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By Amnesty International
Israel’s Lod District Court postponed a scheduled hearing on extending Ahmad Manasra’s solitary confinement yesterday, because Ahmad, a 21-year-old Palestinian who has been in isolation since November 2021, was too unwell to attend.   Khulood Badawi, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said:  “Ahmad Manasra was taken to the mental health […] The post Israel/OPT: After nearly 2 years in solitary confinement, Ahmad Manasra too ill to attend his hearing  appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
By Amnesty International
Two Chinese activists whose trial begins on Friday are facing lengthy jail terms simply because Beijing authorities fear their peaceful activism, Amnesty International said today as it joined dozens of civil society groups in calling for their release. #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin and labour activist Wang Jianbing are accused of “inciting subversion of state […] The post China: #MeToo and labour activists facing ‘baseless’ trial must be released appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
By Amnesty International
Reacting to the news that Iran’s parliament has passed a new bill that would impose further draconian penalties severely violating women’s and girls’ rights as well as increasing  prison terms and fines for defying Iran’s degrading and discriminatory compulsory veiling laws, Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa […] The post Iran: Compulsory veiling bill a despicable assault on rights of women and girls appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
By Andrea Brock, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex
In early 2023, the German village of Lützerath was the site of violent clashes between thousands of protesters and police who wanted to clear the village so it could be swallowed up by Garzweiler II, a huge opencast coal mine. In small groups, police forces charged into groups of protesters, beating people, kicking and pushing them to the ground. Police dogs attacked protesters, just metres away from the steep edge of the Garweiler II opencast coal mine. Dozens of people were injured.

The protests made world headlines when Greta Thunberg joined in and was detained…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Basil Germond, Professor of International Security, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University
Ukraine’s recent successes at sea and in Crimea create strategic opportunities in the Black Sea and, in the longer term, for the war on land.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
Most people accept our energy system must move from fossil fuels, especially coal, to renewables as soon as practicable. But there are serious obstacles on the ground – literally.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Craig Prescott, Lecturer in Law, Royal Holloway University of London
King Charles’s three-day state visit to France, a year into his reign, has marked the return of the British monarchy’s international dimension. The trip, along with is his first state visit earlier in the year to Germany, are the first among what is hoped will be many trips.

After a state visit to Germany and a visit…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Christa van Raalte, Associate Professor of Film and Television, Bournemouth University
Richard Wallis, Principal Academic in Media Production, Faculty of Media & Communication, Bournemouth University
Working practices in the TV industry are in dire need of change to stop workplaces from being environments that facilitate abuse and harassment.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Deborah Shaw, Professor of Film and Screen Studies, University of Portsmouth
Netflix’s hit show Sex Education is back for its much-anticipated fourth and final series. The show follows Otis (Asa Butterfield) as he reluctantly becomes his school’s resident sex guru – despite having little experience himself – thanks to years of second-hand sex education from his mum, Jean (Gillian Anderson), a sex therapist.

Over the past three seasons, we’ve watched as Otis and his friends navigate their awkward teenage years as love, life and sex present them with all sorts of obstacles.

There…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Julie Coetzee, Researcher, Rhodes University
Climate change has negatively – and irreversibly, in some cases – affected ecosystems around the globe. Sadly, though, it is not the only phenomenon that’s altering our natural world.

In 2019, the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report confirmed invasive alien species as one of the five most important direct drivers of biodiversity loss. The others were climate change,…The Conversation (Full Story)

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