Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Burma’s cities in anti-coup demonstrations over the weekend (14 February 2021), after a fearful night that saw residents form patrols and the army roll back laws protecting freedoms. The military rulers have shut down the country’s internet as thousands of people joined the largest protests yet against the coup. A near-total internet blackout is in effect with connectivity falling to 16% of ordinary levels, according to the monitoring group NetBlocks Internet Observatory.
As NATO and its allies gear up for a new Cold War with China, the BBC and other corporate media outlets are ramping up their anti-Chinese bias. In the last week in particular, furore has emerged as Sino-British relations appear to have fallen further as Ofcom, the British TV regulator banned CGTN, the Chinese international State broadcaster, akin to the BBC World Service.
The World Health Organisation team tasked with tracing the source of the COVID-19 virus started its mission in Wuhan this week.
Yesterday morning, unknown individuals attacked the Najaf Party headquarters with Molotov cocktails alongside firing live ammunition, burning down the headquarters’ offices.
British energy company Cairn is set to become the latest in a long list of predatory institutions that drain the Indian people of their resources for profit. A long-running corporate tax case concluded that the Indian government must pay Cairn $1.2 billion in damages after it broke the 2014 UK-India bilateral investment treaty by claiming Cairn’s 10% stake in its Indian subsidiary.
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s governing “The National League for Democracy” (NLD) party has been detained by the military amid tensions between Myanmar Armed Forces and the nation’s Civilian Government.
A Boeing 737 flying with Sriwijaya Air downed in the Java Sea carrying over 60 people, just four minutes after takeoff from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Saturday (9 January 2021). The plane lost 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, flight tracking data shows. The Indonesian Navy initially mobilised for a large scale search for the plane, but locals were already pulling wreckage from the sea where the plane downed.
Indonesian radical cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has been released from prison 8 years into his initially 15-year-long sentence. The 82-year-old was imprisoned for supporting terrorism in the country following the discovery of a terrorist military training camp in Aceh Province.
China intensified its regulatory campaign last week after an investigation into Jack Ma’s Alibaba group concluded that the conglomerate had been utilizing “monopolistic practices”.
China marked the 83rd anniversary of the Nanjing massacre last Sunday in a formal remembrance of the atrocities suffered in the country’s east under Japanese occupation.