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From US to New Zealand: The far right’s global reach

From US to New Zealand: The far right’s global reach

Last week, a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 50 people. Prior to the shooting, he published a manifesto espousing some of the same ideas that have driven white nationalist and other right-wing violence in the United States and beyond. In this week's episode of The Take, Imtiaz…
Parties hold final rallies as Thailand prepares to vote

Parties hold final rallies as Thailand prepares to vote

Bangkok, Thailand - In January last year, in the quiet library of his family home in Bangkok, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit sat down beneath the chandeliers with a group of friends to lament the state of his country. After discussions that went on into the early hours, Thanathorn and his guests decided to set up a political…
How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

Manchester, UK - In the early hours of Thursday, five mosques in the English city of Birmingham were damaged - the latest in a string of Islamophobic attacks in the UK. The spate of vandalism came just days after a gunman killed 50 worshippers during Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand, placing Muslim communities in the UK and around the world on…
Israeli forces kill two Palestinians at Gaza protests

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians at Gaza protests

Two Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces during the weekly Friday protests in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to officials. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the health ministry, said the two male demonstrators - aged 18 and 29 -were shot in separate incidents near the Israeli fence east of the Gaza Strip. Jihad Harara…
ISIL territory ‘100 percent eliminated’ in Syria: White House

ISIL territory ‘100 percent eliminated’ in Syria: White House

The US Defense Department said on Friday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) no longer holds any territory in Syria, according to a White House spokeswoman. US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed President Donald Trump as he was travelling to Florida on Air Force One, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders…
‘Suffocating smell of death’ as SDF attacks last ISIL pocket

‘Suffocating smell of death’ as SDF attacks last ISIL pocket

Asmar al-Bahr says he saw scores of bodies strewn across ISIL's last encampment in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz and stockpiles of weapons. However, it was the "suffocating smell of death" that he worries he may never forget. Bahr is a photographer with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed group fighting ISIL in Baghouz. He says…

What legacy did Karadzic and the war leave behind for Bosnia?

United Nations judges have sentenced former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic to life in prison, ending one of the most momentous trials over genocide and war crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.  The Hague-based tribunal ruled his initial 40-year jail term was too light and decided to increase it to life…
Vietnam’s last public letter writer, ‘a witness of Saigon’

Vietnam’s last public letter writer, ‘a witness of Saigon’

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - As Ho Chi Minh City's French colonial architecture recedes into the background and the number of shiny skyscrapers grows in the Southeast Asian megacity there is one man who might be the last vestige of Vietnam's colonial past. Duong Van Ngo is the only remaining public writer and still…
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim: ‘We need to focus on economy’

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim: ‘We need to focus on economy’

After years of imprisonment, Anwar has made a political comeback in his newly formed coalition with Malaysia's current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - who supported Anwar's first conviction and imprisonment. Mahathir led them to election victory in May. The 71-year-old Anwar, who was pardoned of a sodomy conviction that put him behind bars for a third time in…
New Zealand bans assault weapons after mosque massacre

New Zealand bans assault weapons after mosque massacre

Christchurch, New Zealand - New Zealand has banned the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons after the country's worst-ever attack that killed 50 Muslims in two mosques.  "Be assured this is just the beginning of the work we'll be doing," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference on Thursday. "It's in the national interest…
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