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New aspirations for democracy and media – yet to be met

FEPS Presidente, Maria João Rodrigues March 12.– Maria João Rodrigues (photo), President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), argues that new aspirations for democracy and media are yet to be met

A decline in trust and engagement towards our democratic institutions has been a central question when it comes to citizens, especially young people. Is it the people who are the problem or should we rather look for solutions to renovate democracy and its basic infrastructure, the media system?

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Xi Jinping Orders Military to Heighten Sense of Urgency, Make Ready for War

 

 

March 10.– Chinese leader Xi Jinping is telling the military to focus on strengthening combat readiness over the next five years as he warns of uncertainties domestically and abroad.

Ensuring the Chinese armed forces are prepared for war should be the leading objective in the country’s military building, Xi, who heads the Central Military Commission, said on March 9 in an address to delegates of the Chinese armed forces during Beijing’s annual legislative sessions.

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IRAQ: Pope Francis visits regions once held by Islamic State

Pope Francis celebrating mass in the Kurdish city of Irbil Irbil, Mar.8.– Christians were among those targeted by IS when they seized the region in 2014, carrying out human rights abuses.

On Sunday the Pope prayed among ruined churches in Mosul, the former IS stronghold, before meeting Christians.

Celebrating Mass at a stadium in Irbil, the last big set piece of his visit, he said Iraq would remain in his heart.
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NAMIBIA: Katjavivi seeks EU’s assistance in setting up Parliament budget committee

Windhoek, Mar. 3.– Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi has appealed for assistance from the European Union (EU) to set up a parliament budget committee that would play a critical role in ensuring adequate funding of the legislature.

Katjavivi made the appeal during his meeting with European Union (EU) Ambassador to Namibia, Sinikka Antila on Wednesday.

According to a media statement Wednesday, Katjavivi, during his meeting said there is a need to set up a budget committee to review the budget of Parliament in consultation with the Minister of Finance as currently the budget comes straight from the Ministry of Finance with the Speaker only presenting it.

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Thousands have been Protesting Across Cuba since last August demanding The Right To Have Rights

Thousands Protest Across Cuba Demanding The Right To Have Rights - Protesters have been raising their voices in opposition to systemic political, civil, economic and social issues affecting our daily lives and in favor of a change in the system. These protests are evidence that the opposition movement and the Cuban people’s desire for change have continued to expand to a point where it cannot be ignored any longer.

 

The following is a statement from Rosa María Payá, founder and promoter of Cuba Decide. The citizen initiative for democracy in Cuba, Cuba Decide, released a video summarizing how Cubans on and off the island are mobilizing to protest the repression they have been subject to for over six decades.

 Miami, Mar.4 (Cuba Decide).– Public protests saw exponential growth near the end of 2020 with 42 protests in the month of September, 88 in October, 110 in November and 122 in December. in addtion to many others in January and February. Protestors have been demanding: 1) the right to define the course of the country; 2) the release of political prisoners; 3) freedom of speech and artistic expression; and, 4) economic liberty and access to basic resources in the midst of a deep humanitarian crisis caused by communist policies and aggravated by COVID-19.

 Protestors have been raising their voices in opposition to systemic political, civil, economic and social issues affecting our daily lives and in favor of a change of the system. These protests are evidence that the opposition movement and the Cuban people's desire for change have continued to expand to a point where it cannot be ignored any longer.

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