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Eastwest Press Review – The world in ten news items – 7 July 2017


Eastwest Press Review offers a weekly geopolitical collection of recent global trends, beyond the main headlines. The world, one news at a time.


French police evict 2,000 refugees and migrants sleeping rough in Paris

Hundreds of refugees and migrants arrived in the Porte de La Chapelle area of northern Paris, sleeping under road bridges and on the side of the road with almost no access to water, sanitation and food, outside Paris’s new aid centre for asylum-seekers that was opened in November. (Read more on The Guardian)

Grenfell Tower survivors could be deported in 12 months despite government immigration amnesty

The Government has confirmed those who come forward to receive support and assistance will receive only 12 months’ limited leave to remain. “For those who are undocumented, who know what fate awaits them at the end of 12 months, this ‘offer’ means nothing. The only meaningful offer would be a complete amnesty with permanent right to remain. Let these people heal.” said Karen Doyle, spokesperson for Movement for Justice. (Read more on The Indipendent)

Scientists and artists unite to warn: ‘give the young a say in shaping Brexit’

“We call on UK and other European leaders to give serious consideration to empowering and engaging young people as effective agents of positive change. If Europe is to prosper, young people must play a meaningful part in shaping what will be their futures. We therefore urge EU and UK leaders to proactively engage youth in Brexit policymaking.” (Read more on The Guardian)


How Trump’s foreign policy threatens to make America weak again

The president talks a tough game – but he has alienated allies. And the more he tries to assert US leadership, the less of a leadership role he plays. […]Instead of promoting American leadership, Trump is leaving a vacuum in Europe that is being filled by the German-French alliance. With Britain busy with its own Brexit chaos, that leaves Trump and the US with fewer friends and less influence. (Read more on The Guardian)


Japan has a labor crisis that refugees could fix—if only its government would let them

Japan needs workers, and it needs them now. Efforts such as raising the male retirement age to almost 70, stretching workers’ hours into extreme overtime, and investing heavily in robotics have all failed. Japan has willfully ignored the most obvious solution: hiring asylum seekers already on its doorstep. (Read more on Quartz)

Commentary: Almost a year in office, Rodrigo Duterte is far from the President he promised to be

Rodrigo Duterte has been quite the maverick President, but has he delivered on his election promises? Mong Palentino, a former member of the Philippine House of Representatives, assesses his performance. Almost one year since Duterte took over as the Philippines’ President, he continues to enjoy high popularity ratings, despite having a reported reputation as a misogynist and harbouring a questionable attitude towards the importance of human lives. (Read more on Channel News Asia)


Egypt strikes two revolutions from history textbooks

Egypt’s Ministry of Education announced June 17 that the revolutions of Jan. 25, 2011, and June 30, 2013, will not be mentioned in high school history textbooks for the academic year 2017-18. This has stirred a widespread controversy among parliamentarians and educational experts, and between opponents and supporters of the revolutions. (Read more on The New Arab)

Iran seeks closer ties with North Korea after missile test

Iran is looking to bolster its ties with North Korea – on the same day Pyongyang claimed it successfully tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching US mainland. […] The parliamentary friendship group of Iran and North Korea is ready to facilitate and expedite cooperation between the two countries in various domains,” Iran’s Head of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ala’eddin Boroujerdi said in a statement. (Read more on The New Arab)


A Chinese-built bridge collapsed in Kenya two weeks after it was inspected by the president

A $10 million Chinese-built bridge in western Kenya, personally commissioned by president Uhuru Kenyatta, has collapsed. At least 27 workers were injured when the bridge broke on Monday (June 26). The government has halted construction and sent a team of engineers to investigate. (Read more on Quartz Africa)


Manus Island detention centre closing down with refugees still inside

The Manus Island detention centre is being shut down around refugees and asylum seekers while they are still living in it. The entire Manus camp is being progressively shut down, with the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments insisting it will be closed and emptied by 31 October. A committee of the office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights similarly called for an immediate end to Australia’s offshore processing regime, and for all refugees and asylum seekers to be brought to Australia. (Read more on The Guardian)


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