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Burma Honor Guard. Photo by Peerapat Wimolrungkarat, Thai Government photographer
Burma Honor Guard. Photo by Peerapat Wimolrungkarat, Thai Government photographer


How The Burmese Military Perpetuates Its Own Myth – OpEd

By Francis Wade A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that […]

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates


UAE’s New Terror List Sparks Outrage

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of “terrorist organizations” together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. Islamic Relief, a respected UK-based international aid agency; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest […]

Albania
Albania


EU’s Albania Delegation Probed Over Justice Tender

By Besar Likmeta A document obtained by BIRN shows that OLAF is investigating complaints against a tender held in May by the EU Delegation in Tirana. “OLAF has reviewed the information received in accordance Regulation No 883/2013 and has opened an investigation,” the document reads. The investigation centres on the tender for the EURALIUS IV […]

Spain's national flag. Photo by beamillion, Wikipedia Commons.
Spain's national flag. Photo by beamillion, Wikipedia Commons.


Spain And The Shadow Of Unemployment

The financial crisis has taken its toll on household consumption. It’s not news that the unemployed are spending less. But new research from Spain suggests that they’re not the only ones who are cutting back. Consumption is down even among those who have kept their jobs and salaries. A rising unemployment rate casts a long […]

Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.
Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.


Saudi Arabian Detainee Released From Guantanamo

A Saudi prisoner has been freed from Guantanamo Bay prison, becoming the 13th detainee to leave the US detention center in Cuba this year. Over 140 people remain behind bars despite severe criticism and President Obama’s vow to close the facility. Having spent 12 years in Guantanamo, Muhammad al-Zahrani has been sent back to Saudi […]

Middle East
Middle East


Gulf Countries: Increase Migrant Worker Protection, Says HRW

Labor ministers from Gulf and Asian countries meeting on November 26 and 27, 2014, should improve labor law protection, reform abusive immigration policies, and increase dialogue with trade unions and nongovernmental groups, 90 human rights organizations and unions said today. Millions of contract workers from Asia and Africa, including an estimated 2.4 million domestic workers […]