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Democracy: We are building a Tunisia for all

Democracy: We are building a Tunisia for all | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

On Monday, Tunisia celebrates the second anniversary of its uprising against dictatorship. Through the sacrifices of generations of Tunisians, our country is now engaged in establishing a democratic society. It is a difficult and complex process, but it is inevitable.

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Central African Republic rebels agree to talks

Central African Republic rebels agree to talks | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Rebels who have captured large parts of the Central African Republic have halted their advance and agreed to take part in talks, leading to fresh hopes of a peace agreement.

 

The Séléka coalition of rebel fighters, which began seizing regional capitals and mining areas in the diamond-rich country last month, said it will not attack capital city Bangui and is expected to begin negotiations with the government in Libreville, the capital of nearby Gabon next week.

 

But the fate of President Francois Bozizé continues to hang in the balance as the rebels – who accuse Bozizé of failing to honour the terms of an earlier peace deal – say they might insist on his removal.

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U.S. and Algeria Discuss Ousting Mali Militants

U.S. and Algeria Discuss Ousting Mali Militants | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Algeria on Monday as the United States sought to coordinate support for an emerging international effort to push Islamic militants out of northern Mali.
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Russie: Le Nord-Caucase de nouveau sous tension

Russie: Le Nord-Caucase de nouveau sous tension | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Alors que s’achevait samedi le Conseil de Sécurité russe, dirigé par Vladimir Poutine, une opération de grande ampleur avait lieu dans le Nord du Caucase, région à prédominance musulmane, afin de mettre à bas plusieurs cellules désignées comme terroristes par l’Etat russe.

 

Visant ouvertement les futurs Jeux Olympiques d’hiver devant se dérouler à Sotchi en 2014 selon les autorités, les rebelles, œuvrant à la création d’un Etat islamiques dans la région du Caucase ont vu leurs forces être frappées d’un sévère coup d’arrêt. Il s’agit là de la volonté du Président Poutine de prévenir toute éventuelle attaque susceptible de porter atteinte à l’évènement, tout en faisant reculer les prétentions territoriales des insurgés. 

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Joseph Kabila's fixation on Kivu crisis threatens Congo's stability

Joseph Kabila's fixation on Kivu crisis threatens Congo's stability | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Crisis in the east matters, but the president should be mindful not to neglect other issues in building a better future for Congo

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Hyderabad Erupts in Violence Before United Nations Conference

Hyderabad Erupts in Violence Before United Nations Conference | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Hyderabad police clashed with protesters who were demanding a separate Telangana state in a massive rally a day before a major international conference opened in the city on Monday.

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Anti-Japanese Protests Over Disputed Islands Continue in China

Anti-Japanese Protests Over Disputed Islands Continue in China | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Anti-Japanese demonstrators took to the streets again on Sunday in cities across China, with the government offering mixed signals on whether it would continue to tolerate the sometimes violent outbursts.

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Xi Jinping Returns Amid Tumult in China

Xi Jinping Returns Amid Tumult in China | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The reappearance on Saturday of Xi Jinping, a top Chinese leader who had vanished from public view, removes one question mark facing the Communist Party, but a wave of protests against Japan is a sign that internal power struggles are far from over.

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L’opposant sri-lankais Sarath Fonseka appelle à la révolte

L’opposant sri-lankais Sarath Fonseka appelle à la révolte | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
L’ancien général Fonkesa récemment libéré de prison a vivement critiqué le gouvernement sri-lankais en place. Qualifiant le président actuel, Mahinda Rajapaksa, de dictateur, Fonseka a fait appel à la population du Sri-Lanka mais aussi à la communauté internationale pour le démettre. Plusieurs quotidiens ont néanmoins manifesté de la méfiance vis-à-vis d’un homme à la réputation ambivalente et accusé d’avoir causé la mort de nombreux civils lors du conflit opposant la majorité cinghalaise aux Tigres tamouls.
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Sudan Opposition Movement Grows

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More and more Sudanese have begun challenging their government, but it is unclear if a real Arab Spring has reached the country.
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Gujarat Riot Trials May Alter India’s Cycle of Violence

Gujarat Riot Trials May Alter India’s Cycle of Violence | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

 A decade later, the riots in Gujarat State may be remembered less for the horrors they unleashed, however, than that such sectarian carnage, which once struck India as often as a heavy monsoon, has not been repeated since.

 

There are many reasons for this astonishing quiescence, but technology has played a crucial role. The killers made cellphone calls, and records of those calls became evidence.

After years of dithering, India’s creaky justice system lurched into action. Hundreds of rioters have been convicted, and more cases are pending.

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Sudan: Protesters Reject Cutbacks

Sudan: Protesters Reject Cutbacks | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Sudanese security forces clashed with antigovernment protesters across Khartoum on Friday in widespread demonstrations against spending cuts and other austerity measures.
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Will Muslim-Buddhist Strife Kill Burma's Fragile Reforms?

Will Muslim-Buddhist Strife Kill Burma's Fragile Reforms? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in Arakan led to a state of emergency and questions over Burma's fragile democratic reforms...
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Pakistan : School's out for children trapped in conflict

Pakistan : School's out for children trapped in conflict | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Education crisis and low literacy rate in Fata due to takeover or destruction of school buildings, as well as Taliban intolerance

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The Unspeakable Truth About Rape in India

The Unspeakable Truth About Rape in India | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India has laws against rape; seats reserved for women in buses, female officers; special police help lines. But these measures have been ineffective in the face of a patriarchal and misogynistic culture. It is a culture that believes that the worst aspect of rape is the defilement of the victim, who will no longer be able to find a man to marry her — and that the solution is to marry the rapist.These beliefs aren’t restricted to living rooms, but are expressed openly. 

