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September 2, 2022

Security In Context Media Roundup: August 26 - September 2, 2022

This is a roundup of news articles, reports, and other materials focusing on (in)security issues and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of Security in Context. The goal is to shed light on knowledge production on security-related issues of public interest from critical perspectives and from global south readings by highlighting media from four particular regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and developing Asia. Entries may include academic journal articles, think tank reports, non-governmental organizations releases, official documents or government-commissioned research, and regular news items. The material included covers SiC's key security issues: Climate Change, Security and International Relations, Migration and Displacement, Covid-19 and Capitalism, Technologies of Surveillance, Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality, Arms and the Military-industrial Complex, and Censorship. 

You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to admin@securityincontext.com

Latin America and the Caribbean

ECUADOR: Military presence stepped up along Colombian border

September 2, 2022

Due to escalating guerilla activity in Colombia, Ecuador’s armed forces decided to increase their presence along their northern border.

Opposition says St. Vincent & the Grenadines faces a cost-of-living crisis that needs urgent

attention

September 2, 2022

The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being called to pay urgent attention to the cost of living crisis, particularly since schools are about to open.

Argentina's VP Survives Assassination Attempt

September 2, 2022

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s Vice President, survived an assassination attempt this past Thursday after an assailant failed to fire.

Colombia: peace and other problems

September 1, 2022

Colombia’s newly elected president Gustavo Petro is pressing ahead with his plans for peace negotiations as he enjoys a political honeymoon period.

López Obrador proposes handing more power to Mexico’s military

September 1, 2022

Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, submits reform to congress to strip the country’s National Guard of Civilian leadership despite the constitution stating otherwise.

Africa

Sudan: seven dead in new tribal clashes in Blue Nile

September 2, 2022

Conflict between the Hausa and Barta African tribes in the Blue Nile region in Sudan leads to seven casualties. This snaps a peace agreement that was reached in late July after over 100 died due to shootings and burnings between the tribes. 

Madagascar police shoot 18 dead in albino kidnap protest: Medic

August 30, 2022

Madagascar police opened fire on a crowd of citizens angered at the kidnapping of a child with albinism, killing 18 and injuring 34. People with albinism have been subject to abduction, attack, and murder in the country, with over a dozen cases since 2020 according to the UN.

Clashes Between Rival Militias in Libya Kill at Least 32

August 28, 2022

Conflict between militias loyal to opposing political leaders has resulted in fighting that has killed 32–including some civilians–and injuring more than 150, leading to fears that war will soon return to the country.

Elections 2022: MPLA pledges to recover "hegemony" in Malanje provincial constituency

August 27, 2022

The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has accepted the election results that would grant the left-wing party 124 National Assembly seats.

Middle East

Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia to hold tripartite meeting in Baku

September 2, 2022

Iran, Russia, and Azerbaijan meet to discuss enhancing economic ties and strengthening their power in the region. Their discussion included joint projects and ways to increase economic output over the coming years. 

Saudi authorities thwart billion-dollar narcotics haul in Kingdom’s biggest drugs bust

August 31, 2022

Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested eight expats during a raid on a warehouse in Riyadh, resulting in a confiscated 47 million amphetamine pills, the largest drug smuggling attempt in the country’s history.

Timeline: What led to the fighting in Iraq’s capital Baghdad

August 30, 2022

Protests broke out in Baghdad early this week after influential Shia political leader Muqtada al-Sadr announced that he would be terminating his involvement in Iraqi politics.

Double Standard: Afghan Refugees Still Seeking to Enter U.S. as Biden Admin Opens Door to 68,000+ Ukrainians

August 30, 2022

There is a serious double standard in the U.S. refugee policy with regard to Afghanistan. While the U.S. has approved over 66,000 Ukrainian humanitarian parole applicants, they have only processed 8,000 from Afghanistan and approved 123. 

PCHR: “Child Dies After Israeli Authorities Deny His Travel for Treatment Abroad”

August 29, 2022

Israeli Occupation Forces(IOF) have been condemned for denying Palestinians access to their own hospitals in the West Bank as well as Israeli hospitals in Jerusalem. This subjugation has led to the worsening of 6,000 patients and the death of 4, including a six-year-old child. 

Developing Asia

Impact on industry

September 2, 2022  

The economic state of Pakistan after record setting floods will likely mirror the devastation caused by Covid-19 in 2020. However, the physical damage to infrastructure and agriculture will create even more serious economic obstacles. 

7 Rohingya dead after boat seized, Myanmar officials say

September 2, 2022

A boat carrying 65 Bengalis was detained by Myanmarese authorities just south of Yangon. 7 died due to lack of water and food combined with harsh weather conditions. 

Marriage Equality Bill moving forward

August 31, 2022

A marriage bill in Thailand aimed at broadening the definition of marriage in the country to include couples of any gender is expected to have second and third readings by the Move Forward Party (MFP) later this year.

India’s Supreme Court Widens Definition of ‘Family’

August 30, 2022

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that blended families, same-sex couples, and single parents deserve equal familial benefits to couples consisting of a mother and a father, widening the definition of “family” with implications for human rights developments in the country.

Key Issues

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Over 110 Palestinians Killed by Israel This Year

September 2, 2022

This article details reports from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) as the Israeli Occupational Forces(IOF) have killed and injured hundreds and destroyed over 80 civilian structures. 

Lufthansa cancels hundreds of flights as pilots strike over pay

September 2, 2022

A German labor union called for more than 5,000 Lufthansa pilots to stage a 24-hour walkout with has led to the cancellation of over 800 flights. This strike will affect over 130,000 travelers. 

Shocking Before And After Pictures Reveal Destruction Caused By Floods In Pakistan

August 31, 2022

Unprecedented floods in Pakistan have displaced over 33 Million people as humanitarian agencies and the Pakistani government struggle to provide aid to people who are suffering from a rapidly unfolding natural disaster. 

Blockchain against climate change: perspectives from Indonesia

August 30, 2022

Blockchain technology may be able to provide new ways of tracking and analyzing the effects of climate change. This technology would be helpful in Indonesia, one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world, to document and track its biodiversity.

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