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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

Activist pastor Evan Mawarire was already due to face trial of subversion over the 2016 protests at a High Court trial on Monday.

“He is due to appear in court tomorrow on subversion charges emanating from last year. So we really don’t know how the state will proceed,” said lawyer Harrison Nkomo.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

“We live with fear and that is a reality,” said Pixie, a 27-year-old teacher.

Similar protest rallies were staged in other Mexican cities. Castilla’s murder was the 83rd of a woman documented in Puebla this year by civic organizations and the 59th publicly acknowledged by the state attorney’s office.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: University of Sydney Entangles With Yes, No Camps Clash

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: University of Sydney Entangles With Yes, No Camps Clash

One of the participants of the No campaign event Francis, who declined to give his surname for safety reasons, said between 50 and 70 protesters formed a large crowd in front of their stall and used a megaphone to speak over them, throwing glitter and food products at their placards.

“They started throwing glitter at us, starting taking our own food, the hummus, and threw it on one of our members,” he said.

Police were forced to intervene after one man violently attempted to grab a “It’s Okay to Say No” sign from the hands of a member of the Catholic Society.

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USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Greeted By Protesters at Hong Kong

USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Greeted By Protesters at Hong Kong

“No Bannon, no racism,” chanted the group of about 15 demonstrators, who also held up a large black banner carrying the words, “Nazis are not welcome here”.

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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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TOGO POLITICS: Opposition Plans Big Protests for Reform

TOGO POLITICS: Opposition Plans Big Protests for Reform

They want an independent investigation into the violence, the release of those arrested and an end of persecution against militants of the Pan-African National Party, which organized the demonstration.

The protests are organized by the “Combat pour l’alternance politique” (CAP 2015), bringing together twelve political parties of the opposition.

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KENYA POLITICS: Odinga Rejects Election Re-Run Date Without ‘Guarantees’

KENYA POLITICS: Odinga Rejects Election Re-Run Date Without ‘Guarantees’

“You cannot do a mistake twice and expect to get different results,” Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga told reporters. “A number of the officials of the commission should be sent home, some of them should be investigated for the heinous crimes they committed.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

VENEZUELA POLITICS: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said he had filed complaints with the ambassadors of France and three other European countries planning to meet with the Venezuelan opposition figures during their European tour for interference in the nation’s internal affairs.

“These types of expressions are absurd and offensive to the functioning of Venezuelan democracy and its institutions,” Arreaza said.
The developments came two days after a Venezuelan activist was barred from leaving the country in order to join the opposition European tour.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Activists vs Police: 27 Protesters Detained, 17 Injured

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Activists vs Police: 27 Protesters Detained, 17 Injured

The protesters were asking authorities do more to find Maldonado who travelled to Argentina’s far south to protest the eviction of an indigenous group from lands owned by Italian clothing company, Benetton.

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USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

“I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” Trump tweeted. “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

Incidentally, the IPOB’s resolve to massively mobilize the people for full compliance with its declaration to kick start the boycott of elections with the November 8, 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state is, to say the least, a right decision in the right direction. As a matter of public knowledge, it is a trite fact that in democracy sovereignty resides with the people, in much the same way the people are known to be the primary source of legitimacy.

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USA POLITICS: After Charlottesville, Boston Aims to Avert Violence at ‘Free Speech’ Rally

USA POLITICS: After Charlottesville, Boston Aims to Avert Violence at ‘Free Speech’ Rally

Hundreds of police officers will hit the streets of Boston on Saturday to deter violence at a “Free Speech” rally with right-wing speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist protest. At least 500 police officers,

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HONG KONG POLITICS: Arrested And Jailed! Umbrella Movement Leaders Wong, Law, Chow Take Center Stage

HONG KONG POLITICS: Arrested And Jailed! Umbrella Movement Leaders Wong, Law, Chow Take Center Stage

Umbrella Movement leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced to six to eight months in prison for their role in a protest that sparked the mass demonstrations. Joshua Wong captured the attention of the world as David against the Goliath of the Chinese Communist Party, and was hailed as one of the world’s most influential figures by Time, Fortune and Foreign Policy magazines. Softly spoken 24-year-old Nathan Law often stood beside Wong as they addressed protest crowds camped out in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement. Along with Wong and Law, Alex Chow was also at the forefront of the mass protests in 2014, as one of the main organisers of the Umbrella Movement.

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USA POLITICS: Police Arrrest Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, 30 Other Protesters Outside White House For Protesting Agaist Trump Immigrant Policy

USA POLITICS: Police Arrrest Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, 30 Other Protesters Outside White House For Protesting Agaist Trump Immigrant Policy

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said, “The same values that I inculcated in my daughters, that my wife and I raised them, [Dreamers] are an example and exemplify them. Their dreams are just like my kids’ dreams.”

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USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

Barack Obama took to Twitter to share a message of hope and tolerance. He quoted in a series of three posts:

… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela”

“’People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love'”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

The bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Kenya Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue. The men were killed during police anti-looting operations, the official added. Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing “sporadic shots”, a witness said.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Shia Dissident Haider Al Lif Must Die: Saudi Court Verdict

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Shia Dissident Haider Al Lif Must Die: Saudi Court Verdict

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued the ruling against Haider Al Lif on Friday, Arabic-language Ahrar television network reported. Saudi rights activists have condemned the verdict, arguing that Saudi authorities had earlier decided to overturn the decision against the Shia activist.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN Warns of Worsening Crisis at Australian Refugee Camp After Death

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN Warns of Worsening Crisis at Australian Refugee Camp After Death

“The announcement of the closure of the center, in the absence of appropriate alternatives, is causing acute distress among refugees and asylum seekers,” said the UN statement.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands of Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands of Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA

The protesters, who numbered up to 10,000 people, took to the streets in Mexico City, saying the trilateral trade deal was ruining Mexican farmers’ and workers’ livelihoods. President Enrique Peña Nieto, the protesters said, has broken the promises he had made to the farmers and workers in regard to land and labor reforms. The protest comes as NAFTA re-negotiations are scheduled to take place from August 16 to 20 in Washington.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Antonio Ledezma Now in House Arrest

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Antonio Ledezma Now in House Arrest

In a pre-dawn tweet, Antonio Ledezma’s wife said that her husband had just been brought to his residence. “Several minutes ago, Antonio was unexpectedly returned by the Sebin (intelligence agency) to our home. We thank the people of Venezuela and the international community for their concern and solidarity.”

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