Pakistan re-arrests four men acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder case

Pakistani authorities ordered on Friday four men, including a British militant, convicted of the 2002 murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, to be detained for three months despite a lower court’s ruling to overturn their convictions. The High Court in the province of Sindh on Thursday acquitted the four, including Briton Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding Pearl’s murder. The other three were sentenced to life. Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl,
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Pakistani politicians, religious leaders demand end to Israeli illegal occupation

Pakistan political parties and religious leaders expressing solidarity with the oppressed nation of Palestine on Tuesday demanded an end to Gaza Siege and illegal occupation of Palestinian land by the Zionist regime. They made the remarks during a video conference to mark the Land Day of Palestine organized by Palestinian Foundation of Pakistan in southern city of Karachi. Due to the coronavirus outbreak the conference was held through a video link and was attended by prominent Pakistani political
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As Saudi Tilts Toward India, Pakistan Seeks New Allies

By: Salman Rafi Sheikh  Cracks have appeared in relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as bilateral interactions are shaped by the increasing struggle for power within the Sunni Muslim world – a struggle that Pakistan is attempting to respond to in a way that allows it to reduce its over-dependence on the Kingdom.  Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan, standing alongside Mahathir Mohammad during a Malaysian tour, said that the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, the collective voice of
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Modi’s BJP crushed in Delhi Election – Again

By: John Elliott A diminutive former social activist and anti-corruption campaigner has today confirmed his role as the most successful political opponent of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government by devastatingly defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party in elections for Delhi’s Capital Territory assembly. For the second time in five years, Arvind Kejriwal, 51, has led his Aam Aadmi (common man) Party to a resounding victory winning, on current vote-counting trends, around 90 percent of the 70 assembly seats.
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1980-1989: Pop Goes the Decade

Car 54: Wherever You Are, Stay There January 2, 1990 Eddie Gorodetsky spent most of the last decade collecting comic books, buying records, and making people laugh. In person, Eddie is not a man of modest proportions, and neither are his accomplishments: his comic book library (a word that perhaps does not suggest the Leaning Towers of illustrated erudition that line his East Village loft) long ago outnumbered his record library, which he underestimates at
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BOOK REVIEW: Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified

Prior to writing the book,”Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified,” Iqbal Chand Malhotra, a television producer, and Maroof Raza, a former Indian Army officer, completed documentaries on Kashmir for the Discovery and Times Now channels. Both have intimate knowledge of their subject. Each of the well-researched 10 chapters has exhaustive sources listed in the end-notes. The book has a comprehensive index. It will serve the general reader and historians keen to unravel the convoluted story of Kashmir. The book’s sweep from
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Narendra Modi says India can make Pakistan 'bite the dust' in 10 days

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he can make Pakistan 'bite the dust' in a week. India is now capable of making neighbouring Pakistan "bite the dust" in less than 10 days in any new war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  has said. The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought three wars and last February came close to a fourth with tit-for-tat airstrikes sparked by an attack on Indian troops in Kashmir. Modi is under pressure after weeks
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'Bleak domineering vision': Amnesty says human rights at risk as Asia Pacific's strongmen rise

The year has been dominated by repression but also by resistance, says the human rights organisation in its annual review The year across the Asia-Pacific has been dominated by repression, but also resistance, as the two largest countries on Earth sought to impose a “bleak domineering vision” for the region, according to Amnesty International’s annual human rights review. The 2019 review, released on Thursday, paints a bleak picture for minorities across the region, with Uyghurs in China interned
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Indian government ends internet blackout in Kashmir

India imposed a communications blackout in early August when it stripped the portion of Kashmir it controls - the country's only Muslim-majority region - of its partial autonomy. Indian authorities on Saturday restored internet in Indian Kashmir after a five-and-a half-month blackout but maintained a block on social media sites. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government imposed a communications blackout in early August when it stripped the portion of Kashmir it controls - the country's
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Pakistan Is Cleaning Up Trump’s Mideast Mess

The Middle East has always been a difficult region for the West, especially for the United States. During the Cold War era, America’s efforts to establish its hold over the region’s key oil-producing countries backfired, resulting in anger and resentment in those countries. Be it the CIA-backed coup to overthrow the Mossadegh government in Iran for nationalizing the oil industry in 1953 or Charlie Wilson’s war to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan in the 1980s, the results
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Surveillance States Are Flexing Their Muscle

Three weeks in, 2020 is already a banner year for authoritarian government surveillance. Last weekend, The New York Times ’ Kashmir Hill reported that Clearview, an AI startup with connections to Rudy Giuliani and backing from Peter Thiel, had crossed a virtual Rubicon by making the internet searchable by face—and by giving facial-recognition database access to “hundreds of law enforcement agencies, ranging from local cops in Florida to the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security.” On Tuesday,
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India: Why Modi's plan against Muslims is coming unstuck

