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What a Le Pen Win Would Look Like for France and the EU

18 March: A Le Pen campaign rally in Metz, France. Photo by Elyxandro Cegarra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.18 March: A Le Pen campaign rally in Metz,...

CEDAW expresses concern on climate of insecurity, particularly for women in conflict affected zones.

Image: 15  women activists participated at the recently concluded CEDAW- Sri Lanka session. In its concluding observations  of the recently concluded consideration of the 8th...

Freedom of Expression Monitors Issue Joint Declaration on ‘Fake News’, Disinformation and Propaganda

Geneva/Vienna (3 March 2017) – Leading monitors of freedom of expression around the world have come together to issue a Joint Declaration on freedom...

The Killing Squads: Inside the Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’

Image: The sister of Jefferson Bunuan carrying his photo as they prepare to take his body to Manilla South Cemetery. August 1, 2016.© 2016...

Sources: U.S. considers quitting U.N. Human Rights Council

The body has been accused of unfairly targeting Israel, and Trump aides are questioning its usefulness. By NAHAL TOOSI and ELIANA JOHNSON The Trump administration is...

President Trump is losing his war with the media

By Aaron Blake President Trump berated the media repeatedly at his press conference on Feb. 16, calling CNN, the New York Times and other outlets...

France and Canada Endorse Safe Schools Declaration

Commit to Protect Students, Teachers, Schools, and Universities During War. (Paris) The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to...

US veterans return to Standing Rock to form human shield to protect Dakota Access pipeline protesters

Image:Clashes with police turned violent in December, when around 1,000 veterans formed a human shield between police and 'water protector' protesters Getty Images. 'We’ve stood...

Jallikattu and the Bovine Underbelly of Indian Nationalism

Image:Popular poster – Chaurasi Devataon-wali Gai By Sadanand Menon. The cow, the bull and the buffalo have waddled themselves into the centre of India’s politics,...

From Headline to Photograph, a Fake News Masterpiece

Image:Cameron Harris in his home office in Annapolis, Md., on Monday. He created a fake story about an electrical worker who stumbled upon stacked...

Women’s March on Washington: What You Need to Know

Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters By KATIE ROGERS The Women’s March on Washington, a project that began with a Facebook page in the hours after the...

Trump ‘compromising’ claims: How and why did we get here?

Image copyright AP: The allegations against Donald Trump in the documents read like something from a bad film By Paul Wood BBC News, Washington. Donald Trump...

The Most Powerful Moments of Photojournalism in 2016

Artsy Editorial. By Molly Gottschalk. In September of this year, Facebook censored—and quickly reinstated—the iconic 1972 photograph of a nude, nine-year-old girl fleeing a napalm attack...

Photo Feature: An Initiative in Rajasthan Is Transforming the Lives of Former Manual Scavengers

Image: Rehabilitated manual scavenger, Usha Chaumar, 40, stands on the stairs of her newly built three storey house in Alwar, Rajasthan, India on 24...

Europe’s Court Repudiates Blanket Data Retention; Says Hostile to Privacy, Democratic Freedoms

Cynthia M. Wong, Senior Researcher, Internet and Human Rights. This week, the European Union’s top court once again found that blanket data retention mandates are...

UN body declares the detention of 5 human rights defenders is “arbitrary”

Image:A gate at the entrance to the Pray Sar prison near Phnom Penh, 8 December 2016,  AP Photo/Heng Sinith. This joint statement was originally published...

A record number of journalists are in jail, CPJ census finds

Image:Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, leaves the Justice Palace after his trial in Istanbul on Friday  Credit: OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS. Turkey holds at least 81...

Instituting a Constitutional Press Council Will Help the Indian Media Do Its Job

Image:The media is meant to report the truth, but the structure and vested interests of the Indian press have stopped that from happening. The daily...

Clown of Aleppo ‘dies in air strike’ as Syrian government closes in on besieged city

Anas al Basha stayed behind in the city to comfort children and sent his salary to his parents to help when they fled to...

History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Image courtesy  of CNBC. by Tariq Ali Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, has died aged 90. Here is an extract from Tariq Ali‘s introduction to The Declarations of Havana, Verso’s collection...

Marine Le Pen takes huge lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in French first round presidential election poll

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has taken a sizeable lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in a new French presidential election poll. The far-right leader had...

Bernie Sanders Shows He Isn’t Afraid to Challenge Donald Trump In Statement Acknowledging Win

Heather Saul. 'To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him,' warns senator. Donald Trump’s election victory...

Capitalism, Austerity and Revolution: Why We Took Part In the Million Mask March

Image:Nearly 20,000 people had indicated they would attend on the event’s Facebook page, which warned ‘the police are not your friends’. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock. Masked anti-capitalism...

‘I Live in a Lie’: Saudi Women Speak Up

Image by the writer: Soon after “Ladies First” was screened, I met these Saudi students in Washington Square Park in New York. Hend, on...

Russia Fails to Win re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

Image: A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia's Defence Ministry on August 18, 2016, shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber...

AP-GfK Poll: Clinton Appears On Cusp of Commanding Victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fueled by solid Democratic turnout in...

New UN Report Highlights Freedom of Expression Violations Across the Globe

( David Kaye; UN photo) By Ashley Gorski. UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David...

Member Of All-female Night Bomber Aviation Regiment Of Red Army:Irina Rakobolskaya Obituary

(Major Irina Rakobolskaya in the early 1940s. Her experience in the second world war defined her long life ) Member of the all-female Guards Night...

Leading Nepal Editor Speaks Out About Independent Media Facing Censorship In South Asia

After 29 years of circulation, Himal Southasian, which claims to be the only analytical and regional news magazine for South Asia, will cease to...

Media: Now A Danger To Democracy

SUKUMAR MURALIDHARAN. Thursday, October 13,2016 NEW DELHI: Since the September 18 attack on an Indian army post in the north Kashmir town of Uri, the media...
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Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...
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What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

Image: The appointment of Sarath Silva as CJ by President Kumaratunge is one of the darkest movements in the judiciary in Sri Lanka. It is...

Securitisation and militarisation in Sri Lanka: A continuum – Ambika Sathkunanthan

Caroon by Avantha Artigala. Militarisation of civilian space began during the first Rajapaksa regime. Yet, it didn’t cause public concern, except amongst certain civil society...

The Kidney Mafia in Sri Lanka –  Dr. N.S. Wijewickrama.  

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