Hatred and dangerous nostalgia in Spain’s far-right farming town

Hatred and dangerous nostalgia in Spain’s far-right farming town

El Ejido, Spain - "I've never really been into politics," says 43-year-old construction worker Francisco Maldonado, as he lights a cigarette in his apartment in Santa Maria Del Aguila, a town on the outskirts of El Ejido, a working-class suburb in the Spanish province of Almeria. A short stroll away, at the base of low…
The existential crisis facing North Korean schools in Japan

The existential crisis facing North Korean schools in Japan

At a ceremony to mark the start of a new school year, the principal of the largest Korean school in Japan stood in front of a massive North Korean flag and pledged to continue the school's mission to toil for the advancement of the Korean people. At the ceremony that took place earlier this month,…
In Algeria’s Bordj Bou Arreridj, political art takes centre stage

In Algeria’s Bordj Bou Arreridj, political art takes centre stage

Bordj Bou Arreridj, Algeria - A new phenomenon has gripped anti-government protests in Algeria. It all started with an abandoned building in downtown Bordj Bou Arreridj, a city located 200km east of the capital, now known as "The People's Palace". Previously considered an eyesore, the building took on the new appellation in mid-March when a group of…
May Day: Dozens hurt as anarchists, ‘yellow vests’ riot in Paris

May Day: Dozens hurt as anarchists, ‘yellow vests’ riot in Paris

Paris, France - Clouds of tear gas billowed near the Montparnasse Tower on Wednesday as police used force to suppress violence during annual May Day demonstrations marking workers' rights. The marches came less than a week after French President Emmanuel Macron announced he would lower taxes and raise pensions in response to the ongoing "yellow…
Brazil: Native groups protest against ‘anti-indigenous’ Bolsonaro

Brazil: Native groups protest against ‘anti-indigenous’ Bolsonaro

Brasilia, Brazil - Thousands of indigenous people from across Brazil are gathering in the capital of Brasilia this week for the biggest indigenous protest in the country, the Free Land Camp. More than 4,000 indigenous people from hundreds of tribes across the country are expected to camp out in front of government buildings for three…
The Sudanese librarian who provides books to protesters

The Sudanese librarian who provides books to protesters

Khartoum, Sudan - Abdirahman Moalim first came to the sit-in outside Sudan's army headquarters in Khartoum to join thousands of his fellow countrymen in calling for Omar al-Bashir to step down as president. But Moalim, a librarian by profession, saw he could do more. "I saw most of the protesters were young. At the sit-in, they only had…
Trump, Erdogan discuss working group on Russian S-400

Trump, Erdogan discuss working group on Russian S-400

US President Donald Trump and Turkey's leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call discussed a proposal to create a joint-working group on its planned purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defence system. "Our honourable president brought up the proposal to establish a working group regarding the procurement of the S-400 defence system from the…
Sudan’s women protesters leading the pro-democracy movement

Sudan’s women protesters leading the pro-democracy movement

Khartoum, Sudan - It was the image that came to symbolise Sudan's uprising against longtime former President Omar al-Bashir; engineering and architecture student, Alaa Salah, 22, clad in white and standing on top of a car earlier this month, leading demonstrators in protest chants against al-Bashir's near-30-year reign. Salah also represents the fact that, for months,…
Rosia Montana: Seeds of utopia in town almost lost to gold mining

Rosia Montana: Seeds of utopia in town almost lost to gold mining

Transylvania, Romania - In 2013, Rosia Montana was almost destroyed to make way for a gold mine - plans that continue to haunt the village which sits in the Apuseni Mountains of western Transylvania. Six years ago, Gabriel Resources, a Canadian company, came close to destroying "red mountain" to build Europe's largest gold mine. Tens of thousands of people protested weekly for months…
Who will benefit from China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Who will benefit from China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Ramped-up efforts to rebrand China's mammoth Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) were in full swing this week as the country hosted a giant forum and President Xi Jinping touted the benefits of multinational cooperation and sustainable infrastructure while pointing to efforts to address concerns. The size and breadth of The Second Belt and Road Forum…

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