Edinburgh (AFP) - Thousands of members of the Protestant Orange order marched through Edinburgh on Saturday in a show of strength against Scottish independence, as the final weekend of campaigning for the referendum got underway with everything to play for.
Tens of thousands of right-wing extremists are expected to march through the streets of Warsaw this month — on the same day the United Nations climate conference starts.
The clash of events is prompting concern for the safety of delegates at the conference.
Right-wing groups are a “clear threat to minorities,” said Michael Dorsey, a delegate with the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Max Fraad Wolff submits:We continue to see divergent streams of data on the US economy. There are flows of good news and flows of less bad, but far from good news. There is a macroeconomic dumbbell forming, defined by areas of strength at either end of a central void. The middle portion of the recovery is dramatically absent. Financial asset markets and large, globally diversified firms have begun the rebuilding process. Bond demand is red hot.
Next week marks the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington, a monumental victory for civil rights in this country. On August 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 people gathered in the nation's capital, not in anger as many media outlets speculated at the time, but in peaceful protest.
Sickly growth figures and a breathing space for stocks in Italy and Spain on Friday failed to dispel investor nerves in a crisis that has sparked panic selling on financial markets.The Italian economy gathered some pace with the growth rate rising to 0.3 percent in the second quarter from 0.1 percent in the first quarter, while Spain expanded by only 0.2 percent after 0.3 percent in the first three months.