Black group, KKK hold separate rallies at South Carolina Statehouse

Jul 19, 2015

Black group, KKK hold separate rallies at South Carolina Statehouse

Hundreds of people taunted each other on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse during separate rallies staged by two groups from outside the state. Black Educators for Justice, based in Jacksonville, Florida, held its rally Saturday on the north side of the Statehouse, ...

Disillusioned Hong Kong youths eye separatism

Jul 17, 2015

Disillusioned Hong Kong youths eye separatism

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On a recent Sunday night in the working-class Hong Kong district of Mong Kok, a group of radical young activists swore through loudspeakers and gestured rudely as they denounced mainland Chinese as “prostitutes” and “barbarians.” The youngsters are members of a new front that ...

Death of Tibetan monk in China draws ire of U.S. lawmakers

Jul 15, 2015

Death of Tibetan monk in China draws ire of U.S. lawmakers

U.S. lawmakers held a moment of silence Tuesday and expressed anger and sadness over the death in prison of a prominent Tibetan monk, and lamented that U.S. criticism of China’s conduct is failing to stop repression of the minority group. House members called for ...

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

Jul 14, 2015

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

China’s state media last month accused Wang Yu, the country’s most prominent female human rights lawyer, of “blabbering about the rule of law and human rights.” Two weeks later, she met a Reuters reporter, saying she thought her arrest was inevitable. Wang has defended ...

Canada is now less hospitable for U.S. war resisters

Jul 13, 2015

Canada is now less hospitable for U.S. war resisters

When U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Hart decided a decade ago that he would not serve in the war in Iraq, he expected to follow the same path as thousands of American war resisters during the Vietnam era and take refuge across the border. But ...

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Jul 13, 2015

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping’s administration has ...

Austria challenges atomic power assumptions in Europe

Jul 7, 2015

Austria challenges atomic power assumptions in Europe

Austria’s announcement Monday that it would challenge state aid for a new nuclear plant in Britain marks the latest step in the country’s solo campaign to roll back atomic energy in Europe. Since the late 1970s, Austria has been fiercely anti-nuclear, starting with an ...