Comment: India's Muslims have begun mobilising against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial citizenship law, writes Olivier Da Lage. Muslims make up only around 14 percent of India's population, but that amounts to 180 million people, almost as many as Pakistan. In a few decades, the number of India's Muslims will surpass that of Indonesia, giving India the world's biggest Muslim population. But they remain a minority, made to feel increasingly that they are no more than tolerated
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Extreme weather kills dozens in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Severe snowstorms, rain and flash flooding across Afghanistan and Pakistan have resulted in the deaths of at least 48, including women and children. At least 48 people had died as a result of heavy snowfall, rains and flash flooding in Afghanistan  and  Pakistan , officials in said on Monday, as both authorities in both countries struggled to battle the violent, freezing weather conditions. Thirty people were reportedly killed in bad weather in Pakistan, with southwestern Baluchistan the region worst
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India's top court declares indefinite Kashmir internet shutdown illegal

New Delhi revoked Kashmir's semi-autonomous status in early August. India 's Supreme Court on Friday struck down a months-long internet shutdown in the disputed Kashmir region, declaring the move illegal. New Delhi cut off internet and phone access to Indian-administered Kashmir in early August as the government moved to withdraw the Muslim majority region 's long-held semi-autonomous status.  Indefinite suspension of internet access violates India 's telecom rules,
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Envoys from 15 countries to visit troubled Indian-administered Kashmir region in EU-boycotted tour

Representatives from 15 countries will visit the disputed Kashmir region in a diplomatic visit spurned by the EU. Envoys from 15 countries including the United States are visiting Indian -controlled Kashmir starting Thursday for two days in a rare diplomatic visit spurned by the European Union. The two-day foreign diplomatic trip is the first since Delhi stripped the restive Himalayan region of its autonomy and sent in tens of thousands of extra troops in August.
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Does Saudi Arabia feel threatened by the new Muslim alliance?

The KL Summit hopes to be a leading force in shaping and restoring Islamic civilisation, but why does Saudi Arabia feel threatened by this new Muslim power bloc? A new platform was inaugurated in Kuala Lumpur recently to discuss issues related to Muslim countries. Visualised by Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad as a 'mini Islamic summit', the forum was to be launched by a ' core group ' of five countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Qatar and Pakistan. Planned
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US embassy in Baghdad suspends consular operations following dramatic pro-Iran sit-in

The US embassy in Baghdad has suspended all consular operations following a dramatic incursion by pro-Iran demonstrators. The US embassy in Iraq announced on Wednesday that consular services were suspended in Baghdad "until further notice" and advised American citizens not to approach the complex, Reuters reported. The suspension of all operations in the Baghdad embassy comes a day after pro-Iran demonstrators ended their sit-in after the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary force
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Five positives to take from 2019

Here are five stories that lifted our spirits in 2019. The Arab world experienced another tumultuous year in 2019. Regional powerhouses continue their campaign of counter-revolution aimed at rolling-back the successes of the Arab Spring in Egypt and elsewhere, while widespread repression continues in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. Libya is still fragmented by civil war, millions of Syrians subjected to daily barrel bombings and airstrikes, Gaza remains under siege, while Yemen is ever-perched
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Trump expects Iraq to 'use its forces' to protect US embassy in Baghdad

Trump is calling on the Iraqi government to protect the US embassy in Baghdad after it was stormed by protesters following a US airstrike that killed 25 militias. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he expects Iraq to "use its forces" to protect the US embassy in Baghdad after protesters  linked to a powerful militia breached the outer wall of the compound during a protest against American air strikes. "We expect Iraq to use its forces to protect
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Ghosn flees to Lebanon and accuses Tokyo of holding him 'hostage'

Disgraced former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn returned to Lebanon and accused Tokyo of holding him 'hostage' over financial misconduct allegations - something he continues to deny. Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn , who fled house arrest in Japan , has said that he was not fleeing justice but instead left the Asian country to avoid "injustice and political persecution" over financial misconduct allegations. Ghosn, who touched down in Beirut on Monday, had been released on bail by
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From Lebanon to Kashmir: The New Arab's 10 biggest stories of 2019

A revolution in Sudan. A new Turkish offensive in Syria. A controversial citizenship amendment in India. These are The New Arab's top 10 stories of 2019. From President Donald Trump facing impeachment to the UK rushing to a snap election  following uncertainty over  Brexit ; from Hong Kong 's million-strong protests to the devastating Ethiopian Airlines crash; from the Latin American uprisings to Sri Lanka Easter bombings ; from
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Indians Rise Up Against Hindu Supremacy

