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November 2021 Media Roundup

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 that are of public interest from different perspectives. Entries may include academic journal articles, think tank reports, non-governmental organizations releases, official documents or government-commissioned research, and regular news items. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to admin@securityincontext.com

This month's special current events section covers COP26.

Climate Change and Security


The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research shows

November 25, 2021

A study conducted at Cambridge University found that the Arctic Ocean began warming far before scientists previously believed. 


Analysis: Biden's oil reserves bet mixes China outreach with appeal to U.S. voters

November 24, 2021

The U.S. is poised to release strategic oil reserves in coordination with China to help alleviate the effects of oil shortages. 


War Helps Fuel the Climate Crisis as U.S. Military Carbon Emissions Exceed 140+ Nations

November 9, 2021 

Protests erupted outside the UN climate summit in Glasgow in an effort to highlight the disturbing carbon footprint of the U.S. military which exceeds that of 140 nations combined. This statistic becomes even more troubling when it's understood that U.S. military emissions are exempt from most national emissions reports. 

‘America Is Back’ Pelosi Says at Glasgow Climate Talks

November 9, 2021 

Nancy Pelosi, along with several representatives at COP26, exclaimed that “America is back,” in regard to tackling climate change. However, this statement is inconsistent with the reality of American fossil fuel usage and overall investment in the fossil fuel industry. 




Security and International Relations

Uganda and Congo Are at War With the Islamic State

November 29, 2021 

the Islamic State-Khorasan which claimed the attack in Afghanistan that killed 13 U.S. soldiers and over 170 Afghans, has now claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in Uganda. 


India wants to seal its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh

November 29, 2021 

The Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, announced that he plans on securing and shutting down India’s border which includes Pakistan and Bangladesh on the basis that India is susceptible to terrorist threats. This border is twice the U.S.- Mexico border. 


Barbados becomes a republic, renouncing British queen

November 29, 2021

Barbados has replaced its monarchy, which derives from British colonialism and replaced it with a republic. Many hope this will motivate other former British colonies. 


Farmers Have Become Martyrs in India

November 28, 2021 

After long violent protests from Indian farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repealed his controversial agricultural laws. 


Ukraine PM calls for NATO’s help against Russia

November 26, 2021 

The Prime Minister of the Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, calls for assistance as Russia continues to stockpile arms and gather troops on the Ukrainian border.


China downgrades ties with Lithuania over Taiwan

November 21, 2021

China cuts diplomatic ties with Lithuania after they open a de facto Taiwanese embassy in Vilnius, the second largest city in the Baltic state. 

 European defense leaders warn: Belarus migrant crisis could morph into military crisis

November 10, 2021 

The Estonian minister of defense warns that the migrant crisis in Belarus could turn into a violent geopolitical crisis as EU leaders suspect that Russia and Belarus are funneling immigrants to Europe. 



Migration and Displacement

Two planes bring more migrants back to Iraq from Belarus

November 26, 2021

Two planes filled with hundreds of Iraqi migrants left from Belarus and returned to Iraq. This is part of the larger geopolitical tension between the EU and Belarus.  


U.S. heads for record Nicaragua deportations, despite Ortega criticism

November 25, 2021

The United States has deported many Nicaraguan immigrants and has made it clear that it does not approve of President Daniel Ortega. Some immigration experts are questioning whether U.S. immigration policy with regard to Nicaragua is political. 


Tragedy at sea claims dozens of lives in deadliest day of Channel crisis

November 24, 2021 

27 migrants die in an attempt to cross the English Channel in an inflatable boat. While 2 people survived, this tragedy is part of a larger trend as England has received over three times the amount of immigrants in small boats in 2021 than in 2020. 


Report: Economics drives migration from Central America to the U.S.

November 23, 2021 

An MIR report shows that the majority of immigrants migrate because of difficult economic conditions which is a major feature of the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Europe’s Migration Crisis, Born in Belarus

November 14, 2021 

Belarus has weaponized immigration and wielded it against Europe to weaken the strength of the EU. 


What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 7 charts

November 9, 2021 

The U.S must respond to a record number of migrants from Mexico in 2021. This is sure to exacerbate what has already been deemed a humanitarian crisis in the U.S. - Mexico border. 


U.S. to send deportation case notices to 78,000 migrants who were not fully processed

November 8, 2021 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to put in motion "Operation Horizon," which will begin the deportation process for 78,000 migrants. This does not diverge from the Trump administration’s immigration policy. 

Covid-19, Capitalism & Economy

Omicron: entry bans spread as China pledges 1bn jabs for Africa

November 30, 2021 

China imposes a new set of restrictions to help curb the recent surges in covid numbers and to slow the spread of the new variant. 


Covid News: Pfizer to Seek Approval for Boosters for 16- and 17-Year-Olds

November 29, 2021 

Pfizer seeks to become the first to manufacture and distribute boosters for people under 18. 


Omicron COVID variant underlines need for global ‘pandemic treaty’

November 29, 2021 

The new variant calls for a more cooperative international approach to help countries who don't have access to vaccines, tests, or medical equipment. 


Peru has the world's highest COVID death rate. Here's why

November 27, 2021 

Peru has the highest Covid fatality rate due to a variety of factors including lack of vaccines, ICU beds, and tests. 


WHO Says Too Early to Understand Omicron Severity: Virus Update

November 27, 2021 

While the WHO warns about the spread of the new omicron variant, evidence suggests that the symptoms are fairly mild. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

November 19, 2021 

The FDA has approved further administration of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and has approved the mixing of different vaccines for booster shots. 


