Ten Minute History: The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany – History Matters

This episode of Ten Minute History (like a documentary, only shorter) covers Germany from the end of the First World War to the end of the World War 2. The first half deals with the establishment of the Weimar Republic, its wider problems and the rise of the Nazis. The second half covers how theContinue reading “Ten Minute History: The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany – History Matters”

Tortured to death: Myanmar mass killings revealed

The Myanmar military carried out a series of mass killings of civilians in July that resulted in the deaths of at least 40 men, a BBC investigation has found. Eyewitnesses and survivors said that soldiers, some as young as 17, rounded up villagers before separating the men and killing them. Video footage and images fromContinue reading “Tortured to death: Myanmar mass killings revealed”

U.N. rights forum agrees to investigate abuses in Ethiopia

EU resolution sets up international monitoring Ethiopian envoy rejects ‘politically-motivated’ text U.N. says up to 7,000 detained including nine U.N. staff The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Friday to establish an independent investigation into abuses in the Ethiopian conflict, after a senior U.N. official said there had been violations on all sides and massContinue reading “U.N. rights forum agrees to investigate abuses in Ethiopia”

“Shameful”: Auschwitz-style banner at Polish COVID vaccine protest condemned

The Auschwitz Museum and Poland’s prime minister on Wednesday condemned anti-COVID vaccination protesters as “shameful” and “mindless” for displaying a banner that mimicked the infamous sign at the gates of the Nazi concentration camp. The banner featured the words “Vaccination makes you free” on an arch shaped to echo the one that reads “Work makesContinue reading ““Shameful”: Auschwitz-style banner at Polish COVID vaccine protest condemned”

Myanmar streets are emptied by ‘silent strike’ against military rule

The U.S. said it was “outraged” by reports that soldiers had burned villagers alive, calling for the junta to end the use of violence against opponents. Protesters in Myanmar closed businesses and stayed off the streets on Friday in a “silent strike” against rule by the military and its ousting of the Southeast Asian country’s democratically electedContinue reading “Myanmar streets are emptied by ‘silent strike’ against military rule”

France will not join boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: Minister

France will not join a diplomatic boycott by other Western countries of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, Education and Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Thursday (Dec 9). Asked about a boycott announced by the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada, Blanquer told RMC radio and BFM television that France “won’t do it”. “WeContinue reading “France will not join boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: Minister”

Australia, UK join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games

UK PM says ministers will ‘effectively’ boycott Beijing Australia says athletes will attend but not govt officials Australian ties with China at low over COVID-19, trade U.S. bases action on China’s human rights ‘atrocities’ Japan considering diplomatic boycott – media Australia and Britain will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the WinterContinue reading “Australia, UK join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games”

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar sue Facebook for $150B for spreading hate speech

Group says social media giant didn’t do enough to stop hate speech that contributed to violence Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, for $150 billion US over allegations that the social media company did not take action against anti-Rohingya hate speech that contributed to violence. A U.S. class-actionContinue reading “Rohingya refugees from Myanmar sue Facebook for $150B for spreading hate speech”

UK: Co-Founder of Banned Neo-Nazi Group Convicted of Terror Offences

Ben Raymond, founder of UK neo-Nazi group National Action, was also convicted of holding information useful to a terrorist. The co-founder and chief propagandist of banned UK neo-Nazi group National Action was found guilty of being a member of a banned terrorist organisation on Thursday. Ben Raymond, a 32-year-old from Swindon in southwest England, helpedContinue reading “UK: Co-Founder of Banned Neo-Nazi Group Convicted of Terror Offences”

Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps

A YouTube video of Xinjiang detention facilities has rekindled concern over China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities. Researchers say the videos offer new evidence, but many fear for the vlogger’s safety. A 20-minute video featuring more than a dozen detention facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has offered fresh evidence and renewed the discussion around China’s large-scaleContinue reading “Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps”

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