Trump’s ‘Favorite Dictator’ Imprisoned My Husband — to Test Joe Biden

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt is using human rights activists in a game of geopolitical brinkmanship. What will the new administration do about it?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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It Was Just Him and His Smiley Face. He’s Charged With Illegal Assembly.

Jolovan Wham, a civil rights activist in Singapore, was charged with violating the Public Order Act for holding up a cardboard sign with a smiley face on it near a police station in March.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-assembly, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #photography, #singapore, #social-media

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Intel and Nvidia Chips Power a Chinese Surveillance System

Intel and Nvidia chips power a supercomputing center that tracks people in a place where government suppresses minorities, raising questions about the tech industry’s responsibility.

#artificial-intelligence, #cameras, #china, #computer-chips, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intel-corporation, #muslims-and-islam, #nvidia-corporation, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

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At G-20, Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Activists Fight Over Kingdom’s Image

As the summit’s host, the kingdom hopes to showcase its advances, while critics see an opportunity to pounce. But the virtual event will have a lower profile.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #group-of-twenty, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

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Egypt Arrests Human Rights Leader, Continuing Crackdown on Dissent

The head of a human rights group and two of its other staff members have joined thousands of opposition figures, protesters and activists already in prison.

#cairo-egypt, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-states-international-relations

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Asylum Seeker Who Lost His Son on Trek to Greece Is Charged in His Death

Rights groups warn that the charges set a worrying precedent and are part of a strategy by Greek authorities to deter migrants from attempting to travel to the country.

#asylum-right-of, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #samos-greece

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Corbyn Reinstated by U.K. Labour Party Three Weeks After Suspension

The decision, coming three weeks after the party suspended Jeremy Corbyn, the ex-Labour leader, provoked anger from some British Jews, who said his attempts to clarify his comments were inadequate.

#anti-semitism, #corbyn-jeremy-1949, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #labour-party-great-britain, #politics-and-government, #starmer-keir

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How a Human Rights Angel Lost Her Halo

Ten years after she left house arrest and vowed to fight for justice, Myanmar’s civilian leader has instead become a jailer of critics and an apologist for the slaughter of minorities.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #political-prisoners, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Nobel Peace Prize: A Growing List of Questionable Choices

From Aung San Suu Kyi to Abiy Ahmed, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded at least six times in the past three decades to recipients whose recognition is being second-guessed.

#ahmed-abiy, #arafat-yasir, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kim-dae-jung, #nobel-prizes, #obama-barack, #peres-shimon, #rabin-yitzhak, #santos-juan-manuel, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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With Village Beheadings, Islamic State Intensifies Attacks in Mozambique

The United Nations called for an investigation into reports of many people beheaded in northern Mozambique, where Islamist insurgents have stepped up a brutal campaign.

#guterres-antonio, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #terrorism, #wagner-group

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How to Shame a Dictator

Their neighbors carried out crimes against humanity — and were exposed for it.

#argentina, #documentary-films-and-programs, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #missing-persons, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Norway’s Supreme Court Hears Rights Challenge to Arctic Oil Drilling

Environmental groups argue that exploratory drilling licenses violate a constitutional right to a healthy environment. It’s a test case taking on an industry that is key to the country’s economy.

#arctic-regions, #barents-sea, #constitutions, #drilling-and-boring, #global-warming, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #norway, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Should I Accept Free Covid Testing I Don’t Really Need?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on taking free weekly Covid-19 tests provided by your company when you don’t necessarily need them — and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #sex-crimes, #tests-medical

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Women Converge on Warsaw, Largest Protests in Poland in Decades

Outraged by a court decision to ban nearly all abortions, hundreds of thousands have taken part in demonstrations over the past week. The action in Warsaw on Friday was expected to be the biggest so far.

#abortion, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duda-andrzej-1972, #europe, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #morawiecki-mateusz, #poland, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #tvp-polish-television, #warsaw-poland, #women-and-girls

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Egyptian Teen Seeks Justice for Rape, and a Battle Erupts Over Women’s Rights

A generation of young women in Egypt who have found their voice on social media are challenging the old rules that blamed women when they were attacked by men.

#cairo-egypt, #computers-and-the-internet, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #sex-crimes, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #women-and-girls

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Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

#amnesty-international, #bharatiya-janata-party, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #malaysia, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shah-amit-1964, #sufism-religion, #supreme-court-of-india, #times-of-india, #turkey

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As Lawlessness Roils Nigeria, Police Chief Vows to Take Back Streets

As protests against police brutality have subsided after a violent crackdown, they have been followed by a wave of looting and vandalism that the police have vowed to end.

