World News Briefs For Friday, 23 August 2019
Hello Australia!! - The Refugees who don't trust the way home - Brazil doesn't move to fight the fires in the Amazon Rainforest - Europe tells Boris Johnson the same thing they told his predecessor - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
An attempt to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh back to their homes in Myanmar has failed because none showed up to take part. The Rohingya are demanding safety from ethnic cleansing and violence, and citizenship in the Buddhist-majority land where they've lived for generations but considers them to be "illegal aliens" from Bangladesh. More than 700,000 Rohingya were forced over the border two years ago as Myanmar nationalist mobs and troops burned their villages and murdered stragglers. A new United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar reports condemns the Myanmar military for sexual violence against the Rohingya so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit "genocide".
The world is finally waking up to the disaster in the Amazon, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres declaring: "I'm deeply concerned by the fires in the Amazon rainforest. In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity." The lungs of the planet are burning, and many are on edge because the forest fires are expanding - this year's fires are as much as 84 percent more widespread than the same time period last year. Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is a climate change denier, and even fired a top government for pointing out the clear-cutting the rainforest for agriculture and resource development increased since he became president. Yesterday, Bolsonaro had the temerity to blame the fires on environmental NGOs, and today claimed that his government lacks the resources to fight the record number of fires in the Amazon. Earlier, his Environment Minister Ricardo Salles was heckled at a meeting on climate change.
A Russian court paved the way for opposition leader Alexei Navalny to be released from jail on Friday morning. He was jailed for allegedly promoting the pro-Democracy protests in Moscow, where officials barred all but the candidates of President Vladimir Putin's ruling party from upcoming local elections. During his weeks in jail, Navalny had to be rushed to hospital after a mysterious rash appeared across his face - supporters claim he was poisoned by his government jailers.
The backstop is necessary to protect Ireland in the upcoming Brexit, French President Emmanuel Macron told visit British PM Boris Johnson. Macron reiterated the stance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that if Johnson wants to replace the backstop in the Brexit, he has four weeks to come up with an acceptable alternative: "In the month ahead, we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original," cautioned Macron. The backstop ensures the flow of goods and travel across the border of Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland. Boris offered no specifics, but said with "energy and creativity we can find a way forward". And he put his feet on Macron's furniture.
Macron also hosted Indian PM Narendra Modi. Busy guy.