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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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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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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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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Chelsea Bond Queensland Depiction on Facebook of Indigenous Boy as ‘Trouble Maker’ Backfires

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Chelsea Bond Queensland Depiction on Facebook of Indigenous Boy as ‘Trouble Maker’ Backfires

University of Queensland indigenous studies lecturer Dr Chelsea Bond revealed she was the mother of one of the children pictured and hit out at the post on Twitter.

“On (indigenous Literacy Day) we learn how Education Qld imagines indigenous children,” she wrote, while posting an image of the ad. “Indigenous children weren’t named — they didn’t have to be. We already know that indigenous children are ‘troublemakers’. And just to make sure there was no confusion we made sure we used the ‘authentic aborigine’ to illustrate this.”

“Aboriginal children don’t need saving by white women. They are not your Jedda and nor are they your prop. They are our children. They are loved. They are human and they belong to us (not to you to use as you see fit).”

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Break ‘Worsening Cycle of Violence’ in Rakhine: United Nations Expert

MYANMAR POLITICS: Break ‘Worsening Cycle of Violence’ in Rakhine: United Nations Expert

“I am saddened to receive reports that, while the authorities are helping Rakhine and other communities living in affected townships evacuate to safer locations, this assistance is not being extended to the Rohingya Muslims,” Special Rapporteur said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Burqa ‘Stunt’ Backfires

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Burqa ‘Stunt’ Backfires

Attorney General George Brandis said, “Senator Hanson, I’m not going to pretend to ignore the stunt that you have tried to pull today by arriving in the chamber dressed in a burqa, when we all know you are not an adherent of the Islamic faith. Be very, very careful not to offend the religious sensibilities of other Australians. To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

“Will you work to ban the burqa in Australia in light of what is happening with national security?” Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson said after whipping off the garment to question Attorney-General George Brandis.

Pauline Hanson added: “Terrorism is a true threat to our country, many Australians are in fear of it.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Support ‘Same-Sex Marriage’: Josh Frydenberg to Electorate

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Support ‘Same-Sex Marriage’: Josh Frydenberg to Electorate

Senior Liberal Josh Frydenberg says, ‘But when it comes to my broader position in terms of campaigning on this issue, I have bigger fish to fry and that is energy policy and that will be my priority in the weeks and the months ahea. We have an awful lot of things on our plate, I think that what we campaigned on was an opportunity to give all Australian’s a say in a plebiscite. That’s exactly what we’re delivering on now it’s up to the good people of Australia to have their say.’

‘The more people who enrol the better,’ Josh Frydenburg.

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INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

“These things are being discussed at [the] diplomatic level with both Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Interior Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said. “More clarity will emerge at an appropriate time.” No better conditions would be awaiting the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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