Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews troops on a car on Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of Chinese People’s Resistance against Japanese Aggression and World Anti-Fascist War at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, 03 September 2015. EPA/WU HONG

Expect a shakeup of China’s military elite at the 19th Party Congress

‘The call for Black lives to matter is fundamentally a call for peace. And peace must not be confused with the momentary quiet of submission.’ Annette Bernhardt/flickr

Black Lives Matter is a revolutionary peace movement

The peace and justice Black Lives Matter seeks require a fundamental transformation of a system that preys on and benefits from Black suffering.
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.
‘I’m not inviting you to abort, I’m inviting you to decide.’ Can democracy exist if women aren’t recognized as people with full human rights? Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Seventy-five percent of all abortions in Latin America are illicit. In Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, where abortion is totally illegal, the bans correlate with a generalized failure of the rule of law.
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.

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