World News Briefs For Sunday, 7 October 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Brazil makes an important decision today - Trump's Supreme Court nominee gets confirmed, despite troubling allegations and his tantrum - A Tokyo tradition moves on - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Millions of Brazilians will vote in the presidential election on Sunday, amid mistrust of the government and institutions caused by the massive corruption scandal involving the national oil company Petrobras as well as the undemocratic replacement of the elected government of ex-president Dilma Rousseff by a right-wing cabal. For these and many other reasons, so-called political outsiders are polling well: Far-right, ex-military officer Jair Bolsonaro is leading the pack in the first round by doing the usual fascist thing of demonizing women, LGBT, and minorities while promising that only a strongman can clean up the corruption. It remains to be seen if that schtick can carry a second round, assuming he doesn't get 50 percent later today.
The US Senate confirmed the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by the slimmest margin since sometime in the early 1800s. Senators voted by roll-call as Capitol Police removed protesters from the gallery. They objected to Kavanaugh based on accusations of sexual abuse, and his inconsistencies and alleged falsehoods stated in his testimony before the Judiciary Committee about his judicial positions, conduct as a teenage drinker. The protesters also questioned his temperament after his angry temper tantrum denying the sex abuse allegations (and spinning an anti-Clinton conspiracy theory while vowing revenge on Democrats). Despite this, Republicans and one conservative Democrat voted to confirm.
Nauru's government has ordered Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to stop work there immediately. MSF had been providing psychological and psychiatric services to residents, asylum seekers and refugees on the island since late 2017. "We are extremely concerned that the health of our patients may be affected by this decision and urge the authorities to grant us permission to continue our lifesaving work," said a spokesperson. MSF is trying to get the Nauru government to explain why it is doing this and what services will be available to the people the group was helping.
Israeli forces killed three Palestinians at the Gaza border, including a twelve-year old boy. The IDF claims soldiers were defending themselves against members of the crowd who were throwing grenades and explosives at soldiers - no IDF troops were killed by these grenades and explosives. At least 195 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli military gunfire since the weekly border protests began in March.
Thousands of anti-coal demonstrators gathered at a forest in western Germany to celebrate the unexpected court victory which stopped an energy company's scheme to raze the Hambach Forest to expand a giant opencast mine. It looked more like a party with 50,000 attendees, with music and drum circles and all of the usual environmentalist stuff. "The mood is great," said Greenpeace spokeswoman Gesche Jurgens, "But it's only a first step. The battle goes on to start phasing out coal."
At least 50 people are dead after an oil tanker collided with a car and exploded on a major road in the western DR Congo. Flames quickly spread to surrounding home, and more than 150 people suffered second-degree burns.
New Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege is calling on the DR Congo government to quit over its failures to stop rape as a weapon of war. Mukwege singled out long-time president Joseph Kabila as "responsible for not putting an end to the violence. His role is to protect his people and their belongings. We see that 20 years after it came to power, this government does not protect women." Mukwege also described the polls scheduled for December as a "parody of an election" and called for a caretaker government to organize free and fair elections.
Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market held its final auction before abandoning the funky old site where it had fed the nation and entertained tourists with insomnia for 83-years. Tsukiji will be redeveloped for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, and the fish market is going to a new location is only a mile away. "I'm almost crying," said retired seafood auctioneer Hisao Ishii, "Today is a sad day of goodbyes. Tsukiji tried to meet the times, but it is getting older."