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October 25, 2022

Security in Context Media Roundup: October 7 - October 21, 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

Suriname legalizes illegal border crossing with Guyana

October 23, 2022

Suriname declares the illegal border crossing in Nickerie with neighboring country Guyana in an effort to establish orderly border traffic.

Bolivian strike over census delay paralyzes agriculture export hub

October 23 , 2022

Thousands of Bolivans took to the streets in the city of Santa Cruz, a major agriculture export hub, due to the postponement of their population and housing census which in turn delayed access to economic resources.

Paraguay is a haven for international crime, Congressional report finds

October 18, 2022

A report released by Paraguay's Congressional Bicameral Investigative Committee (CBI) claims that the nation has become “a logistic corridor for international crime,” as reported by CBI Chairman Senator Jorge Querey.

Hurricane Julia affects over 4,900 families in Colombia

October 11, 2022

The passing of Hurricane Julia through the northern region of Colombia left behind substantial damage, causing authorities to declare a state of public calamity in the department of La Guajira.

Jamaica Economy To Return To Pre-COVID Level By 2023

October 9, 2022

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) releases data that points to Jamaica getting back to the economic output level before COVID-19 by next year.

Africa

News: Malawi police discover mass grave suspected to contain bodies of Ethiopian nationals

October 20, 2022

The local police in Malawi say that they have found a mass grave consisting of the bodies of 25 migrants. They suspect that they victims are Ethiopian nationals. Furthermore, the police in Malawi say that they have stopped 221 migrants this year, 186 if whom were Ethiopian. 

Zimbabwe is first African country to approve injectable HIV prevention drug

October 19, 2022

Zimbabwe has become the first African country to approve of injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) for people at high risk of getting HIV, following a surge of HIV cases globally.

News: Benishangul Gumuz regional govt, rebel group sign peace agreement

October 19, 2022

Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz regional government and the rebel group the Gumuz People’s Democratic Group have signed a peace agreement to resolve their issues with one another via dialogue.

Nigeria Floods Kill Hundreds and Displace Over a Million

October 17, 2022

The worst flood in Nigeria in a decade has resulted in 200,000 homes destroyed, killing 603 and displacing 1.4 million people.

Middle East

Lebanon warns deadly cholera outbreak ‘spreading rapidly’

October 19, 2022

A cholera outbreak has spread from Syria to Lebanon, with over 169 cases, which have been blamed on poor sanitation and infrastructure in the country.

Syrian regime leader meets Hamas delegation in Damascus

October 19, 2022

Syrian leader Bashar Assad met with Palestinian leaders in Damascus in order to restore global relations with the country, specifically to unite in opposition of Israel.

Iran takes aim at hostile media

October 18, 2022

Senior Iranian officials blame Persian-speaking channel, Iran International, for the civil unrest in the country, claiming it to be led by teenagers influenced by these media sources.

Protests in Iran Spread, Including to Oil Sector, Despite Violent Crackdown

October 12, 2022

At least 185 people have been killed during the month-long human rights protests in Iran after Mahsa Amini’s death in custody, following her arrest for not dressing modestly and covering her hair in public.

Egypt joins forces with WHO to launch global strategic mechanism for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases

October 13, 2022

Egypt’s Assistant Minister of Health for Public Health Initiatives Mohamed Hassani pledged to assist in the WHO’s global strategy to combat HIV, Hepatitis B, and syphilis, hoping to eliminate threatening diseases like AIDS from Egypt by 2030.

Developing Asia

'Want food, not PCR tests': Anti-Xi slogans spread in China amid key CCP meeting

October 19, 2022

Protests across China are steadily mounting in the wake of the Community Party Congress’ preparation to give Xi Jinping a third term as President, including slogans aimed against Covid protocols and demanding more food across the nation.

Flooding hits Phuket, causing traffic chaos

October 16, 2022

Phuket, Thailand has been flooded by heavy weekend downpours, while flooding also caused a landslide on Patong mountain, officials warning civilians to be safe and leave early for destinations should they need to leave their homes.

Bangladesh opposition says 4,000 charged in gov’t crackdown

October 11, 2022

Thousands of political activists in Bangladesh have been charged with violence, with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party stating the charges are false and being used as a political tactic.

Yoon says N. Korea has nothing to gain from nuclear weapons

October 11, 2022

Following an increase in nuclear tests from North Korea in recent weeks, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol warned of the seriousness of the threat while saying North Korea gains nothing from continuing on such a path.

Key Issues

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

News: AU PSC meets on Ethiopia ahead of UN’s; Blinken, Guteress discuss need for immediate cessation of hostilities, withdrawal of Eritrean Forces

October 21, 2022

The Peace and Security Council and the African Union met to discuss the violence in Northern Ethiopia and has called for urgent supply of humanitarian support to the region as the conflict “spirals out of control.” However, Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations, refuted this characterization saying that it “failed to reflect reality.” 

 

Consensus Among Russian Commentators: Ukraine Poses A Greater Risk Of Nuclear Escalation Than The Cuban Missile Crisis

October 21, 2022

The current proxy war between the U.S. and Russia through Ukraine has been identified by both U.S. and Russian officials as a serious nuclear threat. Some are drawing connections to the Cuban Missile crisis of 1962 and concluding that the War in Ukraine poses an even greater threat of nuclear Armageddon.

Turkish mine disaster sends blame flying

October 18, 2022

A massive coal mine explosion in Northern Turkey killed 41 people and has prompted questions regarding workplace safety in Turkey. It has been revealed that staff cuts at the mine led to reduced safety inspections which could have been a contributing factor.

After the Nong Bua Lamphu shooting, a need for grief-sensitive journalism

October 14, 2022

Following a horrific mass shooting that occured at a childcare center in Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand, journalists have not shown the proper care in covering such a traumatic story and have even broken the law taking images and pictures of the crime scene illegally.

Crimea bridge: Russia 'to repair blast damage by July 2023'

October 14, 2022

Russia projects that the recently sabotaged bridge from Crimea to Russia will fully repaired by July 2023. The bridge served as a key supply route for Russia in the war. Russia claims that Ukraine is responsible for the bombing while Ukraine denies this.

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