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.
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.
In recent months, many dissidents of Duterte have been killed under mystifying circumstances, leading many to believe the president is initiating a purge in order to consolidate power.
Due to the monopoly on political power held by the Saudi monarchy, with the Prince acting as its de-facto leader, it is unquestionable that he had ordered, or had concrete knowledge of Khashoggi’s killing as it happened.
There has been an upsurge in violence against Asians and Asian-Americans across the U.S. in recent weeks. The elderly have especially been targeted by these attacks; among them was Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old from Thailand who died after an unprovoked race-based assault in San Francisco.
The United States has sold off over a million gallons of Iranian oil that had been seized last year. The shipment was being sent to Venezuela but was intercepted before arrival. Last week, the final gallons were sold off by Washington, with profits totalling over $40 million. The cargo was seized under the pretext of violations of U.S. sanctions on Tehran, which greatly limit both Iranian imports and exports.
Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration last month he has been attempting to establish a political precedent for his forthcoming tenure. A major part of this agenda has been an extensive review of policies introduced under the Trump administration. The new president has made executive orders regarding issues of immigration, healthcare, the environment and more besides. Among this review was a quiet approval of Trump’s previously established Space Force.
On Thursday, American stock trading app Robinhood halted buying into several firms including Gamestop and AMC Cinemas who had seen exponential investment in recent weeks. The app stated that the high rates of investment were causing ‘market volatility’ that necessitated their interference.
“An estimated 500,000 Papuan civilians have been killed since the beginning of the occupation, a number that constitutes nothing less than ethnic cleansing and genocide.”
The global spotlight has once again shifted to Israel amidst their rapid COVID-19 vaccination campaign which has reportedly vaccinated over 20% of their 9 million citizens. However, what isn’t included in these numbers are the 4.5 million Palestineans in the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank.