Serbia’s Leader Rejects Putin Label Amid Fears of Russian Meddling

President Aleksandar Vucic’s ties to Moscow raise awkward questions as the Kremlin appears to be stirring unrest in the Balkans to deflect attention from the war in Ukraine.

#dodik-milorad, #international-relations, #kosovo, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #ukraine, #vucic-aleksandar, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

#brussels-belgium, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #extradition, #finland, #hungary, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sweden, #terrorism, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Yvan Colonna, Corsican Jailed for French Prefect’s Murder, Dies at 61

A folk hero for Corsica’s nationalist movement, he evaded a long manhunt but was finally arrested in 2003. He died shortly after being brutally attacked in prison.

#colonna-yvan-1960-2022, #corsica, #deaths-obituaries, #france, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements

Spain Endorses Morocco’s Plan for Governing Western Sahara

Madrid endorsed a plan for limited autonomy for the territory in northwestern Africa, but the change in policy was denounced by independence groups and could aggravate relations with Algeria.

#morocco, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #western-sahara

Covid Surge in New Caledonia, in the Pacific, HIts Indigenous Hardest

New Caledonia escaped the coronavirus for a year and a half, but a surge in cases has led to a state of emergency, with the disease disproportionately hurting the French territory’s Indigenous people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #income-inequality, #indigenous-people, #new-caledonia, #polynesia, #secession-and-independence-movements, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Russia Moves Into Ukraine, What Comes Next?

Readers respond to developments in the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Also: A farewell to Jane Brody; the overlooked translator; a tribute to truckers.

#brody-jane-e, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food, #humanitarian-aid, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #secession-and-independence-movements, #translation-and-interpreters, #trucks-and-trucking, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Piece by Piece, Russia’s Rationale for a Ukraine Invasion Is Put in Place

Theatrical meetings and dubious battlefield reports have shaped the Kremlin’s narrative that war is being pushed on it by a United States determined to destroy Russia.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donetsk-ukraine, #luhansk-ukraine, #naryshkin-sergei-y, #peoples-militia-donetsk-peoples-republic, #peskov-dmitri-s, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #secession-and-independence-movements, #television, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

We Need to Think the Unthinkable About Our Country

It’s plausible that the United States as we know it could disintegrate. Institutions need to consider worst-case scenarios — to help avoid them. 

#bush-george-w, #dr-strangelove-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-bomb-movie, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #schelling-thomas-c, #secession-and-independence-movements, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Turkey, an Exhibit Meant to Highlight Kurdish Suffering Provoked a Furor

A recent art show in a major Kurdish city in Turkey aimed to uplift a region crushed by years of conflict. It ended up serving as a reminder of how toxic the subject of Kurds remains in Turkey.

#art, #diyarbakir-turkey, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #peoples-democratic-party-turkey, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #turkey

New Caledonia Says ‘Non’ to Independence

The vote on the Pacific island territory comes as France’s president has prioritized shoring up the country’s international profile, seeing its military as a bulwark against China.

#elections, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #new-caledonia, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #secession-and-independence-movements

Fury in Kashmir After Deadly Police Raid at Shopping Complex

Saying that the men killed in a gun battle were separatist militants or “terrorist supporters,” security forces refused to return the bodies to their families.

#civilian-casualties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #kashmir, #secession-and-independence-movements, #srinagar-jammu-and-kashmir

In U.S.-China Competition, Taiwan’s Voice Must Be Heeded

Many outsiders are weighing in on what should be done about and on behalf of Taiwan. Few, though, are listening to what Taiwan is saying.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canberra-australia, #china, #cnn, #defense-and-military-forces, #house-of-representatives, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #secession-and-independence-movements, #senate, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #world-health-organization, #xi-jinping

With New Conviction, Hong Kong Uses Security Law to Clamp Down on Speech

An activist, Ma Chun-man, was convicted of inciting secession after, he said, he chanted slogans to test the limits of the law.

#china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #secession-and-independence-movements, #treason-and-sedition

Barbados Elects Its First Head of State, Replacing Queen Elizabeth

The country’s Parliament chose Sandra Mason, the governor general, to assume the symbolic title, a decisive move to distance itself from Barbados’s colonial past.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barbados, #caribbean-area, #elections, #great-britain, #mason-sandra-prunella, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements

Bye, Maryland? Lawmakers in 3 Counties Float a Plan to Secede From the State.

The proposal to join West Virginia seems destined to go nowhere. But it has tapped into deep-seated feelings of alienation in western Maryland, a mountainous panhandle wedged against the Mason-Dixon line.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hogan-lawrence-j, #justice-james-c-ii, #maryland, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #west-virginia

We Underestimated Trump Before. It Didn’t Go Well.

