Sri Lanka: Drop terror charges against student leaders detained for 90 days

In response to the detention for over 90 days of student leaders Wasantha Mudalige and Galwewa Siridhamma Thero, under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, Amnesty International’s South Asia Regional Researcher, said: “The continued targeted persecution of student leaders in Sri Lanka has a chilling effect on civil society and the right […] The post Sri Lanka: Drop terror charges against student leaders detained for 90 days appeared first on Amnesty International.

Elon Musk Completes Twitter Takeover With Help From Saudi Prince

Tesla CEO Elon Musk completed his $44 billion purchase of Twitter on Thursday after a chaotic, months-long buyout process, leaving the richest man on the planet in control of one of the world’s most widely used social media and communication platforms. Musk wasted no time imposing himself on the company, swiftly firing several top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal. “The bird is freed,” Musk tweeted late Thursday. A self-described free speech absolutist who has proven in practice to be anything but, Musk has yet to fully detail his vision for Twitter, but critics of the takeover fear that the billionaire’s…

Wall Street Shrugs Off Biden and Reaffirms Commitment to Saudi Monarchy

This month, President Biden has openly threatened to reconsider the close ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia, but the financial industry appears certain he’s not ready to put his money — or theirs — where his mouth is. Wall Street leaders are visiting Saudi Arabia this week for an investment conference sponsored by the Saudi government, just two weeks after the White House said it would be reexamining the long-standing U.S.-Saudi alliance. Top bankers to attend the gathering in Riyadh included JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon and Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman. The trio,…

Russia: Vladimir Kara-Murza, jailed prisoner of conscience, awarded Václav Havel Prize

Responding to the news that Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent Russian political activist and journalist who has been detained since April 2022 for his anti-war views, has been awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, said: “Vladimir […] The post Russia: Vladimir Kara-Murza, jailed prisoner of conscience, awarded Václav Havel Prize appeared first on Amnesty International.

To replace US hegemony, Biden blesses a marriage of apartheid and autocracy

To replace US hegemony, Biden blesses a marriage of apartheid and autocracy Israeli-Saudi normalization is at the crux of a new regional order, speaking the language of ‘peace’ at the price of people like Khashoggi and Abu Akleh. The post To replace US hegemony, Biden blesses a marriage of apartheid and autocracy appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: To replace US hegemony, Biden blesses a marriage of apartheid and autocracy

Noam Chomsky: Biden’s Middle East Trip Contains Echoes of Trump’s Policies

After 18 months in office, President Joe Biden decided to pay a visit to the Middle East region. Oil is most likely what is dragging him back to the Middle East, and why for months now he had been warming up to Saudi Arabia, despite having said as a presidential candidate that he would make the Saudis “pay the price, and make them in fact the pariah that they are,” while saying that there was “very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia.” As Noam Chomsky notes in this exclusive interview for Truthout, Biden is carrying…

Biden Succumbs to Lobbyists in Move Toward Saudi Arms and Defense Agreements

President Biden’s formally announced plan to visit Saudi Arabia next month is a dramatic reversal of earlier promises to treat the Arab nation as a “pariah” in light of its repeated human rights violations. Calls are growing for Biden to hold the Saudi government accountable for the brutal murder and dismemberment of American resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But as he faces domestic anger over rising fuel prices, Biden seems to have declining leverage with one of the most oil-rich countries in the world and the top weapons client for the U.S. “The Biden administration has succumbed to…

Progressives Demand Congress Cut Military Support for War on Yemen

The United Nations’ goal was to raise more than $4.2 billion for the people of war-torn Yemen by March 15. But when that deadline rolled around, just $1.3 billion had come in. ​​“I am deeply disappointed,” said Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council. “The people of Yemen need the same level of support and solidarity that we’ve seen for the people of Ukraine. The crisis in Europe will dramatically impact Yemenis’ access to food and fuel, making an already dire situation even worse.” With Yemen importing more than 35% of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine,…

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