 

The volume of protests in public and in the media has made clear that the attack was a turning point. The unspeakable truth is that the young woman attacked on Dec. 16 was more fortunate than many rape victims. She was among the very few to receive anything close to justice. She was hospitalized, her statement was recorded and within days all six of the suspected rapists were caught and, now, charged with murder. Such efficiency is unheard-of in India.

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En RDC, les groupes armés rebelles font la loi à l'Ouest du pays

En RDC, les groupes armés rebelles font la loi à l'Ouest du pays | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Depuis plusieurs mois s’affrontent plusieurs groupes opposés à Joseph Kabila. Situés pour la plupart dans le Nord-Kivu, à l’Ouest de la RDC, la vingtaine de factions rebelles s’opposent notamment pour le contrôle des ressources de cette région, la plus riche du monde en métaux et minerais rares. Sous couvert de vouloir « renverser Kabila et de construire un Congo juste », les soldats, dont beaucoup sont des dissidents de l’armée congolaise régulière font régner leur loi dans une zone abandonnée par Kinshasa et les Casques Bleus.

 

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The New Middle Class and the Politics of Schooling in Latin America

The New Middle Class and the Politics of Schooling in Latin America | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Over the last decade, Latin America has seen solid economic growth combined with decreasing (but still very high) income inequality – lifting millions of people out of poverty and fueling the rise of a not-poor-but-not-rich “middle” class.

 

That’s a good thing. But in Chile, the most “middle class” of all countries in Latin America by population and income share, thousands of young people have been taking to the streets to protest the low quality and high cost of schooling there.

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Philippines : signature d'un accord de paix entre le gouvernement et la rébellion musulmane

Philippines : signature d'un accord de paix entre le gouvernement et la rébellion musulmane | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A l’issue d’une réunion entre le gouvernement philippin et les chefs de la rébellion musulmane dans le pays, les deux parties ont signé un accord ce 15 octobre, détaillant la marche à suivre afin de restaurer définitivement la paix à l’horizon 2016 dans ce pays touché par une insurrection meurtrière depuis déjà plusieurs décennies.

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Foxconn Plant in China Closed After Worker Riot

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Foxconn Technology, a major supplier to some of the world’s electronics giants, including Apple, said it closed one of its large Chinese plants early Monday after police were called in to break up a fight among factory employees.

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An Annotated Map of Today's Protests and of the 'Muslim World'

An Annotated Map of Today's Protests and of the 'Muslim World' | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The violent backlash against the American film is taking place in Muslim societies, but it doesn't seem to correlate with Islam's reach.

 

This is a good reminder that the generalizing about "all Muslims" is as inaccurate as generalization about "all Christians" or any other group.  The world and people are much more nuanced than that. 

 

 


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Martin Daumiller's comment, September 16, 2012 2:53 AM
The map is slightly poor. 100% and more world muslim population? There is a great mix-up between muslims living in a country and percentage of muslims living in a country, therefore turning the U.S., Russia, etc. also into the discussion.
Also there is a distinction between not-protesting and not supporting the protests, which should influence the authers comparision of different mentalities.
The main idea against stereotypes and generalization is a very worthy one, but the way is article shows it is flawed.
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Nigeria: Violence getting worse

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VIOLENCE in Nigeria’s north and centre is worsening. Increasingly deadly attacks on churches by Boko Haram, an extreme Islamist group, are straining fragile relations between Christians and Muslims.

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Amnesty International dénonce la répression chinoise qui vise les Ouïghours dans le Xinjiang

Amnesty International dénonce la répression chinoise qui vise les Ouïghours dans le Xinjiang | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Trois années jour pour jour après les émeutes et les arrestations massives d’Urumqi, la répression continue dans la région autonome ouïghoure du Xinjiang dans l’ouest de la Chine selon un rapport d’Amnesty International. Les violences ethniques entre les Ouïghours, ethnie musulmane turcophone, et les Hans, ethnie majoritaire en Chine, avaient fait près de 200 morts le 5 juillet 2009.

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Kenya counts the cost of gun violence – in pictures

Kenya counts the cost of gun violence – in pictures | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Ordinary Kenyans' lives are being affected by an influx of guns into the region. Traditional disputes over land, cattle and water rights are now more likely to spiral out of control with devastating consequences. Guns are also used by Kenya wildlife service (KWS) rangers in Nakuru national park to keep poachers at bay.

 

Oxfam International, together with local partner organisations such as PEDP (Pokot educational and development programme), has drawn attention to the impact of gun violence. Oxfam is highlighting the issue in the context of the arms trade treaty, an international effort to control the arms trade

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Failed States Index belongs in the dustbin

Failed States Index belongs in the dustbin | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The annual index ranking states according to their failings is illogical and may worsen the instability it seeks to describe...

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Stand-off in Northern Mali

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Two groups wage a bitter fight for control over the West African nation.

 

If the Islamists in Ansar ud-Dine and their quietly Machiavellian leader Iyad Ag Ghali fail to come to terms with the nationalist and secular NMLA, then the prospect is either a protracted civil war in the north or a rapid defeat of the NMLA by the better-equipped and better-funded Ansar ud-Dine and their allies in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

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