Media Coverage

4/8/2021

Young people set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled gasoline bombs at police in Belfast in at least the fourth night of serious violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Britain’s exit from the European Union has unsettled an uneasy political balance.

The recent violence, largely in loyalist, Protestant areas, has flared amid rising tensions over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland and worsening relations between the parties in the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing Belfast government.

4/8/2021

Reporters from outside Myanmar were invited by Myanmar’s military on a weeklong tour of Yangon and Naypyidaw. 

The tour provided insight into the outlook and workings of a military government disconnected from the majority of people across the country. During an hourlong conversation, Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun never wavered from the military’s message of righteousness—in overthrowing the country’s civilian government and in using violence to consolidate power in the two months since.

4/8/2021

The latest round of talks between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have ended with no progress made.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said the talks failed after Ethiopia rejected a Sudanese proposal to include international mediators in talks.

Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said Ethiopia rejected the United States, European Union, the United Nations, and the African Union playing a role in overseeing the negotiations.

Sudan’s foreign minister said Ethiopia’s unilateral moves over the dam were a clear violation of international law.

4/6/2021

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will put forward a three-phase peace roadmap for Afghanistan during a proposed meeting in Turkey, seeking an agreement with the Taliban and a ceasefire before elections, a document seen by Reuters shows.

Washington is pushing for a conference to be hosted by Turkey, with UN involvement, this month to finalize a peace deal between the government and the Taliban as a May 1 deadline looms for the withdrawal of all foreign troops.

4/6/2021

France’s role before and during the 1994 Rwandan genocide was a “monumental failure” that the country must acknowledge, the lead author of a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron said, as the country is about to open its archives from this period to the public.

4/6/2021

In the five years since Duterte became president, dozens of people in the legal profession have been brutally attacked, often with deadly consequences. According to the Free Legal Assistance Group, 61 lawyers, prosecutors, and judges have been killed during Duterte’s term—higher than all the recorded deadly attacks on lawyers in the last 50 years under six previous presidents. Most were killed while doing their job.

4/6/2021

The US has lifted sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) top prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The sanctions were imposed under former President Donald Trump over the court's investigation into alleged war crimes by the US in Afghanistan, and US ally Israel in the Palestinian territories.

Last year, the Trump administration accused the ICC of infringing on the US's national sovereignty when it launched its investigation into potential war crimes committed by US troops, the Taliban, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

4/6/2021

On March 24, Kenyan Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i declared the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) had two weeks to come up with a plan for closing the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, which between them host some 410,000 people from more than a dozen African countries.

Otherwise, they would force refugees to travel to the border with Somalia. In a tweet, Kenya’s interior ministry called this an “ultimatum” and said there was no room for further negotiations.

4/1/2021

Lebanese Military Intelligence forcibly disappeared and allegedly tortured detainees who were participating in protests against the COVID-19 lockdown and deteriorating economic conditions in Tripoli.

On February 22, 2021, Lebanon’s military prosecutor charged at least 35 people, including at least two children, with terrorism, forming criminal associations, and stealing public property during protests in Tripoli during the last week of January 2021.

4/1/2021

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities said family structure and social class had a bigger impact than race on how people's lives turned out. Campaigners said it laid the blame for inequality on individuals and families.

The commission's 258-page report concluded that the UK is not yet a "post-racial country," but its success in removing race-based disparity in education and, to a lesser extent, the economy, "should be regarded as a model for other white-majority countries."

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