Wednesday, March 03, 2021

#EU: Hungary's PM Orban Threatens To Pull Party From Conservative Bloc In EU Parliament

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has threatened to pull his Fidesz Party from the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament if the conservative bloc approves new internal rules this week.

Orban issued the ultimatum February 28 in a letter to Manfred Weber, the German politician who heads the conservative EPP bloc, the largest faction in the European Parliament.

The EPP parliamentary group, which includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, has been squabbling with Fidesz for years.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

#JAPAN: 12 Firms End China Deals Over Forced Labor Charges

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12 Japanese firms will end business deals involving Uighur forced labour

Last year, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report identified over 80 global companies “directly or indirectly benefiting from the use of Uighur workers outside Xinjiang through abusive labou\r transfer program.” And it mentioned 14 Japanese companies. 

12 Japanese companies, including Sony Corp., Hitachi Ltd., and Fast Retailing Co., an operator of Uniqlo, responded to cease or consider ceasing business with business partners found to be using forced labour. 

As many foreign companies rely on self-reporting of the human rights situation by the firms themselves, they are faced with the challenge of grasping the situation beyond direct business partners.





[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, March 01, 2021

#INDIA: Four Arrested For Seeking Christian Converts Under New State Law

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A Korean Christian and three nationals of India are in jail in Uttar Pradesh state, India, accused of fraudulent conversion attempts while distributing food and other aid to people in need due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Under a new “anti-conversion” law that went into effect in Uttar Pradesh state, India on Nov. 28, police arrested 50-year-old Mi Kyung Lee of Seoul, South Korea and the three others in Greater Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar District, said the aid organizer, Raj Kumar Masih.

The four were arrested and charged with offering money do Hindus if they removed idols of Hindu gods from their homes.

[FULL STORY HERE

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#NORTHERNIRELAND: MP's Tweet Praising Communist China Prompts Backlash

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A tweet from Northern Ireland Member of Parliament Chris Hazzard expressing solidarity with China has prompted a backlash.

On Saturday the South Down Sinn From Party MP tweeted that it was "great to see President Xi has announced the end of absolute poverty in China this week".

"China has spent more than ¥1.6trillion in this historic endeavour including 10million new homes & 25million renovated homes," the tweet read.

"Xi has vowed now to eradicate health inequalities #Solidarity."

Hazzard's tweet drew a backlash critical of his decision to show support for the oppressive Chinese regime, which has been accused of a litany of human rights abuses.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

#MYANMAR: Gov't Fires UN Ambassador After Defiant Anti-Coup Speech

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Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations has been fired, a day after he urged the UN to use 'any means necessary' to reverse the Feb. 1 coup. The envoy said he was speaking on behalf of the ousted civilian government. State television said Kyaw Moe Tun 'betrayed the country.'

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

#TURKEY: Pres. Erdogan's 2018 Rival Forms New Party

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top rival in Turkey's 2018 election said on Monday he would quit the main opposition party and establish his own movement.

Muharrem Ince, a former Republican People's Party Member of Parliament, picked up 30.6 percent of the vote in the last election behind Erdogan with 52.6 percent.

Ince was a combative force during the campaign, building up solid support despite Erdogan and his ruling party's alliance partner, the Nationalist Movement Party, announcing the vote just months in advance.

Since then, Ince has stayed in the limelight and brandished his secular, nationalist credentials in a nationwide tour dubbed the "Motherland movement in 1,000 days" in 2020.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

#AUSTRALIA: State Liberal Party Leader Concedes Defeat In March Election

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Western Australia's Liberal Party Leader Zak Kirkup has conceded defeat ahead of the March state election, admiting he would likely not be voted in on polling day.

However, Kirkup said he would continue campaigning to ensure that local candidates are elected to Parliament.

In tweets posted early on Wednesday morning, Mr Kirkup said Western Australians were informing him that Premier Mark McGowan’s job was not in danger.

"As I get around the state, many West Aussies are telling me Mark McGowan’s job is safe. We have to acknowledge that, because I don’t want to treat people like mugs. 
 
I’m not going to stop fighting, but I’m not going to pretend & make this election about something it’s not. If the Premier is re-elected, your vote matters for an entirely different reason.
 
Your vote is about who will fight for you locally. Your vote matters because you will need a strong Liberal Party when Labor gets it wrong or goes too far."

Labor Party Premier Mark McGowan responded to the tweets through the media on Thursday morning, indicating the opposition leader gave up.

“Well the West Australian way is to never give up,” he told reporters.

“The election hasn’t been held yet and we have to respect the people of Western Australia and let them have their say.”

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

#CANADA: #Alberta Premier Condemns "Racist" Rally At Legislature

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The convergence of people protesting everything from Alberta's COVID-19 restrictions and the imprisonment of a local church pastor, to racism, at the provincial legislature last Saturday was a tense meeting that ended with at least one person in police custody.

The crowds began to gather around 2 p.m. in Edmonton just when an anti-racism rally was scheduled to take place.

Within hours, a group called Walk for Freedom protesting COVID-19 public health measures had marched to the government grounds, those at the front carrying a banner that read "protecting our civil liberties" and burning torches.

48 hours later, Premier Jason Kenney took to Twitter to condemn the rally and some racist elements that had been promoting it.

"While Albertans value the constitutionally-protected freedoms of speech & assembly, they also believe in the dignity of every human being, and have no time for voices of division & hate or the symbols that they represent."

I understand this rally incorporated an image apparently taken from the notorious 2017 torch rally, which was an explicitly white supremacist event. Prominent racists promoted Saturdays protest at the legislature. I condemn these voices of bigotry in the strongest possible terms." 

Kenney received criticism for waiting 48 hours before speaking out against the rally, which was condemned by other political parties and political leaders."

Former Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Leader of the Opposition New Democrats, tweeted:

"Jason Kenney was asked why he didn't speak against the protests this weekend that featured racist torches. He said he didn't want to comment on something that was about him. Let that sink in.

Leadership means standing up for your beliefs, standing up to those that spread hate."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

#TURKSANDCAICOS: Opposition Party Sweeps All But One Seat In Parliament

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The main opposition Progressive National Party (PNP) has won a landslide victory in the Turks and Caicos general election.

Led by businessman Charles Washington Misick, brother of a former prime minister, the PNP obtained a 14 to 1 victory over the incumbent People’s Democratic Movement (PDM).

The opposition party won nine of the 10 electoral district seats and all five of the At Large seats.

Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas.

Election observers said the election was "free and fair" and reflected the "tranquility of society" on the islands.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

#UK: Britain To Apply For Membership In Trans-Pacific Partnership Trading Bloc


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The UK will shortly submit its formal request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trading bloc, said UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss.

The CPTPP is a trading bloc established in 2018 between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The United States withdrew from the TPP in 2017, leading to the failure of the original trade deal, which required all signatories to agree. It was reconstituted in December, 2018 with the current members.

[FULL STORY HERE

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