Life Changed a Little

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

January 21: Martin Luther King Day

1946 January 22: Establisment of the Republic of Kurdistan

1919 January 22: Day of Unity of Ukraine

1954 January 23: World Freedom Day, Taiwan

1759 January 25: Burns Night, Scotland

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

1950 January 26: Republic Day in India

January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

1968 January 31: Nauru Independence Day

2004 February 1: Erbil bombings, Kurdistan

1948 February 4: Sri Lanka Independence Day

1997 February 5: Gulja massacre, East Turkistan/Xinjiang

1917 February 6: Sami National Day

1840 February 6: Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand

1974 February 7: Grenada Independence Day

Samoa MP wants Chinese flags removed from building sites

Want to Cultivate a Liberal European Islam? Look to Bosnia.

‘Another cycle is born’: New generation of Indigenous leaders step up in Old Crow

Cherokee Nation creates its own film office to promote filmmakers, locations and tribal stories

Life Changed Little on a Tiny Island Between Alaska and Russia

A Chechen Court Ruled To Forgive $100 Million Of Citizens’ Gas Debts. Gazprom Isn’t Happy.

Women Being Sexually Assaulted in Chechnya’s Anti-LGBTQ Purge

Arctic art house: Russia nurtures Yakutia film boom

Russia boasts rich diversity of national minorities, but education policies, restrictive legislation undermine the exercise of their rights

Pennsylvania man is recording world languages in a mission to save them

Regional plan seeks to foster use of Norman language

Educating Adivasi: The Side Effects Of School For India’s Indigenous

South China Sea: Fishing on the front line of Beijing’s ambitions

Vietnam jails man for 14 years for attempting to overthrow state

Pompeo: ‘It’s time’ for nations to pick sides in Venezuela

Hong Kong moves to make disrespecting Chinese national anthem a crime

Ukraine, Putin, NATO: Journalists name reasons that could push Russia to grab Belarus

‘A Category Of Citizens’: Officials Shrug Off Belarusian Minister’s LGBT Slur

Palau drops Kosovo recognition in favour of Serbia

Kosovo academics brace for controversial ethnic land swaps

Kosovo to keep tariffs until Serbia grants recognition, insists PM

Putin To Visit Kyrgyzstan This Year

Zimbabwe soldiers accused of beatings amid protest crackdown

Ukraine Emerges from Isolation

International Support Urged For Ukraine in Face of Russian Aggression

100 years ago, west and east Ukraine united in short-lived independence amid invasion from all sides

Ukraine Sentences Ex-President Yanukovych In Absentia To 13 Years In Prison

Russia ordered to comply with the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War in treatment of 24 imprisoned Ukrainians

Ukraine says it sees surge in cyber attacks targeting election

Ukraine’s Slow but Steady Strangulation Is Taking Place in Plain Sight

Activist Group Publishes ‘Hacked E-Mails’ From Russia

Occupation authorities in Crimea mulling ways to intimidate lawyers of captured Ukrainian sailors – Mejlis official

CRIMEA: Four years’ jail for mosque meetings

Russia stages mystery arrest for new propaganda about ‘Crimean Tatar battalion’

Making te reo cool and relatable: a new path for Māori Television

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

Is Palestine imploding?

Palestinians protest ‘apartheid road’ in occupied West Bank

McDonald’s apologizes after people said an ad supported Taiwan independence from China

US Navy sails warships through Taiwan Strait

Whatever the Basques did in Idaho, they clung to their unique culture

Language Rights of Basque Speakers

Protesters in Athens hurl petrol bombs at police over Macedonia name deal

South Sudan embraces old enemy Sudan, now rocked by protests

No Brexit deal means hard Irish border, EU says

Brexit awakens old fears in Northern Ireland

Poland stuns Brussels with proposal to put time limit on Irish backstop

‘We Are All Irish,’ Belgium Says as It Asserts Unity Amid Brexit Chaos

How the Irish Won Their Freedom

Marshall Islands digital currency set to launch in mid-2019

Leader of Comoros Seeks New Term After Rules Changed

Comoros elections: 19 people set to challenge Comoran president

Liechtenstein’s 300th anniversary: Big bash in a small country

Liechtenstein moves to create legal certainty around blockchain

Qatar Muscles in on Saudi Arabia to Shore up Lebanon’s Ailing Economy

Nicaraguan journalist flees to Costa Rica, fearing government threats

Beijing’s Mass Internment of Uyghurs

A Death Sentence For a Life of Service

At Least 10 Australians Imprisoned in China’s ‘Re-Education’ Camp

My Personal Story.

