FOREIGN NEWS MONITORING
This section reposts global news articles from various outlets to give readers an international perspective on leading topics. Our writers synthesize these global perspectives weekly. Writer William Kim is currently tracking Israel and Palestine. Writer Kevin Moya is currently tracking Russia. They each repost an article from another outlet on a daily basis. Our current section editor is Kathleen Shea and our former editor is Forrest Ferguson (Fall 2017).
(Haaretz - Israel) Israeli authorities revoked the work permits of over a thousand Palestinians solely because they have the same surname as the perpetrator of a stabbing attack.
(Reuters - UK) A teenage Palestinian girl who was filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank accepted a plea deal on Wednesday under which she will be sentenced to eight months in prison, her lawyer said.
(China News Daily — China) Under the leadership of the Party with Xi as the core, China will steadily embark on the road to realize the "two centenary goals"－of building a moderately prosperous country by 2020 and a modern socialist country by 2050－and Russia led by Putin is expected to bring Russian people more economic benefits and confidence.
(Tass — Russia) On Saturday, in response to London’s moves, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Russia had declared 23 British diplomats personae-non-gratae and would expel them within a week, close the British consulate general in St. Petersburg, and terminate the British Council’s activity in Russia.
(RT - Russia) Tamimi, who is facing 10 years in jail after slapping an Israeli soldier in December 2017, will be in court this month but Tamimi’s case is far from an isolated one. According to B'Tselem (the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), at the end of 2017 there were 352 Palestinian minors being held in Israeli prisons. This trend has risen dramatically since 2014. In December of that year there were 156 child prisoners, by the end of 2015 this figure had jumped to 450 before being reduced by 98 at the end of 2017.
(Aljazeera - Qatar) UN reports at Human Rights Council in Geneva show Palestinian living conditions severely worsening over the past year. United Nations officials condemned the continued arbitrary detention of Palestinian children by Israel saying the practice has become "systematic and widely spread".
(The Guardian — United Kingdom) “Right now the turnout numbers are higher than we expected. We need to thank Great Britain for that because once again they did not consider the Russian mentality,” the chairman said. “Once again we were subject to pressure at just the moment when we needed to mobilize.”
(New York Times — United States) "These videos appear to show fraudulent voting during Sunday's election in Russia. Russian election authorities said they will investigate the irregularities."
(Global Times - China) Israel's internal security agency said Monday it had arrested a French employee of France's consulate in Jerusalem on suspicion he was involved in smuggling weapons from Gaza to Palestinians in the West Bank. Romain Franck, a French citizen, was detained on Feb. 15 but his arrest and the entire case were under a gag order until Monday. The Shin Bet security service said in a statement that he was part of a nine-man smuggling ring. Six of them were indicted on Monday. "The investigation clearly shows that the employee (Franck) acted for financial profit, on his own initiative and without the knowledge of his superiors," the Shin Bet statement read.
Many countries report on the late stages of the Ethiopian Political Crisis and how it is affecting their own nation and its government in addition to foreign visitors such as the US Secretary of State. There is a focus on the government's actions on the strikes and protests and the dangers of certain regions in Ethiopia.
As China's Communist Party moves to abolish term limits on the presidency, global media organizations take note and examine the changing wave in Chinese domestic politics and their long-reaching effects on a global scale.
(Nazret - Ethiopia) Strikes protesting Ethiopia’s state of emergency spread across the restive Oromia region ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival for talks with the Horn of Africa nation’s embattled government.
(The Strait Times — Singapore) "A significant number of 'no' votes or even abstentions would be a gasp-worthy event. Failure to reach the needed two-thirds majority would be faint-worthy," said law professor Margaret Lewis at Seton Hall University in New York.
(Al Jazeera — Qatar) Media have long been political tools in China, but five years into Xi's rule, the fourth estate has been melded much more thoroughly into the political machine. They are a central component in the cultivation of Xi's image and the backing of his policies, securing his and the party's hold on power.
(Ghana Web - Ghana) Ethiopia’s Attorney General Getachew Ambaye yesterday shed more light on the implementation of the state of emergency that was recently ratified by the country’s parliament. The state of emergency that was declared by the council of ministers on February 16, following the resignation of premier Desalegn Hailemaraim has been resisted by citizens, especially in the restive Oromiya region.
(VOA - US) Ethiopia's defense minister announced the arrests of the "main instigators" linked to anti-government protests roiling the country, insisting that armed federal patrols were trying to minimize violence. At least a handful of civilian deaths have been reported over the last several days.
