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Michael Jansen: Fruit of their labour
Palestine’s Al-Haq and Israel’s B’Tselem were among five human rights organisations to receive the 2018 prize awarded by the French government at a ceremony last Monday, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The prize was not, however, presented by French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet as scheduled after pressure was exerted on her to refuse by the Council of the Jewish Institutions of France
 
 
Shaadaab S Bakht: No joy in the city
I was born and raised and educated in Calcutta. That’s why my pain is deeper than anybody else’s. Pain at what it has become. The capital of the British empire and home to several Nobel laureates and an Oscar awardee now appears like the wrinkled visage of an ageing metropolis crying for resurrection. Almost every third area speaks of poor hygiene and is full of underfed child beggars. The footpaths of the famous city (thanks
   
Emile Kouton: No money, no problem
Alohou Papa stands in the middle of the bustling market in Togoville and blows hard on a bright red whistle to catch everyone’s attention. “It’s 9 o’clock. The village chief is sending me to announce that bartering can now start,” he cries. “No arguing and no provocation,” he tells traders and buyers. Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, some 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of the capital, Lome, Togoville runs a
 
 
Birjees Hussain: A perfect bully remedy
As a child at school in England I suffered from acute bullying. I went to an all-girls secondary school, also known as High School outside of the UK, and my first and second year were extremely torturous. I was the only brown-skinned girl in my class, the rest of the girls were pretty much evenly spread out between white girls and black girls. For the most part it was the white girls who made my school day a living hell.
   
Sean O’Grady: Eurosceptics’ bluff has finally been called
Before our very eyes, the infrastructure of British hardline Euroscepticism, or Europhobia, is crumbling. We can all see the painful slide of Ukip into a front organisation for Tommy Robinson, and the rot has spread to mainstream Tory party Euroscepticism – the European Research Group, or ERG. Theresa May’s victory in the vote of confidence does nothing other than draw attention to the weakness of the ERG, the club for
 
 
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