- Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and WADE WILLIAMS for Associated Press.
Desperate scenes from Gaza seem to contain little hope that peace will ever visit the Middle East. The level of casualties, both military but especially civilian, and the repetitive failure of ceasefire attempts suggest that politics and ideology continue to trump humanitarian needs and common sense. There is hope, however, only if both protagonists want peace more than they want to continue to fight, and only if the international community can use the opportunity to fashion the conditions for dialogue and encourage compromise. By DANIEL PINHASSI & GREG MILLS.
There are a number of special things about Sweden’s Feminist Initiative. For one, it has received generous funding from Benny Andersson – better known as “Benny from Abba”. For another, its leader once advocated introducing a “Man Tax”. But the Feminist Initiative is no joke: earlier this year it became the first feminist political party in history to win a seat in the European Parliament. REBECCA DAVIS investigated why a country already praised for its gender equality would need a feminist party in the first place.
In November last year, Europe’s first retirement project exclusively for elderly members of the gay and lesbian community was launched. Called Regnbågen –“Rainbow” – it’s based in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. There’s already a long waiting list for tenants, and other major global cities are considering similar initiatives. REBECCA DAVIS checked it out.
Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine even as G7 leaders warned of further steps, while Ukraine's government accused pro-Russian rebels of placing land mines near the site of a crashed Malaysian airliner to prevent a proper investigation. By Polina Devitt and Gabriela Baczynska for Reuters.