A Muslim woman riding the Montreal Métro. Image courtesy of Canadian Press and the CBC. On October 18th, 2017, the Quebec National Assembly voted in favor of Bill 62. The measure is a long document about the need for Quebec to assert what it calls “State religious neutrality.” However, critics and concerned citizens have keyed in on the bill’s call for a ban on the wearing of head coverings for a religious purpose. The ban includes mandatory ‘unveiling’ in various public plac
Week of November 20th Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, 22 April 2015 (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Africa In Response to Calls to Step Down, Mugabe Shows Defiance 93 year-old President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe was placed under house arrest by his own military on Tuesday. While some described the action as a military takeover, Major General Sibusiso Moyo said "We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes ... As soon as we have accomplished our
Same Sex Marriage Rally Melbourne, 29 November 2009 Logging on to Facebook yesterday, I came across a livestream video from my sister’s account. My sister, Victoria, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, was documenting the public reaction to the news that in a government survey conducted by mail-home ballots that more than 61% of Australians favor legalizing gay marriage. Nearly 80% of eligible Australians voted, which sent a clear signal to both liberal and conservative lawmak
Week of November 6th Celebration of 99th anniversary of recover the Independence of Poland on Wolności Square in Włocławek. Here - scouts with inscription on the background: "for You, Poland, solider's toil" on Monument of Polish Solider, 11 November 2017 (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Africa Unusually Deadly Madagascar Plague The ongoing deadly outbreak of pneumonic plague in Madagascar seems to finally have reached a turning point, after nearly 2,000 infections and 143 deaths.
A map of the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Introduction The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were occupied by the Soviet Union from the early 1940s to the early 1990s and resisted Russo-Soviet control to a greater extent than most of the other union republics. Under Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, they played a major role in leading the movement of national independence from the Soviet Union, and th
Week of November 6th Riyadh North Skyline (King Abdullah Financial District), November, 2016. Source: Wikimedia Commons Africa Kenyan Nurses End Five-Month Strike, University Lecturer Strike Begins Nurses in Kenya’s public hospitals returned to work this week after a five-month-long strike that had paralyzed the country’s healthcare system. The strike began in response to the government’s refusal to honor a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the nurse’s union and
A rebel fighter of the Kurdish Front during the Battle of Raqqa (2017). Source: Wikimedia Commons On October 17, 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa. Formerly a hub of cultural and social diversity situated along the Euphrates River, Raqqa became the center of standoffs between government forces and civilian protestors demanding fundamental freedoms and rights more than seven years ago. The severe clampdown by state se