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"History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, second as a farce." - Karl MarxTonight in Macedonia the unimaginable happened: for the second time in its short democratic history, the main opposition party was assaulted by the paramilitary forces of the outgoing and nationalist party VMRO-DPMNE, leaving several MPs wounded and the leader of the opposition in the hospital.In 2012, the same group of MPs was violently ejected by the security after trying to prevent the passing of the 2013 budget. Now, they were beaten and cornered in Parliament by an angry mob. The endless cycle of violence and state capture of these past years under VMRO came to a conclusion for us when the opposition party - along with its Albanian partners - elected a new speaker of parliament in an unusual fashion, having been systematically denied in the previous months by the VMRO members of Parliament.During tonight's violent and barbaric entry, the police and parliament’s security were nowhere to be found, showing lenience and tolerance. Unlike the Colourful Revolution and the student protests, when the police's response was not only quick, but also brutal - even though the protest hadn't manifested any signs of violence.I would not like to dwell on the messages from abroad that conveys a message of reason and non-violence, but it’s time the EU members show their big guns of diplomacy and pressure this government to stop terrorising its citizens. The EU has tolerated and supported this process of state capture for the sake of stability and safety of the Balkans for a long time, not to mention the refugee crisis. Yet now, when this criminal installation has been deconstructed by the valiant effort of its citizens and the opposition, we cannot scale back into uncharted territory that leads to more violence.Continued here.

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Conflicts threaten the lives of over 24 million children in the Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF announced today. Wars and violence in the Middle East and North Africa do not seem like they will stop anytime soon. Damage to health infrastructure prevents institutions from offering essential health care to children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan.Violence is crippling health systems in countries affected by conflict and threatening children's very survival. Beyond bombs, bullets, and explosions, countless children are dying in silence from diseases that could easily be prevented and treated, said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the official UNICEF website.The largest number of vulnerable children is in Yemen: 9.6 million. In this country, there is one of the worst humanitarian crises. In April, there were 323 deaths in Yemen associated with cholera. Healthcare facilities are struggling to cope with the patients amid shortages of medical supplies and clean water.Next one is Syria with 5.8 million vulnerable children. More than 2 million live under siege and in hard–to-reach areas. Many children do not have access to surgical and other lifesaving supplies and vaccinations. Children who are ill or injured struggle to get proper treatment.Water supplies in camps for the displaced around Mosul, Iraq (5.1 million children) are stretched to the limit, with new families arriving daily. Many of these families have ill children. There are also 85,000 children trapped in western Mosul, cut off from humanitarian aid and medical care.In Sudan, there are 2.3 million children in need. In conflict-affected areas, 8,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea have been recorded. In the Gaza Strip, there are 1 million children in need that have a risk of catching water-borne diseases. In Libya, over 1.3 million children won't be vaccinated for measles.


BUFF - the leading film festival for diversity in the world - has found a new home for its annual showpiece after BT agreed to sponsor the seven-day event for 2017.Under the terms of the deal, from September this year, BT will host every film festival event (including the BUFF Awards) at the iconic BT Tower in London, a venue which isn’t usually open to the public. BT will share the awards ceremony on BT.com and will also screen films acquired from BUFF on the BT TV store platform.For BUFF, it is a major coup and comes just 12 months after coming out on top in a global list of diverse film festivals.BUFF founder and CEO Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe said: "There’s nothing quite like going to the cinema to experience film, though we can now safely say that come September there will be nothing quite like going to the BT Tower to experience film. The BT British Urban Film Festival will enable BT to showcase the breadth of great creative talent from the leading film festival for diversity in the world".Tony Singh, Business Affairs and Business Development Director, BT TV said: "We are delighted to be working with the British Urban Film Festival. It is leading the way in celebrating diversity in film, and as the UK’s fastest growing TV platform, this is a great festival we are proud to support. Our famous BT Tower, which has long been a part of TV broadcasting in the UK, will be the home of BUFF, and will allow film fans to enjoy the movies and experience the unique views across London."


The Rector of Alma Ata University (UAA), Prof. Dr H Hamam Hadi, stressed that scientific papers in Indonesian’s academia are still lacking. Hamam hopes that academics will work to increase their research and writing culture.Hamam expressed this at the National Literacy Seminar and Workshop with the theme "Unloading the Secrets of Successful Writing of Scientific Work" on the campus of the UAA in Yogyakarta last Wednesday. The seminars and workshops were conducted by the Student Association of the Faculty of Islamic Studies. This seminar is intended to encourage creativity.Hamam further said he was embarrassed by the criticism of the editor of The Lancet (a British health journal), published in 2016. The editor’s statement said that scientific papers from Indonesia are very few compared to how many could be written and shared with the public. "Indonesia is dubbed 'the silent country' because so few scientific papers are produced," Hamam said.Indonesia has a lot of material for research. Among other things, the natural wealth that can be used as herbal medicines. "Indonesia is the second largest herbal medicine plant owner in the world after Brazil," he said. Indonesia also has many tropical diseases that are not found in other countries.Hamam invites Indonesian citizens, especially in the UAA academic community, to work harder to reveal Indonesia's mysteries to the rest of the world through research and solid academic writing.