Jamaica News | Jamaicans

Jamaican leaders find no traction on reparations issue with U.K. PM
  • British PM David Cameron rejected calls from Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller and other Caribbean leaders for reparations and an unconditional apology during his recent visit to Jamaica, the first by a British PM in 14 years.
  • Caribbean leaders have chronicled the long-term economic damages that the lack of reparations following Britain’s 1833 emancipation of the enslaved has inflicted on their national economies.
  • The call for reparations in the Caribbean has been particularly strong in the region because of the significant financial compensation offered to slave owners at the time of emancipation.

Read more:
David Cameron rules out slavery reparation during Jamaica visit” (BBC)
Apologise for slavery! – Reparations committee wants David Cameron to say sorry for wrongs of UK past” (The Gleaner)
David Cameron Grapples With Issue of Slavery Reparations in Jamaica” (The New York Times)
Britain, Jamaica, and the Looming Battle Over Reparations” (The Atlantic)

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Central African Republic News | Muslims & Christians

Violence in the C.A.R. capital of Bangui fuels fears of return of religious violence
  • Dozens were killed in fighting that showed signs of the religious divisions between the country’s Muslims and Christians responsible for the deaths of thousands and displacement of nearly a million from 2012 to 2014.
  • An estimated 27,000 fled the recent violence for a camp for the internally displaced near Bangui’s airport.
  • Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza denounced the violence as an attempted coup meant to disrupt elections set to be held in mid-October and late November.

Read more:
Dozens Killed in Clashes in Central African Republic” (The New York Times)
RCA: retour de Samba-Panza à Bangui dans un calme relatif” (Radio France Internationale, in French)
RCA: Samba-Panza dénonce une tentative de coup d’Etat” (Radio France Internationale, in French)

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Japan News | Refugees

Japan PM shuts down prospect of Japan taking in refugees after announcing humanitarian aid
  • Following his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, PM Shinzo Abe stated that Japan would be focusing on domestic issues in lieu of taking in refugees.
  • Citing the need to focus on the birthrate, gender inclusiveness, and the elderly, Abe framed the issue as one of “demography.”
  • At the General Assembly, Abe announced that Japan would provide $810 million in assistance for those affected by the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, with an additional $750 million going to infrastructure and other peace-building projects.

Read more:
Abe says Japan must solve its own problems before accepting any Syria refugees” (Reuters)
Japan’s Leader Shinzo Abe Triples Aid to Address Mideast Refugee Crisis” (New York Times)
Abe: Japan ready to help refugees, but not take them in” (AP)

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Germany News | Arab Immigrants

Germany prints constitution in Arabic for new arrivals
  • Germany has printed an initial 10,000 copies of an Arabic translation of the first 20 articles of its constitution to help support the integration of the more than 800,000 expected to find refuge in the country by year’s end.
  • Adopted in 1949, the “Basic Law” outlines the most critical political and social features of Germany’s democracy, including secular governance, freedom of religion, and other basic individual freedoms.
  • German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also noted refugees would have to accept the sexual and gender equality and the prohibition on anti-Semitism in the country.

Read more:
Germany prints its constitution in Arabic for refugees” (Deutsche Welle)
Germany prints its constitution in Arabic for refugees to learn” (Reuters)
Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

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India News | Muslims

Muslim man killed, son injured by mob outside New Delhi over alleged beef consumption
  • Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, was beaten to death by a crowd in Dadri after rumors of his family’s storing and eating beef spread.
  • After police arrested six from the mob, protests erupted between hundreds of Muslim and Hindu residents, leading to riot intervention by the police.
  • Recent incidents of violence against Muslims in rural villages fueled by suspicions of cow-slaughtering highlight tensions over bovine protection in the country, with cows occupying a sacred space according to the theology of the India’s majority Hindus.

Read the full story:
Dadri: Mob kills man, injures son over ‘rumours’ that they ate beef” (The Indian Express)
Hindu mob lynches Muslim rumored to have killed a cow” (Reuters)
‘Beef-eating rumour’: Massive security in Dadri near Delhi after man’s death” (The Times of India)

U.S. Feature | Syrian Christian Immigrants

Syrian and Christian in New York

Image Credit: Leticia Miranda/BuzzFeed News
Image Credit: Leticia Miranda/BuzzFeed News

Syrian Christians who immigrated to the U.S. before Syria descended into chaos have watched from the sidelines as their families, churches, and hometowns have been demolished in the fight between pro-government and Islamist militant forces, including the Islamic State. BuzzFeed News profiles three in New York who relate the tragedy of watching the world they previously knew as home fall apart.

Read the full feature at BuzzFeed News.

Lebanon Feature | Yemenis

From Head to Foot of the Class

Yemeni students who traveled to Lebanon on scholarship for advanced study confronted conditions far less hospitable to their intellectual growth than they had imagined. A Middle East Eye short film features interviews with the students, who describe persecution at the hands of Lebanese authorities as well as mental distress and financial difficulty stemming from the war back home, which has cut many off from their families.

View the Middle East Eye feature on YouTube.

