The UK and Saudi Arabia have maintained a symbiotic relationship dating back to 1915, built upon arms trading partnerships, joint business ventures and defence intelligence sharing. However, in light of Saudi Arabia’s flagrant abuse of human rights, and its exacerbation of tensions in the Middle East, the UK’s complicity in propping up an authoritarian regime has been called into question.
On September 26 and 27 of 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa College in Guerro state were hijacked on their way to a protest by Mexican municipal police and unidentified gunmen in the southern town of Iguala. Six people were killed in the process, including three bystanders and it is strongly believed the Mexican authorities, including the police and army, were involved in the forced disappearances of 43 students, who remain missing.
In Mali, music has long been woven into the fabric of daily life serving as one of the most spirited forms of expression. In the summer of 2012, Mali became the second country in recent history to suffer a ban of music at the hands of religious extremists, the only other being Afghanistan under the Taliban reign.
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