Weekly update: 17 April – 24 April 2023
The following media round up on international and foreign policy issues from around the world for the period of 17 April to 24 April 2023.
Guernica 37 will provide weekly media updates from the International Criminal Court, European Court of Human Rights, United Nations, European Union and other sources. Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Ned Vucijak at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
SUDAN - 23 April 2023
BBC News, ’Wagner in Sudan: What have Russian mercenaries been up to?’
See here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-65328165
ETHIOPIA - 23 April 2023
Reuters, Ethiopia to begin negotiations with OLA rebel group.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) will begin peace negotiations in Tanzania on Tuesday, the two sides said.
See here: https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/ethiopia-begin-negotiations-with-ola-rebel-group-2023-04-23/
TAIWAN - 23 April 2023
The Independent, ‘Taiwan’s foreign minister says country is preparing for possibility of war with China in 2027’
See here: https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/east-asia/china-taiwan-war-us-russia-joseph-wu-b2325165.html
EU/TAIWAN - 23 April 2023
Politico, Send warships to Taiwan Strait, Borrell urges EU governments.
EU member countries should deploy warships to patrol the Taiwan Strait in order to deter Beijing’s military aggression, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.
See here: https://www.politico.eu/article/china-joseb-taiwan-borrell-eu-warships-to-patrol-strait/#:~:text=Europe%20should%20be%20'firm'%20in,EU%20foreign%20policy%20chief%20argues.&text=BRUSSELS%20%E2%80%94%20EU%20member%20countries%20should,policy%20chief%20Josep%20Borrell%20said
SYRIA - 24 April 2023
Al Jazeera, Hundreds protest against Arab rapprochement with Syria’s al-Assad
Protesters demand Bashar al-Assad be prosecuted, the release of all detainees and the return of displaced Syrians to their homes
See here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/4/24/hundreds-protest-against-arab-rapprochement-with-syrias-al-assad
KENYA - 23 April 2023
BBC News, ‘Kenya cult deaths: 47 bodies found in investigation into 'starvation cult’
Kenyan police have exhumed 47 bodies near the coastal town of Malindi, as they investigate a preacher said to have told followers to starve to death.’
See here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-65363585
RUSSIA/UKRAINE - 23 April 2023
Al Jazeera, ‘Russia-Ukraine live news: EU-China row brews; Crimea attacked’
See here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2023/4/24/russia-ukraine-live-news-eu-china-row-brews-crimea-attacked
RUSSIA/GERMANY - 22 April 2023
Politico, ’Russia expels at least 20 German diplomats. The foreign ministry apparently took the action in response to German ejections.’
See here: https://www.politico.eu/article/russia-vladimir-putin-expels-at-least-20-german-diplomats/
UK - 23 April 2023
The Independent, ‘Rwanda legal battle back in court as judges reconsider whether scheme is lawful'
Court of Appeal hearing comes as MPs to consider new law to detain and deport all small boat migrants
See here: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rwanda-deal-legal-court-appeal-latest-b2324529.htmL
CANADA - 21 April 2023
The Guardian, ‘Canadian professor convicted in absentia of 1980 Paris synagogue bombing'
Paris court jails Hassan Diab, a Lebanese-Canadian living in Canada, for life after attack in which four people died.
See here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/apr/21/canadian-professor-convicted-in-absentia-of-1980-paris-synagogue-bombing
BANGLADESH - 24 April 2023
The Guardian, ‘Abuses ‘still rife’: 10 years on from Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza disaster'
Campaigners say safety has improved but brands need to do more for workers’ rights and pay as survivors recount tragedy.
See here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/apr/24/10-years-on-bangladesh-rana-plaza-disaster-safety-garment-workers-rights-pay