Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they were gaining territory and considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The announcement on state-affiliated media came two days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged citizens to take up arms to defend themselves from the Tigray People’sContinue reading “Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground”

U.N. envoy says ‘civil war’ has spread throughout Myanmar

The outgoing U.N. envoy for Myanmar says “civil war” has spread throughout the country and the international community should consider measures aimed at replacing the military junta’s leaders with people who are more constructive and want to find a peaceful solution to the army’s ouster of the elected government. Christine Schraner Burgener, whose 3 1/2-yearContinue reading “U.N. envoy says ‘civil war’ has spread throughout Myanmar”

Sudan coup: Ousted PM Hamdok staying ‘at my home,’ general says

General Abdel-Fattah Burhan said he was detaining Abdalla Hamdok at his residence for the deposed prime minister’s “own safety.” Meanwhile, three Sudanese ambassadors in Europe have defected. Sudan’s top general Abdel-Fattah Burhan said on Tuesday he was keeping ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at “my home,” in the wake of the military coup the army official conducted. TheContinue reading “Sudan coup: Ousted PM Hamdok staying ‘at my home,’ general says”

MBS talked about using a ‘poison ring’ to kill the Saudi king in 2014 so his father could take the throne, exiled spy says

Mohammed bin Salman said in 2014 he could kill the then-king with a poison ring from Russia, a former spy said. Saad al-Jabri, a former Saudi spy chief who fled the country in 2017, made the claim about MBS. Al-Jabri told “60 Minutes” that MBS bragged he could do it so his father could takeContinue reading “MBS talked about using a ‘poison ring’ to kill the Saudi king in 2014 so his father could take the throne, exiled spy says”

UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states

UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, says the world should be prepared for ‘even more mass atrocity crimes’ The United nations fears another human rights catastrophe in Myanmar amid reports of thousands of troops massing in the north of the south-east Asian country, which has been in chaos since a February coup. “We should all beContinue reading “UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states”

Erdogan says Turkey is set to banish 10 Western ambassadors

Kavala has been in prison since late 2017 He denies charges of role in failed coup and mass protests Rights groups say case emblematic of crackdown in Turkey Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries ‘persona non grata’ for calling for theContinue reading “Erdogan says Turkey is set to banish 10 Western ambassadors”

Belarus leader: change constitution to prevent opposition from taking power

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called on Tuesday for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power, the state news agency Belta reported. President since 1994, Lukashenko has touted constitutional reform as a way out of the political crisis followingContinue reading “Belarus leader: change constitution to prevent opposition from taking power”

Free Speech a ‘Core Value,’ YouTube CEO Says After Blocking Russian Opposition Videos

YouTube considers free speech to be one of its “core values” despite its removal of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s voting strategy videos ahead of Russia’s parliamentary elections, the video streaming site’s CEO told Bloomberg Television on Monday.   Google-owned YouTube sparked cries of censorship both in Russia and abroad when it blocked the “Smart Voting” video postedContinue reading “Free Speech a ‘Core Value,’ YouTube CEO Says After Blocking Russian Opposition Videos”

Stalin’s Doctor’s Plot: The Paranoid Conspiracy against the Soviet Jews – The Cold War

Our historical documentary series on the history of the Cold War continues with an animated video on the Doctor’s Plot – as the Soviet leader Stalin suddenly decides that there is a plot of Jewish Doctors against him and starts persecuting them.

Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown

Russia holds final day of parliamentary election Crackdown crushed Kremlin critics ahead of vote Activists promote tactical voting plan Watchdog records violations Russians voted on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win emphatically after a crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s movement andContinue reading “Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown”

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