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The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
The conflict in Northern Ireland, which has killed thousands, has political and religious roots that are centuries old.
Since the 12th Century constant revolts challenged the often brutal British rule of Ireland, climaxing in the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin.
It sparked a chain of events leading to civil war and partition of the island.
In the south 26 counties formed a separate state, while six counties in the north stayed within the UK.
Over successive decades the Catholic minority there suffered discrimination over housing and jobs, which fuelled bitter resentment.
In modern times the conflict is centred on opposing views of the area’s status.
Some people in Northern Ireland, especially the mainly Protestant Unionist community, believe it should remain part of the United Kingdom.Continue reading “Religious Conflicts Around the World”
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October 12, 2021 • By Matthew Woodall
We know all too well that disaster can strike at any time, in any place in the world. Some disasters make headlines; others do not. Here at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), we keep an eye on the status of disasters worldwide and compile a list of the ones we’re tracking weekly, along with relevant disaster-related media coverage.
Here’s what we’re watching for the week of Oct. 11, 2021.
New or emerging disasters
Earthquake – Pakistan: A powerful and shallow 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Balochistan region of Pakistan near the town of Quetta on Oct. 6. Homes and other buildings in the region are constructed mainly from mud and other materials that aren’t earthquake-resistant, leading to the collapse of approximately 100 homes while people were sleeping. At least four people were killed in the collapse of a coal mine, while at least 19 more died as a result of the earthquake.
by Natasha Monteiro December 29, 2020 69155
The year 2020 is finally coming to an end and thank God for it. From the most deadly virus ever known to mankind to forest fires and locust swarms, 2020 has sure been the year that our ancestors warned us about. The natural disasters in 2020 brought catastrophic results for millions across nations in 2020. They not only caused thousands of deaths but also tens of billions of dollars in losses. Here are some of the most destructive climate disasters of the year which led to damage worth millions.Continue reading “10 Biggest Natural Disasters Of 2020 That Shook The World Costing Money & Lives”
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Published 31 August 2021
Climate change leads to more extreme weather, but early warnings save lives
A disaster related to a weather, climate or water hazard occurred every day on average over the past 50 years – killing 115 people and causing US$ 202 million in losses daily, according to a comprehensive new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The number of disasters has increased by a factor of five over the 50-year period, driven by climate change, more extreme weather and improved reporting. But, thanks to improved early warnings and disaster management, the number of deaths decreased almost three-fold.Continue reading “Weather-related disasters increase over past 50 years, causing more damage but fewer deaths”
The lurid accusations and arbitrary punishments meted out in centuries long gone are all too reminiscent of the way young women are harassed and blamed today
Laura Bates Thu 28 Feb 2019
If you were tried for witchcraft in early modern Scotland, one of the surest ways to be convicted was to confess. Of course, you didn’t need to confess to be convicted, and confession wasn’t always voluntary. This problem led to a practice called “waking the witch”: a form of torture that involved depriving the accused of sleep for days on end, until they were so exhausted they would hallucinate and babble incoherently. These “ravings” would often later be used as evidence of guilt.Continue reading “Laura Bates: witch hunts never stopped – now they’re online”
THE GUARDIAN, Mon 27 Aug 2018
by Harriet Sherwood
Faith is on the rise and 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group. What does it mean for the future?
How many believers are there around the world?
If you think religion belongs to the past and we live in a new age of reason, you need to check out the facts: 84% of the world’s population identifies with a religious group. Members of this demographic are generally younger and produce more children than those who have no religious affiliation, so the world is getting more religious, not less – although there are significant geographical variations.
According to 2015 figures, Christians form the biggest religious group by some margin, with 2.3 billion adherents or 31.2% of the total world population of 7.3 billion. Next come Muslims (1.8 billion, or 24.1%), Hindus (1.1 billion, or 15.1%) and Buddhists (500 million, or 6.9%).
The next category is people who practise folk or traditional religions; there are 400m of them, or 6% of the global total. Adherents of lesser-practised religions, including Sikhism, Baha’i and Jainism, add up to 58m, or well below 1%. There are 14m Jews in the world, about 0.2% of the global population, concentrated in the US and Israel.Continue reading “Religion: why faith is becoming more and more popular”
By Katy Dartford with AP, AFP, EBU • Updated: 07/03/2021
French women’s rights activists gathered in Paris on Sunday to protest against sexism and sexual violence ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.
Women’s groups have also called for a “feminist strike” on Monday to advocate for more equality and women’s rights in all parts of life.Continue reading “Protests and celebrations take place worldwide ahead of International Women’s Day”