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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, December 6

The legendary concentration camp over which Oskar Schindler held authority is turned into a museum. Mongolians question whether a country needs a "strong leader" or not. And disputes rage in Taiwan over who qualifies as an "indigenous person" in the country. It's Fiery Tuesday, our segment on political and societal news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Many people are familiar with Oskar Schindler as the German bureaucrat who secretly saved a multitude of Jews during the height of the Holocaust by shielding them in his factory. Now the factory and the accompanying camp are being turned into a museum.

The recent victory at Standing Rock doesn't mean the fight for indigenous rights is over. Far from it. The Australian Broadcasting Network (ABC) lists a number of prominent indigenous activists in Australia.

No matter where you turn it seems the popularity of autocracy is on the rise and the popularity of democracy on the decline. At The UB Post Chintushig Bolduskh considers the appeal of "strong leaders" and why the Mongolian people shouldn't give up on democracy yet.

Donald Trump's electoral victory this November took many people by surprise. But there are lessons that can be learned from it. For one thing, according to Haaretz writer Chemi Shalev, it can show us in the modern age why Hitler and the Nazi Party were so popular.

Indigenous rights have become an increasing concern in Taiwan ever since the country transitioned to democracy a few decades ago. But there is some disagreement about who's indigenous and who isn't. The Hokkien and Hakka Chinese of Taiwan have been there longer than the Mandarin-speaking refugees from the mainland who arrived in 1949. But they themselves were newcomers relative to the Taiwanese aboriginals who preceded them. The News Lens has more.

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