Italians want gay couples to be recognised, but the government hesitates

Italians want gay couples to be recognised, but the government hesitates

Italy is the only country of Western Europe to not recognise same-sex marriages or any form of civil union between gay people.   France, Spain, the UK, but also the faraway Iceland, and the super-catholic Ireland allow people of the same sex to get married, according to the country’s regulations. On the other hand, Germany,

4 Palestinians, 4 Israelis dead. 8 reasons why West Bank violence is out of control

4 Palestinians, 4 Israelis dead. 8 reasons why West Bank violence is out of control

September ended with the raising of the Palestinian flag at the United Nations, yet October has seen an escalation of violence in the West Bank, which forms the bulk of Palestinian territories. Clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli military have left two Palestinian teenagers dead and almost 500 Palestinians injured. In separate incidents another two

Myanmar votes for the first time after 50 years of military dictatorship

Myanmar votes for the first time after 50 years of military dictatorship

Citizens in Myanmar will be called to vote for members of the country’s parliament, who will be in power for the next five years, on November 8. These are the first general elections since 50 years of military rule ended in 2011, when the country started a process of political reform, opening the way for democratic

We are not gays and other provocative statements made at the United Nations

We are not gays and other provocative statements made at the United Nations

The General Debate of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly took place in the organisation’s headquarters in New York, USA, from the 23rd of September to the 3rd of October. The annual event brings together all 193 member states, the only one in which national leaders regularly participate. The theme chosen this

9 random acts of extraordinary kindness from the refugee crisis

9 random acts of extraordinary kindness from the refugee crisis

1. This little boy offered his toys to refugees approaching Munich’s central station   2. Sandra Tsiligeridu and some friends rescued a Syrian refugee off the coast of the Greek Island of Kos. He had been adrift for 13 hours, clung to a life vest   3. In Munich, this policeman played with a little boy, letting him

Obama decries mass shooting in Oregon. This is a political choice we make

Obama decries mass shooting in Oregon. This is a political choice we make

An exasperated Obama addresses the Oregon mass shootingAn exasperated Obama says we’re all responsible for the latest school shooting in Oregon. “We, collectively, are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.” Posted by Quartz on Thursday, 1 October 2015 Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here

The Right Livelihood Award 2015 honours the surgeon who doesn’t fear the war

The Right Livelihood Award 2015 honours the surgeon who doesn’t fear the war

He has been unrelentingly helping “the victims of conflict and injustice” since 1994, year of the foundation of non-governmental organisation EMERGENCY. He provides medical care for free to anyone in need, without political, ideological, religious, or racial discrimination, “while fearlessly addressing the causes of war”. For these reasons and for his great humanity, the war surgeon

African beauty queens make children with cleft smile

African beauty queens make children with cleft smile

The stigma around cleft lip and palate in East Africa is insane. Some people truly believe that children affected by this congenital deformity are “things” and not human beings. They are disgraced, isolated and in extreme cases even killed. In fact, people don’t even realise that cleft happens naturally and is not an issue of