The trade and propaganda war of the US and its allies against China has recently caused some friendly fire after the Chinese Youth Communist League publicly denounced a group of mainly clothing corporations that have cut supply links with Xinjiang. Many of the corporations have a long history of enthusiastically utilising global sweatshops. Yet, as Xinjiang residents have been lifted out of poverty in recent years, these long-term exploiters have decided to claim the moral high ground on a hill built of US State department lies that are repeatedly denied and disproven by people who live in China.
The plethora of actions taken by Moïse and his ‘Tèt Kale’ party are quite obviously part of an attempt to consolidate power in the country and can very be accurately described as an ongoing coup. He doesn’t intend to serve one more year in office to then bow out decorously; Moïse is attempting to seize unilateral control of the Haitian state against the will of the people.
A massive container ship is currently blocking the Suez Canal, one of the busiest global shipping routes. Marine and salvage engineers tried and failed to dislodge the enormous ship on Thursday (25 March 2021) but the company, Evergreen Marine who operates the ship have said that it could take weeks before the ship is dislodged. It became stuck on Tuesday after a sudden gust of wind and a dust storm. The blockage is causing a tailback of ships to form, all waiting to get through. Around 12% of global trade passes through Suez Canal as it provides a short sea link between Europe and Asia.
A controversial new election law was passed in the US state of Georgia this Thursday (March 25), aiming to suppress the Democratic vote. Measures include a ban on handing water to queuing voters.
The opening statements, usually consisting of brief and polite greetings instead turned into Blinken and co. accusing China of human rights abuses. Blinken listed Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Taiwan in a lecturing fashion to the Chinese officials. This behaviour was called out by senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, who stated he perhaps thought too well of the United States to think that they would follow proper protocol regarding the meetings.
China’s President Xi Jinping solemnly declared “complete victory” in eradicating absolute poverty in the country during a conference in Beijing on Thursday 25th February 2021. The announcement of this great miracle in the human history of poverty reduction came four months before the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which leads the world’s most populous nation. China is expected to declare a moderately prosperous society in all respects in the middle of this year, which means that the country has achieved its first centenary goal on schedule in 2021. In 2049, China will achieve its second centenary goal of building “a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious.
Libya has heard its first meeting of unitary parliament in a rare light for a country that’s been mired into darkness ever since the US-led intervention in 2011.
Former interim president of Bolivia Jeanine Áñez was arrested on Friday (12 March 2021) on charges of “sedition and terrorism” for her role in the 2019 coup d’etat. After socialist president Evo Morales was ousted, Áñez seized the role of interim president with the backing of the police and military as well as the United States. Morales, the first indigenous president in the history of the country, had won the presidential election in 2019 only to be falsely accused of election fraud. The ensuing political turmoil resulted in Morales’ resignation and exile to Argentina.
Police fired tear gas and protestors threw petrol bombs as violence broke out in Athens following a demonstration against police brutality on Tuesday night, forcing Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis to take to television to call for calm.
On Wednesday (10 March 2021), the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) released a statement following the death of a civilian during student protests near the University of the Witwatersrand. Protests have been raging in South Africa since the turn of the year, when the ANC Govt introduced new measures stopping students laden with debt from enrolling for university.