’

Malta ex-corruption investigator Jonathan Ferris fears for life

Trial further delayed for West Papuan independence campaigner Yanto Awerkion

Filep Karma: Former Political Prisoner’s Fragile Freedom

#VoicesFromWestPapua 1. Alomina Wenda

#VoicesFromWestPapua 2. Mama Ester Elsye Game

Chinese-built and funded Ethiopia-Djibouti electric rail line begins commercial operations

Transport minister unsure why Finnish ships face increased scrutiny in Russian harbours

Midwives’ Resistance: How Native Women Are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms

Farmington teacher develops Braille code for Navajo

New program at NAU brings Navajo culture into the classroom

Newfound Pride in Guaraní, a Language Long Disdained in Paraguay

Paraguay to revitalize Guarani

American Indians Achieve Voting Rights Gains

Indigenous women occupy Washington state capitol lawn

Native Americans, Canada’s First Peoples, Fight to Keep Long Hair

Lynched and driven from their land: Native Americans in photos on the 100th anniversary of their last battle against settlers

Evo Honors Birth of Bolivian Indigenous Martyr, Tupac Katari

American Indians in Dakotas Sue Pharma Companies for Their Role in Opioid Epidemic

Leech Lake Tribal College receives $100,000 American Indian College Fund grant

Rivers in the sky

Cherokee Can’t Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules

Cherokees Plan to Move Opioid Lawsuit to State Court

If you respect Native American culture then help actual Native Americans trying to cross our border

Navajo Nation to open first tribal police academy

Kunumi MC, the indigenous rapper protecting his people’s land

Peek inside Boise, Idaho’s vibrant Basque community

Thousands of people are taking part in the demonstration against dispersal in Bilbao

Usurbil will present the final farewell to poet Joxan Artze

Murders in Puerto Rico Surge as Hurricane Maria Recovery Continues

Puerto Rico’s most ambitious push to become a US state, explained

Citizenship tests could become available in Cornish but not Gaelic or Welsh

To tackle sexual violence in Lesotho, programme targets men and boys

The mixed legacy of Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

U.N. Security Council lauds Liberia over peaceful runoff polls

From first lady to vice president of Liberia: meet Jewel Howard Taylor

U.S. accuses Beijing of ‘provocative militarization’ in South China Sea

Philippine fury with China over reneging on military promise in South China Sea

China slams Vietnam for inviting India to invest in South China Sea

4 China Coast Guard Vessels Enter Japan-Administered Waters Near Disputed East China Sea Islands

Indonesia seeks effective South China Sea code of conduct

Japanese names given to 34 undersea features in disputed waters, Chinese proposals snubbed

Are we also a ‘shithole’? Botswana asks US

Turkmenistan’s president just banned women from driving

How North America will be celebrating the official year of the Irish language

2017 – the year of no government in Northern Ireland

Some way to go yet to break Belgium’s record for a democracy going without an elected government

New Northern Ireland Secretary “absolutely determined” to restore powersharing

Flying high: Peregrine falcons return to Irish skies

New Gaelscoil a boost to the city’s bilingual status

Irish-language content on radio is negligible, says report

Dominica Carnival launched under theme ‘Celebrating our Traditions’

Dominica’s PM thanks St. Kitts and Nevis post-Maria recovery assistance

Emergency grants offered to small businesses in Dominica

South Sudan declares former army chief a rebel, accuses him of attacks

‘Hunger is killing me’: starvation as a weapon of war in South Sudan

Trinidad and Tobago elects its first female president: Paula-Mae Weekes

Taiwanese TV star has show canceled in China for ‘supporting Taiwan Independence’?

