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‘Not a gift’ UNRWA slams Israel decision to close its Palestinian schools

20 January, 2019 - 17:38

Preview Israel will close all UNRWA schools in East Jerusalem to replace them with Israeli-run schools in a blow to Palestinians. The agency has complained it was not told of this decision.
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'This kid is a future no. 1': World reacts to 'Greek God' Tsitsipas' win over Federer at Aus Open

20 January, 2019 - 17:16

Preview The tennis world has been waxing lyrical about the latest star to emerge from the ongoing Australian Open 2019, hailing Stefanos Tsitsipas as a 'future world number 1' following his fourth round victory over legend Roger Federer.
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Amid Media Blackout, Workers Expand Strike Matamoros, Mexico Strike of over 70,000 Workers Enters Sixth Day

20 January, 2019 - 17:08

Over 70,000 “maquiladora” workers from 45 factories in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros, Mexico have entered the sixth day of their courageous struggle as more and more plants are paralyzed throughout the city.

Last night, thousands of workers marched …

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Top 6 Things Wrong with Trump Denying Pelosi Government Transport

20 January, 2019 - 16:48

Trump’s petty cancellation of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s trip on military transport to Brussels and Afghanistan was clearly his revenge for her cancellation of his State of the Union message until he ends the shutdown of the

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Rolland Rolland: Letters to Tagore on peace

20 January, 2019 - 16:48


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

French writers on war and peace

Romain Rolland: Selections on war


Romain Rolland
From letters to Rabindranath Tagore
Translator unknown

After the disaster of this shameful world war which marked Europe’s failure, it has become evident that Europe alone cannot save herself. Her thought is in need of Asia’s, just as the latter profited from contact with European thought. These are the two hemispheres of the brain of mankind. If one is paralysed, the whole body degenerates. It is necessary to reestablish their union and their healthy development.

Europe continues to struggle in confusion and it has not ended yet its trial of violence. It continues of its way to ruin…

But the mysterious working of the soul takes place in the midst of chaos and ruins. I am never troubled by the tragic and sneering spectacle of appearances. Under this inflated veil which is about to burst, I feel the roaring breath of a superhuman fate. And this fate itself is but the envelope of fire wrapping eternal Peace.

For having defended during the war the highest soul of France, her genius for humanity, France denies me. The Théâtre-Français has just declared that they would never stage a work of the man who had written Au-dessus de la Mèlee. Such is the law, ironical and tragic. He who wishes to save his people is an enemy of the people, as is said in the beautiful play by Ibsen.

In every country of the world, men like us are alone. I believe they have always been so. But considering that, in this our present age of paroxysms, all characters tend to become exaggerated and over-emphasized, the divergence appears wider between the crowd which exists from day to day, and the small number of men who keep in touch with the eternal.; between the clamorous riot of people who, by means of murderous war and hate, seek to assert, one against the other, their “Me” of the herd, their nations, and those who, having long passed that stage, seek to prepare the next, in order to receive therein the heirs to the present generation. The saying of Schiller, in Don Carlos, which I have taken for a motto in my Les prècurseurs, is always true of us:

…Iche lebe.
Ein Burger derer, welche kommen werden.

“I am a fellow-citizen of those who will come later.”

Saudi-led airstrikes rock Sanaa, Yemen casting shadow over 2nd round of peace talks

20 January, 2019 - 16:40

Preview Sanaa, Yemen was hit by massive Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, hitting civilian as well as military targets. The raid, described as “violent” by locals, comes before a second round of UN-sponsored peace talks later this month.
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US Will Retain a Military Base in Syria Despite Withdrawal

20 January, 2019 - 16:39

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered contradictory messages in a speech in Cairo on Thursday, January 10. On the one hand, he said Washington will withdraw American troops from Syria in line with Donald Trump’s momentous announcement on December 19,

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Trump, Announcing New Missile Defense Program, Ramps Up Nuclear Arms Race

20 January, 2019 - 16:32

Speaking at the Pentagon Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the largest expansion of US missile defense forces since Ronald Reagan’s failed “Star Wars” program.

