Voting under way in Belarus as protests rattle Lukashenko

Belarus is voting in an election pitting President Alexander Lukashenko against a former teacher who emerged from obscurity to lead the biggest challenge in years against the man once dubbed “Europe’s last dictator”. As he cast his ballot in the election, Lukashenko on Sunday said he would make sure there is no civil-war-like situation in … Read more Voting under way in Belarus as protests rattle Lukashenko

Will Saudis in exile suffer the same fate as Jamal Khashoggi? | Inside Story

A man with close ties to the Saudi royal family falls out with the Crown Prince, goes into exile, and is targeted with assassination. It sounds like what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But this is the story of Saad Al Jabri. The former Saudi intelligence official is suing Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for … Read more Will Saudis in exile suffer the same fate as Jamal Khashoggi? | Inside Story

U.S. democracy or U.S. hypocrisy?

For a long time, the U.S. government has accused other countries of violating human rights. But are American citizens’ human rights being protected? The Trump administration’s insistence on pushing the economic agenda and shifting blame on others shows the administration is incompetent at solving real threats and problems. #Trump #Covid19 #China Subscribe to us on … Read more U.S. democracy or U.S. hypocrisy?

Pompeo: US removing ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps to protect Covid vaccine work

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, says the Trump administration wants the removal of ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps from service in the country. Calling popular social media platforms TikTok and WeChat dangerous, Pompeo also raised concerns around data theft of intellectual property, including potential Covid-19 vaccines, through cloud-based services. Speaking at a news conference, Pompeo … Read more Pompeo: US removing ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps to protect Covid vaccine work

Rare footage of former model held for “re-education” in China’s detention system – BBC News

The BBC has obtained rare footage from inside China’s secretive system of mass incarceration in the far western region of Xinjiang. In a self-shot video a former fashion model, who is from the Uighur ethnic group, can be seen handcuffed to a bed. His relatives say he was taken away for what China has called … Read more Rare footage of former model held for “re-education” in China’s detention system – BBC News

Why does Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election matter? | Inside Story

They’re known for their role in ending the 26-year war against Tamil separatists. Now, they are seeking to extend their family’s rule over the island nation. President Gotabaya’s party aims to win a two-thirds majority in Wednesday’s parliamentary election. He’ll need it to amend the constitution and restore presidential powers curbed under changes to legislation … Read more Why does Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election matter? | Inside Story

#ZimbabweanLivesMatter: Crackdown on Dissent in Zimbabwe Prompts Online Protests

Protests against economic turmoil, arrests and human-rights abuses in Zimbabwe have moved online with a hashtag that’s plays on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The #ZimbabweanLivesMatter tag started after security forces blocked a street demonstration last week. It draws on the success of the global movement highlighting racial injustice that gained prominence after the death in May … Read more #ZimbabweanLivesMatter: Crackdown on Dissent in Zimbabwe Prompts Online Protests

U.S. Federal Judge’s Family Targeted and Son Killed by ‘Madman’ Shooter

A U.S. district judge, #EstherSalas says a madman targeted her family and shot her son dead in their home. The FBI says an “anti-feminist” lawyer found dead in New York is the prime suspect. MORE: (AP) — A self-described “anti-feminist” lawyer found dead in the Catskills of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound is the prime … Read more U.S. Federal Judge’s Family Targeted and Son Killed by ‘Madman’ Shooter

Is Turkmenistan really coronavirus-free? | The Stream

Turkmenistan is one of a handful of countries that has not reported a single coronavirus case during the global pandemic. Despite neighbouring Central Asian countries including Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan all battling COVID-19, Turkmenistan has so far only acknowledged the presence of pneumonia. Some critics are doubtful of the government’s coronavirus-free claim and say … Read more Is Turkmenistan really coronavirus-free? | The Stream

India’s political prisoners: UN calls for release of activists

The United Nations has joined the calls for the release of human rights activists in India who are in prison awaiting trial under anti-terrorism laws. The conservative BJP government denies accusations by rights groups the charges against the left-wing activists are politically motivated. Many rights groups are asking the government why it has not investigated … Read more India’s political prisoners: UN calls for release of activists

What China has been up to under the cover of coronavirus

Global power dynamics are changing, the world order re-shaping; the risk of escalation is everywhere, as further strategic and ideological confrontation looms. This is Xi Jinping’s assertive new nationalism happening. Gone, the “bide your time” deference of pre-superpower status. Welcome to China’s brave new world. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe) If you’ve been a little distracted by the … Read more What China has been up to under the cover of coronavirus

Saudi Arabia-backed group withdraws Newcastle United bid: Report

The Saudi Arabian-backed consortium trying to buy English Premier League football club Newcastle United has withdrawn its bid. The group, which included Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, had made a $390m offer to buy Newcastle from British businessman Mike Ashley. The Premier League has spent months considering piracy and human rights concerns around the bid. … Read more Saudi Arabia-backed group withdraws Newcastle United bid: Report

Ai Weiwei: Hong Kong on course to become Chinese province

The artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei has issued a stark warning over Hong Kong, saying it’s on course to become ‘another province in China’. Speaking to Sky News, he warned the situation there is precarious and fears that any freedom of speech and human rights will be ‘very heavily restricted’. SUBSCRIBE to our … Read more Ai Weiwei: Hong Kong on course to become Chinese province

Hong Kong Democracy Activists Return to Court For 2019 Protests

Hong Kong lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan speaks as he and other pro-democracy activists face charges of illegal protests last year. “We are exercising our rights and very clearly United Nations Human Rights Committee said that there’s no need to notify,” said Lee, before entering the High Court of HKSAR. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm QUICKTAKE … Read more Hong Kong Democracy Activists Return to Court For 2019 Protests