Referendum about Taiwan Independence or unification should be allowed: poll

Taiwan calls China’s new aviation routes in Taiwan Strait irresponsible

China angered by US House for passing Taiwan Travel Act

Taiwan isn’t China, and Taiwanese aren’t Chinese

Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

Ethiopia Is Falling Apart

Vatican takes over scandal-hit Sodalitium movement amid abuse allegations

Nicaragua: Exit of Electoral Council Chief Demanded

A Year in Review: For North Caucasus in 2017, Old Problems Remain While New Ones Arise

Chief Of Rights Group Memorial’s Chechnya Office Detained On Drug Charge

Ingush Opposition Activist Magomed Khazbiyev Detained On Illegal Weapons Possession Charge

Previously arrested in absentia Ingush human rights defender Magomed Khazbiev turns himself in to police

Vice Prime Minister of Dagestan Bilal Omarov suspended from work pro tem

Nephew of former Head of Dagestan suspected of public funds’ embezzlement

Meet Aina Gamzatova, The Muslim Woman Challenging Vladimir Putin

Georgia Not To Purchase Gas from Russia in 2018

Georgia has all the mechanisms needed for NATO membership

Can Europe Help Defend Georgia?

South Ossetia, Republika Srpska Sign Agreements

Defying Court Ban, Republika Srpska Goes Ahead With ‘Statehood Day’

Russian-trained mercenaries back Bosnia’s Serb separatists

Bosnia’s last female miners

Flow of Migrants Drains Bosnia of its Youth

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

Barb-Tossing Bard: Mysterious Poet Roils Sleepy Tajik Village

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

Homophobic Violence Still A Major Problem In Iceland

Top 5 trends in Iceland this winter

Anticorruption protest in Panama draws thousands

Cook Islands mourn ‘a people’s Queen’

U.N. endorses elections for Libya by end of 2018

What does 2018 hold for Libya?

Curaçao and Aruba: “No way to treat a neighboring country” – Venezuela closes border

Inter-American Court in Costa Rica endorses same-sex marriage

Central African refugees, exiled across the river, long for home

Bolivia welcomes Dakar Rally drivers with wreaths of coca leaves

Samoa promotes Chinese investors

Hope for Mauritanian desert economy as tourists return

N88bn compensation: FG yet to pay us — Biafra war victims

Biafra: Focus on achieving Igbo nation through referendum – Ohanaeze to agitators

Biafra: Tell DSS to stop harassing us – Nnamdi Kanu’s family cries out

Indigenous People of Biafra berates military, police over killing of youths in Port Harcourt

‘Handshake Across the Niger’: How IPOB members caused stir in Enugu summit

Soyinka to Buhari – Herdsmen Killings Worse Than Kanu’s Biafra

Nigeria’s DSS ‘arrests Cameroon separatist leader’ Sisiku Ayuk Tabe

Release Cameroonian separatists now, says human rights lawyer Femi Falana

African Bar exhorts Nigeria to release Cameroon’s separatist leaders

Arrests will not deter Cameroon’s separatism: Experts

Bahrain to host first Baby Games

Power rationing introduced on Niue

Kuwait will host Iraq reconstruction conference in February

Kuwait emir warns over prolonged Qatar-GCC crisis

Why is Qatar being blockaded and isolated?

Qatar complains to UNSC after UAE violates airspace

Here for the long haul: How Qatar is overcoming the aviation blockade

Denmark, Greenland sign deal to clean up U.S. military waste

GEM project makes data on Greenland freely available to all

Only in Greenland: A beach for skiing and sledding

Survey found 4.1% of women have fallen victim to sexual offences in Sweden

Honduras post-election crisis leaves dozens dead

‘Scallop War’ erupts between Scotland and Isle of Man

LuxLeaks whistleblower Deltour acquitted

EU supercomputer may come to Lux

Somalia calls for accelerated debt relief to fight terrorism

25 years since Aussies deployed to Somalia

Somalia Launches Digital Counter-extremism Center

Benin photographer captures voodoo via the lens

Greece is limiting the power of sharia law

Islam’s gradual resurgence in post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani court sentences investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to six years in prison

Museum of Romani Culture to take over Lety in March

Over tenth of Czech Roma at schools for kids with mental disorder

Sheffield Roma community ‘in shock’ after death of primary school girl

US refuses visa for Serbia’s army chief of staff

Estonia is hosting a massive party to celebrate turning 100 this year

Former Estonian president Hendrik Ilves calls for global cyber-alliance of democracies

Armenia among Safest Countries for American Travel in New State Department Ranking

Kosovo Prime Minister Haradinaj Cancels U.S. Visit After ‘Failing To Get Visa’

