We have always felt the need to not only start conversations around what’s happening in our vicinity, but also bring awareness to the lives that take place seemingly worlds away from us. Starting September 2019, we fulfill this need with Daily News Bites and Weekly News Briefings.
This week, our special #GlobaliSight focus is Climate Change Protest in Europe.
Extinction Rebellion, an international advocacy group founded last year in a small English town, launched a round of protests in London, Amsterdam, Sydney, New York and other major cities. Hundreds of protestors were arrested on Monday in London as they railed against government inaction on climate change (NPR).
As climate change protests escalate, activists sought to shut down London City Airport on Thursday. One of the activists climbed atop a British Airways plane and gave a speech to alert the world on the dangers of climate change (ABC).
Let’s review news on POLITICS & ECONOMICS from this past week: Russia’s destabilization plan, anti-government protest in Ecuador, anti-Kurdish campaign in Turkey, and Adobe’s departure from Venezuela.
After the destabilization in Moldova, Bulgaria and Montenegro, Western security officials found that the operations, which bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, are part of a Europe destabilization campaign (NYT).
Ecuador is at a dangerous impasse; thousands of indigenous anti-government protesters gathered in Quito, Ecuador's capital Tuesday. The clashes already forced the president to move his administration out of the city, which now lacks public transport. The violence was spurred by President Lenín Moreno's decision to end fuel price subsidies, resulting in sharp spikes in fuel prices (ABC).
At least 23 Kurdish fighters were killed in the escalation of an anti-Kurdish militia campaign in Akcakale, Turkey in the past two days. The militia had fought against the Islamic State along with the U.S. All militia-owned counterterrorism operations, aka the Syrian Democratic Forces, had been suspended (NYT).
Due to the U.S.-Venezuela trade dispute, Adobe is shutting down service for users in Venezuela and informing Venezuelan customers that their accounts would be deactivated. Users can still download contents until Oct. 28 (Verge).
Last but not least, let’s shift to SOCIETY news: Iranian women are allowed to watch soccer matches, student violence Bangladesh, and China prohibit ‘South Park’ episode.
Iranian women have been kept away from watching soccer matches at stadiums for around 40 years, but the Iranian authorities now allow women to watch games under pressure from FIFA. On Thursday at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, women were allowed to buy tickets and watch the World Cup qualifier game between Iran and Cambodia, though they sat in a different section (NPR).
A Bangladeshi undergrad at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology was killed in his dormitory Sunday after criticising the government online. The autopsy confirmed that he was beaten for several hours before he died. Thirteen students were detained, including at least five activists (BBC).
Chinese government censors have reacted to the most recent episode of South Park, "Band in China," by deleting almost every clip, episode and online discussion of the show from Chinese online platforms, although the episode tends to avoid offending the censors (THR).
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