France was preparing for a second day of travel cancellations and school closures this morning as unions warned there would be no let-up in the strike called to protest planned pension reforms. The first day of the protests, seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision of reforming France, saw 800,000 demonstrators including railway workers, teachers and hospital staff march in several cities throughout the country. Today is set to follow a similar pattern, with almost all high-speed train services cancelled, most of the Paris Metro system shut down and hundreds of flights set to be axed. Yves Veyrier, head of the hardline Force Ouvriere union, warned the strike could last at least until Monday if the government did not take the right action. 'The strike is not going to stop tonight,' added Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the General Confederation of Labour union, late yesterday evening. French railway employees are seen near tracks at the … [Read more...] about France prepares for a second day of strike chaos and violent protests as unions warn Emmanuel Macron there will be no let-ups until he caves in on pension reforms
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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor - convicted of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war - will serve his sentence in a British jail. Why is this and where might he be housed?In the spring of 2006, Charles Taylor's luck finally ran out.The one-time president of Liberia was arrested and handed over to Irish soldiers representing the United Nations, and found himself in custody for the first time. Because of fears his trial could renew instability in West Africa, Taylor, 64, was put on trial at a special UN-backed court in The Hague.The Netherlands only agreed to host his trial as long as he was imprisoned in another country if he was convicted.In June that year, the UK government offered to house Taylor in a British jail if he was convicted.A special Act of Parliament, the International Tribunals (Sierra Leone) Act 2007 , had to be passed - a demonstration of what the government said was its "commitment to international justice". It was not the first time … [Read more...] about Why will Charles Taylor be jailed in Britain?
In 2017, I started to receive messages from a Twitter user who called themself True Brit, telling me that my religion was “Satanic”, “barbaric” and “evil”. Bearing a profile image of the St George’s cross and a biography that simply read “Anti-Islam, stop Islamic immigration now”, True Brit often spammed me with pictures taken from anti-Muslim websites, blogs and Facebook groups. Sometimes they would be cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad as a sexual deviant. Other times, I would be sent memes I had seen circulating in rightwing communities online, depicting groups of south Asian men who had been arrested for child sexual grooming, or alleged Syrian refugees who were, supposedly, secret members of Isis. One meme showed a man with a long beard, in battle camouflage, brandishing a pistol in one hand and holding the hand of a woman wearing niqab. In bold white writing below the image were the words “EUROPE IN 2020”. … [Read more...] about What happened when I met my Islamophobic troll
President Donald Trump is set to meet with House Republicans this week to discuss immigration legislation, facing pressure over his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. The controversial policy has drawn public and political backlash nationwide and has also been criticized by the United Nations. UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged the US to stop the family separations in his opening remarks on Monday, at a meeting of the UN Human Rights council in Geneva, Switzerland. "The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable," Zeid said. And, in a rare criticism of the United States, a spokeswoman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: "children must not be traumatized by being separated from their parents. Family unity must be preserved." President Trump has consistently blamed Democrats for the situation, saying … [Read more...] about US lawmakers, Melania Trump call for end to migrant family separations
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday launched what she designated a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump – giving in to demands from her party's leading presidential candidates and an increasingly bellicose caucus that Congress should follow a path that could oust the sitting president. Pelosi announced in a televised statement that she'd opened an umbrella for numerous congressional investigations into the Republican president who Democrats say is in willful violation of the U.S. Constitution. 'This week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact [sic] of the president's betrayal of his Oath of Office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our national elections,' she said in a 5 pm announcement. 'Therefore, today I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi launches formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump amid reports he withheld aid money from Ukraine – as he brands the move ‘more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage’ and accuses the Dems of ‘presidential harassment’