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Thousands of workers took to the streets in Barcelona, in the eighth general strike to protest against labor reform. The educational community protest against cuts and the rising ratio of students per classroom in schools and colleges.
Each day in Spain more than 500 families are evicted from their homes. 22 percent of Spanish households are living in poverty and nearly 600,000 have no income. It is expected that in the coming months this situation will worsen.
The CGT and CNT anarchist labor unions called a 24 hour strike. The day of action is in defense of public services and a protest against social cuts and unemployment. They also complain that salaries in Spain are the lowest in Europe while the unemployment rate is the highest: it is over the 25% of the population
A car bomb blast in the East Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh killed at least eight people and wounded fifty others, security sources said on Friday October 19, 2012. The explosion, which took place at the busy Sassine Square, where the office of the anti-Assad Christian Kataeb Party is located, struck around 3 p.m damaged buildings and shattered windows over a radius of several blocks.
The incident occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese factions and political parties on opposite sides of the Syria conflict. It is the first bombing in the Lebanese capital since 2008.
Following months of routine shelling, the “liberated” Syrian town of Al Bab bands together in an attempt to grasp a bit of normalcy for their children. Since August, six schools have been shelled in Assad’s escalated aerial bombardment, and class has been moved to underground bunkers and basements, adapting to the times. Many parents fear sending their children to school, but now community members are volunteering their time in order to safely get the kids out of the house... and back to school.
The Malaysian High Court dismissed an application today by four transgender individuals who are challenging the ban on Muslim men dressing and posing as women, which is found under Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment.
The four, who had been either arrested or penalized by the "Negeri Sembilan Islamic Religious Department" before, were applying for a judicial review to declare Section 66 unconstitutional.
Justice Siti Mariah Ahmad said in her judgment that the four applicants were indisputably Muslims and were biologically born as a man, so Section 66 applied to them. She also ruled that Part 2 of the Federal Constitution, which guarantees fundamental liberties to an individual, is overruled by Section 66.
Aston Paiva, the lawyer representing the four during the judicial review, said he would be advising his clients to appeal the decision.
The four applicants, Adam Shazrul Mohammad Yusoff, Mohammad Juzaili Mohammad Khamis, Shukur Jani and Wan Fairol Wan Ismail, argued that Section 66 violated the Federal Constitution's guarantee of freedom of expression. They also claimed that the "Syariah laws" should not apply to them as they had been diagnosed with "Gender Identity Disorder."
While several other Malaysians who were born male have sought to be legally declared women, this was the first legal challenge to the law that bans men from "cross-dressing" in Malaysia.
A massive demonstration was held at "Freedom Square," west of the Bahraini capital Al-Manama, on the 4th of October.
It was held under the slogan, “National Competencies Behind Bars, " and it coincided with International Teacher Day, as the President of the Teachers Association, Mahdi Abudeeb, was also arrested on charges of demonstrating.
The demonstration was organized by the opposition's political associations.
Mr. Jaffer Kadhum, a leader in the Nationalist Democratic Assembly, and Jalilah Al-Salman, the Deputy General Secretary of the Bahraini Teachers Society, gave a speech talking about the professionally qualified people who are imprisoned, such as the superior student who got shot by the Bahraini security forces, and the latest story about doctors being arrested for treating protesters.
Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.
Thousands of Bahraini people participated today in the funeral of the youth Mohammed Ali Mushaima (23 years old) at Aldaih village - west of the capital Manama. Mushaima passed away in custody after his deteriorated medical condition was neglected by the prison administration.
Mohammed was arrested from the hospital by the army last year while he was receiving his treatment of sickle cell disease. He was sentenced for 7 years. He complained from a sickle cell disease crisis a few day ago and the prison administration neglected his complaints. He was shifted to Salmaniya medical complex and died there Tuesday morning.
The thousands of mourners that attended the funeral, shouted angrily against the King Hamad and the royal family condemning them for the death of the detained protester.
This new crime is only 3 days after killing a child at Saddad village -western south of the capital Manama- by attacking him through shotgun from a very close distance. These human rights violations came only few days after the Geneva session where the Bahraini regime accepted the international community recommendations.
Parliamentary elections held yesterday in Tbilisi, Georgia. Many polling stations opened in cities and villages of the country. Members of the election commission wore special green uniforms. They were helping voters to go through the registration process and vote. Citizens came to the polling stations to vote for their favorite candidates and parties. At the polling stations there also were observers and representatives of accredited Georgian and international mass-media.
Al Ahli, Bahraini opposition, held a massive rally on Saturday evening, September 29, 2012, at the "Freedom Square" West of the capital Manama, under the slogan "Geneva again .. Condemnation of power”
The demonstrations were launched from the nearby villages and everybody gathered in the freedom square holding candles for Ali Hussein Neme, a 17-year-old from Al Sadad, West of Bahrain, who was killed by Bahraini forces on the 28th of September, dying later of shotgun wounds to his torso. Opposition figures gave spoke and emphasized that the martyrdom of Ali Husain Neme on Friday was a proof on the Bahraini authority’s brutality.
Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.
Thousands of Bahrainis gathered in the Bahraini capital Al Manama to demand the shift towards democracy and chanted, emphasizing the continuation of the popular struggle to demand freedom and dignity.
