Killing of Palestinian man by Israel an ‘extrajudicial execution’

The killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Bethlehem last year was an “extrajudicial execution”, according to a London-based group specialising in the investigation of violations of human rights. Ahmed Erekat was shot at the Container checkpoint in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank in June 2020 and […]

Lam defends China’s plan to ensure only ‘patriots’ rule Hong Kong

Beijing says anyone who ‘goes against China and disrupts Hong Kong’ must not be allowed to take office in the semi-autonomous city. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has endorsed plans by Beijing to ensure “patriots” rule the city, saying they were needed to stop hatred of China and sustain the “one country, two systems” […]

US: Ex-policeman implicates NYPD, FBI in Malcolm X murder

Letter written by former undercover NYPD policeman alleges his department and the FBI covered up details of the killing. A former New York City police officer has, before his death, implicated the NYPD and FBI in the murder of civil rights leader Malcolm X on February 21, 1965. A letter written by ex-undercover NYPD policeman […]

Democratic lawmaker sues Trump for violating KKK Act over riot

Representative Bennie Thompson is the first to sue Trump for conspiracy to disrupt the US Congress under the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act. A federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday morning on behalf of Representative Bennie Thompson against former President Donald J Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani alleges they violated the 1871 Ku Klux […]

COVID app triggers overdue debate on privacy in Singapore

Singapore – For a country that prides itself on being on the cutting edge of high-tech governance, there has been little national discussion in Singapore on the balance between data collection and individual privacy. Now, COVID-19 has forced the conversation, after it was revealed that data from the government’s contact-tracing app, contrary to initial promises, […]

Biden, Modi discuss climate, ‘democratic values’ in first talks

White House says Biden ‘noted that a shared commitment to democratic values is the bedrock for the US-India relationship’. President Joe Biden has signalled he would seek to deepen the close relationship between the United States and India in his first talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he added climate change and “democratic values” […]

Indian celebrities back gov’t on protests amid global criticism

Several Indian celebrities, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and a host of Bollywood stars, have supported the government after pop superstar Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg made social media comments about the months-long farmer protests. Rihanna, who has more than 100 million Twitter followers, wrote “why aren’t we talking about this?!”, with a link […]

Myanmar military blocks Facebook, social media as pressure grows

Myanmar’s military government on Thursday blocked Facebook and other social media platforms – crucial sources of communication for its people – in a bid to quell dissent and civil disobedience after seizing power in a coup and detaining the country’s elected leaders. Facebook, used by about half Myanmar’s 53 million people, has emerged as a […]

China strips licence from second lawyer for ‘Hong Kong 12’

US urges China to reinstate licences for Ren Quanniu and Lu Siwei, who represented pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong. A second Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been stripped of his licence to practice, in a move that drew alarm from rights groups and condemnation from the United States. Ren Quanniu, […]

First female veep, corporate America gets ‘woke’ and MLK at 92

We round up the numbers to know from the week’s biggest economic and business news stories so you can impress yourself and your friends. People around the world tuned in to watch the United States inaugurate its 46th president this week, and eyes were trained once again on the steps of the US Capitol building […]

Martin Luther King, Jr was radical: We must reclaim that legacy

I’ll never forget my first organising training course in 2016. We walked through scenarios about arrests, communications, treating pepper spray, and supporting our comrades. And then the instructor, a young Black Chicagoan, slowed his speech, looked at all of us solemnly, and said, “Be prepared for anything. They will drag you. They will knock you […]

Civil rights groups plan YouTube boycott if site won’t ban Trump

YouTube is the last major tech company that has not banned US President Donald Trump from posting on its platforms after last week’s Capitol riot. United States civil rights groups will organise an advertiser boycott against Alphabet’s YouTube if it does not remove President Donald Trump’s channel, the groups told the Reuters news agency. Jim […]

Wadi-e-Hussain: A graveyard for Pakistan’s Shia victims

Karachi, Pakistan – Miles from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, lies the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard with its hundreds of graves. Each is a window into a life that ended all too abruptly. Protected from the city by large iron gates and tall walls, there is an uneasy calm within […]

Dozens arrested in sweeping Hong Kong crackdown

BREAKING Politicians and activists detained in early morning sweep in biggest crackdown yet under national security law. Dozens of Hong Kong opposition politicians and activists were arrested on Wednesday morning under the territory’s national security law, according to political parties and a police source, in the city’s largest crackdown yet on pro-democracy groups. Opposition figures […]

Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai granted bail

Accused of ‘foreign collusion’, judge says Lai can return home providing he complies with a series of strict conditions. Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon and the most prominent pro-democracy campaigner charged under a sweeping China-imposed security law, has been given bail and allowed to return to his home after being taken into custody three weeks […]

‘Righting past wrongs’: The Americans fighting US ‘sodomy laws’

Even today, she tells her sister: “You were right. You were absolutely right.” But that night, Wendi Cooper remembers walking down the street with the confidence that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. The dance floor was calling, car horns were blaring, and her friends were waiting in New Orleans’s Vibe nightclub […]