2017 05 01

#SaltWaterChallenge: Palestinian solidarity goes viral

Please sign this petition calling for an end to the genocide and a free and fair independence vote for the West Papuan people


April 24, 1915: Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

April 24, 1916: Proclamation of the Irish Republic

April 25, 1974: Carnation Revolution in Portugal

April 25, 1989, Tibet: Birthday of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the abducted 11th Panchen Lama

April 26, 1937: Bombing of Guernica, Basque Country

April 27, 1961: Sierra Leone Independence Day

April 27, 1994: Freedom Day in South Africa, first post-apartheid elections

April 27, 1960: Togo Independence Day

May 1, 1707: shameful dying days of Scotland’s independence before the Act of Union

May 3: World Press Freedom Day

May 4, 1990: Independence Restoration Day in Latvia


Austria investigates Airbus CEO over suspected fraud

You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway

EU challenges Austrian minimum wage law for truck drivers

Belgium’s Shame: PM “sorry” for helping get Saudi Arabia on UN women’s rights panel

Thousands stage ANZAC Day memorials in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Indigenous Anzacs: Letters home from Aboriginal WWI diggers reveal humour, sadness

Devastating volcanic eruption that rocked Australia 7,000 years ago has lived on in Aboriginal stories for 230 generations

Victoria to fund new elected Aboriginal body to advance treaty talks

Aboriginal WA Police cadet seeks to break cycle, make a difference in community

No Aboriginal flags at Anzac services

Australian ANZAC’s who were treated like second class citizens upon their return home

Two generations talk about the impact of the 1967 Referendum and the 1992 Mabo Decision

Autism Aboriginal Way

New Zealand restricts teenage viewing of Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why

Ripple effects of New Zealand 2016 earthquake continue to this day

New figures confirm trend of record migration to NZ

Historic moment for Maori

Report highlights major concern over seclusion and restraint practices in NZ

$30 million kiwifruit investment to pave the way for Maori landowners

Police charge two lawmakers from Slovak far-right party with extremism

Brexit ‘Slap’ Is Helping Turn Anti-EU Tide, Slovak Leader Says

Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

Freed Kuwait opposition leader: Reforms needed to avert ‘catastrophe’

Daesh militant confesses plotting Kuwait attacks

Compulsory Military Service Returns to Kuwait

Evo Morales: Bolivia Built a Real Alternative to Capitalism

Criminal activity by international organised groups in Bolivia raises armed assault and theft risks in eastern lowlands

Bolivia to Lead Regional Economic Growth

Athens Declaration on the Establishment of the Ancient Civilizations Forum

Bolivia to Hold Presidency of 2nd Forum of Ancient Civilizations

Pope decorates Bolivian for translating church texts into Aymara

Norway Sounds Alarm on Oil-Industry Safety

Norwegian pension giant Storebrand launches €1.1bn Fossil Free Fund

Norwegian regulator wants domestic control of mobile networks

Hungary completes 2nd border fence meant to stop migrants

Czech mining industry pins hopes of revival on lithium

Turkey Condemns Czech Parliament for Recognizing Armenian Genocide

Serbia’s police arrest 16 customs officers for tax evasion

Serbian Leaders Tell Brussels Top Goal Of Vucic Presidency Is Joining EU

Shoigu: Russia, Serbia Confirm Interest in Developing Military Cooperation

Albania opposition blocks roads, wants technocrat government

French Court Refuses To Extradite Ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj To Serbia

Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo’s ex-premier Haradinaj

Serbia’s Vučić: Talk of Greater Albania a coordinated action

Albanian parliamentary speaker picked as new president

Albanian split deepens as Socialists force through election of president

EU steps up pressure on #Albania opposition to take part in upcoming election

Macedonian Protesters Storm Parliament After Ethnic Albanian Elected Speaker

A look at Macedonia’s deepening political turmoil

What Happened in Macedonia, and Why

Croatia anti-fascists, Serbs gather at WWII death camp site

Croatian police prevent nationalists from disrupting play

Croatia’s Junior Government Partner Quits, Snap Election Possible

Luxury hotels spring up as tourism hits new record in Slovenia and Croatia

European court orders Slovenia to pay €85,000 to man who lost home over utility debt

