Wednesday 15th June 2022


In the United States, former attorney General Bill Barr has said that he thought former President Donald Trump was “detached from reality” after the 2020 election. At a hearing in congress Barr said that on the night of the election he repeatedly told Trump that there was no evidence to suggest that the election had been stolen, and that Trump should not declare victory...

“I was somewhat demoralised because I thought, boy, if he really believes this stuff, then he has, y’know, lost contact with, he’s become detached from reality...”

Also in the United States, New York has introduced new laws that protect access to abortions. Governor Kathy Hochul said that national conservative attempts to restrict abortion access are an attack on New York’s values...

“This is not just an attack on reproductive health and freedom, it is an attack on the very values that make New York what it is.”

In Mexico a politician has been killed by a mob after rumours were spread about him on social media. Daniel Picazo was attacked by a crowd of around 200 people in the state of Puebla, by people who apparently believed that he ha kidnapped a child. His father said that the rumours were false.


Rwanda was supposed to receive its first flight of asylum seekers from the United Kingdom yesterday, however at the time of recording this podcast the flight had not left the UK. 7 asylum seekers were planned to be sent to Rwanda, however the European Court of Human Rights said yesterday that one of the men should not be deported yet. The UK government is trying to deter people from entering the UK illegally, especially by crossing from France in small boats. Last year 28,000 illegal immigrants entered the UK on small boats.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that his government is holding two weeks of talks with Tigray forces. Since 2020 there has been a civil war between the Ethiopian military and forces from the Tigray region, however there has mostly been peace since a ceasefire started in March.


In Ukraine, Amnesty International have said that hundreds of civilians in the city of Kharkiv have been killed by cluster bombs fired by Russia, since February. Cluster bombs are bombs that release smaller bombs, and are known for being unpredictable and particularly dangerous for civilians. Over a hundred countries have signed a treaty saying that they won’t use cluster bombs, however Russia and Ukraine have not signed the treaty. Speaking to the BBC weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon said that there is no moral reason to use cluster bombs in Ukraine...

“The world has made these weapons illegal because they are so devastating and indiscriminate and mainly affect civilians. There can be no reason legally or morally to use cluster munitions in Ukraine or anywhere else...” During the Syrian civil war Russia was also accused of dropping cluster bombs on the city of Aleppo, and the Ukrainian army has been accused of using cluster bombs on separatist forces in the past. Russia says that it does not use cluster bombs in Ukraine and does not hit civilian targets. The United Nations has documented the deaths of nearly 4,400 civilians in Ukraine since February, however it expects the number to be much higher.

Russia has banned many British journalists from entering Russia, accusing them of spreading false information. The ban includes journalists rom the BBC, Sky News, The Guardian and The Times. In Russia media is heavily controlled by the government, and it is illegal to describe the war in Ukraine as a “war” or “invasion”. According to Reporters Without Borders Russia is one of the least free places for the media. Yesterday Michelle Bachalet the United Nations Chief of Human Rights said that the arrests of anti-war protesters in Russia was “worrying”.

In France a left-wing coalition, lead by Jean-Luc Melanchon, won the most votes in Sunday’s parliamentary election, slightly more than the liberal coalition of president Emmanuel Macron. There is a second round of voting on Sunday.


14 countries, mostly in Asia have banned the new Disney film “Lightyear” because of a same-sex kiss. Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The UAE, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia have all banned the film. Homosexuality is illegal in most of these countries.

In South Korea BTS are pausing their group work. Khadija Tahir reports...

The South Korean Kpop group BTS has announced that they will be going on Hiatus. BTS was named the best-selling g of 2021 by the music industry body, the IFPI. The members announced that they will all be focusing on solo projects.

And Australia and Costa Rica are the final football teams to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar which starts in November. This is Australian journalist Tony Armstrong celebrating live as Australia beat Peru in their final qualifier...

“YEAAAAH! We’re through to the world cup!”

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