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Inside Poland’s ‘LGBT Free Zones’

Since the Far Right came to power in Poland in 2015 many of the local councils in the South-East of the country decided to pass motions which declared them ‘LGBT Free Zones’. Politicians who support them claim that they are not meant to discriminate against people but protect families and children from the ‘evil’ LGBT ‘ideology’.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Potentially Being Released From Prison

There is a growing possibility that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be released from prison imminently after recently being sentenced to 12 months in prison in Iran in addition to the five years she has already been imprisoned.  According to Sky News, ‘it comes just days after Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to another year in prison on charges of ‘propaganda activities against the regime’ in Iran… She was also banned from leaving the country for one year for participating in a protest in front of the Iranian embassy in London in 2009.

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Twitter’s Mixed Fortunes: Greater Profits but Lower Stock Price

Twitter Inc. reported its first quarter earnings this Thursday, opening with an increase in revenue on the strength of ad sales, coming to a total of $1.04 billion for this quarter, a 28% increase from last year’s $808 million. The microblogging company also predicted their second quarter revenue to be in the range of $980 million and $1.08 billion.

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English Local Elections: A Test for Rivals Johnson and Starmer

This week, the United Kingdom will go to the polls for a raft of elections. In Scotland, the Holyrood elections are taking place to elect 129 MSPs to the Scottish National Parliament. In Wales, the Senedd elections are taking place with voters in Wales tasked with electing 60 members to the Welsh legislature. In England, the main focus will be on the several council elections taking place, as well as the London Mayoral and Assembly elections. This article will focus on the local elections in England, which will be the first election since the 2019 General Election in which the Conservative Party won a clear majority.

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The Midlands and Just Transition

It is at this time of the year that traditionally bogs across the Midlands of Ireland come alive with the sound of machinery and digging as turf is cut for the summer. A time when families return to “the bog” to save the turf that will be burnt later in the year for heat. The writer of this article is from county Laois where such practice is widespread. However, many turf banks will stay silent this year following the announcement by Bord Na Móna in January that peat harvesting on all lands owned by them has ended.

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