World News Briefs For Sunday, 3 November 2019
Hello Australia!! - Victoria cops in trouble over questionable contact - A city is forced to declare a "nazi emergency" because of alt-right violence - A tanker's owners deny responsibility for a terrible oil spill - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is warning Asian nations to quit their "addiction" to coal. Noting that climate change is the "defining issue of our time", he pointed to a study found that climate change would put millions more people at risk from coastal flooding by 2050 - more than previously thought, and many of them in Asia. "We have to put a price on carbon. We need to stop subsidies for fossil fuels. And we need to stop the creation of new power plants based on coal in the future," Mr. Gutterres warned.
The city of Dresden, Germany has passed a resolution declaring a "Nazi emergency" because "anti-democratic, anti-pluralist, misanthropic, and right-wing-extremist attitudes and actions, including violence in Dresden, are occurring with increasing frequency. The resolution calls for "fighting the causes of far-right attitudes and their consequences, such as anti-Semitism, racism and Islamophobia, and on restoring the trust in democratic institutions and the appreciation of diversity and respectful solidarity". Dresden was ground zero for the anti-immigration Pegida movement a few years ago during the peak of the immigration crisis, and ever since has dealt with a plague of violent attacks and vandalism by the far-right. "Politics must finally begin to ostracize that and say, 'No, that's unacceptable'," said Dresden Councilor Max Aschenbach, whose Left-wing party initiated the measure.
Victoria Police reprimanded an officer for posting alt-right memes and content on his social media accounts - the same officer who was photographed giving the "okay" hand signal at protesters at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says the gesture has been co-opted by the far right to mean "white power". At first, Victoria police claimed that Senior Constable Travis Gray was using the gesture to ask a protest if he was feeling "okay", but now officials say the officer's intent is not clear. Also, Victoria police say it was "extremely disappointed" in another officer who was photographed angrily glaring at protesters with a sticker over the lens of his body camera which carried the offensive and homophobic message "EAD hippy", which is urban slang means "eat a d-ck, hippy". The police have not announced any additional disciplinary measures against these officers.
A Greek shipping company is denying allegations its tanker was responsible for the crude oil spill the fouled thousands of kilometers of coastline in northeastern Brazil. Delta Tankers Ltd. says there is "no proof" that the Bouboulina "stopped, conducted any kind of STS (Ship to Ship) operation, leaked, slowed down, or veered off course on its passage from Venezuela to Melaka, Malaysia". Brazilian officials allege the ship turned off its radar to pick up oil from Venezuela in July, picked up crude oil from Puerto Jose, and steamed off to the southeast - somehow dumping thousands of gallons of crude in the process. Prosecutors raided the Brazilian offices of Delta Tankers last week, and will be seeking redress to the damage to tourism and fishing in the affected region.
Thousands of protesters filled Baghdad Tahrir Square to demand the government address the economic crisis gripping much of the country, or step down. Police have been accused of brutality in their crackdown, killing five people on Thursday and injuring more than 150 on Friday.
A bomb killed at least 13 people in the northern Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, one of the areas now occupied by Turkey's military seeking to establish a "safe zone" along its southern border. Pro-Turkish fighters and civilians were among the dead, and the defense ministry in Ankara accused the Kurdish YPG of responsibility. The YPG was the West's best friend in Syria, helping to defeat the so-called Islamic State - until Donald Trump stabbed them in the back last month and allowed the Turkish military to invade the territory they cleared of terrorists.