World News Briefs For Sunday, 12 May 2019
Happy Mother's Day, Australia!! Here comes the death and destruction: Terrorist attack a hotel - A surprise for elite troops at a deadly hostage rescue - Thugs with bats attack an anti-government journalist - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, killing at least one person. However, "All four of the terrorists have been killed," said a senior security official to the Western media. Because of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan few staff or guests were even inside the Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in the strategic port city of Gwadar, the centerpiece of major Chinese development in the area which has suffered economically for a very long time. The so-called Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack and said the Chinese-funded development is doing little to nothing to help the local population.
A French former hostage says his experience was "hell", after being rescued in a daring special forces raid in the African nation of Burkina Faso last week. The US provided intelligence to France, which sent in its elite troops to rescue what they thought would be two French hostages from a criminal gang that planned to turn the captives over to an extremist militia. But where they got to the location, the soldiers found four hostages - American and a South Korean women in addition to the French men. It appears no one knew about the other hostages prior to their rescue. Two elite soldiers were killed in the raid. "They gave their lives to liberate others," French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter, adding that their funerals would be on Tuesday.
France's Yellow Vest protesters marked six months since the first demonstrations with - what else - clashes with police in several cities. The corporate media keeps telling us that their numbers are dwindling, and yet the videos keep coming in week after week. The protests began with opposition to a fuel tax, and have grown into wider, unspecified opposition to neo-liberal economic policies that favor the wealthy over the working class.
Northern Ireland authorities charged two men with rioting in Derry on the night that journalist Lyra McKee was shot killed with an apparently stray bullet last month. A dissident nationalist group calling itself the New IRA had said that one of its members were firing at police during clashes, but hit McKee instead. The killing sparked outrage in Northern Ireland and ignited brief fears of a return to "The Troubles" in which Irish nationalists engaged in political and armed struggle against British rule. Ms. McKee herself was considered a rising star in journalism and was an leading member of the local LGBTQ community.
Thugs with baseball bats attacked a journalist critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside that man's home in Istanbul. Yavuz Selim Demirag, a columnist for the Yenicag newspaper, was attacked by six men just after he appeared on a TV show and was beaten badly enough to require hospitalization. This comes after the government pressured the election authority to order a re-do of the Istanbul mayoral election, which Erdogan's ruling party had lost.
Polish far right marchers condemned a US law that calls for the restitution of Jewish assets and property that were stolen or forcibly abandoned during World War II. The demonstration was stained with pockets of anti-Semitism, and it appeared to be one of the largest anti-Jewish street demonstrations in recent times. Many on the Polish far right feel the international community has not paid as much attention to Poland's suffering in the war as it has to The Holocaust.
South Africa's governing ANC party celebrated winning last week's election. But its total vote was 57.5 percent, the ANC's worst-ever result since the end of apartheid some 25 years ago. The results reflect growing voter frustration over rampant corruption and high rates of unemployment.