India’s government has pushed through a dangerous new bill that has provoked a mass uprising . The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) offers a fast-track to legalization for Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain immigrants from bordering nations while explicitly denying one religious group the same privileges. For years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been chipping away at the rights of Muslims in India, but the world’s largest democracy may have finally overplayed its hand on
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'A threat to the plural structure of India': Anger brews over controversial citizenship law

The Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced by the Hindu nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his resounding election victory in May. Tensions are on the rise again in India, where people from every walk of life took to the streets on Friday to protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). At least 25 people have died so far as demonstrations turned violent in many
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Reasons to be fearful – the international news review of 2019

This year world leaders struggled to manage the fallout from the erratic tenant in the White House – as China flexed its imperial muscles. We look back at the events that created the most turbulence Click here for 2019’s reasons to be cheerful A year of high anxiety was rendered more alarming by intensifying clashes of interest between world powers. As international cooperation declined, and nationalist agendas gathered strength, China, the US, Russia and Europe, and
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In 2020, Muslims in Boris' Britain have an important choice to make

Comment: As the new decade approaches, Muslims, Jews, people of colour and all marginalised communities must make a conscious choice to unite, and fight for our rights, writes Malia Bouattia. Boris Johnson - to paraphrase Kanye West before his Trump days - does not care about Muslims.  And our government does not care about Islamophobia. In fact, they're all too happy to peddle, intensify, institutionalise it and delegitimise any resistance against it, all the while
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Muslim leaders gather in Malaysia for summit shunned by Saudi

Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub, and Pakistan ducked out of attending. No agenda for the Kuala Lumpur Summit has been released, but it could address age-old disputes in Kashmir and the Middle East, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, and mounting outrage over China’s camps for Uighur
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Israeli weapons are heading for the East — with no concern for human rights

We don't know all the countries Israel's secretive arms industry is targeting for future sales. What we do know is that the people of Myanmar, Kashmir, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Palestine, and others will pay the price. The post Israeli weapons are heading for the East — with no concern for human rights appeared first on +972 Magazine .
| Israel arms exports, India-Israel relations, Azerbaijan |

50+ academics and activists condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir, and call for military embargo on Israel

50+ academics and activists condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir, and call for military embargo on Israel In the News By calling for a military embargo on Israel, we also call for ending the ties that are facilitating the current siege and crackdown in Kashmir. Military Embargo November 30, 2019
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Far-right Euro MPs lead landmark trip to Indian Kashmir

Nearly 30 Euro MPs, drawn mainly from extreme right-wing parties, will on Tuesday be the first international delegation to visit Indian Kashmir since authorities imposed a security clampdown in August to back the ending of the region's autonomy. The post Far-right Euro MPs lead landmark trip to Indian Kashmir appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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India, Pakistan sign pact on cross-border temple visits

India and Pakistan signed an agreement on Thursday allowing Indian pilgrims to cross the border to a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, rare cooperation between the nuclear-armed rivals at a time of tension and clashes elsewhere on their frontier. The pact will introduce visa-free access from India to the Pakistani town of Kartarpur, home to a temple that marks the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, died. “Today is a day of celebration,” Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal
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Is Xinjiang Inspiring Modi’s Crackdown in Indian Kashmir?

The ongoing crackdown by the Xi administration in the Xinjiang region has been described as an effort to “re-engineer” the Uyghur identity and as a form of “cultural genocide.”
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Pakistan PM stresses ‘avoiding military conflict’ in Gulf as he concludes Saudi visit

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed “avoiding of military conflict and pursuing constructive engagement of all parties” as he concluded his talks with the leadership of Saudi Arabia on the current Gulf situation, PM House said Wednesday. The statement issued on the conclusion of Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia said, “the Prime Minister conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to facilitate efforts for de-escalation of tensions and resolution of differences and disputes through peaceful means.” During his day-long visit to the Kingdom,
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Pakistan opposition heading towards large scale anti-government protest

As major opposition parties in Pakistan are flexing muscles to hold anti-government protest, the authorities in the country have prepared themselves to tackle the opposition move. Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman announced a protest rally on October 31 which he named “Azad March” is basically an anti-government move. He already had warned the government against creating hurdles in the way of the “Azad March” and said that the march will be peaceful. There are reports that the Pakistan Peoples
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For Some in Kashmir Marriage Equates to Sexual Slavery

This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. The post For Some in Kashmir Marriage Equates to Sexual Slavery appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Asia-Pacific, Editors' Choice, Featured |

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million, trigger global cooling

THE YEAR is 2025 and militants have attacked India's parliament, killing most of its leaders. New Delhi retaliates by sending tanks into the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan. The post India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million, trigger global cooling appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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50 Days of Kashmir Under Lockdown – in Pictures

