Secret no more: Israel’s outreach to Gulf Arab states

Secret no more: Israel’s outreach to Gulf Arab states

It was a scene unthinkable just weeks ago: an Israeli Cabinet minister, tears of joy filling her eyes, proudly singing her country's national anthem at a sports event in the heart of the Arab world. The spectacle of Miri Regev singing "HaTikva", which describes the Jewish yearning for a homeland in Zion, was just one…
Alternative museum tours explore colonial loot, biased narratives

Alternative museum tours explore colonial loot, biased narratives

London, England - "The South Sea Company did not trade in fish," says Alice Procter, as she shows visitors around Queen's House, a maritime museum in Greenwich, southeast London. "They traded in something far more valuable to the English monarchy - slaves." The 23-year-old Australian art historian is behind the "Uncomfortable Art Tours", a series…
Women entering politics in record numbers could mean trouble for Trump

Women entering politics in record numbers could mean trouble for Trump

Novi, US - At the Michigan State Fair in Novi, about a 35-minute drive northwest of Detroit, ask any woman what she thinks of US President Donald Trump and opinions are mixed. "Disappointing," says Alice Lashbrook, 44, a school principal who isn't affiliated with either the Republicans or the Democrats. "I think he has a personal agenda…
Torture, reform and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

Torture, reform and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

On November 20, Amnesty International published a report detailing how Saudi women's rights activists, arbitrarily arrested in a government crackdown earlier this year, have faced sexual harassment and torture during their interrogation. Citing three separate testimonies, the rights group said the detainees were held in solitary confinement and faced repeated electrocution and flogging, leaving some of…
Berta Caceres murder trial to begin despite family’s doubts

Berta Caceres murder trial to begin despite family’s doubts

The trial of eight men accused of taking part in the murder of Honduran indigenous rights and environmental activist Berta Caceres will begin on Monday, amid ongoing criticism of the government's handling of the investigation into the rights defender's killing. Caceres was shot dead in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras just before midnight on March…
Denmark authenticates video of murder of Scandinavian in Morocco

Denmark authenticates video of murder of Scandinavian in Morocco

Danish intelligence services said they have authenticated a video showing the murder of one of two Scandinavian women in Morocco. "The PET (intelligence service) confirms that a video circulating on the internet shows the murder of one of the two women killed in Morocco," the authorities said in a statement on Thursday.  The video purportedly…
What does Meng Wanzhou’s arrest mean for US-China conflict

What does Meng Wanzhou’s arrest mean for US-China conflict

On the day global attention zeroed in on a highly-anticipated meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in the Argentine capital, thousands of kilometres away, on Canada's western coast, a new, dramatic front was opening in the US-China trade war - one that would reignite fears over the viability of a vague and fragile trade war truce…
UN envoy blasts UK government for ‘great misery’ of austerity

UN envoy blasts UK government for ‘great misery’ of austerity

Successive UK governments over the past decade have inflicted "great misery" on millions of Britons with "punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous" austerity policies, according to the United Nations' poverty envoy. The critical remarks on Friday came amid deep political turmoil in the UK over its looming departure from the European Union - or Brexit, as it…
‘Salvini law’ could make thousands of refugees homeless

‘Salvini law’ could make thousands of refugees homeless

Names* marked with an asterisk have been changed because of the interviewees' pending legal status.  Rome, Italy - Soumayla* was just 16 when he left Mali two and a half years ago. He spent four months in Algeria, where he made some money as a builder, then eight months in Libya which left him with…
Mohammed bin Salman and a murderous web of lies

Mohammed bin Salman and a murderous web of lies

"Oh what a tangled web we weave/when first we practice to deceive," are lines often attributed to Shakespeare that were, in fact, written in 1808 by the great Scottish bard Sir Walter Scott. But how well they describe the tangled web Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (known as MBS) has woven and now caught…

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