Keir Starmer, “Israel’s” Closest British PM

Islam Times - The British Labor Party scored over the past week a major victory over the Conservative Party. It gained two-thirds of the British House of Commons while the number of seats of the Conservative Party declined to less than 120, which is below a quarter of the House members. This victory was led by Keir Starmer, a British
| UK

GAZA LIVE BLOG: Resistance Recruits Thousands | Netanyahu’s New Conditions | Haaretz: Hannibal Directive – Day 275

A Likud official said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may not proceed with ceasefire talks if they lead to early elections. This statement confirms the results of yesterday’s poll in Israel where the majority of Israelis believe that Netanyahu’s actions in Gaza are motivated by personal concerns. Meanwhile, Israel continued to bomb Palestinians throughout the Strip, including schools, refugee encampments
| Blog, News, Slider

Gov’t team behind new security law among 502 named in Hong Kong’s 2024 honours list

Hong Kong lawmakers gather for a group photo after the passing of Article 23, the city’s new security law, on March 19, 2024. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Government officials are in a break during meetings of the Bills Committee on Safeguarding National Security Bill at the LegCo on March 8, 2024. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Grand Bauhinia Medal Andy Lau. Photo: Wikimedia. Article 23
| Hong Kong, Politics & Protest, Andy Lau

Covid-19 left a deadly legacy, but poverty plays a prime role in growing disease burden – including in Hong Kong

People wearing face masks in Central. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Children at a Covid-19 vaccination centre. Photo: GovHK. Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau receiving a winter flu vaccine on September 22, 2022, after getting a Covid-19 jab on his other arm. Photo: Almond Li/HKFP. A restaurant in Hong Kong under the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: GovHK. Children playing at a kindergarten. Photo: Kyle
| Environment & Health, Opinion, Covid-19

Guiltless Night – A Poem (Dedicated to Majed Abu Marahel)

Long-distance runner Majed Abu Marahel, the first Palestinian to compete at the Olympics in 1996, died in Gaza on Tuesday due to Israel’s inhumane blockade on medication and the destruction of Gaza’s healthcare system. — The Palestine Chronicle, June 16, 2024 Bombs from the sky, one way to kill— a pilot and crew return knowing the slaughter. Bullets flock from an automatic weapon— a gunner
| Articles, Features, gaza

On this day: 28 years on, Hong Kong artists and researchers bring a moment in 1996 back to life

In the centre of Hong Kong’s Asia Art Archive, newspaper clippings from 1996, posters and leaflets are displayed on a wall, in June 2024. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Newspaper clippings from 1996, with reports on with a mainland Chinese artist who covered a statue of Queen Victoria in red oil and Tung Chee-hwa confirming his bid to become Hong Kong’s first
| Arts, Lifestyle & Events, HKFP Features, HKFP Reports

European Commission urged to probe Greek Coastguard actions causing alleged migrant deaths

A group of 33 European lawmakers have urged the European Commission (EC) to investigate Greek Coastguard actions that led to alleged migrant deaths in the Aegean Sea, Anadolu Agency reports. A documentary aired on Monday by the British public broadcaster, BBC, brought to light that violations by the coastguard may have been responsible for at least 43 migrant deaths in
| EU, Europe & Russia, Greece

Libya postpones opening of Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia

Libya announced, Wednesday, that the re-opening of the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia, which has been closed for three months and was scheduled to open Thursday, has been postponed to 24 June, Anadolu Agency reports. The Interior Ministry made the announcement and said it has been delayed because necessary procedures have not yet been completed. The crossing remains open
| Africa, Libya, News

China’s intelligence agency says trial of Hong Kong 47 a ‘major test’ of national security, rule of law

A Correctional Services Department vehicle pulls into the West Kowloon Law Courts Building on May 30, 2024, where three judges will deliver their verdict to 16 defendants involved in the city’s largest national security case. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. The verdicts of 16 Hong Kong democrats who have pleaded not guilty in landmark national security case over unofficial primaries. Graphic: Shan
| Hong Kong, Law & Crime, Politics & Protest

Dengue fever: a future constant in South America?

