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July 29, 2022

Security in Context Media Roundup: July 22 - July 29, 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 

COLOMBIA: Petro seeks “total peace”

July 28, 2022

Colombia’s president-elect Gustavo Petro announces plans on introducing what they are calling a policy of “total peace” as he is a week away from taking office. 

315 children, adults shelter at school to escape Haiti gang war

July 28, 2022

Hundreds of children and adults sought refuge from shootings between rival gangs inside a high school located in Haiti’s capital.

One year on, Peru’s president fights for political survival

July 27, 2022

One year after Pedro Castillo’s improbable presidential victory, the socialist president finds himself in a political crisis.

Dominica Says It Is Close To Reaching Its Sustainable Development Goals

July 22, 2022

Dominica predicts success in achieving its sustainable development goals by the year 2030. 

Africa

South Africa trade surplus narrows to 24.23 bln rand in June

July 29, 2022

South Africa recorded a smaller trade surplus in June from the 30.85 billion rand surplus in May. However, exports and imports in the country are still up.

Protests against military administration paralyse Guinea capital

July 28, 2022

The capital of Guinea was brought to a standstill during protests against the military government’s handling of plans to restore democracy in the nation. The protests have resulted in at least one death.

Congo to Auction Land to Oil Companies: ‘Our Priority Is Not to Save the Planet’

July 24, 2022

The Democratic Republic of Congo is auctioning off vast amounts of land to oil companies for hundreds of millions of dollars. Didier Budimbu, the minister of hydrocarbons, says the country has the potential to produce 1 million barrels of oil per year.

News: Ethiopia security, intelligence joint force says more than 5000 “extremist Fano” members detained

July 23, 2022

Ethiopia’s joint security and intelligence task force has detained thousands of “extremist Fano” members due to attempts at spreading violence.

Middle East 

War looms large as Yemeni children head back to school

July 28, 2022

Conflict in Yemen has resulted in a lack of educational opportunities for children. While millions of children will be heading back to school soon, teachers and students alike are nervous due to the ongoing conflict in the nation.

US committed to Egypt’s water security, advancing a resolution on GERD

July 28, 2022

Egyptian and US government officials discussed diplomatic resolutions pertaining to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and support the need for clean water in Egypt.

Protesters Storm Iraqi Parliament

July 27, 2022

Hundreds of protestors in Iraq stormed the Parliament angered by a prime minister nominee chosen by Iran-backed groups.

Iran says it has new ideas on nuclear deal after EU proposes text

July 26, 2022

After a proposal from an EU coordinator, Iran has said it has new ideas to revitalize the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with other world powers, seeing the EU’s new proposed text as a springboard for new plans.

Developing Asia

Some Asia economies need rapid rate hikes to cool inflation: IMF

July 29, 2022

The IMF recommends that Asian banks raise interest rates to prevent cascading inflation in the region. Currently, inflation is relatively moderate in the region. 

A Forum: Bongbong at the Helm

July 29, 2022

This article is a description of an upcoming forum that will include experts on the new Philipino administration. These experts will examine several themes such as presidential power, geostrategic outlook, and the macroeconomy. 

Second monkeypox case found, this time in Bangkok

July 28, 2022

A man living with 10 other individuals has contracted the Monkey Pox virus. This is the second recorded case of Monkey Pox in Thailand.

Turning Waste Into Value, This Chennai Man Has Created A Plywood Alternative From Rice Husk

July 26, 2022

BL Bengani, a resident of Chennai, has successfully developed a new kind of plywood made from rice husks. This is especially important because India is the second largest manufacturer of plywood in the world. 

Country, society, and nation come before ideology: PM Modi 

July 25, 2022

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, stated that political differences should never endanger the well-being of the nation. PM Modi claims that his political opposition is purposefully obstructing developments to hurt him politically. 

Key Issues 

This section includes the latest and most pressing news regarding SiC's key security issues.

VENEZUELA: Communists denounce crackdown

July 28, 2022

The Venezuelan government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, is facing accusations on behalf of the Partido Comunista de Venezuela (PCV) of cracking down on their activists.​​ The PCV claims that the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) is conducting an “anti-communist campaign”. 

After cannabis, govt takes step towards allowing casinos to operate

July 27, 2022

The Thai Parliament is considering legalizing Casinos in Thailand to help restore the post-pandemic economy. This consideration comes shortly after the legalization of cannabis. 

Techno-politics of data justice: perspectives from Indonesia and the Philippines

July 26, 2022

While many criticize social media platforms for disseminating misinformation, an Indonesian scholar and social media influencer describes industry giants like Mark Zuckerberg as “prophets,” providing the world with a much-awaited “public sphere.”

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