Slovenian leader wants talks on EU systematic border checks

Montenegro approves Nato membership as Russia protests

Montenegro Coup Suspect Linked to Russian-backed “Ultranationalist” Organisation

Russia bans wine from Montenegro in apparent retaliation for joining NATO

Moscow Bad-Mouths Montenegro, But Russians Still Flocking To Its Beaches

Montenegro Opposition Vows to Freeze NATO Membership

We Need to Putin-Proof the Balkans Now

Guinea: Conakry officially becomes World Book Capital 2017

Press Freedom: Namibia tops Africa in 2017 RSF Index

Namibia’s defence spending shrouded in secrecy

Zimbabwe, Namibia Sign Three MOUs

Namibia on anti-doping campaign

Namibians urged to name babies before birth

Rwanda to build 500 smart classrooms nationwide by end of 2017

Eritreans fleeing to Ethiopia

Family of Jailed Eritrean Journalist Renews Calls for His Release

Eritrea: International Malaria Day Observed

Ethiopia’s Oromo leader objects to terrorism charge, case adjourned

Oromo Night Will Celebrate Culture And Diversity At SCSU

Ethiopian Commission Blames Excessive Force for Some Casualties in Oromia and Amhara

ECOWAS threatens politically-tensed Guinea-Bissau with sanctions

Somalia executes four suspected al Shabaab fighters behind 2016 blasts

Somaliland: ‘Things are worse now than two months ago’

A nation that doesn’t officially exist: on Somaliland’s campaign to build a national library in Hargeisa

Somaliland president urges populace to collect voting cards in preparation for elections

Somaliland: paving way for higher education

Wall Streeter turned Somaliland school headmaster speaks in Greenwich

CAR conflicts and rebellions documented

Gambians fight to save heritage site

Gambian President visits mediators who helped kick out Jammeh

Major bauxite mining hub hit by riots in Guinea

World’s first malaria vaccine: Kenya, Ghana, Malawi chosen for trials

Malawi joins list of African countries that legally banned child marriage

In Malawi, at least 115 people with albinism have been attacked over the past two years

Burkina Faso coup victims cry foul

Court delays trial of Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaore to May 4

I remember Gaddafi; Africa is suffering due to egoism – Obiang Nguema

DR Congo’s ‘lost’ languages

Controversy looms over leadership of newly formed alliance in Liberia

Charles Taylor ally jailed by Dutch court for war crimes in Liberia

Liberia mystery deaths linked to funeral of religious leader

Surge of violence in Congo’s pool area

Congo-Brazzaville’s new oil pipeline

Chad’s Hissene Habre gets appeal verdict for war crimes

ICC unseals arrest warrant for Gaddafi’s chief of internal security

Libyan forces capture two oil-smuggling tankers after firefight

Libya’s warring sides reach diplomatic breakthrough in Rome

A European deal with Libya could leave migrants facing beatings, rape and slavery

Libya asks EU for motorboats, helicopters to patrol coast

Russia ‘plays games for fun’ in Libya

Libyan PM asks Russia to end current military escalation in southern region

Zimbabwe state media to broadcast news in five more local languages

Zimbabwean minister suspends mayor, 24 councillors over state land theft

Sudan cautions South Sudan president against meeting with rebels

S. Sudan gov’t benefiting from division on UN Security Council – US envoy

South Sudan activists approach AU to end crisis

South Sudan: 25,000 displaced in fresh violence

South Sudan: East African states, South Africa oppose Machar’s return

S. Sudan army floods the streets of Juba after taking control of rebel HQ

Nigeria: Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu released on bail

IPOB celebrates as Israel ‘recognizes Biafra‎’

Biafra: Court frees 44 IPOB members, dismisses charges against them in Bayelsa

Biafra: IPOB alleges illegal arrest of Africa coordinator, George Onyeibe others

Fever grips Abia state, as pro-Biafrans celebrate Kanu in Aba

We will shut down Nigeria May 30, the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Independent State of Biafra

Hopes are high for cartoon business in Togo

Burundi: ‘Poor Internet connectivity caused fuel scarcity’-gov’t official says

Mali extends state of emergency by six months

UN Security Council backs new Western Sahara talks push

Moroccan presenter to sue over ‘Western Sahara slip’ suspension

‘The oppression is brutal’: Morocco breaks up Western Sahara protest ahead of UN talks

Life in Africa’s Last Colony

Extension of MINURSO mandate is “diplomatic success” for Sahrawi cause

Meet the Sahrawi refugee building homes from plastic bottles in the desert

‘Morocco not reflecting needs of Amazigh’

Algeria: Desperately seeking voters: Berbers continue to fight for their rights

China bans list of Islamic names in Xinjiang region

China diplomat in Pakistan changes Twitter name after ‘Muhammad ban’

