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. 
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Latin America and the Caribbean

Peru Orders State of Emergency Amid Protests

December 15, 2022

In response to protests sparked by the ouster Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, Peru declared a nationwide state of emergency.

Belize Chamber wants minimum wage to be introduced systematically

December 14 , 2022

After authorities announced the establishment of a minimum wage task force, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the new five-dollar minimum wage should be introduced in a systematic manner. 

Jamaicans Urged To Continue Dengue Prevention Measures

December 9, 2022

Jamaicans were urged not to become complacent in the fight against the Dengue disease as the rates are looking better than they did in 2021. 

 

Strong 6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico

December 11, 2022

Residents were sent out onto the street when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico with no reports of damage.

Africa

Land is a heated issue in South Africa – the print media are presenting only one side of the story

December 16, 2022

Apartheid-like beliefs in major South African commercial press outlets are painting a one-sided story to land reform disputes in the region.

News: Security situation “fast deteriorating” particularly in western Oromia as thousands displaced, essential services not functional: UN

December 16, 2022

According to the UN, thousands of citizens in Ethiopia’s Oromia region have been displaced and are facing a health, financial, and electrical crisis with humanitarian deliveries to the people beginning to deteriorate.

At Least 141 Die in Congo as Floods and Landslides Hit Capital

December 14, 2022

Heavy rain in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused massive infrastructure damage to the capital city, Kinshasa, due to both floods and landslides.

Community water management project arrives in Benguela

December 14, 2022

In Benguela, Angola, the second phase of a community water management project for rural populations has begun, with those living near fountains and manual pumps receiving the most out of the development.

Ethiopia to investigate after 27 bodies discovered in Zambia

December 13, 2022

Ethiopia has launched an investigation into the deaths of 27 of its citizens whose bodies were found near Lusaka, Zambia, all of whom are suspected to have died of hunger and exhaustion.

“The new Algeria is now”: massive housing and infrastructure projects

December 8, 2022

Algeria has announced major housing and infrastructure projects on 170 kilometers of land set aside for urban development, which will house some 400 people.

Drought kills hundreds of animals in Kenya's national park

December 7, 2022

Thousands of wild animals have died in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park due to a one-year drought that has impacted over four million people in the country since it began.

Middle East

Russia welcomes Erdoğan's call for trilateral Syria diplomacy

December 16, 2022

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has proposed the formation of a trilateral diplomatic accord between Turkey, Russia and Syria. Turkey is spearheading the effort and wants each country to bring their intelligence and defense sectors together. 

Outgoing Security Minister Reprimands Police Over Arrest of Left-wing Israelis in Hebron

December 16, 2022

Omer Bar-Lev, Israel’s outgoing Public Security Minister, condemned Israeli police who were filmed attacking activists in Hebron. Bar-Lev implored the police to investigate the matter in an unbiased way. 

New US sanctions target Russian financial sector, oligarch Potanin

December 15, 2022

The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia’s financial sector, targeting specific Russian finance figures. This includes sanctioning Russia’s second largest bank. 

Iran won’t compromise on territorial integrity: Spokesman

December 12, 2022

Nasser Kanaani, Iranian spokesperson, reaffirmed Iran's unwavering position on its territory in light of recent criticism of Iran’s internal strife. Iran argues that other countries should not be concerned with Iranian domestic matters.  

Israeli repression harms Palestinian health as world marks Human Rights Day

December 11, 2022

Israel has taken several systematic efforts to undermine the health of Palestinians by crippling Palestinian health care providers, research facilities, and mobile clinics. This effort has led to some disturbing health outcomes for Palestinians, whose life expectancy is almost ten years less than Israelis, and whose infant mortality rate is eight times that of Israel’s. 

  

Erdogan, Sisi hold meeting in Qatar, reconciliation bolstered by Qatari financial incentives

December 4, 2022

The leaders of Egypt and Turkey, Sisi and Erdogan, meet in Qatar for the first time in 5 years. In this friendly meeting, mediated by the leader of Qatar, the heads of state discussed future economic cooperation.

Developing Asia

UN reaffirms full support for post-flood rehabilitation in Pakistan

December 16, 2022

The UN Secretary-General (UNSG), Antonio Guterres, was visited by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on December 16 in New York. Antonio Guterres underlined his complete support and cooperation to Pakistan during the meeting in regards to the continuing humanitarian relief efforts as well as the long-term recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction in the flood-affected areas.

Liberal Democratic Party eyes shifting 1% of income tax payments for ‘defense tax’

December 15, 2022

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party's tax panel decided on December 14 to assign around 1% of existing income tax payments to a new "defense tax" to cover an anticipated rise in national security spending.

Vietnam deepens ties with European Partners 

December 15, 2022

Vietnam and its European allies will enhance their relationship to handle global issues and assure prosperity for both. On December 14, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met with European leaders in Brussels to celebrate the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations.

Tens of thousands protest in Bangladesh to demand resignation of Prime Minister Hasina Sheikh

December 11, 2022

On December 10, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Dhaka asking for the dissolution of parliament and the resignation of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) organized the capital's large demonstration, accusing Hasina of failing to address rising gasoline costs and the cost of living

Indian PM’s BJP Secures Huge Win in Election in his Home State Gujarat 

December 8, 2022

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, won a state assembly vote in Gujarat, placing it in a strong position for the 2024 general elections. The BJP lost Himachal Pradesh, a small northern state  to the major opposition Congress Party.

Key Issues

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

While MBS undermines America, Joe Biden has his back on Yemen

December 16, 2022

While the United States senate came close to ending its complicity in the Saudi led war in Yemen, one of the few issues that actually has bipartisan support, President Biden has stepped in to veto the resolution. This political move comes even after the Saudi government undermined its relationship with the U.S. 

China-Iran high-level meeting highlights comprehensive cooperation, ‘dispels rumor of rift in bilateral ties’

December 14, 2022

On December 13, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran and stated China will continue to deepen their comprehensive strategic alliance.

Humanitarian report: 127 thousand Houthi violations in Yemen in 8 years

December 12, 2022

Details of the Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms report show that Houthi soldiers in Yemen have committed over 127,000 thousand human rights violations. Including the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians in Yemen. 

South China Sea: Taiwan’s live-fire drills irked Vietnam. Was Beijing the real target?

December 11, 2022

Vietnam was quick to convey its unhappiness this month over Taiwanese military training near a South China Sea island that both claim, but observers believe the episode speaks more to Taipei's fear for its outlying islands' continuing security than the status of its ties with Hanoi.

News: District court judge, dozens of civilians killed, entire residents of a district displaced in attacks blamed on “Fano militants” in East Wollega

December 3, 2022

Two attacks in Ethiopia’s Kiremu district have resulted in dozens of people dead, including a district court judge. The attacks have been blamed on Amhara militants.

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