‘Now belongs to us’: Women take lead in Brazil’s indigenous fight

‘Now belongs to us’: Women take lead in Brazil’s indigenous fight

Sao Paulo, Brazil - Celia Xakriaba was 13 years old when she joined the fight for indigenous rights. Her indigenous Xakriaba community is one of the few who survived the advancement of colonisers and missionaries in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais during the 18th century. Xakriaba, now 29, continues the fight for the rights…
US-led coalition ‘killed 1,600 civilians’ in Syria’s Raqqa

US-led coalition ‘killed 1,600 civilians’ in Syria’s Raqqa

The US-backed assault to drive Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from its Syrian capital Raqqa in 2017 killed more than 1,600 civilians, a figure 10 times the toll the coalition has acknowledged, according to a new report.  The investigation, published by Amnesty International and the monitoring group Airwars on Thursday, urged top coalition…
The Sudanese librarian who provides books to protesters

The Sudanese librarian who provides books to protesters

Khartoum, Sudan - Abdirahman Moalim first came to the sit-in outside Sudan's army headquarters in Khartoum to join thousands of his fellow countrymen in calling for Omar al-Bashir to step down as president. But Moalim, a librarian by profession, saw he could do more. "I saw most of the protesters were young. At the sit-in, they only had…
Devastating effect on Turkey as US thwarts Iran oil sales

Devastating effect on Turkey as US thwarts Iran oil sales

Ankara, Turkey - Washington's unilateral decision to impose sanctions on Iran is set to hit Turkey next week, when an exemption on buying Iranian oil expires for the energy-hungry nation. When US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran last November - after backing out of an internationally brokered deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme…
Brazil: Native groups protest against ‘anti-indigenous’ Bolsonaro

Brazil: Native groups protest against ‘anti-indigenous’ Bolsonaro

Brasilia, Brazil - Thousands of indigenous people from across Brazil are gathering in the capital of Brasilia this week for the biggest indigenous protest in the country, the Free Land Camp. More than 4,000 indigenous people from hundreds of tribes across the country are expected to camp out in front of government buildings for three…
In India’s democracy, Muslims feel increasingly marginalised

In India’s democracy, Muslims feel increasingly marginalised

New Delhi, India - As India conducts the biggest democratic exercise in the world, its Muslim minority has little to cheer amid their increasing electoral marginalisation. In the lower house of the outgoing parliament known as Lok Sabha, there were only 22 Muslims of 543 politicians. The South Asian nation's largest minority forms some 14…
Sudan’s women protesters leading the pro-democracy movement

Sudan’s women protesters leading the pro-democracy movement

Khartoum, Sudan - It was the image that came to symbolise Sudan's uprising against longtime former President Omar al-Bashir; engineering and architecture student, Alaa Salah, 22, clad in white and standing on top of a car earlier this month, leading demonstrators in protest chants against al-Bashir's near-30-year reign. Salah also represents the fact that, for months,…
Armed men crossing from Libya alleged to be French spies

Armed men crossing from Libya alleged to be French spies

A group of armed French nationals intercepted along the Tunisia-Libya border last week are members of France's intelligence services, according to an unnamed source in Tunisia's presidency who was quoted by Radio France International (RFI). Tunisia's government denied the story, which came amid reports suggesting French citizens may have assisted renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar…
Rosia Montana: Seeds of utopia in town almost lost to gold mining

Rosia Montana: Seeds of utopia in town almost lost to gold mining

Transylvania, Romania - In 2013, Rosia Montana was almost destroyed to make way for a gold mine - plans that continue to haunt the village which sits in the Apuseni Mountains of western Transylvania. Six years ago, Gabriel Resources, a Canadian company, came close to destroying "red mountain" to build Europe's largest gold mine. Tens of thousands of people protested weekly for months…
How will clashes in Libya affect refugees hoping to reach Europe?

How will clashes in Libya affect refugees hoping to reach Europe?

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect interviewees' identities. It's been three months since Abdi* went to Bani Walid, a town known to Libya's refugees and migrants as the "ghost city" due to the prevalence of smugglers known for torturing their human charges. The teenager was released from a Tripoli detention centre…

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