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Pope Benedict dies at 95 (1927-2022)

Eight years as Pope capped long ministry as teacher of faith. Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Dec.31.– Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who had an impressive record as a teacher and defender of the basics of Catholic faith, is likely to go down in history books as the first pope in almost 600 years to resign.

He died on Dec. 31 at the age of 95, nearly 10 years after leaving the papacy to retire to what he said would be a life of prayer and study.

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Bolivian opposition leader detained, sparking protests

Luis Fernando Camacho's detention lead to renewed social unrest by residents of the restive Santa Cruz region. Police later announced Camacho had been arrested on "terrorist" charges.  Governor of Santa Cruz being detainedGovernor of Santa Cruz being detained

La Paz, Dec.29.– Luis Fernando Camacho, the governor of Santa Cruz, was arrested by Bolivian police on Wednesday on "terrorist" charges, sparking street brawls between his supporters and law enforcement.

"We inform the Bolivian people that the Bolivian police executed an arrest warrant against Luis Fernando Camacho," Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo said.

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MEXICO: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador weakens the electoral arbiter

  • Mexican Senate approves a reform that amputates the National Electoral Institute (INE) of a large part of its budget and its employees and curbs the faculties of the Electoral Court. Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)

Mexico City, Dec.22.– After his reforms of the energy sector and public security, the Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has succeeded in a new passage in force by getting approval for a reform that amputates the National Electoral Institute (INE) of a large part of its budget and its employees and curbs the faculties of the Electoral Court.

Critics say the reform, passed by the Senate at second reading on the night of Wednesday, December 14, represents a three-decade setback for Mexico’s young and fragile democracy and a return to a presidential system. supported by a hegemonic party, similar to that imposed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for more than seventy years. They fear that the president’s attack on the operational structure of the INE will favor his party, the National Regeneration Movement (Morena, left) for the presidential elections of 2024, where the continuity of his political project will be at stake.

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As Russian oil flow ends, a German refinery town rethinks its future

Germany takes control of Russian-owned refinery amid energy crisis Schwedt/OderSchwedt/Oder

Schwedt/Oder, Dec.21.– On a wintry evening in late November, protesters gather in the plaza outside the Uckermark Theater to demonstrate against government plans to cut off the supply of Russian oil to the PCK refinery, located just a mile up the road.

It’s a critical issue, and not just for locals. Ural crude has flowed uninterrupted from 3,000 miles away since 1963, providing Berlin, eastern Germany, and part of Poland with almost all its gasoline, jet fuel, and heating oil, plus jobs for thousands whose salaries in turn fuel businesses from bakeries to the theater. So the threat to the refinery has drawn protesters brandishing peace flags and anti-sanctions banners into the cold night.

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Human Rights Day and Tibetan quest for freedom

Human Rights Dec. 10, DPnet.– 74 years ago, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. The UDHR is a global statement of our fundamental human rights: rights to freedom, religion, identity, and protection from discrimination. It has shaped our understanding of justice, fairness, and liberty the world over.

That’s the origin of Human Rights Day observed each year on December 10; it’s a time for us to reflect on how far we have come in the global struggle for equality and how far we have left to go.

But it’s not the only reason today is significant for Tibet. 33 years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, in recognition for his advocacy for the people of Tibet, his concern for the environment we all share and depend on, and his philosophy of nonviolence and compassion.
International Campaign for Tibet

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