Covid: WHO warns Europe once again at epicentre of pandemic

November 5, 2021 

Covid numbers in Europe have skyrocketed as vaccination rates slow in several European countries. 


Technologies of surveillance/Data Analytics/AI

China surveillance of journalists to use 'traffic-light' system

November 29, 2021 

China has devised a threat level system that will determine the level of surveillance needed for specific journalists. 


Meet Mansoor Adayfi: I Was Kidnapped as a Teen, Sold to the CIA & Jailed at Guantánamo for 14 Years

November 26, 2021 

Read the story of Mansoor Adayfi who was kidnapped at 18 by Afghan warlords and sold to the CIA. He was then kept in Guantanamo for 14 years without a charge. 


CEO-designate of spyware firm NSO quits after US blacklisting

November 11, 2021 

CEO of Israeli spyware company resigns after the US blacklists it for going against national interest. 


Julian Assange’s Fiancée: U.K. Blocking Our Attempt to Marry While He Is Tortured in Belmarsh Prison

November 9, 2021 

Stella Morris and Julian Assange have been barred from marrying and supporters continue to call attention to Assange’s serious psychological distress. 


Supreme Court Hears FBI Claim of State Secrets in Muslim Surveillance Case

November 8 2021 

The Supreme Court is split on whether Muslim Americans’ claim that the FBI violated their privacy rights is legitimate. It’s confirmed that the FBI sent an agent to infiltrate a mosque in search of suspected terrorist threat. 


US citizens v FBI: Will the government face charges for illegal surveillance?

November 7, 2021 

Muslim Americans are suing the U.S. government for conducting undercover surveillance. 


Israeli spyware company NSO Group placed on US blacklist

November 3, 2021 

The U.S. has placed an Israeli spyware company on its blacklist for being “contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States. 


Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality

Solomon Islands violence recedes but not underlying tension

November 27, 2021 

While the violence in the Solomon Islands has died down, there is still very significant geopolitical tension between the Islands and the U.S.


Argentine movement tries to make Black heritage more visible

November 26, 2021 

Argentinian President Alberto Fernández made an offensive tweet that sparked a cultural movement in Argentina. The movement aims to recognize and uplift the many different ethnicities that make up the country. 


Universities to combat race bias in research

November 24, 2021

In an effort to combat institutional racism in academia, universities in the UK are hiring more people of color and the statistics reflect this. 


Brit awards 2022 to remove gendered categories

November 22, 2021 

The Brit awards have replaced their gendered categories with two non-gendered awards. This is part of a larger cultural shift to accept more fluid gender categories. 


Artificial Intelligence plan to reduce harm to pregnant black women

November 17, 2021

Because bias greatly affects the medical care Black women get, they are 4 times more likely to die during pregnancy. AI medical practitioners may be a future solution. 

More people globally see racial, ethnic discrimination as a serious problem in the U.S. than in their own society

November 2, 2021 

A survey found that in the 17 countries with the strongest economic development, racial and ethnic discrimination is regarded as a serious issue for the populous.  

Arms, Weapons, and Military Industrial Complex

U.S. in hypersonic weapon 'arms race' with China -Air Force secretary

November 30, 2021 

China and the U.S. are engaged in an arms race to develop the best hypersonic weapons. This is part of U.S. efforts to continue to dominate the world militarily.  


“The War Party”: Jeremy Scahill on How U.S. Militarism Unifies Democrats & Republicans

November 24, 2021 

While both major political parties in the U.S. quibble over their differences in an effort to appeal to the American public, they are united in their commitment to maintaining a grossly over funded military. 


Does Taiwan Have the Right of Self-Defense?

November 23, 2021 

Taiwan’s sovereignty has a complicated legacy which increases the danger of a potential military conflict between the former Chinese province and the PRC. 


The Pentagon Budget Should Be Cut by At Least $1 Trillion—But War Profiteers Won't Go Quietly

November 9, 2021 

The congressional budget office has offered a plan to cut military spending and save 1 trillion that can be invested in other aspects of the Biden agenda. 


Saudi gets first major arms deal under Biden with air-to-air missiles

November 4, 2021 

The Biden Administration made its first arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The sale consisted of 280 air-to-air missiles worth 680 million dollars. 


The New Cold War’s Thriving Arms Race

November 2, 2021 

While Joe Biden struggles to carve out a budget for social programs and other policy proposals, he continues to invest in the proliferation of the U.S. military regime. 

COP26

COP26: The truth behind the new climate change denial

November 17, 2021 

Climate change denial no longer denies the existence of climate change. Instead, it purports false causes of severe changes in the climate and downplays the harmful effects it will have on the earth. 


COP26: New global climate deal struck in Glasgow

November 14, 2021 

One deal that developed at the COP26 conference specifically aims to diminish the usage of coal, the most harmful fossil fuel. 


‘COP26 hasn’t solved the problem’: scientists react to UN climate deal

November 14, 2021 

While countries reached several agreements during the Glasgow conference, global temperatures are still going to reach a tipping point. 


COP26 closes with ‘compromise’ deal on climate, but it’s not enough, says UN chief

November 13, 2021 

After the COP26 conference in Glasgow was extended an extra day, the countries present drafted the Glasgow Pact, a report compiled of the climate progress of 197 countries. 


COP26: Promises ‘ring hollow’ when fossil fuels still receive trillions in subsidies; UN chief calls on negotiators to pick up the pace

November 11, 2021

While countries at the UN conference in Glasgow drafted ambitious agreements and plans, globally, temperatures are still on track to increase by 2 degrees celsius. 


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