The former president continues to pose a threat because our political imagination fails us. 

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #constitution-us, #democratic-party, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Carles Puigdemont, Catalan Separatist, Dodges Spain’s Bid to Prosecute Him

After briefly holding Carles Puigdemont on a Spanish arrest warrant, Italian authorities released him and he left the country on Monday.

#catalonia-spain, #italy, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements

Italy Frees Catalan Separatist Leader From Jail. Here’s How the Case Has Gone.

Carles Puigdemont, a former leader of Catalonia, faces trial in Spain and was detained briefly in Italy. It is not clear if he will appear when the court considers whether to return him to Spain.

#barcelona-spain, #catalonia-spain, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #europe, #european-parliament, #extradition, #fugitives, #italy, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #madrid-spain, #politics-and-government, #puigdemont-carles-1962, #sardinia-italy, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain, #territorial-disputes, #treason-and-sedition

Catalan Separatist Leader, Carles Puigdemont, Arrested in Italy

The arrest of Carles Puigdemont, on the island of Sardinia, came on an international arrest warrant issued by Spain’s Supreme Court on charges of sedition.

#catalonia-spain, #european-parliament, #puigdemont-carles-1962, #sardinia-italy, #secession-and-independence-movements

Married Kremlin Spies, a Shadowy Mission to Moscow and Unrest in Catalonia

Intelligence files suggest an aide to a top Catalan separatist sought help from Russia in the struggle to break with Spain. A fierce new protest group emerged shortly afterward.

#alexander-dmitrenko, #catalonia-spain, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fugitives, #gonzalo-boye, #gru-russia, #josep-lluis-alay, #politics-and-government, #puigdemont-carles-1962, #referendums, #russia, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain, #tsunami-democratic

Kashmir Separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is Dead

Mr. Geelani was an uncompromising opponent of the Indian government’s control of the Kashmir valley and favored Pakistani sovereignty over the mostly Muslim region.

#deaths-obituaries, #geelani-syed-ali-1929-2021, #india, #kashmir, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kashmir-valley, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #territorial-disputes

Spain Pardons Jailed Catalan Separatist Leaders

A major step toward defusing tensions in a conflict that has long divided Spain prompted mixed reactions from an independence movement.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #catalonia-spain, #referendums, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain

Kenneth Kaunda, Patriarch of African Independence, Is Dead at 97

As Zambia’s first president, he dominated his country, outliving many of the other frontline leaders who had sponsored southern Africa’s guerrilla wars.

#africa, #apartheid-policy, #deaths-obituaries, #kaunda-kenneth-d, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #zambia

Their Own Private Idaho: Five Oregon Counties Back a Plan to Secede

In nonbinding elections, parts of eastern Oregon said they wanted to join Idaho. The conservative region has long felt alienated from the liberal politics of Oregon’s population centers.

#idaho, #oregon, #rural-areas, #secession-and-independence-movements, #states-us

Of Brexit and Boris: What’s Driving the Call for Scottish Independence

Scots voted to remain in the E.U., and they resent being dictated to by England. And they just plain don’t like Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

#great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #referendums, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sturgeon-nicola

Scotland Election Results Complicate Hopes for Independence Referendum

The Scottish National Party appeared likely to fall short of an outright majority, though pro-independence parties were on track to retain control of Scotland’s Parliament.

#elections, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sturgeon-nicola

Does Scotland Want Independence?

The fastest and most effective way of driving politically moderate Scots away from the United Kingdom is to tell them that they are never allowed to leave.

#great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #referendums, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements

Scottish Election Could Boost Independence Movement

If the pro-independence vote surges in Thursday’s elections for the Scottish Parliament, momentum for an another referendum on independence may become unstoppable.

#great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #referendums, #salmond-alex, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sturgeon-nicola

U.K. Vote Is Likely to Back Boris Johnson, and an Independent Scotland

The prime minister’s Conservative Party stands to make gains at the polls on Thursday, despite ethical accusations against him. But growth in support for the Scottish Nationalist Party could create turmoil in the rest of his term.

#elections, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #secession-and-independence-movements

Criminal or Martyr? A Prisoner Poses a Political Dilemma For Spain

A Catalan separatist leader, Jordi Cuixart, is serving a nine-year prison sentence for supporting a failed independence bid in his Spanish region. His supporters say he should not be in prison at all.

#catalonia-spain, #cuixart-jordi, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #treason-and-sedition

Indonesian General Is Killed in Rebel Ambush in Papua Region

President Joko Widodo announced the death of the high ranking intelligence chief and called for the arrest of rebel gunmen. Activists said they feared reprisals against Indigenous Papuans.

#defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indigenous-people, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #papua-province-indonesia, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #terrorism

More Than 1,800 Prisoners Break Out of Jail in Nigeria

Gunmen arrived at a prison in Nigeria’s southeast early Monday morning and let loose all who wanted to flee.

#nigeria, #prison-escapes, #republic-of-biafra, #secession-and-independence-movements

Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon Did Not Break Rules, Inquiry Says

After a bitter feud with her predecessor, Ms. Sturgeon has been cleared by one inquiry into claims that led to calls for her resignation.

#great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #salmond-alex, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sex-crimes, #sturgeon-nicola

Is Hong Kong’s Security Law Bad for China?

The president may be putting personal ambition ahead of his country’s best interests.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #deng-xiaoping, #hong-kong, #jiang-zemin, #li-keqiang, #mao-zedong, #secession-and-independence-movements, #xi-jinping

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea’s ‘Father of the Nation,’ Dies at 84

Mr. Somare, who played a major role in leading the country to independence from Australia, was its longest-serving prime minister.

#australia, #deaths-obituaries, #papua-new-guinea, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #somare-michael

How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump

A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

#balkan-states, #grenell-richard, #kosovo, #names-geographical, #peace-process, #reservoirs, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Spain Hoped Catalonia’s Separatists Would Fade. They’re Gaining Ground.

Although the pandemic has been a unifying force in much of Europe, parties seeking to create a breakaway state for Catalonia received a majority of votes in a regional election.

#catalonia-spain, #elections, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain

The Poisonous Feud Threatening Scotland’s Independence Drive

A former first minister, Alex Salmond, was acquitted of charges of sexual harassment. Now he is accusing his successor and one-time protégée, Nicola Sturgeon, of misleading lawmakers.

#england, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #salmond-alex, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sexual-harassment, #sturgeon-nicola

Kashmir Votes, and India Hails It as Normalcy in a Dominated Region

India’s ruling party worked to make Kashmir’s rural development council elections a showcase. But a visit by Times reporters showed a place still struggling under heavy-handed rule.

#abdullah-omar, #bharatiya-janata-party, #elections, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-prisoners, #rehman-waheed-ur, #secession-and-independence-movements

A Polarizing Documentary Spurs Debate Over a Violent Time in Quebec

Fifty years after separatist violence prompted the government to send soldiers to Montreal, Quebec is grappling with how to remember the 1970 “October crisis.”

#canada, #documentary-films-and-programs, #montreal-quebec, #quebec-province-canada, #rose-paul-1943-2013, #secession-and-independence-movements

As Hong Kong Law Goes After ‘Black Sheep,’ Fear Clouds Universities

Campuses have long been hubs of protest in the city. Now, the authorities have promised to root out teachers who bring politics to the classroom.

#chinese-university-of-hong-kong-the, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #education-k-12, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements

Kosovo President Resigns to Fight War Crimes Case in the Netherlands

Hashim Thaci was a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s battle for independence from Serbia in the 1990s.

#kosovo, #kosovo-liberation-army, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #thaci-hashim, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Kosovo President Resigns to Face War Crimes Case in the Netherlands

Hashim Thaci was a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s fight for independence with Serbia in the 1990s.

#kosovo, #kosovo-liberation-army, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #thaci-hashim, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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

Spanish Court Upholds Ban on Catalan Leader Quim Torra

The decision barring the separatist president of Catalonia’s regional government, Quim Torra, from holding public office confirms a ruling in December and threatens to reignite unrest.

#catalonia-spain, #decisions-and-verdicts, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain, #torra-quim

The Divisions That Are Destroying the Country

In “Divided We Fall,” David French warns that secession movements are a real possibility for the future.

#books-and-literature, #divided-we-fall-americas-secession-threat-and-how-to-restore-our-nation-book, #french-david-a, #secession-and-independence-movements, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Forgotten Colonial Forces of World War II

“There’s a scattered memory of their sacrifice all over Europe.” The Allied powers relied on colonial troops to defeat the Axis, but their contributions are not often recognized.

#bose-subhas-chandra, #colonization, #defense-and-military-forces, #gandhi-mohandas-k, #india, #secession-and-independence-movements, #world-war-ii-1939-45

A Bookstore That Shines as ‘a Lighthouse of a Free Society’

A Hong Kong bookseller has recreated his shop in Taipei, and it has become a symbol of Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.

#books-and-literature, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan

Why Did Hong Kong Delay Its Election — by a Year?

The government blames the pandemic. More likely, it was afraid to lose.

#china, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #freedom-of-assembly, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #singapore, #south-korea, #tokyo-japan

Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It.

Pro-democracy parties, which had hoped to ride widespread discontent to big gains in the fall, saw the delay as an attempt to thwart their momentum.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #hong-kong, #secession-and-independence-movements, #wong-joshua-1996