Why are the Indian authorities afraid of a ‘half-Maoist’?

Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the reigns of power in New Delhi in 2014, assaults on public intellectuals, humanists, rationalists and secular forces have reached a feverish pitch. By the time the BJP completed its fourth year in office, prominent public figures such as scholar Govind Pansare, academic MM Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh were…

Bobi Wine flies out of Uganda to US for medical treatment

Robert Kyagulanyi, a Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition politician, has flown out to the United States for medical treatment following alleged torture in detention, a day after he was denied boarding, his lawyer said. Kyagulanyi, whose stage name is Bobi Wine, left Entebbe International Airport close to midnight on Friday, his lawyer in Uganda, Nicholas Opiyo, said on…

‘You can’t slay your way out of systemic, institutional racism’

London, England - A new self-help book covers everything from microaggressions in the workplace and the intricacies of dating, to education and identity. But unlike other books in the genre, Slay In Your Lane - The Black Girl Bible was written by two black British women as an attempt to not only empower, but also…

Erdogan labels rating agencies as ‘impostors’ and ‘racketeers’

Turkey has accused Western credit-rating agencies of deliberately attempting to undermine the banking sector amid attacks on its currency, the lira. Friday's scathing comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his son-in-law, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, came after two agencies, Moody's and Fitch, sounded more alarm this week about the state of Turkey's banks, citing impact…

Amnesty International staff targeted by Israeli-made spyware

Amnesty International says one of its employee was targeted with Israeli-made surveillance software as part of a deliberate attempt to spy on the human rights group by a "government hostile to its work". In a 20-page report released on Wednesday, Amnesty said one its staff members was baited with a suspicious WhatsApp message in early…

Zimbabwe ruling ZANU-PF party wins elections: Electoral body

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won the parliamentary election with 109 seats, gaining a clear majority, according to the Electoral Commission. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party managed to win only 41 seats with results for 58 seats still to be announced, the election body said on Wednesday. Monday's vote was Zimbabwe's first election since long-term…

Passenger jet crashes after take off in Mexico’s Durango state

An Aeromexico passenger jet has crashed after taking off in Mexico's northern state of Durango, but the state's governor said there have been no deaths. The Mexico City-bound Embraer 190 jet was almost full, with 97 passengers and four crew members aboard, when it came down at around 4pm local time (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday,…

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