All-female Argentina tango festival calls for end to machismo

All-female Argentina tango festival calls for end to machismo

Buenos Aires - Edmundo Rivero's 1963 tango classic, Amablemente, tells the story of a man finding his lover in the arms of another, then recounts the woman's brutal murder, while the rival is spared. "With great calmness, lovingly, he stabbed her 34 times," the lyrics say.  "The man is not guilty in these types of situations," they…
‘Open prison’: The growing despair of refugees stuck in Indonesia

‘Open prison’: The growing despair of refugees stuck in Indonesia

Makassar, Indonesia - Earlier this month Sajad Jacob, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan who had been living in an Indonesian detention centre for nearly two decades, died in hospital. The 24-year old had doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire. Jacob was a Hazara, a Shia Muslim minority that has suffered violent persecution in Afghanistan.…
Erik Prince acknowledges 2016 Trump Tower meeting for first time

Erik Prince acknowledges 2016 Trump Tower meeting for first time

Erik Prince, the founder of the private American security company Blackwater, has admitted to meeting with members of the Trump campaign in August 2016 after, according to a public transcript, apparently failing to disclose the gathering during his testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee last year. When asked by Mehdi Hasan on Al…
North Korea may suspend talks with ‘gangster-like’ US: Diplomat

North Korea may suspend talks with ‘gangster-like’ US: Diplomat

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports from Pyongyang have said quoting a senior diplomat. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui blamed top US officials for the breakdown of last month's summit in Hanoi between US…
War, amputation, refuge: A Salvadoran migrant’s story

War, amputation, refuge: A Salvadoran migrant’s story

Tecun Uman, Guatemala & Tapachula, Mexico - The first time Jose de Eugenio Lopez fled El Salvador, he was a teenager. It was the outset of a brutal 12-year civil war and US-backed military forces were forcibly recruiting youth and massacring civilians. The second time he left his country, he travelled up through Mexico on…
In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a shrinking pro-freedom space

In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a shrinking pro-freedom space

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan - Political parties seeking independence for the entire disputed territory of Kashmir from both Indian and Pakistani control are facing a fresh round of intimidation and legal action in the Pakistan-administered portion of the region, political activists said. The government of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, known locally as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), denied that it…
Juan Guaido calls for mass protests ahead of return to Venezuela

Juan Guaido calls for mass protests ahead of return to Venezuela

Opposition leader Juan Guaido called for nationwide demonstrations on Monday to coincide with his planned return to Venezuela, a challenge expected to escalate his power struggle with President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido on Sunday said Venezuelans should monitor his official announcements and he would provide details about meeting points for supporters. He said they should gather…
House broadly condemns hate amid divide over Ilhan Omar

House broadly condemns hate amid divide over Ilhan Omar

The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to condemn anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and other bigotry against minorities, with Democrats trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could dog them through elections next year.  The one-sided 407-23 followed the postponement of an earlier vote condemning anti-Semitism after…
Women land defenders face ‘extreme criminalisation’, added risks

Women land defenders face ‘extreme criminalisation’, added risks

El Estor, Guatemala - Since her teen years, Maria Magdalena Cuc Choc, now 39, has defended the natural resources of El Estor, a predominantly Mayan Q'eqchi' community on the western edge of Lake Izabal. The calm, blue water surrounded by lush forest cover is home to hundreds of species of freshwater fish, lizards, crocodiles, manatees and…
Brexit: What is happening and will there be a second referendum?

Brexit: What is happening and will there be a second referendum?

London, United Kingdom - There are just 25 days until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, and the British public remains in the dark about how, when and if Brexit will take place. But things are coming to a head. What will happen next? Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to…

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