Climate, dengue and health systems Recommended People sit in front of a cabin destroyed by floods in Estrela, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, in September 2023. Increased rainfall caused by El Niño may contribute to the survival of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the spread of dengue fever (Image: Alamy) Mixed responses A woman placing a mosquito net over a window in Girardot,
| Climate, Global heating, Health

Africa Uncensored co-founder John-Allan Namu wins ICFJ Knight Award

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) today announced three winners of the prestigious Knight Awards in recognition of the journalists’ exceptional impact and commitment to uncovering wrongdoing. John-Allan Namu, a reporter and media entrepreneur from Kenya, and Valeriya Yegoshyna, an investigative reporter from Ukraine, are the 2024 winners of the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award. Rana Sabbagh, a renowned investigative
| General, ICFJ, International Center for Journalists

Turkiye’s 1st indigenous communications satellite set to launch to space

Turkiye’s first indigenous communications satellite is set to launch into space in July, Anadolu Agency reports. Turksat 6A was delivered Wednesday to the Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, following a more than 19-hour flight from Murted Airspace Command in Ankara. The satellite, which was then taken to the SpaceX hangar after four hours of preparations, is set to be
| Europe & Russia, News, Turkey

'Every reason' to think Netanyahu is extending Gaza war for self-preservation: Biden

US President, Joe Biden, has suggested that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, could be extending the war for self-preservation, according to an interview released on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports. During an interview with Time magazine, Biden was asked if he believes that some of Israel’s suggestions that Netanyahu is prolonging the war for his own political self-preservation are valid. “I’m
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

French People Urge Macron to Recognize A Palestinian State

Islam Times - The ongoing “Israeli” genocidal aggression in Gaza has prompted several hundred prominent figures in France, including politicians, trade unionists, athletes, artists, and researchers, to call for the official recognition of the State of Palestine. They argued that such a move would serve as a strong diplomatic symbol and honor the French Republic.
| France

UN Security Council extends mission in Iraq for last time

The UN Security Council (UNSC), on Friday, unanimously adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for the last time, Anadolu Agency reports. The resolution, penned by the US, called for renewing the mandate for a 19-month period until 31 December, 2025. It garnered overwhelming support in the Council, with all 15 member states
| International Organisations, Iraq, Middle East

After US, EU criticise first arrests under new security law and verdict in Hong Kong 47 trial, gov’t hits back

US’s CECC. Photo: CECC report. Diplomats in line outside the West Kowloon Law Courts Building ahead of the verdict hearing of 16 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures involved in the city’s largest national security case, on May 30, 2024. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP. Lee Yue-shun, one of the defendants among 47, walks out the West Kowloon Law Courts Building after a panel
| Defence & Foreign Policy, Hong Kong, Law & Crime

Israel’s Covert War on the ICC

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz speak during a news conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File) ‘The generals had a big personal interest in the operation’ ‘The army dealt with things that were completely non-military’ Official Opening of the Permanent
| Courts & Law, Middle East, Military

US boycotts UN tribute to late Iran President

The United States boycotted a United Nations tribute to Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, on Thursday because it said he was “involved in numerous, horrific human rights abuses” and that the world body should, instead, stand with the people of Iran, Reuters reports. Raisi, who had been seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed when his helicopter
| Asia & Americas, International Organisations, Iran

Israel raids, forces medical staff to leave Gaza Al-Awda Hospital

The Israeli occupation military stormed Al-Awda Hospital in Gaza and forced the medical staff to evacuate after a four-day siege. According to Wafa news agency, Israeli occupation soldiers detained a medical worker and forced the remaining staff to evacuate towards the Western Gaza City area. However, several doctors have refused to leave without an ambulance to safely evacuate the 14
| Israel, Middle East, News

The Pact for the Future Must Include the Unique Needs of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Persons