Belarus march against nuclear power on Chernobyl anniversary

U.S. renews Belarus sanctions relief

Education in Belarus: between the Bologna process and the USSR

Explaining Belarus’ Sudden Protest Repression

Protests in Belarus Test Its Resilient Status Quo

Journey deep into the Finnish caverns where nuclear waste will be buried for millenia

Austerity Nears End of the Line in Finland as Economy Surprises

Poll: Over half of Finns think a terrorist attack likely within a year

Luxembourg families envy of Western world on disposable income

Tackling Lebanon’s blushes about sex

Organ trafficking ‘booming’ in Lebanon as desperate Syrians sell kidneys, eyes

Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon deported for having children – rights group

Three Australian ISIS fighters captured in Lebanon

France: Journalist sentenced to six months for racist articles about immigrants from the Maghreb and Romani people

Cyprus urges India to ask Turkey to end “status quo” in the island nation

Cyprus activists protest Turkey’s planned nuclear plant

Malta proposes cash-for-refugees EU scheme

Knights of Malta draw battle lines after clash with pope

European defence ministers meet in Malta to thrash out next step in creation of EU army

Malta will not join EU army, but will not block proposal

#China territorial claims cause unease in #Tajikistan

President Of Tajikistan Insists On Long Title

Disqualified Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers arrested

‘Annihilate British dogs’: Chinese football fans unfurl anti-independence banner during Hong Kong game

Hong Kong’s autonomy agreement could be scrapped if it threatens China, Beijing warns

The global economy isn’t like your country’s economy—it’s like Azerbaijan’s

Azerbaijan government seeks order to permanently block news websites

Azerbaijan: Creationist Textbooks Stir Controversy, Public Action

Azerbaijan former minister sentenced to 3 more years

U.S. Sanctions on Russia Won’t Be Lifted Until Crimea Is Returned to Ukraine: Rex Tillerson

Sanctions short-circuit Russia’s electricity plans for annexed Crimea

Russian Court Sentences Crimean Tatar To 12 Years In Prison

Who is Zeytullaev, the Crimean Tatar Russia just sentenced to 12 years without a crime?

Crimean Human Rights Group Sends Evidence Of Denial Of Access To Native-Language Education In Crimea To ICJ

Russia is sending weapons to Taliban, top U.S. general confirms

Mogherini Says EU Sanctions To Stay, Criticizes Russia Over Chechnya Reports

Chechnya ‘is attempting to eliminate its gay community by the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan’

‘At least SIX secret prisons are holding gay men in Russia’s Chechen Republic, with prisoners tortured until families pay police large bribes’

Russian paper feels backlash over Chechnya gay torture story

US Holocaust Memorial Museum condemns reported persecution of gay men in Chechnya

LGBT survivors of torture in Chechnya speak out

Those who want more, do more? A view from Bulgaria

Bulgaria opts for Swedish Gripen combat jets

Bulgaria’s GERB receives mandate to form government and signs coalition agreement

The Stock That’s as Safe as Switzerland

Catalonia celebrates St Jordi’s Day with books, roses and signatures for the referendum

Catalan Parliament President to face court on May 8 for allowing debate on independence

Spanish diplomats warned French journalist against moderating an event about Catalonia

Spain’s ‘systematic’ failure to address historical memory denounced at EU-Parliament

Spanish diplomats uneasy with Catalan debate group at Westminster

UN critical about Spain’s inactivity on historical memory, sees progress in Catalonia

Catalan Ombudsman warns separation of powers in Spain is “deteriorating”

Catalonia and Flanders cancel joint trip to Morocco due to Spanish pressure

Puigdemont to send “last” referendum proposal to Spain

EU prepares for post-Brexit membership for united Ireland

Theresa May “indifferent” towards Northern Ireland

Don’t deny us our global Celtic identity says Grand Bard of Cornwall

Hebrew was the only language ever to be revived from extinction. There may soon be another

Plaid Cymru will demand formal role for nations in Brexit talks

Hundreds of Scottish independence supporters turn out for international rally at the Hague

8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream

UK Conservatives resurge as Scots shun new referendum on independence: poll

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard calls on Greens to avoid splitting pro-independence vote in marginal seats

Plea to indy parties: Manifestos should insist votes mean support for #ScotRef

Forfar town centre locked down after anti-independence anthrax threat

SNP are targeted by third ‘white-powder’ package in a week as police confirm incidents are General Election-related