#attacks-on-police, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lagos-nigeria, #looting-crime, #nigeria, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Big Tech’s Professional Opponents Strike at Google

An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists and academics is fueling the tech backlash, armed with funding from billionaire sponsors.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #harris-tristan, #hughes-chris-1983, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khan-lina, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mcnamee-roger, #miller-sarah-american-economic-liberties-project, #politics-and-government, #reback-gary-l, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Fiancée Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Killing

The fiancée of the slain Washington Post journalist sued Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt to learn more about the 2018 killing.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #cengiz-hatice, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turkey, #washington-post

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In China, the Formidable Prosecutor Turned Lonely Rights Defender

After sheltering a prominent dissident, Yang Bin, a former prosecutor, is now under the scrutiny of the police. But she has no regrets.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #guangdong-province-china, #guangzhou-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #legal-profession, #political-prisoners, #xu-zhiyong

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After Fleeing Poland, an Antiracism Activist Finds Refuge in Norway

A decision to grant asylum on political grounds highlights growing concerns over democratic backsliding in Poland.

#asylum-right-of, #gawel-rafal, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #law-and-justice-poland, #norway, #poland

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‘We Have to Speak Out’: Thai Students Defy Protest Ban

Armed with umbrellas, social media and global support, young Thais are taking on a government that has used arrests, legal intimidation and water cannons to try to stop them.

#bangkok-thailand, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #prayuth-chan-ocha, #student-protests, #vajiralongkorn-1952

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #assad-bashar-al, #bensouda-fatou, #bolton-john-r, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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The Jailed Activist Left a Letter Behind. The Message: Keep Fighting.

Pham Doan Trang was harassed for years by the Vietnamese police, even beaten. In a letter, she foretold her arrest and called for an end to one-party rule.

#communist-party-of-vietnam, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #letters, #pham-doan-trang, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-prisoners

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Indonesian Defense Chief, Accused of Rights Abuses, Will Visit Pentagon

Prabowo Subianto, former head of Indonesia’s feared special forces under Suharto and now the minister of defense, had been barred from entering the United States for years.

#defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indonesia, #prabowo-subianto, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An Afghan Boy’s Rape and Death Prompt a Rare Response: Arrests

Villagers confronted officials, and seven police officers are now in jail, in a rare official action to investigate child sexual abuse accusations in Afghanistan.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-independent-human-rights-commission, #afghanistan-war-2001, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #defense-and-military-forces, #ghani-ashraf, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kandahar-afghanistan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #special-inspector-general-for-afghanistan-reconstruction, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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E.U. Court Rules Against Hungary Law Targeting Soros-Funded University

The ruling comes as the bloc pushes back against a growing authoritarianism by the government of Viktor Orban, but is unlikely to have much effect on the ground.

#central-european-university, #colleges-and-universities, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #soros-george

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America May Need International Intervention

Even Democrats may find it hard to imagine, but the “leader of the free world” would benefit from United Nations oversight.

#anderson-carol-author, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #du-bois-w-e-b, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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In Wake of Recent India-China Conflict, U.S. Sees Opportunity

India’s border dispute with China has accelerated its relations with the United States. Others worry that warming ties ignore India’s persecution of Muslims.

#abe-shinzo, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #jaishankar-subrahmanyam, #modi-narendra, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

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Hong Kong Is China, Like It or Not

After months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.

#china, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deng-xiaoping, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #extradition, #fugitives, #heritage-foundation, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #macau, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Abandoned Rio Tinto Mine Is Blamed for Poisoned Bougainville Rivers

Residents of the Papua New Guinea region have accused the mining giant of environmental and human rights violations and asked for an investigation.

#australia, #bougainville-papua-new-guinea, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #gold, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indigenous-australians, #mines-and-mining, #papua-new-guinea, #respiratory-diseases, #rio-tinto-plc, #rivers, #water-pollution

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Amnesty International Closes India Offices, Citing Government Attacks

The organization’s premises have been raided and its bank accounts frozen. The actions, it says, are reprisals for criticizing the country’s human rights record.

