Eastwest Press Review offers a weekly geopolitical collection of recent global trends, beyond the main headlines. The world, one news at a time.
The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since a new outbreak began on April 1, with 789 deaths reported across the country. The World Health Organization warned Thursday that the number of cholera cases could soon reach 300,000, with around 3,432 new cases every day. (Read more on The New Arab)
Eradicating the Islamic State’s dominant presence in the Middle East will merely push the caliphate further into the dark corners of the cyber world. As the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continues to suffer defeats on the battlefield, it may be moving into terrain that is relatively nascent and somewhat unfamiliar to Western counterinsurgents—cyberspace. (Read more on The National Interest)
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said about 100,000 children in Mosul were in serious danger. UNICEF said that children were being used as human shields in the conflict and “in some cases, they have been forced to participate in the fighting and violence. Children are experiencing and witnessing terrible violence that no human being should ever witness.” (Read more on Deutsche Welle)
The selective historical amnesia that casts the horrific acts in Manchester and London as without European precedent is directly connected to the widespread refusal to acknowledge the broader context of the current moment of violence. (Read more on Pacific Standard)
In the UK, the world’s fifth richest economy, vulnerable children are being denied education. Asylum seekers and refugee children are struggling to access education – and unable to attend school or college. This contravenes rights to equal educational access in accordance with international human rights law. (Read more on The Conversation)
Trump’s rise to power has encouraged the extremists to try to bridge their divides. Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan leaders were jubilant over an openly xenophobic, politically incorrect presidential candidate who promised to stop illegal immigration and enact a Muslim ban – and they have pursued news coverage, attracting headlines and staging dramatic photos. (Read more on The Guardian)
African countries contribute little to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, but they still bear the brunt of global warming. Seven out of the world’s 10 countries considered the most threatened by climate change are in Africa. […] US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, an agreement signed by 195 countries, including all 55 African countries, is likely to make this worse. (Read more on Quartz)
China and the EU released a joint statement at the meeting, saying the two parties “consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever.” […]The EU-China bilateral statement was a key sign of the diplomatic re-shuffling likely to come in the wake of President Trump’s dramatic announcement at the White House. (Read more on PRI)
“While President Xi Jinping preaches openness on the world stage, his government buries the truth about the Tiananmen Massacre through silence, denial and persecution of those who mark the occasion,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “Until Beijing reverses course and owns up to its past atrocities, Xi’s calls have little credibility.” (Read more on Human Rights Watch)
Australian sex offenders convicted of crimes against children may be soon banned from leaving the country, their passports withheld by the government. It would be the first such restriction in the world, and could potentially affect 20,000 people currently on sex-offense registries. The legislation, proposed by the Australian government, has yet to be introduced to parliament. It’s primary aim is to stop sex tourism, foreign minister Julie Bishop told reporters. (Read more on Quartz)
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