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GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

Ronald Lauder, president of the New York-based World Jewish Congress, called Chancellor Angela Merkel a “true friend of Israel and the Jewish people” and decried the AfD’s gains at a time when anti-Semitism was increasing across the globe.

“It is abhorrent that the AfD party, a disgraceful reactionary movement which recalls the worst of Germany’s past and should be outlawed, now has the ability within the German parliament to promote its vile platform,” Lauder said.

“A party that tolerates right-wing extremist thinking in its ranks and incites hatred against minorities …will now be represented in parliament and nearly all state legislatures,” Central Council of Jews in Germany president Josef Schuster said in a statement.

“I expect our democratic forces to expose the true nature of the AfD and its empty, populist promises,” he added.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Slaps Travel Restrictions on Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Slaps Travel Restrictions on Venezuela

The measures help fulfill a campaign promise Trump made to tighten U.S. immigration procedures and align with his “America First” foreign policy vision. Unlike the president’s original bans, which had time limits, this one is open-ended.

“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Donald Trump said in a tweet shortly after the proclamation was released.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Medics See Evidence of Rape in Myanmar Army ‘Cleansing’ Campaign

MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Medics See Evidence of Rape in Myanmar Army ‘Cleansing’ Campaign

Zaw Htay, spokesman for Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said the authorities would investigate any allegations brought to them. “Those rape victim women should come to us,” he said. “We will give full security to them. We will investigate and we will take action.”

Suu Kyi herself has not commented on the numerous allegations of sexual assault committed by the military against Rohingya women made public since late last year.

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

Roadblocks have been set up along major routes from the camp zones to stop the refugees from moving further into Bangladesh. The Rohingya refugees have been fleeing government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar, where they face death, torture, and rape at the hands of the Myanmarese military and Buddhist mobs, according to numerous reports and eyewitness accounts.

The United Nations has described the practices against the Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar as “ethnic cleansing.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

“We have been working hard … to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for indigenous peoples in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation,” Trudeau later added.

Trudeau promised to move forward with a review of federal laws and policy, and to support indigenous self-determination.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Aung San Suu Kyi added, without putting forth any concrete solutions to stop ethnic killings.

Suu Kyi has faced harsh international criticism amid several reports about systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scott Morrison Vows Protection of Religious Freedoms

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scott Morrison Vows Protection of Religious Freedoms

“Religious freedoms and the freedom of religion more generally is something I feel very strongly about,” Scott Morrison said. “It’s one of the reasons I’ve been fairly active on this issue in the past and, if the survey were to return a Yes (vote), well, any bill that would then come forward — the prime minister’s made this point — he would be working very hard to ensure that religious freedoms were protected.”

“I can ensure Australians that this would be on the top of my list for that particular bill and how it went through.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

“Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday in Canberra according to a press conference transcript.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry … Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”

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TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

The new law comes after President Essebsi pushed for the lifting of the marriage restriction law that was put in place in 1973. He said in a speech last month, during celebrations of the National Women’s day, that the marriage law was “an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse”. The restriction was also seen as violating Tunisia’s constitution which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution.

Tunisia, which is 99% Muslim, is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women’s rights.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

“We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help,” Mohammed Abdiker, director of operations and emergencies for the International Organisation for Migration, told a news conference in the Bangladeshi capital. The need was “massive”, he added.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar to end the violence, which he said was best described as ethnic cleansing.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

“Myanmar’s regime is a US puppet,” Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, said on Thursday.

“A person, who has unfairly received the Nobel Peace Prize, is today taking these measures, but Muslim societies won’t be silent and will curb this dictatorial regime through international bodies,” he added.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

Once lauded by the international community for standing up to the Myanmar military, Ms Suu Kyi has been sharply criticised around the world for her failure to condemn brutal attacks on her country’s Muslim minority now she is the effective leader.

“Yes, they condemn it, issue statements, but what good does it do? They should take action. This marks the death of the Nobel Peace Prize,” Mr Khamenei said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

Supreme Court of Justice “effectively claimed legislative powers for itself, depriving the National Assembly of its Constitutional powers and granting sweeping arbitrary powers to the executive,” it said.

“These decisions amount to a coup d’état against the Constitutional order and have ushered in a new reign of arbitrary rule,” Sam Zarifi, ICJ Secretary General, said in a statement.

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CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has maintained consistency on the issue of asylum-seekers.

“Canada welcomes immigrants… that said, there are laws and processes in place for people seeking asylum and our government is sending a clear message,” the spokesman said last month.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

“There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate, with the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices,” Zeid Ra‘ad al Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed, which can only be confirmed by a subsequent criminal investigation,” Zeid said.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

“We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians,” Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein’s comments to the United Nations Human Rights Council said.

“I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population,” he added.

“The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Jagmeet Singh Example of Discrimination that Deters Minorities From Politics

CANADA POLITICS: Jagmeet Singh Example of Discrimination that Deters Minorities From Politics

NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh, who is Sikh, responds to the woman saying he supports and loves her, and that he won’t be intimidated by hate.

“Everyone in this room loves you, we all support you, we believe in your rights,” Jagmeet Singh said as she continued yelling at him in front of a crowd of supporters.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

“Actually, it is done in a planned manner so that they are tortured, discriminated, killed and raped,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

The UN has already described Rohingya Muslims as the “most persecuted minority group in the world.”

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USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

President Trump said his agencies would only target DACA recipients who commit crimes.

“Our enforcement priorities remain unchanged. We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border crossers, visa overstays and repeat violators,” Trump said in a statement. “I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity or are members of a gang.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed an agreement to allow 2,000 Islanders to work in rural areas over the next three years, adding to an existing seasonal worker program which supplies agricultural labor.

The micro-nations of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu will have first access to the scheme, which will allow workers to engage in non-farm work such as care of the elderly.

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