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Torture, killings, lawlessness, still blight Burundi’s rights record

UN News Centre - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 17:38
The people of Burundi continue to endure serious human rights violations including possible crimes against humanity, the majority committed by those with links to the ruling party, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Thursday.

Russia’s Crazy Sham Election

Foreign Policy - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 17:27
To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.

UN Women’s feminist roadmap tackles triple crises of jobs, care and climate 

UN News Centre - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 17:22
The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organization on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the lessons of the past, and seize the opportunity to handle COVID-related crises better.

The Kremlin’s Don’t-Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign

Foreign Policy - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 17:20
Russia isn’t cracking heads ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary vote—just boring people away from the polls.

77 million children have spent 18 months out of class: #ReopenSchools, urges UNICEF 

UN News Centre - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 17:08
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the world is facing an education crisis due to the COVID pandemic, that has left nearly 77 million children shut out of the classroom for the past 18 months.  

Act now to slow climate change and protect the planet, urges UN chief

UN News Centre - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 16:46
The ozone layer – a fragile shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the sun – is “on the road to recovery”, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the World Ozone Day.

Autocritiques cathodiques en Chine

Le Monde Diplomatique - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 16:15
Depuis son arrivée à la tête du Parti communiste chinois, fin 2012, le président Xi Jinping n'a cessé de renforcer son pouvoir. Au nom de la lutte contre la corruption, il écarte toute personne soupçonnée de mettre en cause l'autorité du Parti, selon la vieille méthode des aveux publics, remise au goût (...) / , , , , , , , , , , - 2016/07

L'Australie séduite par la Chine

Le Monde Diplomatique - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 15:51
Si, face aux ambitions économiques et territoriales de Pékin, l'Australie semble tenir son rôle de lieutenant dans le cadre de la stratégie américaine de rééquilibrage vers le Pacifique, son insertion économique dans la région révèle une politique beaucoup plus équivoque, marquée par une volonté (...) / , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , - 2015/01

The Korean Peninsula’s Arms Race Heats Up

Foreign Policy - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 11:12
The reality of a defiant nuclear North Korea has led Seoul to consider its own options.

NATO’s Man in Kabul

Foreign Policy - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 10:41
Stefano Pontecorvo spent his childhood in Kabul. Sixty years later, he coordinated the evacuation of 124,000 people before saying goodbye to the city himself.

‘Tipping point’ for climate action: Time’s running out to avoid catastrophic heating

UN News Centre - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 09:15
The temporary reduction in carbon emissions caused by global COVID-19 lockdowns did not slow the relentless advance of climate change. Greenhouse gas concentrations are at record levels, and the planet is on path towards dangerous overheating, a multi-agency climate report published on Thursday warns. 

FROM THE FIELD: Women owning the peace

UN News Centre - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 06:35
The contribution of women activists towards building peace across the world is being highlighted in a UN exhibition of images taken by women photographers which is opening online and in New York.

Has China’s Housing Crisis Finally Arrived?

Foreign Policy - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 00:01
The government seeks to avoid Evergrande Group becoming Beijing’s Lehman Brothers.

From BTS, K-Pop heroes, to net zero: 5 things to look out for at UNGA 76

UN News Centre - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 23:39
The 76th session of the UN General Assembly is due to begin on 14 September, and it will be very different from 2020’s fully virtual gathering. UNGA 76 will still be overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but that won’t stop leaders (some of them in the Assembly Hall) from addressing urgent global challenges. Here are five things you should know about 2021’s “hybrid” event.

Syria ‘caught in a downward spiral’ UN relief chief tells Security Council 

UN News Centre - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 23:24
The UN humanitarian affairs chief warned on Wednesday that Syria, after more than a decade of war, remains “caught in a downward spiral” and that “the country will continue to be a place of tragedy, so long as the conflict continues.” 

UN sends Gabon peacekeepers home from Central African Republic, following abuse allegations

UN News Centre - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 23:08
The United Nations announced on Wednesday that all Gabonese military units deployed to the peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, are to be sent home immediately, following credible reports alleging that unidentified ‘blue helmets’ had abused five girls.

How Sept. 11 Supercharged China’s Propaganda

Foreign Policy - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 22:38
Beijing has used the “war on terror” to target its own minorities like Uyghurs.

Germany Has Three Chancellor Candidates but No Answers

Foreign Policy - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 22:30
A nationally televised debate mostly highlighted the weaknesses of the leading contenders to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

China’s Social Credit System Is Actually Quite Boring

Foreign Policy - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 21:42
A supposedly Orwellian system is fragmented, localized, and mostly targeted at businesses.

It’s Time for a Reckoning on Torture

Foreign Policy - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 21:10
Closing Guantánamo Bay isn’t enough.