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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, February 23

An ancient Hindu temple is threatened in Pakistan. PantheaCon participants discuss the ethics of hosting the convention on land formerly held by indigenous peoples. And the struggle of black women to address of mental health issues in their community is examined. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The religious divided which separates India and Pakistan is often a bitter one, with both sides doing little to reduce the gulf between them. Indeed, persecution is usually the preferred response to conflict. In Peshawar, Pakistan, locals report that Pakistani officials are secretly seeking the demolition of an ancient Hindu temple under the guide of urban renewal. You can read more about the story at Times of India.

The recent victory of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan has sent waves throughout East Asia, in part due to its pro-independence leaning for the island nation. But the DPP's ideology aren't the only significant factor in the political upheaval. Also notable are the possible changes to the structures and protocols of the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's chief legislature.

Many Pagans worldwide consider themselves the allies of pre-colonial indigenous peoples without the world, some of whom are seen in certain lights as spiritual brethren. But do Pagans' posture always match their actions? The Wild Hunt considers the case of PantheaCon, which despite its open invitation to indigenous peoples' participation, partakes in the legacy of colonialism by occurring on land formerly held by the Ohlone-speaking tribes of California.

As is increasingly being made obvious throughout the world, mental health is a vastly underrated component in people's well-being. But as difficulty and as underrated as mental health may be for most people, it's even worse if you're a woman... or black. The Guardian takes a look at how mental health is being undervalued in the lives of black women.

There have been many tragedies in the wake of the Arab Spring since it began many years ago. After the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak many hoped that Egypt was headed for a better and freer political future. Unfortunately, that hasn't turned out to be the case.

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