United Nations members in their ongoing negotiations on the Pact for the Future, must consider criminal justice reform and its implication to development and human rights. Until then, we will fail in the promise of leaving no one behind towards our collective goals for people and the planet Consider that there are over 2 million incarcerated people in the United
| Crime & Justice, Headlines, Human Rights

ACHPR urged to urgently develop principles for an AI policy framework

AI adoption, threats and opportunities Media viability Elections and the media Shrinking civil space Safety of journalists Access to universal rights online Call on State parties to develop and adopt principles of an AI policy framework, whose focus is on how new and emerging technologies can be used to promote democracy rather than undermine individual liberties Come up with a platform to engage very
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China’s manufacturing pushed emissions sky high. What’s next?

Why did emissions surge during zero-Covid? Shift to energy-intensive industry Missing the forest for the trees What are “strategic emerging industries”? Will rapid energy-demand growth continue? Recommended Clean energy: was 2023 an anomaly, or the new normal? Installing a wind turbine in Xinjiang, China’s north-west, in 2023. The number of wind, solar, hydro and nuclear power stations that went online in China in 2023 was enough to
| Climate, Carbon emissions, Energy consumption

Lai Ching-te’s inauguration: How a coal miner’s son became Taiwan president

Taiwan president-elect William Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party delivers his victory speech in Taipei, Taiwan, on January 13, 2024. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (left) poses for photographs with President-elect Lai Ching-te after presenting him a medal of honour during a ceremony in Taipei on May 13, 2024. Photo: I Chen Lin/Office of the President, via Flick
| Politics & Protest, Taiwan, AFP

France: Parliamentarian boycotts diplomatic trip to Israel due to Gaza war

French newspaper Le Figaro reported that Aymeric Caron, of the left-wing Ecological Revolution for Living (REV) Party and who is considered vice-president of the Israel-France Parliamentary Friendship Group, will boycott the diplomatic trip that the French Parliament is scheduled to organise to Israel from 15 to 19 July. Caron, who has firmly established himself as one of the most prominent
| Europe & Russia, France, Israel

Israel settlers twice set fire to perimeter of UNRWA in East Jerusalem

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Middle East Monitor (@middleeastmonitor) The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said yesterday that Israeli settlers twice set fire to the perimeter of its headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem. “This evening, Israeli residents set fire twice to the perimeter of the UNRWA Headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem. This took place while
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 46

A carnival featuring booths about national security and showcasing police’s armoured vehicles at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, on April 15, 2024 as part of the activities of National Security Education Day. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. National Security Education Day Xia Baolong, the director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, speaks at the opening ceremony for the National Security Education Day via
| Hong Kong, Law & Crime, Politics & Protest

UN gives update on 19 staff accused by Israel of 7 October involvement

UN investigators examining Israeli accusations that 12 staff from the UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, took part in the 7 October Hamas attacks have closed one case due to a lack of evidence from Israel and suspended three more, UN spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said on Friday, Reuters reports. He said the inquiry by the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

Sotheby’s Islamic art auction spotlights Ottoman gems

This year’s Arts of the Islamic World and India exhibition at Sotheby’s in London mesmerised visitors with a dazzling display of treasures from the Ottoman Empire and beyond, Anadolu Agency reports. From 19-23 April, enthusiasts took in a collection spanning over a millennium, leading up to an auction on 24 April, where bidders will be looking to sweep up a
| Europe & Russia, News, Turkey

Columbia University cancels in-person classes after pro-Palestinian protests

Columbia University students will attend classes virtually today as school officials hope to deescalate tensions on the New York City campus after pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested last week, Reuters reports. In a statement today, Columbia President Nemat Minouche Shafik said the university was cancelling in-person classes while denouncing anti-Semitic language and intimidating and harassing behaviour that she said had occurred
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

