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A Strongman Falls, and a Post-Colonial Era Ends

Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have been protesting “to prove to the world and to the regime that they could move without destroying the country,”

 

......The question now is whether Algeria will undergo a genuine transition of power, Bouteflika and his minions will maintain their grip, or Islamist political factions will strengthen their authority in a country where secularism is strong.

Read: A chronology of the Algerian war of independence......

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/03/kamel-daoud-algerias-post-colonial-era-is-over/585958/?utm_term=2019-03-29T05%3A00%3A46&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_content=edit-promo

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

A Strongman Falls, and a Post-Colonial Era Ends

Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have been protesting “to prove to the world and to the regime that they could move without destroying the country,”

 

......The question now is whether Algeria will undergo a genuine transition of power, Bouteflika and his minions will maintain their grip, or Islamist political factions will strengthen their authority in a country where secularism is strong.

Read: A chronology of the Algerian war of independence......

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/03/kamel-daoud-algerias-post-colonial-era-is-over/585958/?utm_term=2019-03-29T05%3A00%3A46&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_content=edit-promo


Just hope this..

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...is not replaced with...

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Millions on the brink of starvation

East Africa, South Sudan and Yemen are in the grip of an unprecedented and devastating food crisis.

The Horn of Africa region is suffering from a severe drought which has caused crops to fail and cattle to die. On top of this crisis, the region has now been hit by the worst flooding in 30 years. 13 million of people are facing acute food and water shortages in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, and are in urgent need of emergency assistance.

South Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by over four years of  brutal civil war. Harvests in late 2017 were poor or non-existent for many. Trade and local markets have been disrupted and food stock has depleted. Over 7.1 million people – half the country’s population - are facing extreme and deadly hunger.

In Yemen, years of devastating airstrikes, shelling and fighting on the ground have driven millions of people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food, struggling to survive. An estimated 17 million people - 60 percent of the population - are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, including 8 million on the brink of famine.

This is the largest hunger emergency in the world. If these crises are left unresolved, malnutrition and deaths will increase exponentially in a catastrophic deterioration.......

https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/famine-and-hunger-crisis

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NPRVerified account @NPR 41m41 minutes ago

 
 

At least 129 people were killed and nearly 500 hospitalized from injuries

after explosions went off at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka.

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Al Jazeera EnglishVerified account @AJEnglish 2h2 hours ago

 

UPDATE: At least 138 dead and more than 400 wounded in #SriLanka after bombings hit churches and hotels

http://aje.io/kmrks 

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What's Going On in Sri Lanka? A History of War and Violence, Now Bombings Interrupt Peace

 

......Majority-Buddhist Sri Lanka is home to several major religious minorities, including Hindus, Muslims and Christians—predominantly Roman Catholic—which made up 12.6 percent, 9.7 percent and 7.4 percent of the country's population, respectively, according to a 2012 estimate cited by the CIA World Factbook.

While Buddhists were largely comprised of the country's Sinhalese ethnic group, Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils mostly adhered to Hinduism, with a strong Christian minority. Tamil-speaking Muslims, however, were considered Moors, as they traced their history back to Arab traders who settled in the region centuries ago.

Competing interests and armed conflict between these groups turned the small South Asian island state into a war zone between 1983 and 2009, largely pitting the mostly Sinhalese government against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This separatist insurgent group also targeted Muslims, who have continued to suffer discrimination even in peacetime........

https://www.newsweek.com/whats-happening-sri-lanka-history-bombings-1402304?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48146305

Christian persecution 'at near genocide levels'

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The persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near "genocide" levels, according to a report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The review, led by the Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, estimated that one in three people suffer from religious persecution.

Christians were the most persecuted religious group, it found.

Mr Hunt said he felt that "political correctness" had played a part in the issue not being confronted.

The interim report said the main impact of "genocidal acts against Christians is exodus" and that Christianity faced being "wiped out" from parts of the Middle East.

It warned the religion "is at risk of disappearing" in some parts of the world, pointing to figures which claimed Christians in Palestine represent less than 1.5% of the population, while in Iraq they had fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 120,000.

"Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but also its increasing severity," the Bishop wrote.

"In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN."

The foreign secretary commissioned the review on Boxing Day 2018 amid an outcry over the treatment of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who faced death threats after being acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan.

Its findings come after more than 250 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in attacks at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

 

Mr Hunt, who is on a week-long tour of Africa, said he thought governments had been "asleep" over the persecution of Christians but that this report and the attacks in Sri Lanka had "woken everyone up with an enormous shock".

He added: "I think there is a misplaced worry that it is somehow colonialist to talk about a religion that was associated with colonial powers rather than the countries that we marched into as colonisers.

'Atmosphere of political correctness'

"That has perhaps created an awkwardness in talking about this issue - the role of missionaries was always a controversial one and that has, I think, also led some people to shy away from this topic.

"What we have forgotten in that atmosphere of political correctness is actually the Christians that are being persecuted are some of the poorest people on the planet."

In response to the report, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, said Jews had often been the targets of persecution and felt for Christians who were discriminated against on the basis of their faith.

"Whether it is in authoritarian regimes, or bigotry masked in the mistaken guise of religion, reports like the one launched today remind us that there are many places in which Christians face appalling levels of violence, abuse and harassment," she said.

The review is due to publish its final findings in the summer.

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And not a peep to be heard from the left. If it's genocide of Muslims or other religious groups, they be calling for a holy war.

Double Standards 101. :angry:

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1 Million Animal And Plant Species Are At Risk Of Extinction, U.N. Report Says

......."The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever," Watson says. He emphasizes that business and financial concerns are also threatened. "We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide," he says.

The report lists a number of key global threats, from humans' use of land and sea resources to challenges posed by climate change, pollution and invasive species.....

experts portrayed humans as both the cause of the threat and a target of its risks. As humanity demands ever more food, energy, housing and other resources, they say, it's also undermining its own food security and long-term prospects. .........

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/06/720654249/1-million-animal-and-plant-species-face-extinction-risk-u-n-report-says?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190506

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At least 72 injured in violent Hong Kong protests over extradition bill

Legislators, at least temporarily, postponed debate on the controversial proposal amid the mass protests.

 

........ Protesters and police clashed in some of the most densely populated neighborhoods of the island Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning, as Hong Kongers expressed their opposition to the bill they claimed would threaten the region's semi-autonomous rule.

The law would allow suspected criminals to be extradited to mainland China, Taiwan and Macau. Supporters say it's necessary to stop Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives,

but critics argue it is the latest step in China's attempts to erode Hong Kong's freedoms, and making them subject to Beijing's murky legal system.

A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. This city of 7 million people has since been governed as a semi-autonomous region under the principle of "one country, two systems."......

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/least-72-injured-violent-hong-kong-protests-over-extradition-bill-n1016866

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2 hours ago, hamradio said:

Navy SEAL Edward  Gallagher found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in the killing of a teenage Islamic State member in Iraq.

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/navy-seal-found-guilty-murder-charges-64105581

He also killed unarmed civilians and got away with that too.

But since he would have been pardoned anyway, I don't think it really mattered.

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