Return to Arms: Hadaka, Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan

Turkey Bombs Kurdish Fighters in Syria

Turkey on a ‘Collision Course’ With the U.S. After Striking Kurdish Militias

Kurdistan: Baghdad should compensate victims of 1974 Qaladiza atrocities

Raising Kurdish Armenia: Kurdish Children’s Books from Soviet Armenia

Turkey’s bombing of Yazidis wrecks group’s only medical clinic

After long trek to Armenia, Iraq’s Yazidi families struggle to fit in

Yazidi refugees fleeing ISIS captured in Somerset photographer’s incredible pictures

Yazidis in Turkey on the verge of extinction

Armenia’s Peacock People

Yazidis ring in the year 6767

36 Yezidis, their Arab protectors rescued after three years in captivity

Years after US Iraq intervention, Yazidis are still seeking safety on a mountain

Yezidi Leader Mir Dasin Bag warns PKK to leave Sinjar

Yazidis rescued by Jewish sponsors hold first New Year celebration in Canada

Will the US try to send 50,000 people back to Haiti?

Haiti leader pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case

Downpours ruin spring harvest in beleaguered southwest Haiti

Tibet’s Valley of the Kings: What Hidden Treasures Lie Within This Imperial Tibetan Graveyard?

Turning all of Tibet into a national park

Tibetan Journalist Releases Documentary on his Father’s Escape from Tibet

Tibetan Doctor Rearrested in Kanlho County

Five reportedly detained in Tibet after two separate burning protests

Tibetan NGOs call for 11th Panchen Lama’s release on his 28th birthday

Panchen Gedhun Choekyi Nyima remembered in Washington, D.C

Tibetan PM Speaks with Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on His Vision For Tibet

Tibetan Prime Minister On First New Zealand Tour

Sikyong Calls On Minister Of Culture, Government of India

China will have to think about Tibet before going to war with India, says Dalai Lama

Students slam Beijing for anti-India campaigns, urge India to support free Tibet movement

Assam’s PPFA Slams Beijing for Anti-India Campaigns

Man who led mining protests in Amchok County of eastern Tibet dies

Woman freed after four years in prison over a self-immolation in Tibet

Will Indian citizenship weaken the Tibetan struggle?

Man who set himself on fire in Karze County of eastern Tibet dies

Tibetan Monk Freed One Year Early From Prison Term Served For Protest Role

China revises mapping law to bolster territorial claims

Dalai Lama Awarded M L Sondhi Prize International Politics 2016

Snow Leopard Trust Collaborates With Chinese Regime In Eradicating Tibet From The Map

Hong Kong vs. Singapore: Weighing Asia’s financial hubs

Hong Kong and Singapore compete for the tourist dollar, and there’s a stand-out winner

Singapore’s automation incentives draw tech firms, boost economy

Singapore ranked world’s top maritime capital, but another city is quickly on the ascent

Russia hacked Danish defence for two years, minister tells newspaper

Pressed into silence: West Papua, Indonesia & World Press Freedom Day

Company threatens workers over plans to strike at West Papua mine

Activists, media freedom advocates plan ‘global action’ for West Papua

Princes Freeway walk highlights West Papua abuses

Walk for West Papuan freedom and independence

Arnold Ap, West Papuan musician was assassinated by Indonesian military 33 years ago for singing West Papuan songs

Drumbeat of Resistance bringing Melanesian culture and the cry for West Papuan freedom to audiences across Australia

The West Papuan Warriors Are A Rugby League Team Trying To Stop A Genocide

Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

Taiwan between Xi and Trump?

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

US-Israeli man, 18, in court over threats against Jewish centres

Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israeli President condemns Marine Le Pen’s ‘disturbing’ denial of French involvement in the Holocaust and urges his country against ‘unholy alliances’ with nationalist parties

Palestinian Authority ‘stops paying Israel for Gaza electricity’

Sweden lorry attack claims fifth victim

Sweden arrests second suspect over deadly truck attack

UN rights expert urges Swiss not to extradite Basque woman

Escaping the horror of Guernica – An Irishman’s Diary on Basque child refugees in 1937

Basque town of Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombings

Spain’s ‘systematic’ failure to address historical memory denounced at EU-Parliament

