‘TEXTBOOK REPEAT’: INDIA COURTS HEAR HINDU-RELICS-IN-MOSQUE PLEAS

Thu 19 May 2022:  India’s top court and a court in Varanasi hear petitions filed by Hindu groups claiming a Mughal-era mosque has relics of Lord Shiva. India’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s order banning mass prayers at a 17th-century mosque in northern India after a survey team said it found relics of […]

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OVER HALF OF THE WORLD’S CARBON EMISSIONS COME FROM JUST THREE COUNTRIES

Thu 19 May 2022:  China, the US and India must take more decisive steps in the face of challenges in reaching net-zero emissions targets as they are responsible for more than half of all global emissions, experts say. The most important commitment of governments to limit global warming to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial level is […]

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THE UK’S PLANS TO SEND ASYLUM SEEKERS TO RWANDA RAISE FOUR RED FLAGS

Sun 15 May 2022: Like many others, I was surprised and upset to hear about the UK’s new deal to offload its responsibility to tens of thousands of asylum seekers to Rwanda. The plan is for Rwanda to process and host such refugees indefinitely. I have spent 12 years researching and working with refugees in East Africa, […]

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A NEW AGE OF TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM THREATENS THE WEST AFTER UKRAINE’S FOREIGN FIGHTERS RETURN

Tue 10 May 2022:  There are many impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine that have been almost forensically analysed over the past month. From the laying bare of the European community’s blatant racism and selective solidarity to the threat to international order, the subject has been drained and the cow can no longer be […]

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‘WHITE HANDS’: THE RISE OF PRIVATE ARMIES IN AFRICAN CONFLICTS

Fri 29 April 2022:  Mercenaries have become increasingly influential as states across Africa find their armies unable to limit the widening reach of armed groups. Ahead of the holy month of Ramadan every year, traders from neighbouring towns flock to the popular cattle market in the central Malian town of Moura. That ritual continued this […]

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PAKISTAN’S IMRAN KHAN SHOULD HAVE LEARNT FROM ERDOGAN’S DEALING WITH THE ARMY

Fri 08 April 2022: Pakistan is going through a constitutional crisis after Prime Minister Imran Khan avoided a no-confidence vote on Sunday which was initiated by opposition legislators late last month in an attempt to oust him amid accusations of economic mismanagement and spiralling inflation. In response, Khan claimed that a “foreign conspiracy” was being […]

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KOSOVO, BOSNIA CALL FOR NATO MEMBERSHIP AS WAR RAGES IN UKRAINE

The influence that Russia has in Serbia is not downsizing, it’s actually been growing throughout the years,’ Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani said. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wed 06 April 2022: In interviews with Al Jazeera, Kosovo’s president and Bosnia’s defence minister share their concerns about regional security and Moscow-friendly Serbia. As Russia’s influence grows in the Western Balkans […]

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WHY DID A FAR-RIGHT ISRAELI MP STORM INTO AL-AQSA MOSQUE?

Tue 05 April 2022: A far-right member of the Israeli parliament stormed into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque last Thursday. Extremist Itamar Ben-Gvir was guarded by a heavy police presence at the time. His incursion fell within the context of Israel’s long-term strategic political goal to Judaise occupied Jerusalem and its religious landmarks, the foremost of which […]

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