CCP Interfering With How Muslims Perform Funerals

China: Uyghur pop idol Zahirshah Ablimit detained in Xinjiang

Alignment of Xinjiang, Tibet security forces underline China’s lockdown policies for Tibetans and Uyghurs

Arrested for Celebrating Dalai Lama’s Birthday, Tibetan Monk Choekyi Released Due to Critical Health Condition

Chinese order Tibetans to worship Xi Jinping and Party leaders

Lawyer denied access to imprisoned Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk on eve of arrest anniversary

Tibetan Nomads in Chamdo Forced From Their Land in Resettlement Scheme

China to relocate Tibet’s Tsonyi County nomads

Tibetan nomads made to pay for forced relocation homes, denied promised assistance

Local Tibetan activist A-nya Sengdra held without trial

China Intensifies Campaign Against the Dalai Lama In Tibet

Lobsang Sangay calls for dialogue with China

China’s lonely rise: After decades of heady growth, Beijing is suddenly facing resistance at home and abroad

Fighting for Tajikistan’s Jailed Lawyers

Indonesian forces surround local West Papua National Committee office and paint over sign

Humanitarian crisis in West Papua as thousands displaced escaping bombing and suspected chemical weapons use by Indonesian military

Historic petition for West Papuan self-determination handed to UN amidst humanitarian crisis and alleged chemical weapons use

If election is not decisive, I’ll call another, Moldova’s president says

‘The only thing we can do is adapt’: Greenland ice melt reaching tipping point

Forests need protection

Bank customer in Wales told to use English rather than ‘foreign language’ Welsh

A no deal Brexit poses an existential threat to the Welsh agriculture industry

Need to prepare for any negative effects of Brexit on the Welsh language

Who Speaks for Native Hawaiians?

Scotland: Independence is nothing like Brexit … it’s been done before

Ian Blackford: Scottish independence is a Brexit ‘escape route’

Independence referendum series on BBC Scotland’s new channel

Why a People’s Vote on Brexit causes all sorts of problems for Scottish independence referendum

Mhairi Black: Independence has never looked more attractive

Greens developing updated blueprint for independent Scotland

Across Scotland, far too many young people cannot continue Gaelic Medium Education beyond primary school

Scots urged to safeguard Gaelic for future generations

UN rep urges state government support for Dayaks

Key Demand of the Communist Party: Czech lower house approves tax on church compensation payments

Cameroon Struggles to Aid IDPs in Anglophone Separatist Areas

Philippine referendum returns big ‘yes’ vote on Bangsamoro self-rule

Black January in Baku – the time and place the Soviet Union died

2019: Where to Expect Russian Moves

Islamic State Suicide Bomber Targets U.S., Kurdish Forces in Syria Attack

Pompeo, again, affirms continued support for Syria’s Kurds

Nashville Schools vote to add Kurdish to high school language class options

Iraqi Airways agrees to add Kurdish to languages used for in-flight instructions

Peshmerga commanders near Nineveh see ISIS pre-2014 conditions emerging

Turkish military strikes kill 2 more in Kurdistan Region

Kurdish leaders call on Christians to remain in region after meeting with patriarch

Turkish court releases Kurdish MP Leyla Guven on hunger strike

Africa ocean health index 2018: Seychelles top, Ivory Coast bottom

Armenia, under new leadership, re-opens Panama Papers case

Why Burundi Is Kicking Out Aid Groups

Church may close its schools in Fiji over non-Catholics principals

Hungary working to modify funding for Russian-built nuclear plant

Global power play does little for Djibouti’s impoverished citizens

12 Catalan leaders face trial on charges of sedition and rebellion against Spain

Thousands gather to show solidarity with Catalan prisoners

Spanish court accused of obstructing investigation into Spain’s application of direct rule in Catalonia

