ZIMBABWE 29 Oct 2012 KLM resumes Zimbabwe flightsRead More
BERLIN 28 Oct 2012 German capital celebrates 775th birthdayRead More
STRASBOURG 26 Oct 2012 European parliamentarians announce Sakharov Prize winner
A civil society activist from Belarus, the director of a centre offering legal assistance to victims of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, three Rwandan opposition representatives, a Russian feminist punk-rock group, an Iranian lawyer and an Iranian film director are the nominees for this year’s 50,000 (US $64,408) Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. More often than not, the winning individual or organization is demonized by the government in their home country. The Kremlin has already expressed displeasure at the nomination of jailed Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, and the Parliament
SPAIN **24 Oct 2012 Asturias Awards — Spain’s equivalent of Nobel prizes – presented
Prince Filipe of Asturias presents eight 2012 Prince of Asturias awards at a ceremony in Oviedo in October. Shigeru Miyamoto, considered the father of the modern video game, American author Philip Roth and the Red Cross are among the winners. There were 188 nominees from 48 countries for the 2012 prizes. Winners receive a EUR 50,000 prize and a reproduction of a statuette designed by Joan Miró.
SAUDI ARABIA *24-29 Oct 2012 Hajj ritual draws world’s Muslims
More than 3 million pilgrims from 70 countries will begin the 5-day ritual in October that able-bodied Muslims are expected to complete in their lifetime at Islam’s holiest shrine, Mecca. The date is determined by the waxing of the crescent moon, following a new moon, and is estimated to be between Oct 24 and 29. The pilgrimage to the site believed to be the birthplace of Mohammed is said to be the largest annual gathering of people in the world, and as number grows each year, pollution has
UNITED STATES 22 Oct 2012 Third of presidential debates to focus on Foreign PolicyRead More
VATICAN 21 Oct 2012 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven beatified Catholics
The seven beatified Catholics Pope Benedict XVI will canonize on Oct 21 won’t include the late John Paul II, despite pressure on the Vatican to speed up the process that started at his death. His canonization, when it happens will bring millions to the Vatican. The ceremony in October won’t, but Rome can still expect a crush of pilgrims, arriving from as far away as the Philippines and North America. The latter will be honoring the first Native American saint.
UNITED STATES 21-26 Oct 2012 Native Americans hold annual national meetingRead More
MARS & SCOTLAND 20 Oct 2012 Mars rover Curiosity arrives at Glenelg
The arrival of rover Curiosity at Glenelg, Mars, on Oct 20, will be celebrated with a party in Glenelg, Scotland, though, technically, the site was named for a Canadian Glenelg. On Mars, Glenelg is one of a series of named quadrants in the Mount Sharp region. In Canada it is a jumping off point for expeditions that study the oldest rocks in North America. The residents of the Scottish Glenelg believe the name has much older associations with their town on a windswept peninsula in western Scotland.
UNITED STATES 20 Oct 2012 Pro-life organization rallies nationwide against mandate
Supporters of the pro-life Stand Up for Religious Freedom organization plan rallies at over 100 locations around the United States on Oct 20. They are protesting a federal policy, referred to as the HHS Mandate, that requires nearly all private health insurance plans to include coverage for approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs – all part of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. Leading the protest, the Catholic Church frames the mandate as a threat against religious liberties. The rallies will
LONDON 20 Oct 2012 TUC plans mass demonstration against austerity measures
The Trades Union Congress (TUC), the 54-union body that describes itself as the voice of Britain at work, plans a protest against government budget cuts and the plan to reform social services such as the National Health Service. The march goes through central London and ends with a rally, under the banner of “A Future that Works,” in Hyde Park. The TUC expects up to 500,000 protesters. Despite unrest that is likely to escalate, the coalition Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is seen as unlikely to back off its
BRUSSELS 18-19 Oct 2012 Heads of European Union states meet
When the heads of state and government of the European Union meet in Brussels in October, it could seem like an anticlimax after the events of their June summit. Defying all expectations in June, they found agreement on a number of measures to address growth and stability, most importantly a growth pact worth 120 billion euros (US $151 billion). It will be up to Cyprus, as EU president for six months, to steer the leaders through the still missing particulars of the deal while hunting for solutions to its own