The announcement is the latest move in a global nuclear arms race in which the United …

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Syria repels IDF air raid on intl airport south of Damascus, shot down 7 missiles – Moscow

20 January, 2019 - 16:25

Preview Syrian air defenses repelled an Israeli air raid into its territory, successfully intercepting seven missiles fired by incoming F-16 fighter jets, the Russian military said. No damage or casualties on the ground were reported.
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Video: Protesters Clash with French Police in Souillac Before Macron Visit

20 January, 2019 - 16:24

French demonstrators scuffled with armed police as they await Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Souillac. The town in southwest France has been locked down in anticipation of the presidential visit.



Premières échauffourées entre forces de l’ordre et manifestants

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'You didn't even win the interview!': Fans savage Broner as 'Ls' keep flowing after Pac loss (VIDEO)

20 January, 2019 - 16:14

Preview Fans have savaged Adrien Broner's brash claims he won his WBA welterweight title fight with Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, in which he lost by a wide decision, ridiculing the fighter's claims he was fighting for "the hood".
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On track: First kilometer of train link to Crimean Bridge complete

20 January, 2019 - 16:01

Preview Train movement on the railway part of the newly-built Crimean Bridge is scheduled for December. The railroad across the bridge will link the transport systems of Crimea and mainland Russia.
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Police issue Prince Philip ‘warning’ over driving without seat belt, 2 days after car crash

20 January, 2019 - 15:54

Preview Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip has been issued a warning by police after photos emerged of him driving without a seat belt, just two days after his car flipped over after colliding with another vehicle.
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Athens police fire tear gas at protesters as 1000s rally against Macedonia name-change deal (VIDEO)

20 January, 2019 - 15:48

Preview Thousands of people marched through the Greek capital, Athens to central Syntagma Square on Sunday to once again decry the name-change deal with Macedonia. Scuffles erupted as some demonstrators attacked riot police.
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#Resistance heroes? Ex-FBI official says bureau tried to keep ‘progressives out of office’ (VIDEO)

20 January, 2019 - 15:20

Preview For liberals swept away by Russiagate mania, the FBI is worshipped as a fearless protector of democracy. According to a former FBI official, however, the bureau has actively worked to keep “progressives” out of office.
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'I'm the happiest man on earth!': 20yo Tsitsipas shocks champion Federer at Aus Open (PHOTOS)

20 January, 2019 - 15:06

Preview Australian Open champion Roger Federer has suffered a shock defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who at just 20 years old is 17 years his junior, to become the first Greek player ever to reach the quarter finals of a Grand Slam.
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Attack on UN base in Mali kills 8 peacekeepers

20 January, 2019 - 15:02

Gunmen killed at least eight Chadian UN peacekeepers in an attack Sunday on one of their bases in northern Mali, a source close to the MINUSMA force said.

“According to a new toll, still provisional, at least eight peacekeepers have been killed,” the source said.

#UPDATE Gunmen killed at least eight Chadian UN peacekeepers in an attack on one of their bases in northern Mali, a source close to the MINUSMA force says https://t.co/6hFgj5P4hr— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 20, 2019

The attack happened early Sunday at the Aguelhok base 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Kidal and towards the border with Algeria, the source added.

A Malian security source spoke of at least six killed and 19 wounded, while a diplomat in northern Mali told AFP that several of the attackers were also killed.

Al-Qaida-linked jihadists attack UN base in North Mali https://t.co/ZCDjEistrS pic.twitter.com/E7jvRgfLeS— NEWS102.3 KRMG ? ? ? (@KRMGtulsa) January 20, 2019

An attack at the same base last April killed two peacekeepers and left several others wounded.

More than 13,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Mali as part of a UN mission that was established after Islamist militias seized northern Mali in 2012. They were pushed backed by French troops in 2013.

A peace agreement signed in 2015 by the Bamako government and armed groups was aimed at restoring stability to Mali following a brief Islamist takeover in the north.

[RTE] Eight UN peacekeepers killed by gunmen in Mali https://t.co/Ip7Aq0n8Gu | rtenews pic.twitter.com/acZfrEbraB

— ??????? david jones (DavidJones_now) January 20, 2019

But the accord has failed to stop violence by Islamist militants, who have also staged attacks in Burkina Faso and Niger.

Earlier this month, both France and the United States criticised the authorities in Mali for their failure to stem the worsening violence.