#amnesty-international, #delhi-india, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #modi-narendra

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Australia’s Coronavirus Restrictions Strand Thousands Overseas

Limits on the number of Australians who can return have spurred a growing uproar over the country’s hard-line approach to the coronavirus.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government

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Gaza Peace Activists Face Prison for Holding Video Call With Israelis

The Palestinian activists were charged after organizing a virtual discussion as a part of a bridge-building initiative focused on peace and empowering young people.

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

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China Is Expanding Detention Sites in Muslim Region of Xinjiang

China said it was winding down its “re-education” camps for Uighurs and other minorities, but researchers found evidence that incarceration is on the rise.

#china, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #prisons-and-prisoners, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

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Vladimir Putin Thinks He Can Get Away With Anything

Why has the poisoning of Alexei Navalny been met with Western silence?

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #litvinenko-alexander-v, #medvedev-dmitri-a, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #organization-for-the-prohibition-of-chemical-weapons, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #skripal-sergei-v, #trump-donald-j

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Human Rights Are Like Fire Departments. You Really Need Them.

They may be less appealing than economic prosperity, but they are indispensable.

#arendt-hannah, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #fukuyama-francis, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #rawls-john, #turkey

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How a Savior of Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, Became Its Captive

Paul Rusesabagina went from the world’s most famous Rwandan to a prisoner of his political nemesis, President Paul Kagame, whose government accuses the coolheaded hotelier of murder, arson and terrorism.

#brussels-belgium, #cheadle-don, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kagame-paul, #rusesabagina-paul, #rwanda, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Venezuela Ordered Killings and Torture of Critics, U.N. Investigators Say

President Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking officials were accused of being behind the detention of government critics and assaults by state security services.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #maduro-nicolas, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #torture, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #venezuela, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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War Crimes Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen

State Department officials have raised alarms about the legal risk in aiding airstrikes that kill civilians. The Trump administration recently suppressed findings as it sold more weapons to Gulf nations.

#arms-trade, #bombs-and-explosives, #bureau-of-political-military-affairs, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #house-of-representatives, #houthis, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #international-relations, #iran, #law-and-legislation, #middle-east, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yemen

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At U.S.A.I.D., Juggling Political Priorities and Pandemic Response

Aggressive oversight of the aid agency by political appointees at the White House and the State Department has delayed humanitarian aid when the world needs it most.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barsa-john, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-budget-us, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela, #ventilators-medical, #xinjiang-china

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George Bizos, Anti-Apartheid Lawyer Who Defended Mandela, Dies at 92

A champion of human rights, he represented his client and friend in the so-called Rivonia trial of leaders of the African National Congress in the 1960s.

#african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #bizos-george, #deaths-obituaries, #greece, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #madikizela-mandela-winnie, #mandela-nelson, #south-africa, #tsvangirai-morgan

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The Best Answer to Chaos in Bolivia Is Socialism

The Oct. 18 election may be the country’s best hope to stop its slide into authoritarianism.

#anez-chavez-jeanine, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lithium-metal, #morales-evo

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As a Wrestler Faces Execution in Iran, World Sports Groups Galvanize

An Iranian athlete was charged with murder after taking part in anti-government protests. Many think the charges are false, motivated by a government seeking to make an example of him.

#capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #iran, #wrestling

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Why Calls to Boycott ‘Mulan’ Over Concerns About China Are Growing

The latest backlash over Disney’s remake of the movie centers on how it was partly filmed in Xinjiang, where Uighurs live under repression.

#china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #liu-yifei-1987, #movies, #mulan-movie, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #walt-disney-company, #xinjiang-china

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U.S. May Ban Cotton From Xinjiang Region of China Over Rights Concerns

The potential move, which could come as soon as Tuesday, comes amid reports of the use of forced labor in Xinjiang, where China has carried out a crackdown against mostly Muslim minorities.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #textiles, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

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Joe Biden’s China Journey

As a United States senator, he spoke of transforming China through trade. As a presidential candidate two decades later, he denounces it as a “dictatorship.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization, #xi-jinping

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What Belarusians Can Learn From Poland

The protests, strikes and brutal police response invite comparison to Solidarity’s campaign for freedom from Moscow 40 years ago. There are differences.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #solidarity-poland, #strikes

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China Captures Hong Kong Activists Fleeing to Taiwan by Sea

At least one member of the group was being investigated under the city’s new national security law.

#communist-party-of-china, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations

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U.S. Sanctions 24 Chinese Companies Over Role in South China Sea

The Trump administration moved to cut off two dozen Chinese companies from the American market on Wednesday, saying they had contributed to China’s controversial island-building campaign.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

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