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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

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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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Ukraine's invasion: Record Russian military losses and more war crimes being reported

London, Dec.5 (DPnet).– UK Ministry of Defence believes 80,000 Russian soldiers are wounded or dead, while the US now believes that figure to be well over 100,000. On the other hand, up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded in February, according to Kyiv’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak. However, Ukrainian casualties are increasing at this point and authorities report that between 100 and 200 of its forces are dying a day on the battlefield during the recent counteroffensives Ukraine's war map 20221203(shown in yellow on the map).

The Russians fled from the Kherson region, across the river, going northeast along the river to the bridges upstream. The Ukrainians followed behind them and tried to cut them off before they could cross the river, causing many casualties of personnel, armored vehicles and other war materials.

That 100,000 number of casualties by the US estimate will increase over the next few days after Russian troops are totally expelled from Kherson city and its surroundings, including the Russian-occupied town of Kakhovka, on the east bank of the Dnipro River. We're seeing the Russian Dunkirk and the Ukrainians are trying to beat them "to the beach" i.e. up to the Black Sea.

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