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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, October 11

Hispanic Americans in the United States, worried about the election, turn to supernatural aid. A look at how the Tunisian military has recovered in the wake of the country's revolution. And China cracks down on pro-democracy forces. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the globe. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Have you tried to use magic to influence an election? Some people have and now an increasing number of Hispanic Americans, alarmed by Donald Trump's racist rhetoric, are considering it. The Los Angeles Times has more behind the link.

When you don't know members of a group it's easy to make assumptions about it, particularly false ones. At The Helsinki Times a writer discusses the assumptions he made about his own country's transgender populations, many of which turned out to be false.

Of all the Arab Spring countries, Tunisia has arguably emerged the most intact. That applies additionally to its military. Tunisialive takes a look at the state of the Tunisian military after the revolution.

It's a generally recognized fact that the ranks of the U.S. Congress are overwhelmingly white. But when we're talking about underrepresented groups in Congress we're usually talking about Latino or black members. But another group is hoping to increase its representation this November: Indian-Americans.

For the past few years, the central Chinese government has been facing an increasing amount of public scrutiny and unrest in the city of Hong Kong and other locations throughout the country. Now, hoping to mute the voices of dissent, the Chinese government is banning photographs from several of these protests.

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