(The Guardian — United Kingdom) Over the course of Koroma’s presidency, Sierra Leone has broadened trade relations with China to levels not seen since the 1980s. Chinese companies have secured the largest iron ore concession in the country and built roads through underdeveloped areas, including a £115m toll road. China has become one of the largest importers of Sierra Leone’s fish and timber.
(Bloomberg - US) Strikes protesting Ethiopia’s state of emergency spread across the restive Oromia region ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival for talks with the Horn of Africa nation’s embattled government.
(Tass — Russia) On the 40th anniversary of launching the Reforms and Openness policy of prominent Chinese politician Deng Xiaoping, the Communist Party will abolish many key regulations that have ensured China’s prosperity for many years. The crucial change will be scrapping presidential term limits, which were included in the constitution in 1982. This will pave the way for Xi Jinping, 64, to rule the country indefinitely.
(France 24 - France) Streets were deserted with shops and businesses shut down in parts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and in towns in the surrounding Oromia region, a hotbed of anti-government dissent since 2015. "The strike is a response to our fear" of the state of emergency, a resident of the Oromia town Burayu who requested anonymity told AFP.
(The Japan Times — Japan) “I interpret this piece of news as evidence that the CCP is weaker and more vulnerable than thought, not strong and stable,” Lyle Morris, a China expert and senior analyst at the Rand Corp., wrote on Twitter in reference to the party. “A party that allows a leader through cult and power of personality to re-write the rules of succession is not a political party confident in itself.”
(Reuters - UK) Ethiopia’s ruling coalition is expected to meet this week to choose a new prime minister, most likely from the populous Oromo ethnic group to try and dampen the discontent behind recent anti-government demonstrations. The change in leadership follows the surprise resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn last month. He is the first ruler in modern Ethiopian history to step down; previous leaders have died in office or been overthrown. He said he wanted to clear the way for reforms.
(South China Morning Post — Hong Kong) In short, the economy will struggle to sustain the growth rates needed to realize Xi’s Chinese dream. And Xi’s autocratic style of government will only make it even more difficult to achieve his economic goals... By scrapping the two-term limit on his time in office, Xi has greatly increased the chances that – like a British prime minister – his political career will be seen to end in failure.
Amidst the current political crisis in Ethiopia, many countries report on the situation and instability in Ethiopia in addition to its affect on the economy and violation of human rights. Due to the prime minister resigning, there has been unrest and chaos within the government of Ethiopia.
As Venezuela's economic crisis continues into 2018, global media monitors its impact on Venezuela, Latin America, and the world. Of particular interest to journalists across the globe is the Venezuelan refugee movement, which has spread Venezuelans across neighboring South American nations. Furthermore, an April 22 presidential election spells a continuation to President Maduro's regime.
(Amnesty International - Human Rights Organization) The Ethiopian parliament must ensure the new state of emergency does not further constrict the already narrowing freedom of expression, assembly and association in the country, Amnesty International said as MPs prepared to debate the new emergency measures on Friday. In an open letter to MPs, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty said, “I have noted with concern the recent escalation, in gravity and magnitude, of human rights violations in Ethiopia, especially in Amhara, Oromia and Somali Regional States of Ethiopia.
(Tass — Russia) Major global media are conducting a campaign against Venezuela and its leadership, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday, as quoted by El Nacional newspaper. "The global assault on Venezuela through the media has begun as discouraging stories appear every day," he said. "They [the media] released 3,800 negative reports last year."
(AAWSAT - Arab) Dubai's state-owned DP World said on Thursday the Ethiopian government had taken a 19 percent stake in Somaliland's Port of Berbera. The port operator said it would retain a 51 percent stake in the port and that Somaliland would retain 30 percent. DP World Group chairman and CEO Sultan Bin Sulayem lauded the strategic partnership, and stressed the role of partnerships between the public and private sectors in accelerating the pace of economic growth of countries.
(China News Daily — China) The China-Venezuela cooperation has promoted Venezuela's socio-economic development and has been welcomed and supported by all walks of society, Geng said. A stable Venezuela conforms to the interests of all sides, he said, adding that China does not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries.
(Africa News - Africa) An Australian legislator has warned that Ethiopia’s current political situation could have wider implications for the Horn of Africa region, for Africa and to an extent the world. According to Anthony Byrne, a Federal Member for Holt in Victoria, Ethiopia was undergoing a period of political transition that has an uncertain end.