#Mali: Unidentified gunmen attacked a local political delegation on Friday in Petein Bouli, #Gao.— Sylva Gabriel (@Gabisymen) January 20, 2019

#Mali: Don't be surprised if #JNIM claims the attack as a response to the historical visit of #Israel-i PM netanyahu who arrived this morning in N'Djamena, #Chad - ArutzSheva_Enhttps://t.co/Eyo864lJcV pic.twitter.com/lNcKz7dzoZ— MENASTREAM (@MENASTREAM) January 20, 2019


Police arrest 2, say ‘New IRA’ likely behind car bomb in N. Ireland

20 January, 2019 - 14:49

Preview Police have arrested two suspects believed to be involved in a car bomb detonated in downtown Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Law enforcement officials say the main line of inquiry is that the ‘New IRA’ is behind the attack.

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SADC congratulates Tshisekedi on election victory

20 January, 2019 - 14:45

The Southern African Development Community on Sunday congratulated President-elect Felix Tshisekedi and Congo for conducting elections in a peaceful manner “despite the security and logistical challenges.”

The 16-nation regional bloc had last week called for a unity government and possible recount.

#SADC congratulates President-Elect of #DRCongo, Mr Felix Tshisekedi & calls upon all stakeholders to support the President-elect & his Government in maintaining unity, peace & stability; and in attaining socio-economic development in the country https://t.co/4n4ZITndpi pic.twitter.com/v8448yWg2S— SADC Secretariat (@SADC_News) January 20, 2019

The group “calls upon all Congolese to accept the outcome, and consolidate democracy and maintain a peaceful and stable environment following the landmark elections.” The body called on “all stakeholders to support the President-elect and his government in maintaining unity, peace and stability; and attaining socio-economic development in DRC (Congo). SADC looks forward to a peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect.”

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli also sent congratulations on Twitter.

“I congratulate HE. Felix Tshisekedi on his election as President of the DRC (Congo). While congratulating all the Congolese, I beseech you to maintain peace and affirm my commitment to furthering our historic and brotherly ties,” he wrote.

Following the judgement by the High Constitutional Court. I congratulate HE. Felix Tshisekedi on his election as President of the DRC. While congratulating all the Congolese, I beseech you to maintain peace and affirm my commitment to furthering our historic and brotherly ties.— Dr John Magufuli (@MagufuliJP) January 20, 2019

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza congratulated Congo’s President elect Felix Tshisekedi and the Congolese people on the election result.

“Through a fully organized electoral process without outside influence and the wisdom of President Kabila, Congo has just defended its dignity and sovereignty. #Burundi congratulates the elected President, HE Felix A. Tshisekedi and the step taken by the Congolese people. “

Par un processus électoral entièrement organisé sans influence extérieure et la sagesse du Président Kabila, la #RDC vient de défendre sa dignité et sa souveraineté. Le #Burundi félicite le Président élu, SE Félix A. Tshisekedi ainsi que le pas franchi par le Peuple Congolais.— Pierre Nkurunziza (@pnkurunziza) January 20, 2019

Congo’s Constitutional court confirmed the victory of Felix Tshisekedi, dismissing the claims of massive vote fraud by runner-up Martin Fayulu.

Tshisekedi’s supporters celebrated the court decision, announced early Sunday, by driving their motorcycles and cars in a procession through Kinshasa. Later the capital city was quiet, with people attending church. Other cities across Congo were also reported to be quiet.

Ramaphosa & SADC quick to congratulate Tshisekedi as new president, effectively the AU heads of state mission that was due to arrive tomorrow #DRC #RDC #DRCongoElections2018 https://t.co/2MQXCzDaWT— Philip Amaral (@AmaralPhilip) January 20, 2019

But Fayulu’s declaration that he is Congo’s “only legitimate president” and call for the Congolese people to peacefully protest what he called a “constitutional coup d’etat” threatened to keep the country in a political crisis that has been simmering since the Dec. 30 elections.

Tshisekedi welcomed the court’s decision confirming him as the winner of the presidential election saying it was a victory for the entire country.

I now consider myself as the sole legitimate President-elect of the #DRC. Therefore, I ask the Congolese people not to recognize any individual who would claim this authority illegally nor to obey orders that would emanate from such a person. #RDCVote #DRCElections pic.twitter.com/V2UaHm3A8L— Martin Fayulu (@MartinFayulu) January 20, 2019

Thread #DRC These are very strong words from #Fayulu. A direct challenge to #Tshisekedi and by extension #Kabila who still controls all significant levers of power https://t.co/dbyBO5zPWa— Fergal Keane (@fergalkeane47) January 20, 2019