As Lebanon's uprising enters its second month, graffiti has enveloped the capital's posh downtown. Lebanon's uprising -- like protests elsewhere in the Middle East and Latin America -- is both political and social. It's also about personal liberation, which is the foundation of a revolution. Since October 17, there is chanting of tens of thousands of Lebanese denouncing the political elite. Political leaders are lampooned in caricature, including outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, longstanding parliament speaker Nabih Berri, and central bank governor Riad Salameh. But the unprecedented protests also offered ...
Venice has flooded for the second time this week as 70% of the city is flooded after another high tide that is far beyond normal levels hit the city. The government declared a state of emergency with the mayor blaming climate change. The city is facing the second-worst flooding in nearly 100 years, and high tide could hit nearly twice the normal level today. At least two people have died, and the city's mayor has closed the historic St. Mark's Square. The government is allocating 20 million euros ($22 million) ...
Death toll in Israel's strikes on Gaza has topped 23 Palestinians as 71 others, including 30 children and 13 women, were injured in the blockaded strip since Tuesday. Figures of dead have gone up all the time with the latest to be registered at 32. The situation escalated in Gaza after Israel struck and killed Bahaa Abu al-Atta, the commander of resistance group Islamic Jihad, as well as his wife Asmaa Abu al-Atta. On the other hand, a Gaza Strip ceasefire agreement was agreed in the early hours of Thursday, ...
An ex-Soviet nation, Uzbekistan is the world's sixth-largest producer of cotton. Since the Soviet era, production targets have led to forced labor and a heavy environmental toll. While child labor was notably wound down under pressure from an international boycott, state employees were still called up every year to satisfy cotton quotas. And still hundreds of western apparel and textile firms are part of a decade-long boycott of cotton from the country over forced and child labor practices, following a campaign by activists against this.
Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies, according to AFP. Khieu Chan bursts into tears when describing a job that haunts him as he goes to sleep: he kills up to six dogs a day, slicing their throats. "Please forgive me. "If I don't kill you, I can't feed my family," the 41-year-old tells the 10 dogs awaiting their fate in a cage, AFP reported. A ...
At least 700 pilgrims and more in the coming days are expected to pass through the border into Pakistan without a visa to pray at the shrine of the founder of their religion, Guru Nanak. Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites, after a landmark deal between the two countries separated by the 1947 partition of the subcontinent. Generally, people say that God is everywhere. But this walk looks like they are going to ...
Iraqi protesters are now using Graffiti as a weapon to protest the government. So far, around 300 people were killed and over 15,000 injured during the anti-government rallies. The Iraqi protests have been going in Baghdad and in several Shiite provinces in the south since October 1st, 2019, against unemployment, government corruption and the lack of basic services. The violence started in the morning when security forces aimed to wrest back control of three bridges spanning the River Tigris in the heart of Baghdad from protesters.
People in Germany have gathered to remember the Berlin Wall fall on November 9, 1989, when communist authorities opened all of its checkpoints. The Berlin Wall cleaved the German capital in two, becoming the physical manifestation of the postwar European divide between Soviet and Western ideologies in one vast concrete structure. Moreover, after 30 years, the anniversary of the seismic political event has been marked by a series of photographs which shows how life has changed in the now cosmopolitan city.
The annual balloon festival in Taunggyi, Myanmar, attracting more than 20,000 spectators marks the end of the rainy season. Close to the end of the Buddhist Lent in November the mountain city attracts dozens of teams from all over the country who come to launch balloons. History teacher Lionel Ahbo said the festival stems from a story of the Buddha, who believed that if he sent his hair up in a balloon to the heavens — and if it stayed up — he would become a true Buddha. More than ...