The dream of Israel on a calm Persian night

The Economist published an article on 11 April revealing that the Israeli army was experiencing an escalation of military and moral failures in Gaza due to the incompetence and fiasco of the generals and the moral indiscipline and vandalism of the Zionist soldiers. The publication reported: “It is now accused of two catastrophic failures. First, that it has not achieved
| Article, Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia

‘Palestinian Nazi state’ can’t be allowed into UN Security Council, says Israel

Israel's permanent representative to the UN suggested that a vote in favour of Palestine becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council would mean supporting a 'Palestinian Nazi state'. The disturbing claim that Palestinians fighting for liberation equates to a regime that slaughtered 6 million Jews, came at the end of a long speech criticising the UN and
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

UAE: at least one dead and big clean up underway after torrential storm

Local authorities and communities across the United Arab Emirates were clearing up on Wednesday after at least one person died and homes and businesses were damaged in a rare torrential storm, Reuters has reported. The extent of the damage was not immediately clear as emergency workers sought to drain flooded roads across the country hours after heavy rain subsided late
| Middle East, News, Oman

US-UK launch new strikes on Yemen’s Hudaydah

The US and Britain yesterday carried out two air raids on Yemen’s Bajil district, in the Hudaydah province in the west of the country. No details regarding casualties or damage following the air strikes have been released so far. Separately, it was also reported yesterday that a Yemeni civilian was killed following renewed Saudi targeting of Yemen’s border areas in
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Israel

Cruelty of language: Leaked NY Times memo reveals moral depravity of US media

The New York Times (NYT) coverage of the Israeli carnage in Gaza, like that of other mainstream US media, is a disgrace to journalism. This assertion should not surprise anyone. US media is driven neither by facts nor morality, but by agendas, calculating and power-hungry. The humanity of 120 thousand dead and wounded Palestinians because of the Israeli genocide in
| Article, Asia & Americas, Israel

Japan: Foreign minister to skip Bahrain trip amid Middle East crisis, say officials

Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa is preparing to shelve a trip to Bahrain planned for later this week amid escalating tensions in the Middle East following Iran’s mass drone and missile attack on Israel, Reuters reported three government officials confirming. Kamikawa had notified Parliament of her plans to visit Bahrain following the G7 foreign ministers summit in Italy between 17-19 April, according
| Asia & Americas, Bahrain, Israel

Exceeding Expectations: Iranian Ballistic Missiles, Drones Hit Many Regions in Israel – DEVELOPING STORY

The much-anticipated Iranian retaliatory attack on Israel has begun, Israeli officials told the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (KAN). The Iranian retaliation was expected following an Israeli aggression that flattened the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1. Though Israel has attacked many Iranian targets in the past, the attack on the consulate is an escalation since it targeted a ‘sovereign’ Iranian territory –
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‘No force in the world’ to stop Israel from invading Rafah, Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Tuesday that “no force in the world” will prevent his army from invading Rafah in the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports. “We will complete the elimination of the Hamas battalions, including in Rafah,” Netanyahu told recruits being drafted to the army’s Border Defence Corps. “No force in the world will
| Israel, Middle East, News

Turbulence in Israel Amid Expectation of Iran’s Retaliation

Islam Times - The Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus has more complicated the situation for the occupied territories than for Iran and Syria. In fact, the Israelis are now very much worried and anticipating Iran's response after the Monday attack on Iran's diplomatic mission in the Syrian capital and this has seriously disheveled the living conditions in
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Mekong’s giant fish threatened by dams and wetland conversions

The magic of the Mekong The Mekong giant barb (Siamese Carp Catlocarpio Siamensis Black) is one of 19% of fish at risk of extinction in the Mekong (Image: Ashley Swanson / Alamy) Threatened giants You cannot put a price on the biodiversity, the ecosystem functioning, the fishery or the heritage aspect that could be lostKathy Hughes, author of Mekong’s Forgotten Fishes report The implications
| Nature, biodiversity, hydropower

