The New Citizens' Movement is a loose-knit grassroots organisation that aims to promote human rights, transparency and the rule of law. Authorities launched a protracted campaign against the group last spring after its members organised a series of small-scale demonstrations. About 20 members were detained, some of whom are still awaiting trial. … [Read more...] about Two Chinese activists stand trial over peaceful protests
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Yemen: An ever-worsening crisis War: The 'root cause' of Yemen's disasters The UN has identified conflict as the "root cause" of Yemen's crises. Tens of thousands of people have been killed since the war erupted in 2014, when Shiite Houthi rebels launched a campaign to capture the capital, Sanaa. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition launched a deadly campaign against the rebels, one that has been widely criticized by human rights groups for its high civilian death toll. … [Read more...] about UN: Food imports needed to ‘stave off famine’ in Yemen
The push toward Tripoli by Haftar, who leads the self-styled Libyan National Army, comes amid growing fears of a renewed civil conflict in Libya. The country has been bitterly divided since rebels and a Western military intervention ousted and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. … [Read more...] about Libyan militias resist advance of pro-Haftar forces on Tripoli
Germany, she went on, has argued the pipeline is very much a market-driven project and has given little attention to the geopolitical argument. "Of course, Germany has a lot to gain from the pipeline, not the least becoming a major natural gas hub for Europe," she added. "That being said I do not see Germany changing its tune," Mikulska went on. "We have seen a significant decoupling of US and German foreign policy in recent years and I don't think it will change at this point. In addition, we could see even stronger disagreements emerging within the EU, between opponents and proponents of the pipeline, not something that is helpful in the post-Brexit Europe," Mikulska added. … [Read more...] about Baltic gas pipeline: Will Nord Stream 2 be or not be?
Mateusz Kubiak, senior analyst at Esperis Consulting, a Warsaw-based consultancy firm operating in energy and insurance markets, believes Germany's regulator is in a bind. "It would be very hard to prove that such a decision is in line with the EU directive. And for sure it would be challenged by some of the European countries," he said. … [Read more...] about The unclear future of Nord Stream 2, Russia’s controversial gas pipeline