Saturday 4th July 2020
On Thursday the highest number of COVID19 cases were confirmed – for a single day - 208,000
Starting in Asia
In Turkey a trial has begun for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist killed in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in 2018. 20 Saudis are on trial, although they are all in Saudi Arabia. Last year Saudi Arabia convicted 5 men of murdering Khasoggi, however the international community has rejected these convictions. The United States Central Intelligence Agency say that Saudi Prince Bin Salman ordered Khasoggi’s murder. In the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has approved an anti-terrorism law. The law gives security forces more power to fight armed groups. However critics say that this law could be used against human rights defenders and government opponents.
Japan is considering the cancellation of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This comes after the controversial security Law China started in Hong Kong, which has been criticised by many world governments. Yesterday Tong Ying Kit became the first person to be charged under the new security law. The slogan “Liberate Hong Kong” is now against the law. Activist Nathan Law left Hong Kong, fearing that he would be arrested. He said China pays no respect to the human rights of its people…
“This is basically the end of one-country-two-systems, because there is no more two-systems, no more firewall between the system in hong kong and in china. It is basically merged with the implementation of the nationa security law, so I think that the internatilnao community should recognize that. China is a growing giant country, that pays no respect to the human rights of its people, so I think that the future is grim.
Africa In Mali 9 soldiers were killed yesterday in attacks in the centre of the country. On Wednesday 30 civilians were killed in attacks in the same region. Tensions have been high in Mali in recent months, with large protests asking for the resignation of President Ibrahim Keita.
Uganda has offered refuge to thousands of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ugandan Minister for relief Hilary Onek, said that this was not Uganda’s problem, but the world’s problem…
“We don’t have much land – our country is small, but we still allow them, out of sympathy. I wish the international community also becomes sympathetic and helps these people. These are not our problems, these are the world’s problems – international problems.”
Europe France has a new Prime Minister. Jean Castex has replaced Edouard Phillipe. It is reported that President Emmanuel Macron is trying to change the course of his final 2 years as president.
In the United Kingdom pubs, restaurants and bars are allowed to open today, for the first time since March. Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people to be safe, and said that if COVID cases quickly rise again, then lockdowns could be restarted…
“The virus is still with us, and the spike in Leicester has shown that. If it starts running out of control again, this government will not hesitate in putting on the brakes and reimposing restrictions. as we take this next step – our biggest s tep yet on the road to recovery – I urge the British people to do so safely.”
Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with 1 and a half million confirmed and 63,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Yesterday President Jair Bolsonaro approved a law making the use of a mask obligatory in public. However, he removed the obligation to wear a mask in schools, churches and shops.
The rest of Latin America quickly
Peru has become the tenth country in the world to pass 10 thousand COVID19 deaths. Ecuador’s health services say that they are struggling to manage the numbers of COVID patients. And Colombia had a day without tax yesterday, to try to stimulate the economy.
In the United States report by the New York Times says that the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement may be the largest movement in US history. Data shows that between 15 and 26 million people protested, up to 10% of the adult population. The largest single-day protest in US history was the 2017 women’s march –between 4 and 5 million people attended.
And finally in Spain a councillor has offered to resign after accidentally broadcasting video of himself showering during a meeting. Bernardo Bustillo thought that he could listen to the meeting while having a shower, but he didn’t realize that his video continued to be visible to the council meeting. Bustillo said he was “at peace” with what had happened.