Kosovo War Rape Survivors See Hope in Reparations, but Justice Remains Elusive

Kosovo’s long, slow recovery

Why relations between Slovenia and Croatia are all at sea

Slovenia’s Top Opposition Party Leads Poll Before Spring Ballot

Rising Stars Topline French Debut Feature About Female Kurdish Warriors

UK ‘inadvertently helped neuter’ Middle East ally the Iraqi Kurds

Iraq bans Kurdish firm Kar Group from operating Kirkuk oilfields

PUK, KDP push for a united Kurdish list in Iraqi elections

Systemic Crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Islamic party boycotting Iraqi election because of Kurdish disunity

Despite losses, Kurds have ‘promising future’ if united: Masrour Barzani

New EU strategy on support to Iraq while Kurdish independence put on hold

Syrian war will drag into next decade: senior Kurdish leader

Turkey ‘summons top US diplomat’ over Syria Kurd forces

Kurdish politician’s Selahattin Demirtas first appearance in Turkish court 14 months after arrest

Turkish parliament strips pro-Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Zana of her status again

Pro-Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki shot at on German motorway

Turkey’s Response to Iran Protests Tells Us All We Need to Know of Ankara

Iran promises ‘harsh’ response for Kurdish groups after deadly border clashes

Viktor Orbán: Hungary doesn’t want ‘Muslim invaders’

Hungary fines main opposition party Jobbik over billboards funded by Orban foe

Is the EU subsidising autocracies? Hungary and the rise of the ‘illiberal’ model

Hungary summons Romanian ambassador over PM’s remarks threatening ethnic Hungarians

Romania’s prime minister threatens Transylvanian Hungarian politicians with hanging

No More Dissidents on Apple: Apple’s China iCloud data migration sweeps up international user accounts

Marriott in more trouble after ‘liking’ Twitter post by Tibetan independence group

China Blocks Marriott Hotels For Listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Separate Countries

Delta flies into China trouble over Tibet and Taiwan

Liverpool’s Tibet Water sponsorship set to be subject of protests ahead of Manchester City clash

Savor Tibetan Dumplings and Hot Pot When Dorjee Momo Bubbles Up on Capitol Hill

Tibetan spiritual leader cancels international travel for 2018

Richard Gere Arrives in Bodh Gaya To Attend Dalai Lama Teachings

Chinese Authorities Blow Up Christian Church by Dynamite

1.1 Million Chinese Tourists to be Sent from Shanghai to Tibet

How China Used a Times Documentary as Evidence Against Its Subject Tashi Wangchuk

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

Denmark Breaks Own Record for Electricity Generated via Wind Power

Danish companies warming up for a strong 2018: analysis

How happiness impacts forestry (and vice versa) in Bhutan

Australian Indigenous objects become ‘cultural ambassadors’ in Rome in new book

‘Quite pretty for an Aboriginal’ woman fired TWO DAYS after filing complaint about racial discrimination

France faces separatist demands as it ponders relationship with Corsica

Former Catalan president Artur Mas quits as pro-independence PdeCat chief

Pro-independence parties agree to reinstate Puigdemont as president

Pro-independence N-VA invites Puigdemont to speak in Flemish Parliament

Survivors of Spanish Civil War remembered in documentary

Outcry over Spanish defense ministry economic support of Francoist association

Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras asks to be transferred to a Catalan prison

Deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont floats idea of being sworn in from Belgium

Spain to oppose ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont being re-elected from Belgium

European parliament should promote “more debate and political dialogue” on Catalonia, Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius

Javier Pérez Royo: ‘Either the Catalan issue is resolved or Spain won’t have a democratic government’

Spain’s democratic jurists rise up

Barcelona airport closes 2017 with historic total of 47 million passengers

Catalan Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell opts against reprise

Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras will be behind bars for Catalan parliament’s first session

Catalan administration workers demand leaders’ release

Catalonia won’t be silenced

Imprisonment of Catalan leaders ‘unique situation in Europe,’ Renate Weber, a Romanian MEP and ECHR judge

Yellow ribbons and October 1 ballot box placed outside European Commission in symbolic protest