Jailed former Catalan home affairs minister Joaquim Forn to stand for Mayor of Barcalona

MP raises imprisonment of Catalan speaker in UK parliament

Spanish Supreme Court expects Catalan independence trial to start ‘around’ February 5

‘I would step down if I felt independence is not possible,’ says Catalan president Quim Torra

Spanish Supreme Court to call Mariano Rajoy as witness in Catalan independence trial

Jailed Catalan independence leaders to be transferred to Madrid prisons on January 29

Record 8 million visitors stayed in Barcelona hotels in 2018

Exiled Anna Gabriel calls for ‘strategic agreement’ in Catalan independence camp

Catalan and Spanish governments meet amid criticism from Ciutadans

Pro-independence union calls general strike coinciding with start of Catalan independence trial

80 years since Barcelona fell to Franco

UN Special Rapporteur on persecution of Catalan politicians: ‘Non-violent political dissent by minorities should not give rise to criminal charges’

Òmnium leader Jordi Cuixart denounces Spanish Supreme Court for not allowing him to use Catalan in court

Pirates Control Ocean Between Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago

US no longer announcing deaths, damage in Somalia airstrikes

Somaliland Seeks Intervention of the UN Security Council Over Qatar’s Donation of Armored Vehicles to Somalia

Brussels sues Slovenia over ECB raid

Oil plan stalled as East Timor president vetoes state budget

Political Mafias Helped Empower Gangs, says El Salvador Security Expert

Fourteen miners killed in Rwanda tin mine after hill collapses

Luxembourg gains 80 financial services firms in run up to Brexit

Sierra Leone: Nonviolence – the answer to the crucial political moral questions of our time

Sierra Leone bans FGM in clampdown on secret societies

Liberia’s ex-president Sirleaf joins The Elders

Liberia’s footballer president Weah marks year in office

50 Million Women Speak Project Launched in Liberia

Liberia wrestles with poverty and ecology in bid to protect sharks

Construction starts on $2.3B highway across Turkmenistan

Haiti looks set to be entirely wiped of its native forests

Vatican’s Swiss Guards wear new 3D-printed helmets

Undersea cable damage wipes out most Internet access in Tonga islands

Oromo Liberation Front is dead, but its Oromo struggle lives

Massive power outage in Panama ahead of papal visit

Pope in Panama blasts corruption but avoids wading into Venezuela fray

Tunisia’s Fledgling Democracy Shows Signs of Wear and Tear

Jordan’s PM: We need a more sustainable plan to help countries hosting refugees

Gruesome Laos deaths of Thai activists sends chill through dissident community in exile

EU sees crime risks from Malta, Cyprus passport-for-sale schemes

UN envoy: No prospect Rohingya refugees can go home soon

Long-awaited bridge over River Gambia inaugurated

Biafran Government in Exile and Biafran Shadow Government won’t take part in general elections

Indigenous People of Biafra give reason for election boycott

Strengthening EU resilience to disinformation will remain Lithuania’s priority

German Navy returns to treating the Baltic Sea as a potential theater of war

Sweden: Russian military planes briefly violated airspace

Russian ‘order of battle’ report suggests an elaborate strategy, not just brute force

Latvia gets a new government led by Krišjānis Kariņš

Taavi Toom: It’s a good idea to host NATO summit in Estonia

Crisis Brews as Colombia Asks Cuba to Extradite Rebels Linked to Bogota Attack

International organizations making it difficult for small developing states, says Dominica PM

Solomon Islands province bans logging in bid to protect environment

Israel, Chad Renew Diplomatic Ties That Were Severed in 1972

If Croatia joins the Eurozone, it would give Russia its greatest weapon in Europe

A section of Canadian Sikhs begins ‘Prove it or Remove it’ campaign

Bulgaria says it will end passport-for-sale policy ahead of EU warning schemes could help criminals

Albania opposition leader fined for defaming ruling lawmaker

Singapore braces for tougher times as China slows down and the trade war heats up

Baloch talents are crucified

Baloch leader criticises UN for ignoring human rights violations by Pakistan in Balochistan

Balochistan Enforced Disappearances: Several people abducted by Pakistani forces