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From US to New Zealand: The far right’s global reach

From US to New Zealand: The far right’s global reach

Last week, a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 50 people. Prior to the shooting, he published a manifesto espousing some of the same ideas that have driven white nationalist and other right-wing violence in the United States and beyond. In this week's episode of The Take, Imtiaz…
Parties hold final rallies as Thailand prepares to vote

Parties hold final rallies as Thailand prepares to vote

Bangkok, Thailand - In January last year, in the quiet library of his family home in Bangkok, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit sat down beneath the chandeliers with a group of friends to lament the state of his country. After discussions that went on into the early hours, Thanathorn and his guests decided to set up a political…

What will be the outcome of Trump’s Golan Heights tweet?

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967. It's been an occupied territory ever since, in defiance of multiple resolutions by the United Nations. In a tweet on Thursday, US President Donald Trump seems set to overturn the US position and recognise Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights.  It's a move designed to boost the…
How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

Manchester, UK - In the early hours of Thursday, five mosques in the English city of Birmingham were damaged - the latest in a string of Islamophobic attacks in the United Kingdom. The spate of vandalism came just days after a gunman killed 50 worshippers during Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand, placing Muslim communities in the UK and around the world…
Israeli forces kill two Palestinians at Gaza protests

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians at Gaza protests

Two Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces during the weekly Friday protests in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to officials. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the health ministry, said the two male demonstrators - aged 18 and 29 -were shot in separate incidents near the Israeli fence east of the Gaza Strip. Jihad Harara…
ISIL territory ‘100 percent eliminated’ in Syria: White House

ISIL territory ‘100 percent eliminated’ in Syria: White House

The US Defense Department said on Friday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) no longer holds any territory in Syria, according to a White House spokeswoman. US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed President Donald Trump as he was travelling to Florida on Air Force One, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders…
‘Gagged’ Thai media fights for a voice as elections loom

‘Gagged’ Thai media fights for a voice as elections loom

Bangkok, Thailand - Journalist Sirote Klampaiboon is one of the most popular presenters on Thailand's Voice TV, a digital broadcaster that has been penalised at least 20 times for its reporting since the military seized control of the country five years ago and clamped down on freedom of expression. Last month, the military government said…
Algerians rally for fourth consecutive week against ailing leader

Algerians rally for fourth consecutive week against ailing leader

Tens of thousands of Algerians have once again taken to the streets of the capital to demand ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit immediately. Carrying Algerian flags and chanting anti-Bouteflika slogans, protesters on Friday braved cold weather and light rain as they gathered in central Algiers, the site of weekly demonstrations since February 22. Amid growing…
New Zealand bans assault weapons after mosque massacre

New Zealand bans assault weapons after mosque massacre

Christchurch, New Zealand - New Zealand has banned the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons after the country's worst-ever attack that killed 50 Muslims in two mosques.  "Be assured this is just the beginning of the work we'll be doing," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference on Thursday. "It's in the national interest…
Mullah Omar and the art of hiding in plain sight – Q&A

Mullah Omar and the art of hiding in plain sight – Q&A

A new book on the elusive former leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, revealed that the one-eyed rebel chief has not been hiding in Pakistan, as US officials and many in Afghanistan and beyond had said. Omar, instead, lived near a US base in Afghanistan for years, Bette Dam, author of the book, Op Zoek…
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