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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, October 18

We take a look at the continued prejudice towards indigenous Australians. Experts express concern that human rights are on the slide in Southeast Asia. And an examination of how Hillary Clinton's economic policy has shifted towards that of her colleague Elizabeth Warren. 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!

Known by a variety of names such as Aboriginals, Aborigines, or simply Indigenous Australians the native peoples of Australia, prior to Western colonization, are too often forgotten and ignored in discussions of the country's culture and history. The Australian news site ABC takes a look at the struggles indigenous members of the town of Kalgoorlie, among others, continue to face in their homeland.

Will you be voting in this election? Not everyone will be but there are important reasons to do so. At the Bhutan News Service, Bhutanese immigrant Khatri writes about the political struggles he's endured throughout his long life and why he considers voting a vital part of participating in society.

Southeast Asia has seen some enormous political process in the last few decades. Indonesia, formerly a dictatorship, has liberalized substantially. Myanmar just held its first elections in years. But not everything is well. Thai writer Pravit Rojanaphruk explains why some observers are worried human rights are regressing in the region.

The Syrian Civil War is a bloody, tragic affair, of that there's no doubt. Part of why it's been so messy is because of the numerous sides in the conflict. Most people are probably vaguely aware of two sides, the Assad dictatorship and the radical extremist group Daesh (aka ISIL). But those are far from the only sides, which complicates policy. Russia, for instance, claims to be fighting Daesh but evidence suggests they've also been targeting the US-backed opposition which is also fighting Daesh.

One of the most frequent attacks on Hillary Clinton from her left flank has been that she's too closely connected to the financial industry. However, since beginning her run for president last year she's taken a considerably more left-leaning agenda than her critics have expected. Vox rounds up one area where Clinton is remarkably close to her colleague Elizabeth Warren: on strengthening the United States' antitrust laws.

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