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Ukraine - Journalists banned from covering fighting in Donetsk region
 
Reporters without borders
Rebel decree is fuelling arbitrary arrests of reporters Reporters Without Borders condemns a decree by the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk drastically restricting media coverage of fighting in the region. Signed on 21 July by PRD “defence minister” Igor Strelkov and released yesterday, it is fuelling arbitrary arrests of journalists operating in the region. Citing the need to protect the “safety of media workers” and the “information security” of the PRD's “armed forces,” the (...) (Full Story)
Belarus - Blogger's son sentenced to three years of confinement
 
Reporters without borders
Sentence seen as latest act of harassment of his father, an outspoken critic of the local police Reporters Without Borders condemns the three-year confinement sentence that the authorities in Babruysk (160 km east of Minsk) imposed on Alyaksei Zhalnou on 21 July in their continuing judicial harassment of his father, Aleh Zhalnou, a blogger who is very critical of the local police. If the sentence is confirmed on appeal, Alyaksei Zhalnou will have to spend three years in a detention centre (...) (Full Story)
Libya: ICC Judges Reject Sanussi Appeal
 
Email An International Criminal Court (ICC) decision approving Libya’s bid to prosecute former intelligence chief Abdullah Sanussi comes down amid a near breakdown of Libya’s judicial system. Sanussi is currently on trial in Libya for, among other charges, serious crimes related to his alleged role in trying to suppress the country’s 2011 uprising, though the proceeding against him raises serious due process concerns. An International Criminal Court (ICC) decision approving Libya’s bid to prosecute former intelligence chief Abdullah Sanussi comes down amid a near breakdown of Libya’s… (Full Story)
Samarra siege – the unreported killing of Shia Muslims in Iraq
By Catherine Shakdam, political risk analyst
 
While international media have reported on the surge of violence which, last Wednesday – June 4th - at dawn, has plagued Samarra, an Iraqi city lying directly north of the capital, Baghdad, in what is known as the Sunni triangle, few have actually spoken of the true nature of the clashes. (Full Story)
The European Union: Has the Countdown Begun?
 
by Oded Eran

On May 25, 2014, 388 million European Union citizens voted for more than 751 members of the European Parliament, who will serve for the next five years. On the agenda was the future of the “European project,” an unprecedented attempt to create a meta-national institution endowed with powers willingly relinquished by the member states and transferred to the said entity. (Full Story)
The way forward for Somalia: after all, an own thing could help fix the Horn of Africa
By Abdul Ghelleh
 
Finding the right framework for a workable governance system for Somalia has been problematic for both governments in the West and academics from around the world for more than two decades. To this day, the need to reconstruct the Somali state is being merely considered as a means to counter Terrorism and Piracy, with little urgency for the highly important issue of what to do with the overall nature of state failure. (Full Story)
The Annexation of Crimea: International Ramifications
 
By Zvi Magen, Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Olena Bagno-Moldavsky

In a series of rather rapid moves, Russia, ignoring international criticism, annexed the Crimean Peninsula. The annexation began in early March with a non-violent military takeover, followed soon by a declaration of independence ostensibly initiated by the local population.  (Full Story)
The Ugandan human rights defender Patrick Leuben Mukajanga has been awarded the 2013 Makwan Prize
By Roberto Malini
 
Bergamo (Italy)  The year 2013 has been a very difficult year for activists and humanitarian workers throughout the world. The economic crisis, wars and conflicts, the lack of attention of governments and supranational institutions towards the most vulnerable groups in society have generated humanitarian tragedies everywhere. (Full Story)
APOSTATES IN ISLAM - THE REPORT
By Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity
 
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and Atheist Alliance International have published a new report on the Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam with the support of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK. The report examines sources for laws that prohibit apostasy from Islam, reviews legislation and government policies in various countries that persecute apostates and blasphemers, and highlights the cases of some of the many persecuted individuals, with a focus on atheists, secularists and freethinkers.  (Full Story)
Remembrance Day : The Symbolics of Poppies
By Anna de Aguayo
 
Every year for several weeks before November 11, a field of scarlet poppies appears on coat lapels across Canada. This wearing of the poppy has a complex history ... (Full Story)
Canada. Internet use continues to rise
 
The value of orders placed online by Canadians reached $18.9 billion in 2012, up 24% from 2010 when the survey was last conducted. More than half of Internet users (56%) ordered goods or services online in 2012, up from 51% in 2010. In 2012, 77% of Internet users did research on goods or services or window shopped. (Full Story)
Just Published. Revisiting Tolerance. Lessons drawn from Egypt's Cosmopolitan Heritage
 
How does a polyglot Jewish family from Alexandria, Egypt, get caught up in the power play of the Suez Crisis? In this fascinating ebook by Egyptian-born author and Tolerance.ca Editor Victor Teboul writes about his cosmopolitan experience and his family’s ordeal following the 1956 Suez Crisis and the expulsion of Egypt’s Jewish community.  (Full Story)
Europe vs. Hizbollah's Military Wing
 
by Benedetta Berti and Yoram Schweitzer 

On July 22, 2013, during a ministerial meeting on Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Council of the European Union decided to designate Hizbollah’s "military wing" as a terrorist organization. (Full Story)

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