Guatemalan women protest against decades of state violence

Guatemala City – Marcia Mendez carried a photograph of her older sister Luz Hayde around with her all day. For Mendez and many others in Guatemala, Friday marked much more than International Women’s Day. “My sister was detained and disappeared on March 8, 1984,” Mendez told Al Jazeera. Luz Hayde was 34 when soldiers abducted her…

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Is Bangladesh a one-party state?

Editor’s note: This interview was recorded before the February 28, 2019 announcement by Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque that Bangladesh “would no longer be in a position to accommodate more people from Myanmar”. In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Gowher Rizvi, the adviser to the prime minister of Bangladesh on international affairs, on…

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Algeria’s Bouteflika: ‘Above the law and above the state’

Many people in Algeria believed that the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party should have known better than to field a wheelchair-bound and severely ill candidate for the country’s upcoming presidential election. Despite suffering a debilitating stroke in 2013, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was reelected for a fourth term in office a year later.  The unravelling…

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Sudan’s Bashir declares year-long state of emergency

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has declared a year-long state of emergency, dissolving his cabinet and local governments throughout the country. In a televised address on Friday, Bashir also called on Sudan’s parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for another term in a presidential election in 2020. Acknowledging the popular protests that have…

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Supreme Court Rules Against Excessive State Fines

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that states may not impose excessive fines, extending a bedrock constitutional protection but potentially jeopardizing asset-forfeiture programs that help fund police operations with property seized from criminal suspects. “For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history: Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional…

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New Challenges to State Abortion Laws

Abortion-rights activists concerned about the shrinking number of abortion providers are mounting court challenges to longstanding state laws that forbid anybody but doctors to perform the procedure. Lawsuits pending in at least nine states are seeking to strike down statutes that make it a crime for clinicians such as highly trained nurses and midwives to…

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Israel fires missiles towards Damascus airport: Syria state media

Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards Damascus, triggering Syrian air defence that shot down most of them, according to state media reports. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The…

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Dignitaries Gather in Washington for George H.W. Bush’s State Funeral

With a bipartisan array of five presidents seated in the front pews, President George H.W. Bush was remembered Wednesday for his lifelong commitment to public service, post-Cold War leadership and devotion to friends, families and a good joke. The funeral at the Washington National Cathedral honoring the 41st president, who died Friday at age 94,…

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US bids farewell to George HW Bush in state funeral

The United States bid farewell to former President George HW Bush on Wednesday in a state funeral that brought together world dignitaries, US leaders and the 41st president’s friends and family.  The funeral began with a procession from the US Capitol to the National Cathedral. All four living former US presidents, current President Donald Trump and…

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