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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, February 28 2017

Romanian youth gather together to protest corruption. The Tanzanian Prime Minister calls for changes in prison management. And a look at the aftermath of the deadly Quebec terrorist attack. It's Fiery Tuesday, our segment on societal and political news from around the globe. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

A lot of focus recently has been on protests here in the United States against the policies and actions of President Trump but protests are happening in other parts of the world as well. German newspaper Der Spiegel takes a look at some of the protests that have happened recently in Romania, in favor of the European Union and against local corruption.

Recently confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has drawn a lot of ire for her support of school vouchers as well as comments she's made about guns in schools. But DeVos also has connections to the Christian right, which might alarm those concerned about the separation of church and state.

Here in the United States there's been a lot of discussion of prison reform, such as the concern about privately run prisons gaining ground on those run by the public sector. The management of prisons is also a concern for other countries as well, such as Tanzania. There, the Prime Minister has recently called for more transparency and clarity in where the boundaries of prisons begin and end.

In some cases, refugees who've fled their homeland integrate happily into their new homes. But many often want to return home, a wish complicated by human rights issues at home or their government's unwillingness to welcome them back.

It's received remarkably little attention from Western media, but on January 29 a mosque in Quebec City was attacked, resulting in the death of 6 people and the injury of nineteen others. In the wake of the deadly act of terrorism, those connected to the victims mourn their passing. In the city where it happened, a concert was scheduled to try and break down the "imaginary walls" that separate the victims from other Canadians.

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