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July 5, 2022

Security in Context Media Roundup: June 30 - July 5, 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 of security issues 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 in the Roundup 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

CHILE: Boric receives new constitution but public unconvinced

July 5, 2022

Chile’s constitutional convention concludes as a new copy of its constitution is drafted for President Gabriel Boric. The new constitution is intended to replace the current version which was written during Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.

Guterres: The Caribbean Is ‘Ground Zero’ For The Global Climate Emergency

July 5, 2022

The UN Secretary-General attended the 43rd Caribbean Community and Common Market conference where he recognized that the small island low-lying coastal states of the Caribbean are especially vulnerable to the current climate crisis. 

Argentina's new economy minister sworn in

July 5, 2022

Silvina Batakis is sworn in as the new minister of economy for Argentina. During the speech at the ceremony, the economist emphasized the continuity of the economic program in agreement with the International Monetary Fund and a special focus on achieving fiscal balance for Argentina. 

Experts Call For “Better-Built” Schools In The Caribbean

July 3, 2022

Experts warn that there is a learning crisis in the Caribbean and Latin America. An article published by the World Bank advises that better school infrastructure could change the learning environment in schools and encourage more emphasis on inclusion and safety.

Francia Márquez: “The vice-presidency is a means, the end is to achieve peace and dignity”

July 1, 2022

An in-depth talk with Francia Márquez, the new Vice President of Colombia, who revolutionized Colombian politics and paved the way for the first progressive government in the nation's history. 

Africa

Angola hosts meeting between DRC and Rwanda

July 5, 2022

Luanda–the capital of Angola–hosted a meeting between the DRC and Rwanda leaders, whose relationship has deteriorated these past few weeks due to accusations of Rwanda’s government supporting rebels against the DRC.

Prime minister chairs ceremony to launch portal devoted to Algiers Arab Summit

July 4, 2022

Algerian Prime Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane chaired the launch of an electronic portal to be used for the upcoming Arab Summit in Algiers on November 1st-2nd.

South Africa's Eskom extends daily power cuts for next week amid capacity shortage

July 3, 2022

Worker strikes and maintenance delays have urged state utility company Eskom to extend daily power cuts for an extra week because the company is unable to negotiate wages with its workers.

Germany Begins Return of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

July 1, 2022

Germany has returned 2 priceless artifacts to Nigeria that were stolen from the country 100 years ago. They are set to return 1,100 more artifacts in the coming years.

Middle East 

Ethiopian PM says agreed with Sudan’s al-Burhan to settle dispute

July 5, 2022

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister has agreed to peacefully settle a border dispute with Sudan after Sudan claimed Ethiopia had captured and killed Sudanese forces.

Israel says Iranian warships have been patrolling the Red Sea

July 5, 2022

Israel’s defense minister claims Iranian warships have been patrolling the Red Sea, their presence a threat to stability in the region.

Joint Egyptian-Austrian company to operate Abbassiya workshop for railway switches

July 5, 2022

Egyptian National Railways signed a contract with Austrian company Voest Albin, agreeing to operate an Abbassiya workshop dedicated to creating railway switches.

Iran Earthquake Kills at Least 5, State Media Says

July 1, 2022

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Iran has killed at least 5 and injured at least 49. Tremors were also felt in Dubai and the UAE.

Developing Asia 

Myanmar to offer official apology for air intrusion, says Don

July 5, 2022

Myanmar will send a letter of apology to Thailand for a recent fighter jet air intrusion, which Myanmar’s foreign minister stated was an unintentional breach of Thailand’s airspace.

Pakistan arrest militant suspect in deadly bombing of Chinese nationals

July 5, 2022

The Pakistani government has arrested someone who provided technical support for a suicide bomb attack on Chinese University teachers earlier in the week.

Philippines’ Marcos Open to Military Exchanges With China

July 5, 2022

President Marcos of the Philippines is open to military exchanges with China, wishing to expand ties and ease tensions brought about by contested waters between the two countries.

Labeled a ‘Challenge’ by NATO, China Signals Its Own Hard-Line Worldview

July 1, 2022

A new declaration from NATO labeled China as difficult to work with, citing antagonistic reasons as to why. Beijing sees this as a threat from countries that do not wish to see them garner power on the world stage.

Key Issues 

This section includes the latest and most pressing news regarding 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. 

France repatriates 51 from Syria camps in policy change

July 6, 2022

While France has been reluctant to repatriate in large numbers, however, they have recently returned over 50 people to Syria on the grounds that they are affiliated with Muslim extremist groups. 

US Refuses to Acknowledge Israeli Responsibility for Assassination of Journalist

July 5, 2022

A US report conflicts with a UN investigation regarding a bullet that killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, with the UN claiming the bullet was Israeli and the US claiming the origin of the bullet is inconclusive.

West African leaders lift economic and financial sanctions on Mali

July 4, 2022

The Economic Community on the West African States (ECOWAS) lifted economic sanctions on Mali, prompted by military rulers’ insistence on a 24-month transition to democracy.

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