Newspaper founder Jimmy Lai arrested under Hong Kong’s national security law

Jimmy Lai, the founder of a media company and pro-democracy supporter in Hong Kong, was arrested under Hong Kong’s repressive new national security law. Lai owns a media company that was raided as part of his arrest, a move that signals the Chinese governments’ continuing clampdown on dissent in Hong Kong. China adopted this law six weeks ago, and already many people have been arrested for advocating for independence and autonomy. Additionally, the elections that were scheduled have been postponed a full year, and twelve pro-democracy candidates have been barred from elections.

Namibian genocide descendants denounce German government’s lack of apology

The descendants of the 1904-1908 Namibia genocide and leaders of Namibia’s Nama and Ovaherero people expressed concerns over the Namibian and German government’s handling of the 1904-1908 genocide, which they described as being treated as a “political game”. “Neither the Namibian nor the German government has undertaken any effort to restore relationships with the affected Nama and Ovaherero communities,” said traditional chiefs Vekuii Rukoro and Gaob Johannes Isaak in a joint statement. They also emphasised that Namibia President Geingob's administration “simply does not have the political...

Security forces clash with protesters in Beirut following deadly blast

Security forces clashed with protesters in Beirut during demonstrations against the country’s leadership after a blast on Tuesday at the city’s port killed at least 200 people. Security personnel used tear gas and batons against protesters who are demanding the resignation of many of the country’s political elite following the explosion. Protesters were spread throughout the city, and some occupied the Foreign Ministry building for hours until military personnel arrived. Many of the protests centred around Martyrs’ Square, near Parliament. While tension has been rising in Lebanon, the blast was the final straw for many protesters who have been facing economic uncertainty, coronavirus spikes, and problems with infrastructure.

Catalan parliament passes motion denouncing Spanish monarchy

Photo of Juan Carlos I, former King of Spain On Friday, the regional parliament of Catalonia passed a non-binding motion denouncing the monarchy following the recent decision of the former Spanish King, Juan Carlos I, to go into exile. The house was presented with the proposal, “Catalonia is a republic and does not want a king” and it received 69 votes in favour and 65 against, allowing the motion to pass. This comes after the royal announcement from four days ago that Juan Carlos had made the decision to leave Spain amid a number of related scandals for which he was under investigation. The...

50 refugees drown trying to reach Canary Islands

Around 50 refugees are reported to have died after news broke of refugee shipwrecks off the west coast of Africa. The two separate refugee boats were attempting to reach Spain’s Canary Islands from Western Sahara at the time of the shipwreck. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed the deaths of 27 people who were found in the Atlantic alongside one survivor from Guinea. “They’re all dead, I think. I am the only survivor,” security officials reported the Guinean survivor stated, he went on to explain that after the boat’s engine failed, the passengers aboard leapt into the open sea. “These...

Three Indigenous Peruvians killed protesting Canadian Oil firm

A protest in a Peru oil field on Sunday ended with at least three Amazon tribesmen killed by police and 17 other demonstrators injured. The indigenous people from Peru’s Amazon were protesting against PetroTal Corp, a Canadian energy company after they announced they will be halting operations in their Loreto location. PetroTal usually extracts around 12,00 barrels of crude oil from a production field in Loreto, in the northeast region of Peru. Peru’s interior ministry reported that around 70 residents equipped with spears and pellet guns arrived at the oil field demanding PetroTal halt...

Anti-government demonstration staged after activists arrest in Thailand 

Over 1000 anti-government protesters rallied in Bangkok’s commercial district on Saturday, after two protest leaders were arrested by Thai authorities and held overnight. Human rights lawyer, Anon Nampa, and student activist, Panupong Jadnok, were charged on Friday and held because of their connection with a series of protests demanding the ousting of a conservative government led by pro-military politicians and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha. Both were released on bail on Saturday. Pending further investigation “the court’s condition was that the two not repeat actions like allegations from this case,” said Anon’s lawyer, Weeranan Huadsri, but they could join legal protests.

UK considers blocking migrant boats in English Channel with military assistance

The United Kingdom is considering deploying the military to block migrants boats in the English Channel before they enter British-controlled waters. British Home Secretary Priti Patel has appointed Dan O’Mahoney, director of the Joint Maritime Security Centre since 2019 and a former Royal Marine, as the UK's ‘Clandestine Channel Threat Commander’, as the UK looks to block migrants from crossing the channel. “Route is incredibly dangerous & we’re doing all we can to make it unviable,” Patel tweeted earlier. However, there has already been criticism of the move, with one Ministry of Defence...

Modi lays foundation for controversial Hindu temple at site of razed mosque

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for a controversial Hindu temple dedicated to Ram in the northern city of Ayodhya where a mosque was demolished by Hindu mobs nearly 30 years ago. Houses and other buildings close to the temple were painted yellow - Hindu colours - whilst Modi participated in a Hindu ceremony, marking a definitive milestone in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) efforts to shift India towards an overtly Hindu identity. "I am grateful to witness history being made,” Modi said in a speech. "Crores of Indians cannot believe that this day has come...

Myanmar government and ethnic armed agree to talks, amidst hopes of renewed peace process

Myanmar’s military and 10 ethnic armed groups agreed to hold bilateral meetings during the state-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC-S) meetings to discuss the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), amidst hopes of a renewed peace process between the groups. The military and armed groups have assented to meet individually to talk over troop deployments and territorial boundaries proposed in the NCA. U Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President’s Office, told a press conference after the meeting, “We discussed our worries and difficulties, and were able to reach an agreement,” and that...

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