Mekong’s giant fish threatened by dams and wetland conversions

The magic of the Mekong The Mekong giant barb (Siamese Carp Catlocarpio Siamensis Black) is one of 19% of fish at risk of extinction in the Mekong (Image: Ashley Swanson / Alamy) Threatened giants You cannot put a price on the biodiversity, the ecosystem functioning, the fishery or the heritage aspect that could be lostKathy Hughes, author of Mekong’s Forgotten Fishes report The implications
| Nature, Biodiversity, Hydropower

Iraq: Kataib Hezbollah ready to arm ’12,000 fighters’ in Jordan

The Iraqi resistance faction Kataib Hezbollah said on Monday that it is prepared to arm its Jordanian counterparts “to defend our Palestinian brothers.” The announcement was made by Abu Ali Al-Askari, a senior official in the Iran-backed group, which is also part of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq coalition within the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). “The Islamic Resistance in Iraq
| Iraq, Jordan, Middle East

Activists protest Toronto Mayor's Iftar over Gaza war

Activists protest an Iftar event with Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto, Canada, for not calling for a ceasefire. They urge her to advocate for the demands of Palestinian Canadians and for the boycott of Israel by the City of Toronto. Activists refuse to participate in Ramadan's Iftar, saying they won't have it with 'politicians complicit in the genocide of Palestinians
| Asia & Americas, Canada, Israel

Switzerland orders Lebanon bank to pay over $4m for money laundering violations

Financial authorities in Switzerland have reprimanded Lebanon’s largest bank over severe money laundering violations, following an investigation into millions in unexplained payments to political figures. In a statement on Monday, Swiss market regulator, Finma, announced that it had ordered Banque Audi — the Swiss subsidiary of Lebanon’s Bank Audi — to pay back 4 million Swiss Francs ($4.4 million) in
| Europe & Russia, France, Germany

Pew poll: 82% of Hongkongers say multi-party democracy good for governance, but some back alternatives

People enjoy Hong Kong’s scenery as the sun sets on March 12, 2024. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Graphic charting Hong Kong and Taiwan respondents to PEW survey on preferred method of governance. Graphic: Nicholas Shearman/AFP. — Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) March 20, 2024 Supporters for the Democratic Progressive Party gather at a rally ahead of the final results of the 2024 presidential election
| Hong Kong, Politics & Protest, Taiwan

Security law: Australia, UK, Taiwan urge travellers to exercise caution in Hong Kong, as gov’t blasts ‘scaremongering’

Travellers in the Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: GovHK. Hong Kong lawmakers during a debate on a proposed domestic security law required under Article 23 of the Basic Law on March 19, 2024. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Fast-tracked passage A Chinese flag in Hong Kong on October 1, 2023. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Article 23 security law bill in full: Hong Kong proposes dissolving organisations
| Hong Kong, Law & Crime, Politics & Protest

PA security forces attack funeral procession in Jenin

Fighting broke out in Jenin in the occupied northern West Bank on Wednesday when Palestinian security forces opened fire on the funeral procession of the martyrs who were killed by the Israeli occupation forces. According to the occupation army, it used a drone to target “terrorist activists” in the city. One of those killed, claimed the army, was “the perpetrator
| Israel, Middle East, News

Article 23: Hong Kong slams ‘malicious’ ex-governor Chris Patten, accusing security law critics of ‘fact-twisting’

Chris Patten. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP. Legislative Council president Andrew Leung and lawmakers address reporters after the passing of Article 23 on March 19, 2024. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. ‘Nail in the coffin’ of human rights Central Government Offices in Admiralty. Photo: GovHK. Article 23 security law bill in full: Hong Kong proposes dissolving organisations accused of ‘external interference’ Threshold for early release may be raised for national
| Hong Kong, Law & Crime, Politics & Protest

UK: Network Rail defends hadith messages on major terminus display board

The UK’s Network Rail has defended the decision to post sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the daily information display board at London’s King’s Cross Station during the holy month of Ramadan. The “Hadith of the day” messages also included the times of two of the five daily prayers. One of them was: “The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
| Europe & Russia, News, UK