Reaffirming Génocidaires – Myanmar’s elections

The victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) at Myanmar’s elections has been heralded as evidence of support for the country’s “nascent democracy” in defiance of the half-century military dictatorship. However, Suu Kyi’s tainted status as an apologist for the military dictatorship and on-going denial of genocidal violence highlights the illusory choice present in Myanmar. The international community’s continued fawning over the former Nobel Peace Prize winner illustrates a collective and self-serving amnesia over the Rohingya genocide. Though Suu Kyi’s backing of the...

New report alleges Australian special forces involved in murder of 39 Afghan civilians

Australian special forces were allegedly involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians according to damning report. For over four years, Maj Gen Justice Paul Brereton investigated allegations that a small group within the elite Special Air Services brutally murdered Afghan civilians, allegedly slitting throats, gloating about the murders, keeping kill counts, and photographing bodies with phones and weapons they planted on them to justify their actions. The report found that the special forces were responsible for dozens of unlawful killings largely involving prisoners and were deliberately...

Western Sahara independence movement ends ceasefire with Morocco

The leader of pro-independence group, Polisario Front, in the Western Sahara declared war on Morocco last week following border confrontation. The announcement came a day after Morocco reportedly launched a military operation in a United Nations buffer zone after accusing the pro-independence group of blocking access to Mauritania. Tensions in the region date back to 1975 when Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish protectorate that was previously occupied by Mauritania. For years, the Polisario fought for independence from Morocco in an armed resistance that lasted until 1991,...

Aung San Suu Kyi's party wins in election 'landslide'

Aung San Suu Kyi has won enough parliamentary seats to form the next government in Myanmar while the military backed opposition has called for a new vote. Ms Suu Kyi's party, National League for Democracy (NLD) has secured 346 seats, more than the 322 needed to secure a majority. According to Myanmar's constitution, Ms Suu Kyi's government is required to govern with military involvement.

Afghanistan’s peace talks threatened by university attack

The Afghan Taliban denied responsibility for an attack on Kabul University earlier this month, as they called on the US to ensure that an agreement that sees American troops withdrawn from the country by netx year. “The Islamic Emirate would like to stress to the new American president-elect and future administration that implementation of the agreement is the most reasonable and effective tool for ending the conflict between both our countries,” the group said in a statement on the results of the US presidential election. The statement comes after at least 22 people were by gunmen who shot fire at Kabul University before provoking security forces into a gruesome, hours-long battle last week. Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Salleh designated responsibility to the Taliban, but these claims were rejected and the armed group who condemned the attack.

US sanctions top Lebanese politician citing corruption

The United States has imposed sanctions on top Lebanese politician and Christian ally of Hezbollah, Gebran Bassil, for alleged corruption. The sanction blocks Bassil's ability to hold assets and carry out financial transactions in the US. Bassil has served in multiple high-level posts in the Lebanese government, including as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Minister of Energy and Water, and Minister of Telecommunications. According to US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the “systemic corruption in Lebanon's political system exemplified by Bassil has helped to erode the foundation...

Parliaments from across the world call for China to be held accountable for Uighur genocide

In a letter sponsored by over 60 parliamentarians from 16 countries, the International Criminal Court has been urged to hold China accountable for the on-going genocide of Uighur Muslim and persecution of other Turkish peoples. The Guardian has described the on-going persecution of the Uighurs as “an early test case of the human rights climate since Joe Biden became president-elect”. The Guardian further remarks on the bipartisan support in the letter, signed by figures such as “former UK Conservative party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the Australian Labour senator Kimberley Kitching and...

Whistleblower accuses UN of complicity in Uighur genocide

UN Human Rights Lawyer, Emma Reilly, an employee for the UN Human Rights Council has accused the UN of complicity in the Uighur genocide; maintaining, on LBC radio, that high ranking officials handed over the name of Uighur dissidents directly to the Chinese government. During this interview on LBC, Reilly stated that Chinese officials would ask whether certain individuals “were planning to come” and would then use that information to harass and intimidate activists from attending UNHRC sessions. She further stressed that for those who were no longer under the jurisdiction of the Chinese...

Modi congratulates Kamala Harris on her victory as US vice president elect

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Vice President Kamala Harris after her and Joe Biden’s election victory, saying he is “confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with [her] support and leadership.” Heartiest congratulations @KamalaHarris ! Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans. I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2020 California senator Kamala Harris is the first...

Biden and Harris elected to the White House

Joe Biden has been elected as the next President of the United States after beating Donald Trump in a tightly contested election, following a count that stretched on for days after polls had closed. The closest electoral victory in recent memory will see Biden take up office in January 2021, with Kamala Harris the first Black woman and the first Tamil to become the Vice-President of the United States.

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