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Tibetan monk sets himself on fire | World news Demonstrations against Chinese rule in Tibet, which took place in Los Angeles this week. Photograph: David Mcnew/Getty Images Another Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China amid a wave of such protests against China's handling of the vast Tibetan areas it rules, overseas groups have said.
Inside Tibet's heart of protest Link to video: Inside Tibet's heart of protest On the roof of the world, Chinese paramilitaries are trying to snuff out Tibetan resistance to Beijing's rule with spiked batons, semi-automatic weapons and fire extinguishers. Every 20 metres along the main road of Aba, the remote town on the Tibetan plateau that is at the heart of the current wave of protests, police officers and communist officials wearing red armbands look out for potential protesters. Dozens more paramilitaries sit in ranks outside shops and restaurants in an intimidating show of force. In Tibet acts of self-immolation rise amid a battle for hearts and minds | World news
Teenage Tibetan nun sets herself on fire in China | World news Tenzin Choezin, the Buddhist nun who was reported by the International Campaign for Tibet to have set herself on fire Photograph: Freetibet/AFP/Getty Images An 18-year-old Tibetan nun has set herself on fire in western China in the latest protest against Beijing's handling of the Tibetan regions it rules, an activist group said. Free Tibet said in a statement that the nun had set herself on fire on Saturday and was believed to have survived. The young woman, identified as Tenzin Choezin, was a nun at the Mamae nunnery in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture, the statement said. It said Choezin shouted slogans of protest against the Chinese government before setting herself on fire at a junction close to the nunnery. "Soldiers and police came immediately and took her away," the statement said.
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Britain has socialism in its psyche, too | Tristram Hunt | Comment is free David Cameron's speech was an 'attempt to connect the over-leveraged, anti-industrial, financial-services economy of the south-east to a deep British identity'. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/AFP/Getty Images The Conservative commentariat has gone weak-kneed at the prime minister's "popular capitalism" speech . Like no other political leader, we are told, David Cameron "gets" the creative, iconoclastic energy of capitalism. This is the kind of free-market economics, according to the Spectator's Fraser Nelson, writing in the Telegraph, that is " hard-wired into the national DNA ". The Cameroonians like to think the ideological debate is over.
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Tony Blair at a press conference in Beijing in August last year. His Windrush Ventures Limited had a 2011 turnover of £12m. Photograph: Chinafotopress/Getty Images Unemployment is rising and companies are going to the wall as the economic turmoil continues to inflict damage across the globe. Blair Inc's 'baffling' increase in earnings | Politics | The Observer
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Newt Gingrich comments on Palestinians draw heavy criticism | World news Newt Gingrich calls Palestinians 'terrorists'. Link to video: Newt Gingrich calls Palestinians 'terrorists' Leading Palestinian officials have rounded on the Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich for his description of Palestinians as an "invented" people and "terrorists". The Republican frontrunner insisted at a candidate debate on Saturday – to warm applause from the audience – that "these people are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools.
Russians fight Twitter and Facebook battles over Putin election | World news Protest against Vladimir Putin United party over elections have escalated across social media, including Twitter and Facebook, with a flood of automated counterattacks. Photograph: Yana Lapikova/AFP/Getty Images Russians have flooded Facebook and Twitter as they organise unprecedented protests against Vladimir Putin 's United Russia party. But they are not alone. Thousands of Twitter accounts appear to have been created with the sole purpose of drowning out opposition voices by flooding the service's hashtag search function. The automated attacks have dumped a blizzard of meaningless tweets with hashtags such as #Navalny, on which tweets about Alexei Navalny are collated, making it impossible to follow the flow of news about the arrested opposition leader.
Lessons from Iceland: the people can have the power | Birgitta Jónsdóttir | Comment is free Protesters demonstrate in front of the Icelandic parliament during the country's financial crisis. Photograph: Nordicphotos/Getty Images The Dutch minister of internal affairs said at a speech during free press day this year: "Law-making is like a sausage, no one really wants to know what is put in it."
An Italian radio program's story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland literally went bankrupt. The reasons were mentioned only in passing, and since then, this little-known member of the European Union fell back into oblivion. As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here's why: Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not | Truthout
Can the European left look to Norway to push the world's powerful nations to act morally abroad? A Labour/socialist left coalition government is celebrating electoral victory there, the first time an incumbent government has won re-election in 40 years. Four years ago, it promised to act as a "peace nation" to support a "more democratic world order" and human rights. Yet socialist-led Norway – still living on its benign image abroad – has instead become the home of four dirty little secrets. The first concerns the government's pension fund, which invests its huge oil income in more than 7,500 companies in 46 countries and is worth about £250bn. Regarded by many as a model of ethical investment, its portfolio is more like a dirty list of the world's worst corporations, including numerous oil, mining and agribusiness corporations criticised for their human rights record and environmental impacts. Norway's dirty little secrets | Mark Curtis | Comment is free
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Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, winner of the second annual Confucian peace prize. Photograph: Itar-Tass/Reuters The Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin , is used to receiving accolades in friendly nations, but even he may raise an eyebrow at the prize he has just been awarded in China : peacemaker of the year. After two wars in Chechnya, one conflict in South Ossetia and two of the deadliest hostage relief operations in modern history, the former KGB officer was named on Monday as the winner of the second Confucian peace prize. Vladimir Putin scoops Chinese peace award | World news
Mixed messages on climate 'vulnerability' 13 November 2011 Last updated at 09:45 ET There are concerns that climate change may exacerbate flooding in cities such as Bangkok One of the most striking new voices on climate change that's emerged since the UN summit in Copenhagen two years ago is the Climate Vulnerable Forum . The grouping includes small island states vulnerable to extreme weather events and sea level rise, those with immense spans of low-lying coastline such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, and dry nations of East Africa. It's currently holding a meeting in Bangladesh , with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the keynote speaker.
UN vote on Palestinian state put off amid lack of support | World news A Palestinian boy holds a picture reading in Arabic, "it is our right to have a state", as he stands in front of Israeli troops on Friday. Photograph: Musa Al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images The UN security council on Friday put off a decision on admitting Palestine as a state while the Palestinian leadership considers whether to press for a vote it is all but certain to lose . The UN went through the ritual of adopting a confidential report from the admissions committee – which is the security council in another guise – that was unable to reach a common position on whether to recognise a Palestinian state in the face of strong US opposition. But a vote was put off while the Palestinians decide whether to press the issue after concluding that they do not have enough support in the security council even to claim a moral victory in the face of a US pledge to veto recognition of a state.
Vatican joins calls for crackdown on financial markets | Business A Vatican thinktank is calling for a global authority to police the financial markets. Above, the pope surrounded by cardinals. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters If Vatican cardinals have yet to join the Occupy Wall Street protesters, a document released by the Holy See calling for a "world authority" to crack down on capitalism suggests some are considering it. Written by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and released on Monday, Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority , suggests a beefed-up United Nations could police the financial markets and inject a dose of ethics to replace rampant profiteering and reduce inequality. The pamphlet claims that in combination with a "central world bank", such an authority would help restore "the primacy of the spiritual and of ethics", as well as "the primacy of politics – which is responsible for the common good – over the economy and finance".
America's child death shame While child abuse blights the lives of victims' families, its devastating impact is felt far beyond relatives and friends. Abused children are 74 times more likely to commit crimes against others and six times more likely to maltreat their own children, according to the Texas Association for the Protection of Children. For this reason, experts believe it is in the US government's as well as society's interest to ensure children are protected from abuse. Each and every citizen, they say, has a responsibility to help break this cycle of violence.
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