Multicoloured houses of Greenland are a sight to behold

Power struggle in Greenland: Three reasons why the EU should care

Greenland, Victim Of Denmark’s Linguistic Colonialism

Indigenous peoples are working towards permanent UN representation

Greenlanders in Denmark: Internally displaced

Democracy and academic freedom in Viktor Orbán’s Hungary

Hungary’s Orban fights back after EU case over Soros university

Hungarian opposition struggles to build on anti-Orban sentiment

Viktor Orbán defends his regime in the European Parliament

Viktor Orbán agrees to amend anti-CEU law after threat from European People’s Party

Geothermal district heating system planned for city in Galicia

Galicia Parliament reiterates commitment to Saharawi cause

Northern Exposure: A foodie guide to Galicia

American Indian Festival in Algonac celebrates culture

Resource Extraction and American Indians: The Invisible History of America

‘Good Friday on the Rez’ offers a clear-eyed look at racism, resilience and American Indian reality

For Your Information: American Indian Week At The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Remembering the LA Riots and the Tribalism That Saved Communities

Passamaquoddy Tribe Named Project Developer of the Year

UN Marks Tenth Anniversary of Indigenous Rights Declaration

Our Mother Language and the Survival of Native Language As a Whole

Daghestan’s long-haul truckers detail their grievances in appeal to Putin

Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution: remembering stories of Heavenly Hundred

Chornobyl: the secret tragedy which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union

Syrian President’s Kids Are Reportedly Learning Russian

100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

Central Europe Raises Military Spending Amid Russia Fears

Chhatra Union activists attacked over ‘adivasi’ term

Adivasi Gramotsav begins on Sunday

Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan felicitates Adivasi girl for passing matriculation

Chequered Heritage of Goa

Amid the tea plantations of Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, what drives the hunt for ‘witches’

A novel for our dark times

Turkmenistan’s Ongoing Gas Quandary

OSCE helps Turkmenistan take advantage of its solar potential

Landslide buries village in Kyrgystan’s Osh: 24 missing

Kyrgyzstan Bolsters Protections Against Domestic Violence

New EU project against drugs and organized crime launched in Kyrgyzstan

Climate-stressed Mongolia urged to put yaks before mines

Heading into the depths of western Mongolia in search of the last eagle hunters

Mongolian media goes dark to protest press freedom threat

Sokhumi Begins Issuing Residence Permits to Ethnic Georgians

Officials, troops and citizens mark Georgian Armed Forces Day

Freedom House report: Georgia the country with most free media in region

Georgia submits draft resolution on occupied territories to PACE

Georgian kidnapped by Russian troops near occupied Tskhinvali

After defeating Russia Georgia crowned best European judo team for 9th time

South Ossetia Government Resigns

Moldova detains officials suspected of embezzling EU money

The Master and Moldova

Representatives of #Moldova opposition search for justice in Council of Europe

The case of Renato Usatii as a symbol of a ‘captured state’ in #Moldova

Belarus eager to advance mutually beneficial cooperation with Moldova

Moldova’s President Bars Military from NATO Exercise

Armenia Has Spent Over A Century Re-Building, And Its Future Looks Hopeful

Look out Colbert, Armenia’s got funnymen with a few jokes for America

Charges filed against rectors of three private universities in Armenia

Woman wins fight to speak Circassian in Adygea supermarket

Tatarstan: FSB purges local Russian Federal Penitentiary Service Department

Cooperation on eyelashes: how Tatarstan needed Confucius

New entity for Islamic banking to be set up in Tatarstan

Nowruz 2017: theatre of the absurd, classic and folklore at 6 million rubles

SE Asian summit ends in uncertainty over South China Sea stance

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

Wives wanted in the Faroe Islands

Fish farming boosts Faroes population

Court arrested property of Mari El Republic ex-Head

“It cracks me up!” – ex-Head of Mari El on SIZO conditions

Former Udmurt Head confesses he broke law to get out of jail

Ingush Prosecutor’s Office opposes Stalin ban

Indigenous protesters in Brazil shoot arrows at police in response to tear gas

The indigenous and afro-Colombian communities risk to fall out of the peace agreement implementation

Status of declaration on indigenous peoples’ rights in spotlight as UN forum opens in New York

Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

The first Indigenous Media Zone led by indigenous women at the UN

Balochistan: Pakistani forces are targeting unarmed civilians in Barkhan

Balochistan: Pakistani forces kill five abducted Baloch in fake encounter

Iranian Kurdistan: Tehran Executes 27 Kurds in 2016 Alone

Barotseland: PASSIVE RESISTANCE: A very powerful weapon for Self-determination