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China moves to impose controversial Hong Kong security law amidst calls for new protests

Today, 22 May 2020, a proposal to impose national security laws in Hong Kong was unveiled which could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases in the global financial hub, raising fears of direct enforcement by Chinese authorities in the city and the prospect of fresh protests. The proposal comes a day after Beijing proposed the new controversial national security legislation that critics see as an historical turning point for China’s freest city. … Read more →

Despite the delay, the UK Immigration Bill is very much alive

On Monday 20 April the Immigration Bill returned to the British parliament for its Second Reading in the House of Commons – offering MPs their first chance to debate the bill. The bill had originally been scheduled to return in April, but was held back as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It was very… … Read more →

Locust threat extends to new areas

Locust swarms are continuing to pose an enormous, immediate threat to food security and livelihoods in east Africa. In addition, the Indo-Pakistan border area, Sudan, and perhaps the Sahel of West Africa also face an impending invasion from spring breeding areas according to the latest update from the … Read more →

Iran sentences French-Iranian academic to six years in prison on bogus national security charges

Iran has sentenced Fariba Adelkhah, a French-Iranian academic who has been detained in the country for almost a year, to a maximum of six years in prison on charges of “colluding with the aim of breaching national security” and spreading “propaganda against the system”. Fariba, 61, is an anthropologist and researcher at Sciences Po university… … Read more →

Covid-19: What is going on in Belarus?

Since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic, few countries have chosen to ignore social distancing recommendations. But, even among those states which have, the Belarusian official response to its epidemic remains unique. While Europe’s last dictator, President Alexander … Read more →

China, Russia, Brazil and the underreporting of Covid-19 cases

At the end of April, national security officials in London and Washington said they believed China was underreporting the true levels of deaths from Covid-19. It followed after officials in Wuhan raised the death toll from Covid-19 by 50 per cent overnight on 17 April. They said the sharp increase reflected updated reporting and deaths… … Read more →

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