Bahrainis filled Karbabad Coast region adjacent to the capital on Saturday afternoon (September 22, 2012) during a festival held by the Bahraini opposition forces (Wifaq, Wa’ed, National Assembly, Assembly Unionist, The National Fraternity) under the slogan, "Democracy is our demand.”
A mix of hundreds of protestors walk together from Hussein mosque through downtown Amman after Friday prayers, some calling for the release of detained activists who were arrested three weeks ago, while others rally for the government.
Photos from Aleppo describe the ongoing situation in Aleppo
Al Ahli’s delegation explained that the Bahraini authorities present a real dilemma to the public because of their lack of seriousness in fulfilling their obligations. This became clear through the intervention of major countries such as the United States and Britain, and the intervention of civil society organizations, which demanded that the government release detainees and allow public demonstrations while protecting the activists.
This photo collection shows a few Syrian families who are waiting to register their children with the UNHCR and the organization, Save the Children, so they can attend school in Lebanon after crossing over from Syria.
The latest report from the UNHCR states that over 67,960 Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, with 49,653 registered and over 18,307 in contact with UNHCR. While most children will be able to attend school in Lebanon, there have been many issues with refugees being denied because they lack proper paperwork. Another issue that is increasingly become more of a problem is that of child trauma, as reports say almost every child has seen someone killed and there are no resources available to provide counseling for the children, many of which are suffering from PTSD.
Al Ahli human rights delegation’s activities started on Monday evening with the participation of human rights organizations.
Participants alleged that the Bahraini regime supporters tried to sabotage the meeting.
The organizers dragged an Al Arabia reporter out of the room, supposedly due to his nervous behavior.
People stealing furniture and laptops from the American school in Tunis, after the school was set on fire following the release of an American anti-Islam movie.
massive congregation for the Bahraini opposition in Sitra island, south of the capital under the title:
" Bahraini children in jail " In protest against the detention of 80 children by the Bahraini authorities while schools are about to start a new academic year.
Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling, that saw 50 dead, are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble.
A protest of about 150 demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan near dusk on September 14, condemning the now infamous YouTube video that insulted the Prophet Mohammad, and chanting anti-American slogans.
Protest in front the Offices of Caixa Penedes to demand the cancellation of Henry Gamboa's debt with this organization, Barcelona Spain.
The Pearl-Qatar, a mixed-use, man-made, island development in the Qatari capital Doha.
Protesters gather outside US Embassy in Doha, Qatar, to condemn the Anti-Islam movie
Lake Katwe - Uganda - 2012-08-17- Formed about ten thousand years ago from a volcanic eruption, Lake Katwe lies in Queen Elisabeth National Park, in Kasese district, western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo through Lake Edward.
Lake Katwe salt mine is a source of livelihood to over three thousand people in the area and in good times hundreds of salt miners at Lake Katwe can make a reasonable living, even if in self-slavery. Due to the hyper saline water that sucks moisture from their bodies and infuses them with toxic chemicals, there are severe health complications. The smell of hydrogen sulphide is all over the place.
For the women, when the female reproductive organs get in contact with this salty water, more often they develop uterine complications. The men on the other hand are also affected. When the male organs come into contact with this salty water they itch, and excessive scratching can cause wounds.
Surviving for a meager five dollars a day is a poor income. Coarse salt is still mined the way it was done over centuries years ago. Men, women and children all work at the mines for their own survival, including a large number of refugees from the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo. Workers extract three main products from Lake Katwe: blocks of rock salt used in curing hides; high quality salt crystals that can be sold as table salt; and salty mud that is used as salt licks for cattle.
Theses pictures show salt miners working on a salt pans pile on the shores of Lake Katwe.
AGBOGBLOSHIE (Accra, Ghana) - a dumping ground for a significant amount of the world's electronic waste (e-waste)
Almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste are generated worldwide every year. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant quantity arriving as e-waste, exported illegally as second hand goods.
Antakya, Turkey: January 23, 2012
Al-Rihaniyya, a Syrian refugee camp located in the Turkish town of Antakya, near the Syrian border. The camp suffers from constant power cuts due to the snow, which also damages tent structures. About 1500 Syrian refugees live in the camp, while an estimated total of 15,000 Syrian refugees have been absorbed by Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011.
Photos taken on January 23, 2012.
” Monrovia-Liberia-West Africa, January 27, 2011 After two wars over two decades in Liberia, the country is still trying to find a new pathway towards the wellbeing of its people. A small 141 bed hospital, known in West Africa for its pediatric surgery department and as “THE HEROES WITHOUT BORDERS HOSPITAL”, has become the main reference platform for the people suffering in Liberia including foreign refugees from Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone; the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, established in 1963 by the Hospitaller Order of the Brothers of St. John of God. In synchronicity, and for almost a decade ”POR AFRICA”, a small Spanish NGO fully dedicated to the children’s’ welfare, is working in collaboration trying to provide the finest in healthcare. The very small team of Spanish doctors is known by the affectionate moniker of “HEROES WITHOUT BORDERS”. In the picture, a woman waiting interferon therapy, as victim of the HIV-Aids.
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