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‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

Christchurch, New Zealand - Thousands of New Zealanders have attended a mass vigil in Christchurch to mourn the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on two mosques. Nearly 40,000 people filled Christchurch's Hagley Park on Saturday evening, according to local officials, almost 10 days after a suspected white supremacist attacked the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. The March…
Thailand elections: Military-backed party takes lead

Thailand elections: Military-backed party takes lead

Bangkok, Thailand  - Preliminary results from Thailand's Election Commission show a military-backed party in the lead, in the country's first elections since a military coup in 2014. With about 90 percent of ballots in Sunday's long-delayed polls counted, the Palang Pracharat party had seven million votes. Pheu Thai, the party linked to the former Prime Minister…
On Irish border, anger at Westminster and fears of fresh violence

On Irish border, anger at Westminster and fears of fresh violence

County Armagh, Northern Ireland - The neglected carcass of an old customs building on the outskirts of the town of Newry, in an industrial area 20 minutes from the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is covered in graffiti. It has been more than 20 years since trucks stopped at the site…
‘We have nothing’: A life in limbo for Malaysia’s Yemeni refugees

‘We have nothing’: A life in limbo for Malaysia’s Yemeni refugees

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Mahmoud was well into his shift baking bread when a burst of urgent shouts warned him of an approaching cordon of men in uniform. Time was of the essence and the 19-year-old, ever alert, wasted none of it. By the time the immigration officers barged into the bakery, trawling for those…
Mali sacks top army chiefs, dissolves militia after scores killed

Mali sacks top army chiefs, dissolves militia after scores killed

Mali's government has announced the sacking of top military officers and the dissolution of a militia, a day after the killing of more than 130 people. Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said on Sunday new military chiefs would be named, and that the Dan Nan Ambassagou association, comprising Dogon hunters, had been dissolved. "The protection of…
Royal court adviser fired over Khashoggi killing ‘not on trial’

Royal court adviser fired over Khashoggi killing ‘not on trial’

A Saudi royal adviser fired over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not among the 11 suspects on trial at secretive hearings in Riyadh despite Saudi pledges to bring those responsible to justice, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters news agency. The Saudi public prosecutor indicted 11 unnamed suspects in November, including…
20 years after NATO bombing campaign, mixed sentiments in Kosovo

20 years after NATO bombing campaign, mixed sentiments in Kosovo

Pristina, Kosovo - On March 24, 1999, NATO launched Operation Allied Force, an air campaign to compel Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic to pull his forces out of Kosovo and end the conflict that had caused a spiralling humanitarian crisis.  The bombings lasted for 78 days until Milosevic finally withdrew from the Serbian province that had been agitating…

Christchurch in context: Media as accessory to the crime?

On The Listening Post this week: Nothing comes from nothing: we trace the history of Islamophobia in the western media. Plus, politically conscious rap in Senegal. Christchurch mosque attacks and the media It has been just over a week now since 50 Muslim worshippers were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacker livestreamed his killing…
AIPAC convenes annual conference in Washington amid division

AIPAC convenes annual conference in Washington amid division

AIPAC, one of the most powerful lobby groups in the United States, is facing new criticism from Democrats and advocates for Palestinian rights as it convenes its annual policy conference this week amid a widening US political divide over Israel. The annual pro-Israel event, which starts on Sunday, is expected to draw more than 15,000…
Thailand goes to polls as coup leader eyes return to power

Thailand goes to polls as coup leader eyes return to power

Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand started voting on Sunday in a long-delayed election that Prayuth Chan-ocha, the general who led the coup against the country's last elected government five years ago, hopes will return him to power as a civilian prime minister. Polling stations across the country opened at 8am (01:00 GMT) and will remain open…
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