02 Oct

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Civilians plead with Syrian fighters

 Residents of al-Raqqa, known as ‘hotel’ of the revolution, tell combatants to spare them as rebels plan to take city.
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 16:04 GMT

Middle East

Iran’s rial plunges as Western sanctions bite

Currency has lost more than a quarter of its value over the past week, raising fears of widespread inflation.
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 05:56 GMT

Middle East

Global ecosystems under threat

Hungry starfish are being blamed for helping to destroy largest living organism on Earth.

Poverty and the US presidential election

By Andy Gallacher


 In pictures: Tunisians protest rape trial

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Tunis to protest the trial of a raped woman now accused of indecency.

The trial of a woman who says policemen raped he,r and is now being accused of indecency, has drawn a crowd of protestors in Tunis on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old woman says three police officers stopped her in a car last month, and one of them held her fiance back while the other two raped her.

The police officers deny the charges, alleging that the woman in question was engaged in immoral behaviour with her fiance when they stopped her.

The case has drawn nationwide attention as the governing Islamist-led coalition endeavours to write a new constitution, leading many to question how it will define women’s rights.

Hundreds of protestors gathered today at the central Tunis courthouse in a show of support to demonstrate their indignation and uphold the rights of Tunisian women………………………..

Voter registration slumps amid lack of enthusiasm for Obama and Romney

Guardian survey reveals marked drop compared to 2008 as Democrats attack GOP for trying to suppress minority voters

pennsylvania voter ID

Controversial Pennsylvania voter ID photo requirement halted by judge

ACLU hails decision as judge Robert Simpson says 2012 voters will not have to show photo identification before casting ballots

Philadelphia police officer punches woman in the face – video

A police officer in Philadelphia is filmed punching a woman in the face during the city’s Puerto Rican Day parade. The woman suffered a swollen and cut lip as well as injuries to her hands and arm after the assault from Highway Patrol Lt Jonathan D Josey II. Philadelphia police say the officer has been taken off the streets and restricted to administrative duties during the investigation

India’s landless march for justice – in pictures

An estimated 100,000 landless poor people from across India will this month march 350km from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh to the capital, Delhi, to demand a fairer share of land and resources. Photographer Simon Williams travelled across India with Christian Aid’s partner agency and march organiser, Ekta Parishad, which has spent the last year encouraging people to take part in the Jan Satyagraha march for justice

India’s peasant farmers gather for protest march on Delhi

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