China News | Dissidents

Protesters gather in demonstration on anniversary of Hong Kong Occupy protests

  • Around 100 rallied near Hong Kong government headquarters on the one-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy Central mass demonstrations.
  • No plans for the restart of mass protests have been made despite unfulfilled demands for the shoring up of the Hong Kong democratic process.

View the Radio Free Asia video on YouTube.

Bangladesh News | Italian

Italian man killed in Bangladesh capital
  • Cesare Tavella, 50, was killed in Dhaka by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone.
  • Tavella worked for a Netherlands-based NGO in the city.
  • The death comes at a moment of increased threats from Islamist militants in the country.

Read the full story at Reuters.

Australia News | Indigenous Australian

Indigenous lawyer earns Australia’s most prestigious legal title
  • Having just been announced among the new class of silks, Australian barrister Anthony McAvoy is believed to be the only Indigenous lawyer with the title in a country with an estimated 15 Indigenous barristers.
  • Taking silk is a merit-driven process allowing lawyers to add the initials SC (Senior Counsel) or QC (Queen’s Counsel, a Commonwealth title) after their name, designating senior authority.
  • One of 26 who were awarded the status in New South Wales, McAvoy specializes in native title rights.

“For many years there were hardly any practitioners coming through and unless you have practised as a solicitor, making it at the Bar is very difficult. …Without the number of law graduates coming into the practice of law, the numbers would always be low.”

Read the full story at The Australian.

Georgia News | Yazidi Refugees

Iraqi Yazidis in Georgia commemorate anniversary of genocide at hands of IS, but find little opportunity in new home
  • Yazidis near the Georgian capital of Tbilisi commemorated the first anniversary of the Islamic State’s massacre of 3,000 Yazidi men and abduction of 5,000 women and children in Sinjar, Iraq.
  • Yazidis began arriving in Georgia seeking asylum soon after the August violence, but faced a host of issues ranging from the expiration of Georgia’s visa-free agreement with Iraq to the low ($113/month) stipend for families.
  • The community has faced persecution not only from IS, but from the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments, who often refuse to acknowledge a Yazidi culture and identity distinct from Kurds.

“It’s a tragedy, but it has united us, made us wake up and shown us what we can do.”

Read the full story at Al-Monitor.

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France News | Refugees & Migrants

French riot police use tear gas to evacuate and dismantle Calais refugee camps
  • French police raided and dismantled camps housing more than 400 refugees and migrants in the port city, calling the camps “illegal settlements.”
  • While France has announced plans to build a permanent camp next year, those currently in the area–including many attempting to make their way to Britain–have set up makeshift camps for shelter.
  • BuzzFeed News has included video of the police launching tear gas at individuals and their tents.

Read the full story at BuzzFeed News.

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Colombia News | Indigenous Colombians

Indigenous Colombian communities condemn arrest of leader Feliciano Valencia as blow to autonomy
  • In a blow to Indigenous criminal justice autonomy, Valencia was arrested for the alleged 2008 kidnapping of a Colombian soldier, which community members say involved the soldier’s detention and sentencing to 20 lashes for espionage in Indigenous territory.
  • Delegates from multiple of Colombia’s 84 registered Indigenous communities arrived at the Indigenous Intercultural University of Popayan to organize the Symbolic March for the Freedom of Feliciano Valencia.
  • Valencia had faced the same charges in 2010 but released after the defense argued that Indigenous communities’ right to administer justice in their own territories, guaranteed in the Colombian Constitution, was administered collectively and not just by Valencia.

“They want to delegitimize (a right) that is inscribed in the Constitution and that should prevail over ordinary legal norms.”

Read the full story at teleSUR English.

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Lebanon News | Syrian Refugee Youth

Lebanon looks to provide schooling for upwards of 200,000 Syrian children in its schools
  • The education ministry indicated the numbers are an increase of tens of thousands over last year, straining Lebanon’s schooling capabilities.
  • $94 million in international financing has arrived to support the free education of up to 367,000 students–including the 200,000 Syrians–up through middle school.
  • Lebanon has hosted the largest proportion of Syrian refugees relative to its population, with 1.1 million living in a country of 4 million.

Read the full story at Reuters.

Argentina News | LGBT

Argentina lifts ban on blood donations from LGBT individuals
  • After more than a decade of petitioning, LGBT advocates saw another major rights victory in the country as the Ministry of National Health ended its ban on LGBT blood donation.
  • The change specifically targets the pre-donation medical history questionnaire that singled out LGBT individuals for discrimination through questions about gender identity and sexual history.
  • Health officials hope the development will assist in promoting awareness of voluntary donation in an effort to increase its pool of blood donors.

“El cambio de paradigma de grupos de riesgo por el de prácticas de riesgo vuelve a posicionar a la Argentina a la vanguardia mundial en materia de igualdad y no discriminación”

Translation: “The paradigm change from at-risk groups to at-risk practices again positions Argentina in the global vanguard in matters of equality and non-discrimination.”

Read the full story at La Nación (in Spanish).

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