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Namibia’s first gay pride took place on July 29. Hildegard Titus/AFP

LGBT rights worldwide: where do we stand?

As Australia is debating same-sex marriage a major civil right it is hard not to observe regression of LGBT rights in various countries.
Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia

The caste politics curse that India just can’t shake off

India is not able to do away with its caste politics. It has been apparent in the dramatic turn of Narendra Modi's regime to woo lower castes through multiple policy measures.
Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola. GCIS

Why translators and interpreters deserve a special day of recognition

Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
What do you mean you can’t stick your hands up? DVA security operative at Poland’s private European Security Academy. JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFP

In Central Europe, militarised societies are on the march

Politicians are promising to advance their countries' international positions through nationalist militarisation and celebration of virile men.
Minorities in Myanmar, including the Rohingya, are resilient in the face of persecution. Giuseppe Forino

Religion is not the only reason Rohingyas are being forced out of Myanmar

Alongside the present horrors being inflicted against the Rohingya in Myanmar, we must consider the broader political and economic context that continues to marginalise minority groups.
Supporters listen as Colombia’s disarmed Marxist insurgency, the FARC, publicly launches its new political party, also called the FARC. Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

Colombia’s FARC rebels have rebranded as a political party – now they need a leader

Meet the Commoners' Alternative Revolutionary Force, Colombia's newest political party. To move beyond its violent past, the new FARC will need a charismatic leader who can win over voters.
India’s tricolour (which actually has four colours) hides a complex subaltern history that originates with Mahatma Gandhi. Adam Jones/Flickr

Minority histories of the Indian national flag

As India celebrates its independence, the flag is on full display, but few people know about the complex origins of this ubiquitous national symbol.

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