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September 23, 2022

Security in Context Media Roundup: September 9 - September 23, 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

UN: Venezuelan President Maintains Grip on Power by Crushing Dissent 

September 21, 2022

The Venezuelan government, led by president Nicolas Maduro, is accused by U.N. investigators of deliberately implementing a policy of repression in order to defeat the opposition through means of violence. 

Brazil More Amazon Fires So Far This Year Than All of 2021 

September 20, 2022 

According to official records, the number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon in 2022 has already surpassed the number of recorded ones for the entirety of 2021. 

Survey Finds Food Insecurity In The Caribbean Continues On Upward Trajectory 

September 19, 2022 

In the last six months the levels of those facing moderate to severe food insecurity in the English-speaking Caribbean has risen by 46 percent. About 51 percent of the population is now estimated to be facing food insecurity. 

‘Violent Civil Unrest’ In Haiti Hampers Aid Delivery 

September 19, 2022 

Due to escalating violent civil unrest, as well as the blockading of roads across the country, Haitians are not receiving the assistance they need from humanitarian partners. 

Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico after knocking out power 

September 18, 2022 

On Sunday Category One hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico knocking out power all throughout the island and causing devastating flooding. 

Inflation in Argentina expected to reach 95 percent 

September 15, 2022 

A monthly poll published by Argentina’s central bank disclosed that economists predict their estimate for annual inflation to reach 95 percent this year. 

Africa

Mozambique, Tanzania reach deal to fight terrorism 

September 22, 2022

Mozambique and Tanzania leaders have signed security agreements that seek to halt terrorism and crime along their border between one another.

News: Rights Commission calls for immediate response to dire state of Tigrayan civilians illegally detained in Jarre camp, now transferred to Awash police training camp

September 19, 2022

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has called for a response to the 2,800 displaced Tigrayan citizens, citing a lack of humanitarian support.

PR creates two new ministries

September 17, 2022

Angola’s President of the Republic, João Lourenço, has created two new ministries: The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, and the Ministry of the Environment.

South Africa power cuts may not end in a year, Eskom says

September 12, 2022

South African energy utility Eskom believes regular power cuts in the country may take a year to help meet electricity demands.

Middle East

Egypt to lead UN efforts in eliminating Hepatitis C: Health Minister

September 21, 2022

Egypt’s Minister of Health and Population is participating in work with the UN based on WHO goals to eradicate Hepatitis C by 2030.

Protests Intensify in Iran Over Woman Who Died in Custody

September 21, 2022

Mass anti-government protests have begun in Iran after the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody, who authorities claim died of a heart attack despite accusations that she suffered several blows to the head prior to her death.

PCHR Condemns Killing of Palestinian Child and Imposition of Collective Punishment Measures in West Bank

September 16, 2022

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights has called for the end of Israeli actions after one child was killed and three other people were wounded in the Kafr Dan village.

Egypt accused of thwarting environmental groups ahead of COP2

September 12, 2022

Human Rights Watch has reported that Egyptian authorities have been creating obstacles that get in the way of environmental progress in the country, ahead of the UN’s annual Conference of Parties in November.

Developing Asia

Tensions as Bangladesh accuses Myanmar of firing in its territory

September 23, 2022

Cross-border gunfire by Myanmar on the border of Bangladesh is leading to escalated tensions in the region.

Groundwater for the Future

September 22, 2022

Thailand’s Department of Groundwater Resources and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment organized an International Groundwater Symposium aimed at finding ways to ensure groundwater sustainability.

What Is Popular Front And Why Has More Than 100 Of Its Operatives Been Arrested Across India

September 22, 2022

Over 100 members of the Popular Front of India have been arrested across India for historical extremist ties.

Yoon condemns alleged corruption in previous government's power project 

September 15, 2022

South Korea’s president, Yoon Suk-yeol, condemned the discovery that the prior Moon administration had misappropriated 261.6 billion won within a power project.

Just Bread and Noodles: China’s Covid Lockdown Distress Hits Xinjiang

September 11, 2022

Residents of Yining, China are facing food and medical shortages due to many weeks of pandemic lockdowns.

Key Issues 

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

Iran: Deadly crackdown on protests against Mahsa Amini’s death in custody needs urgent global action

September 21, 2022

Amnesty Internation calls for an independent investigative body to address the brutal impunity of the Iranian government, specifically its “morality police.” This request by Amnesty was isued in response to mass protests in Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini was killed by Iranian authorities for violating veiling laws. 

Groups ask Biden to drop Henry and PHTK, stop Haitian deportations

September 19, 2022

The U.S. has tactically turned away from the democratic process in Haiti by supporting interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry who is more willing to accept Haitian deportees.

Ukraine, It Was All Written in the Rand Corp Plan. “the U.S. Plan against Russia was Formulated 3 Years Ago”

September 18, 2022

The Rand Corporation issued a report in 2019 detailing several ways to undermine Russia’s geopolitical power. This included getting Russia involved in an unethical war that would exhaust resources while tarnishing their image on the world stage. 

Overextending and Unbalancing Russia: Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options

Updated September 2022, original report 2019

This is an official extensive summary of the Rand Corporation’s report in 2019 that described the most effective way to undermine Russia from a strategic vantage point. This includes an editors note explaining that this report did not influence U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine. However, the report was funded by the U.S. military. 

The fire you cannot put out: Imbaba’s churches and the threats they can’t extinguish

September 14, 2022

People continue to attend the St. Demiana Church in the neighborhood of Imbaba despite the tragic fire in the Martyr Philopateer St. Mercurius Church just a few kilometers away which killed 42 people. 

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