It is 50 days into the lockdown in Kashmir since roads were blocked off, schools shut, and internet and communication services stopped. On Aug. 5, India’s federal government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a curfew in the Muslim-majority area after amending the law to revoke the partial autonomy and statehood of Jammu and […] The post 50 Days of Kashmir Under Lockdown – in Pictures appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Active Citizens, Asia-Pacific, Civil Society |

Iran Reacts to Developments in the Kashmir Valley

by Giorgio Cafiero Without doubt, the Indian government’s bold decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution, thereby ending the special legal autonomy Kashmir has enjoyed for over 70 years, has left Tehran in a difficult position. Fostering closer… Continue Reading  
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Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook

India is currently home to the second-largest Muslim population in the world (194.8 million), and by the year 2060, it will have the largest Muslim population (over 333 million,  according  to the Pew Research Center). Although Muslims constitute nearly 15% of the Indian population today, we are witnessing the meteoric rise of right-wing Hindutva nationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which seeks to quash Muslim identity in the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Over a decade before becoming prime minister,
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Kashmir: How Modi’s Aggressive ‘Hindutva’ Project has Brought India and Pakistan to the Brink – Again

Abdullah Yusuf is a lecturer in politics at the University of Dundee. The post Kashmir: How Modi’s Aggressive ‘Hindutva’ Project has Brought India and Pakistan to the Brink – Again appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Armed Conflicts, Asia-Pacific, Crime & Justice |

Protest: The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

by James M. Dorsey Protest is back on the front burner. Protesters occupy streets in cities ranging from Hong Kong and Moscow to Khartoum and Algiers. They would likely do so in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, were it… Continue Reading  
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British Muslims urges Uk Government to speak out and uphold international law regarding Kashmir

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) urged recently, the British Government to demand a halt to the provocative actions by India as they continue to lay siege on Kashmir and curtail further the rights of its people. Hundreds of thousands of Indian troops occupy the region, its political leaders are under house arrest, and communication has been all but cut off. Many British Muslims have family ties to the area and are naturally anxious about the deteriorating situation there. In
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Kashmir trims its big fat weddings after Indian lockdown

AFTER a year-long countdown, Arshi Nisar's wedding plans are in tatters, with the Kashmiri bride-to-be fearing for her guests' safety as an Indian security and communications clampdown on the Himalayan valley leaves residents on edge. The post Kashmir trims its big fat weddings after Indian lockdown appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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Kashmiri militant calls for Pakistan military intervention in disputed region

A Kashmiri militant commander said on Sunday that Pakistan should send troops to protect the people of India-controlled Kashmir if the United Nations does not send peacekeepers, after New Delhi revoked its autonomy last month. “It’s binding upon the armed forces of Pakistan, the first Islamic nuclear power, to enter India-occupied Kashmir to militarily help the people of the territory,” Syed Salahuddin, who heads an alliance of over a dozen groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, said. His comments underline
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Diverging Gulf Responses to Kashmir and Xinjiang Ripple Across Asia

by James M. Dorsey Recent diametrically opposed responses to repression of Muslims by China, India and other Asian countries highlight deep differences among Gulf states that ripple across Asia. The different responses were evident in Gulf reactions to India’s unilateral… Continue Reading  
| China, India, Qatar |

This Time, the World Is Watching in Kashmir

by Shubh Mathur “The hasty stroke goes oft astray.” This piece of remembered wisdom from The Lord of the Rings seems to be an apt description of the Indian military siege of Kashmir. On August 5th, at midnight local time,… Continue Reading  
| India, Foreign Policy in Focus, Kashmir |

Kashmiris are living a long nightmare of Indian colonialism

INDIA'S decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in early August, and the repression and communications blackout that followed, is another step in India’s long history of colonising Kashmir. The post Kashmiris are living a long nightmare of Indian colonialism appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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Global watchdog to monitor Pakistan’s progress in tackling militant funding

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will monitor Pakistan’s progress in implementing a proposed plan against financing for militant organizations ahead of a meeting in October, the international watchdog body said on Friday. Its Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) met in Canberra this week to discuss reports on countries including Pakistan, which was last year placed on a “grey list” of countries with inadequate controls over money laundering and terrorism financing. The reports “will now be subject to
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Zimbabwe heats up, Yemen donors fail to pay up, and how women’s savings groups add up: The Cheat Sheet

Our editors’ weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. On our radar Zimbabwe’s government digs in Zimbabwe’s season of discontent is reaching a critical point. Police banned and broke up an opposition demonstration in Harare last Friday, and then this week prohibited protest gatherings in Bulawayo and Gweru . The main opposition party, the MDC, described the bans as “a crude form of political asphyxiation.” When the
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