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Fighting for justice
Representatives of Namibia’s Herero and Nama peoples are making progress in their protracted court battle against Germany. The African ethnic groups have long been denied an official apology, or any reparations, for a colonial-era genocide in which 100,000 people were murdered between 1904 and 1908. Berlin filed for the class-action lawsuit to be thrown out in January. Now, the suit, filed in New York last year, is set to be heard tomorrow. Source:
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Dry and dying
The heatwave isn’t just hitting Germans, it is also hitting harvests. Germany’s crops are begging for water as the country prepares for its hottest day of the year: up to 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) in Berlin. The German Farmers’ Association president wants at least €1 billion in federal aid for the country’s farmers, but that number stands to grow as the drought continues and fries crops.
Person of the day
A never-ending battle
Nguyen Van Dai, a former Vietnamese political prisoner now living in exile in Germany, believes he can help the people of Vietnam better from Germany than at home. “I will spend all my time, wisdom and strength continuing to fight for the freedom, democracy and human rights of the Vietnamese people,” the human rights lawyer said Tuesday. In 2015, he was charged with “conducting propaganda against the state.” Hanoi allowed him to leave the country last month. Source:
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Lists are for groceries
German right-wing extremist groups have collected private contact information on over 25,000 people in so-called “enemy lists.” Authorities, who have been aware of the lists' existence since 2011, have not informed more than three individuals included in the documents. The Bundestag only now disclosed its knowledge of the lists in a response to an inquiry made by Germany’s Left Party.