Towards Independence

1946 January 22: Establisment of the Republic of Kurdistan
1919 January 22: Day of Unity of Ukraine
1719 January 23: Founding of Liechtenstein
1954 January 23: World Freedom Day, Taiwan & South Korea
1759 January 25: Burns Night, Scotland
January 25: Dydd Santes Dwynwen/St Dwynwen’s Day, Wales
1788 January 26: Australia Day, Invasion Day, Survival Day
1950 January 26: Republic Day in India
January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day
1972 January 30: Bloody Sunday, Northern Ireland
1968 January 31: Nauru Independence Day
2004 February 1: Erbil bombings, Kurdistan
1948 February 4: Sri Lanka Independence Day
1945 February 4: Yalta Conference establishing post-WW2 world geopolitical boundaries
1997 February 5: Gulja massacre, East Turkistan/Xinjiang
February 5: Kashmir Solidarity Day
1917 February 6: Sami National Day
1840 February 6: Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand
1974 February 7: Grenada Independence Day

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Morocco adds Western Sahara waters to its maritime borders
Guinea poised for referendum date despite protests
New Zealand PM Ardern calls September 19 election, faces tight race
Middle Volga Republics Becoming an Ever Bigger Headache for Moscow
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When Russia Goes to War: Motives, Means and Indicators
Belarus aims to cut Russian oil supplies to 30-40% of its requirements
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Governor in Russia threatens journalists to “waste them in the outhouse”
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How Great Power Competition Is Changing the Geopolitics of Mongolia
Indigenous ‘Molly of Denali’ is more than a cartoon for some
Invasion Day is a day of mourning for Indigenous Australians. The bushfires make this year extra poignant.
Brazil’s indigenous to sue Bolsonaro for saying they’re ‘evolving’
Bolivians Dream Big With Miniature Cars, Cash-And Roosters
From darkness into light: Inuit art installation offers hope for reconciliation
Cherokee author and art teacher releases children’s book on the Trail of Tears
Polynesian self-determination focus of UH Mānoa Hawaiian Studies symposium
Samoa’s measles crisis wanes, but questions remain unanswered
Burundi’s Ruling Party Picks General as Presidential Hopeful
First Minister of Scotland to press ahead with plans for indyref2020
Welsh Assembly joins Stormont and Holyrood in rejecting Brexit deal
Ireland’s Fianna Fail Pledges Early Preparations for Unification Vote
Vanuatu: New Transport Project Will Improve Resilience to Disasters, Access to Markets
Sweden saw significant rise in gang-related violence in 2019: report
Crimean Tatar TV ATR on brink of closing because Ukraine cuts funding
Ukraine’s Population Shrinks By Nearly A Quarter
Suppressed under apartheid, Namibia’s music survives in ‘Stolen Moments’
University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets
Heading east? What emerging Europe’s flight connections tell us about geopolitics
Belarus aims to cut Russian oil supplies to 30-40% of its requirements
The Bahamas Celebrates Highest Visitor Arrival Numbers In History
Ending Bullying And Humiliation Over Menstruation In Conservative Eswatini
Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan
Hong Kong Free Press Annual Report 2019
Israel sold Holocaust memory to Putin
How the world failed West Papua in its campaign for independence
Greece turns to China to connect its far-flung islands to the electric grid, leaving Brussels in the dark
Morocco’s Amazigh activists want to join the 2021 general elections through two political parties
Uyghur Escape in Thailand Draws International Focus on Minority Muslim Group
Two Uyghur Cadres Jailed Over Failure to Confiscate ‘Illegal Religious Text’
‘We Never Give Up’: Meet Kyrgyzstan’s First Female Ice Hockey Team
Kurds See Israel as Model
Syrian Kurdish officials take emergency steps to deal with economic crisis
Death toll climbs from quake in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeast
Iran arrests Kurdish journalist for not using ‘martyr’ to describe Soleimani
Baloch freedom fighters must step up their efforts to free Balochistan
Benin Opposition Radio Sacks Staff After License Pulled
Greenland’s Premier: “We must work towards independence”
Denmark is still ‘world’s least corrupt country’ despite challenges
Switzerland mints world’s smallest gold coin
Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Court Rules On Rohingya Genocide Case
How Many People Live In Turkmenistan? The Official Figure Is Hard To Believe
Restoring Lebanon: A case for the international community, a challenge for regional security
Marburg virus found in Sierra Leone bats
Bulgaria charges three Russians over poisoning possibly linked to Skripal case
Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats for espionage
Poland and Lithuania pull out of Israeli Holocaust event amid spat with Russia
EU Enlargement Report Vital for Western Balkans, Croatia Says
At least 19 people killed in attack in South Sudan
NAM stresses the need to protect indigenous languages
Scottish islands become first to teach every school pupil in Gaelic instead of English
Irish speakers fear future ‘battles’ over language
Greens/EFA fail to agree on accepting Catalan MEPs
Puigdemont, Comín and Ponsatí to attend ‘political’ event in Perpignan on February 29
Six jailed leaders set foot in parliament for first time since conviction
Spanish and Catalan presidents to meet in Barcelona on February 6
Through Eritrea, China Quietly Makes Inroads Near the Red Sea
This Tank Graveyard Is a Monument to Eritrea’s Struggle for Liberation
Exiled Tibetans Alarmed by China’s ‘Unity Law’
Protests against Gambia president bring 137 arrests, multiple injuries
Finland’s birth rate falls to lowest level since 19th century famine
China’s ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Strategy Has Been Proven ‘a Flat-out Lie,’ Taiwanese Diplomat Says
Luxembourg will be first EU country to totally ban glyphosate