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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, September 29

Africans look to the past with hope for the future. Japanese and Korean musicians come together to heal the rift between their countries. And the U.N. releases its findings from a commission on war crimes in Sri Lanka. Today's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and social news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Five hundred years ago, many African civilizations like the Songhai Empire or the Kingdom of Kongo were thriving. Today, Africa is commonly seen as a continental backwater. But, as history shows, nothing stays the same forever and African writers Emmanuel Akyeampong and Hippolyte Fofack are confident Africa's days are still ahead.

Egypt's path since the 2011 Revolution have been anything but tranquil: with massive demonstrations, government crackdowns, and military coups, the country's recent history has been tumultuous. And worrisome trends continue. German newspaper Der Spiegel reports on the troubling disappearance of young activists from public, believed to be the work of the country's security forces.

The legacy of World War II and the thirty-five year occupation of Korea by Japan continues to haunt both countries, fostering hostility between each. But that doesn't mean some people aren't trying to improve Nippo-Korean relations. Japanese television network NHK tells the story of a Japanese guitarist and South Korean pianist who've come together to help forge a new, more friendly bond between the two countries.

Are we, as a culture, irrationally hysterical about breastfeeding? That's the question producer, singer, and actress Alyssa Milano asks in regards to the way people have reacted to public pictures of her breastfeeding her daughter vs. more sexualized images of breasts. Do we prefer our breasts to be sexual, rather than functional? What do you think?

This month the United Nations finally completed and released their investigation into the possibility of human rights breaches in Sri Lanka during the civil war that tore the country apart from 1983 to 2009. The commission's findings have been controversial to say the least, drawing a polarized reaction from the country's Buddhist Sinhala majority and Hindu Tamil minority.

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