World In Brief
The NGO Justice For Myanmar has obtained documents that show Israeli cyber-intelligence firm Cognyte providing advanced technology to Myanmar to monitor users. Israel stopped selling weapons to the military junta only in 2018 after intense public pressure. Israeli human rights activists have now asked the Israeli AG to open a criminal investigation into Cognyte and the defense and foreign ministries for abetting crimes against humanity in Myanmar.
After a Chinese surveillance balloon over Montana this past week caused a diplomatic incident, a second Chinese balloon has been seen transiting Latin America.
The US government has been tracking a Chinese surveillance balloon that is now flying over the center of the continental US at about 60,000 feet. It was previously over Montana, where some of the United States’ nuclear missile silos are located.
The presidents of Ukraine and Moldova are among world leaders calling for the release of Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, as his health continues to deteriorate. Modovan President Maia Sandu tweeted: "Torturing an opposition leader to death is unacceptable for a country that wants to join the European Union."
The International Monetary Fund announced on Monday that it expects the global economy to be more resilient than previously expected, and that it's now likely that a global recession would be avoided.
Ukraine is begging the West for fighter jets that would help them take control of their airspace. But both Germany and the US are ruling that out for now.
A suicide bomber today ripped through a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing at least 59 and wounding 160. The mosque was almost full at the time. Pakistan's defense minister said that the country's security situation had deteriorated since the Taliban took power in 2021.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government have begun enacting their plan to consolidate their power by weakening the country's judicial system, setting off mass protests in the country — from attorneys, former judges, students, and Israelis from every walk of life. Now, it's the high-tech and financial sectors that are protesting by moving out of the country.
Russia has just expanded its list of those it deems "foreign agents." The new list includes Telo Tulku Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama’s representative in Russia.
Following Thursday's Israeli Army raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied Palestinian West Bank that killed nine Palestinians, seven were shot dead on Friday at a synagogue in East Jerusalem.
Independent Russian news outlet Meduza has now been completely banned in Russia. Meduza reports: If Meduza doesn’t now dissolve itself, Russian criminal prosecution threatens not only our senior staff and team of journalists but also anyone who simply distributes our materials (including acts as innocuous as sharing a link on Facebook to one of our articles), anyone who tries to donate money to support our journalism, and even anyone who grants our reporters an interview or so much as a comment."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has banned a BBC documentary critical of his role in the 2002 riots that killed more than 1,000, most of whom were Muslim. The government has also ordered Twitter and YouTube to take down accounts showing the link or clips. The censorship has been widely decried. Modi was chief minister in Gujarat when riots erupted between the Hindus and Muslims, and British foreign secretary at the time Jack Straw said that Modi had tacitly encouraged Hindu extremists. With 80% of Indians Hindu, Modi and his BJP party came to power in 2014 on a wave of Hindu nationalism.
Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz has at last made a decision, agreeing to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, and to allow other countries to send their stock as well. Scholz had been hesitant, but came under intense international pressure. Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, who will now also be sending the Leopards, said that the "free world cannot afford not to send Leopard tanks."
I'm Living It
EnvironmentCosta Rican Yigüirro Honors Mother Earth