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...

Children asylum seekers expelled from US

Hundreds of children asylum seekers, some as young as 8 months, have been rapidly expelled from the United States to overflowing Guatemalan shelters, citing COVID-19 risks. Shelter operators are seeing a rising number of children being sent back to Guatemala with many of them unable to return home due to gang violence and abuse. The Trump administration issued an emergency health order in March granting federal agents sweeping powers to almost immediately return anyone to the border, including children and infants, citing COVID concerns. This ruling means that children are not being deported...

Croatian President awards alleged war criminal despite involvement in Bosnian genocide

Photo of accused war criminal Zlatan Mijo Jelic Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, presented former general and alleged war criminal, Zlatan Mijo Jelic, an award for his service during the 1995 Croatian war of independence despite his involvement in the Bosnian genocide. In 2016 the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia indicted Jelic for allegations of war crimes against Bosniaks in the city of Mostar between 1993 and 1994. They state that Jelic ordered the commander of the Croat-run detention camp in Mostar to force Bosniak detainees into labour work. This is estimated to have...

Over 135 killed in Beirut explosion

Over 135 people have been recorded as dead thus far and around 5,000 injured by two massive explosions that have torn apart the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The explosions which started at its port were felt beyond the outskirts of the city, blasting buildings to smithereens, and resulting in a large fire at the epicentre that helicopters circled in attempts to extinguish even several hours later. Hospitals have been swamped with casualties and have been forced to turn those with injuries that are not life-threatening away. Many are missing and officials are expecting the death toll to rise...

Canadians rally against Hong Kong Security law

Recent protests took place in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in opposition to oppose Hong Kong’s new national security law. The new security law has outraged Chinese communities in Canada as it is seen as an erosion of basic freedom and as a further attack against Hong Kong’s independence movement. The legislation passed by China’s Standing Committee of National People’s Congress touches on subversion, terrorism, and collusion with external forces. This law also grants China more power to insert itself in Hong Kong affairs. Canadian opposition to the bill On Saturday a rally was organized in...

Activists call out British complicity in Israeli war crimes

Photo: Palestine Action Members of Palestine Action – a network formed last week to raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle – stormed the central London office of Israel’s biggest private arms company to protest and highlight Britain’s complicit role in the Israeli apartheid. “We are tired of being ignored.” said the group. One of the activists told British newspaper Morning Star, “The UK has been complicit in the colonization of Palestine for over 100 years. Now the UK is home to […] a firm which markets their weapons as battle-tested because they are tested on Palestinian civilians...

Brazil’s frontline health workers pursue ICC probe of government’s COVID-19 response

An umbrella group representing more than one million Brazilian medical professionals, filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week, citing Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's government of being “criminally negligent in its management of the COVID-19 pandemic” and “risking the lives of healthcare professionals and of members of the Brazilian society.”

Former Malaysian PM sentenced to 12 years in jail for corruption

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was sentenced to 12 years in jail last week, after a Malaysia High Court found him guilty on all seven counts in the first of many multi-million-dollar corruption trials. The case was centred around his involvement in the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) – a sovereign wealth fund set up in 2009 when Najib Razak was prime minister. Razak, who was in office from 2009 to 2018, pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power. The investigations into Razak’s role in 1MDB was started by his successor...

EU denies funding to six Polish towns that declared themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’

The European Union has blocked funding to six Polish cities, making up nearly a third of Poland, because of their attitude toward the LGBTQ community. According to a statement from the EU’s commissioner for Equality, six towns in Poland have adopted homophobic policies, calling themselves ‘LGBT-free zones,’ directly contradicting the EU’s belief in equity for all people.

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