The quarrel escalates with China
Furious at the installation in the Lithuanian capital of a diplomatic office from Taiwan, China announced, on November 21, to limit its relations with this small eastern country and to suspend food export permits. The quarrel does not date from yesterday. Lithuania openly defends the Uighur minority and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, and in 2020 left the Beijing-formed “17 + 1” group in order to expand its influence in Eastern Europe. To take this new step, Vilnius received the support of Washington, “which promised an export credit agreement of 600 million dollars”, indicates the South China Morning Post.
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Sling against health measures
A wind of anger is blowing against health restrictions intended to stem the fifth wave of Covid-19 in European countries. The demonstrations of November 20 and 21 degenerated in Guadeloupe, Belgium or the Netherlands. They brought together 40,000 participants in Austria, the first country to impose confinement for the unvaccinated. These measures are however necessary, insists the World Health Organization cited by the BBC, otherwise the virus could kill “half a million” more people by next spring.
New Russian pressure strike
What is the Kremlin playing? In recent days, Moscow has reportedly massed some 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine. A US intelligence report confirms this move, and suspects Russia of preparing a “rapid and large-scale multi-front” offensive by the end of January. Highly improbable, respond Foreign Policy.
Not only because the Ukrainian army is “experienced, modernized and highly motivated” but also because such an occupation would be too expensive. “If Russia attacked Ukraine, it would have a lot to lose for little gain,” writes the review.
Pinochet’s shadow over the presidential election
“If Pinochet was alive, he would vote for me,” José Antonio Kast boasted before the presidential election on November 21. The far-right candidate, in favor of a return to an ultraliberal model, came first in the first round ahead of his left-wing rival, Gabriel Boric. A “paradoxical” result, notes the Argentinian daily Page 12, two years after historic demonstrations by tens of thousands of people for social justice, and as the country pledged to change the Constitution inherited from the Pinochet dictatorship.
Daesh strikes in Kampala
A first explosion near the police headquarters, then a second near the Parliament. The Ugandan capital was the target of a double suicide bombing on November 16, killing four people. The attack was attributed by police to the local rebel group ADF, which has been active for twenty-five years, but has been claimed by the Islamic State group, which refers to the ADF as its “central African province”.
It demonstrates the progress of Daesh according to the kenyan daily The Star, for whom the group seeks to “control an arc of territory going from the Maghreb to East Africa, via West Africa and the Congo”.
The verdict that divides America
He pleaded self-defense, and he won. Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted after killing two men supporting the Black Lives Matter movement during the Kenosha riots in the summer of 2020. But even before this verdict, “Rittenhouse had found absolution elsewhere.” relief Politico. Become the idol of a section of the conservatives, the far-right activist has since been erected into a political totem, symbol of the sacrosanct Second Amendment which guarantees every American citizen the right to own and bear arms.
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Modi bends on land reforms
The peasant discontent had lasted since September 2020, after the vote of a reform providing for the liberalization of agricultural markets. Farmers saw the end of minimum prices guaranteed by the State for certain products and the triumph of large groups. Faced with pressure from the streets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi backed down on November 19. Three laws will be repealed. The electoral calendar is not for nothing, highlighted The Hindu, because most of the demonstrations took place “in the States which will go to the polls at the beginning of 2022, in particular the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh”.
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