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800,000 dead in 100 days

Guest post by Volker Seitz: Rwanda genocide began 30 years ago.

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From April 7 to July 1994, members of the Hutu majority in Rwanda carried out massacres against the Tutsi minority and opposition Hutus. Under President Paul Kagame and his policy of reconstruction and reconciliation, the country has developed relatively well economically and socially. More here.

Politics USA

Appeal to US president Joe Biden

March 18: International Day of Political Prisoners

Action Group Indians North America ©Helena Nyberg

The indigenous activist Leonard Peltier has been in prison in the USA for almost five decades and will be 80 years old this year. The European Alliance for the Rights of Indigenous PeopleS is calling for the seriously ill man to be pardoned immediately. The then public prosecutor James Reynolds and a resolution of the Democratic Party are now also calling for this.

Guest post Politics USA Women

Indigenous women power

Guest post by German Action Group on International Women’s Day

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In the USA, March is known as “Women’s History Month”. On the one hand, the situation of indigenous women in Canada and the USA is particularly precarious. On the other hand, indigenous women are increasingly manifesting their participation in society as activists and politicians. More here.

Politics USA World

Free Julian Assange

The ruling could come any day now. And what does the EU say?

Julian Assange Mantra © Corona Bavaria

Whistleblower Chelsea, aka Bradley Manning, has long since returned to freedom, while Julian Assange has had to fight for his freedom for thirteen years. The High Court in London will now decide on his extradition. Last week, there was still a debate in the EU Parliament. More here.

Nature/Environment Politics World

Exception to animal welfare?

Breeding and “use” of houndogs in Spain under scrutinyl

Galgo ©quirbachdogs

The EU Commission is planning a regulation to improve the protection of dogs and cats as pets. Will houndogs like the Galgo in Spain benefit from this – or will these sensitive greyhounds continue to be exempt from animal protection? More here.

Politics

What is “Nazi” about Germany’s national flag and national anthem?

A brief dive into history

“Nazi” has become a common insult in Germany, used to denigrate political dissidents. Very few people seem to be aware of the trivialization of the historical role models that this implies. Meanwhile, the insignia of today’s Germany are also associated with the “Third Reich”. More here.

Culture Politics World

Dwarves, a Hitler microphone and a radio museum

On World Radio Day: a journey through time of the German-Polish city of Breslau/Wroclaw

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With the “Schlesische Funkstunde”, the German city of Wroclaw made radio history before the Second World War. After the war, Wroclaw, now Polish, remained a haven of culture and civil disobedience. The Jewish community was also revived. From my archive on World Radio Day. On February 13, 1946, United Nations Radio broadcast for the first time. More here.

Nature/Environment Politics World

European resolution against deep sea mining

The EU Parliament backs conservationists’ demands.

Voting result EU-Resolution ©Environmental Justice Foundation

In a vote today, the Parliament of the European Union clearly opposed Norway’s plans for deep-sea mining in the Arctic. Scientists and nature conservation organizations warn of the enormous and incalculable risks that deep-sea mineral extraction poses to marine ecosystems, fish stocks and the ocean’s carbon cycle. More here.

Nature/Environment Politics World

Against the cruel killing of Spanish hunting dogs

February 1 is World Galgo Day. Appeal to humanity.

In Spain, it is not only bullfighting that is still a tradition. Greyhound races are also held extensively here. The animals are mercilessly exploited by their owners. And sorted out at the end. In February, after the hunting season, tens of thousands of the native galgos die an agonizing death every year. More here.

Politics USA World

Blue Ribbons for Israel

USA: Campaign in remembrance of the Hamas hostages in Gaza

#BringThemHome, Ribbons for Israel ©Nancy Schwartz-Katz

More than 120 people in Gaza are still being held hostage by Hamas. The nationwide “Blue Ribbons for Israel” campaign in the USA aims to remember them. There are also various regional initiatives. More here.