Bahrain (Tasnim) – The Bahraini people once again took to streets in the suburbs of the capital, Manama, to voice their outrage over the Al Khalifa regime’s clampdown on dissent and killing of the citizens of the Persian Gulf country, activists Read More
Italy (Tasnim) – Hundreds took to the streets in the northern Italian city of Genoa to protest against a meeting of European far-right political groups on Saturday, and tension simmered at times with police. Demonstrators gathered in a square to the Read More
Romania (Sputnik) – Following an emergency meeting on Sunday, the Romanian government repealed a controversial decree that was expected to decriminalize small-scale government corruption in the country. The government made the decision after days of mass protests in the streets of Read More
Romania (OpenDemocracy) – Romania’s government has been accused of legalising corruption, inspiring the largest protests since the fall of communism. We explain the controversy. Romania’s new government has been accused of passing a decree that could pave the way for corruption. Read More
Kazakhstan (EAN) – Things are getting serious again in western Kazakhstan. This oil-rich region on the Caspian Sea was the scene over several months in 2011 of prolonged labor unrest, culminating in clashes that December that killed at least a dozen Read More
Iran/United States (GV) – Panic, anxiety, worry. Messages of concern, messages of advice. It was a tough several days for a lot of Iranians, thanks to an executive order from President Donald Trump banning nationals from seven countries, including Iran, from entering the US. Read More
Mexico (NI) – Jose Aguilar simmered with rage. The protest wasn’t supposed to start until mid-morning, but like dozens of other demonstrators, he had arrived early with a sign reading, ‘No to the energy reform!’ ‘It’s an insult,’ he said, lamenting. Read More
Bahrain (Tasnim) – Bahrain on Sunday executed three anti-regime activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts. The regime in Manama carried out the death verdicts on Sunday in defiance of Read More
Romania (WNV) – Local farmers and activists in the Romanian village of Rosia Montana — located in the western part of the Carpathian Mountains — gathered for a special celebration last week. Filling their glasses with palinca (a local homemade spirit), Read More
Poland (Sputnik) – Poland’s President Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill on national education reform on Monday that previously caused protests in the country. “After a lot of discussions, I decided to sign the bill on education,” Duda said at a press conference, broadcast by Polish television. The implementation Read More
Mexico (GV) – For many Mexicans, 2017 has got off to a shaky start. This is due primarily to increasing fuel costs for cars, which spiked by around 20% overnight (it now takes 20% of the minimum daily wage to buy 1 liter of gasoline) thanks to Read More
For the last few months, the Dakota Access Pipeline has captured the nation’s attention. After Energy Transfer Partners started construction on a pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation, local Native American tribes protested the pipeline on the grounds that it could pollute their water supplies. Word of the protests spread and thousands of protesters flocked to Standing Rock. After months of confrontations between protesters and militarized police, the Army Corps of Engineers paused the project pending an environmental impact assessment.
The Native American tribes and environmentalists hailed this development as a victory, albeit a temporary one. Donald Trump, who will soon be taking office, has vowed to complete the DAPL and has signaled a willingness to carry out this campaign promise by filling his administration with oil executives and people who have invested heavily in the project. As a result, anti-DAPL protesters are gearing up for a long protest season.
After over a month of protests, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has announced she is “willing to resign.”
As protests in Seoul entered their fifth week and Park’s approval rating hit an all time low around four percent she has finally been forced to consider resigning from office.
The protests started due to a scandal exposed in a 2007 diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks that raised concerns that Park was being almost completely influenced by her wealthy religious confidant Choi Soon-sil who is being referred to by many as the “Korean Rasputin.” Park has denied these rumors, but South Korean media claims they have uncovered further evidence that proves illegal activity.
For 7 straight days now, major cities across the US have seen protests on a massive scale. The social unrest we’re seeing unfold over this last week is unprecedented, rivaled only by the civil right’s movement of the 1960’s. Low and behold, nothing major happens in this country without some outlandish conspiracy theory far behind it.
Hundreds of activists have faced arrest since nonviolent demonstrations against the North Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL, began last spring. While clashes with law enforcement frequently coincide with public protest, the arrests of numerous independent journalists, including Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, have raised serious questions about state suppression, free speech and the blurring of lines between activism and journalism.
Goodman was arrested after she posted footage of contractors using physical force and guard dogs to repel unarmed protesters at the pipeline’s construction site. Her video was shot on September 3, before the protests had received significant coverage from major news outlets, and quickly went viral. Five days later, Goodman was informed that Morton County, North Dakota had issued a warrant for her arrest, charging her with “rioting.”