Following military discussions, China accused the US of lacking self-awareness and knowledge of the world today. Over the course of two days, the two sides “exchanged in-depth views” on bilateral ties, according to Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian. Beijing has accused Washington of fomenting a new cold war by escalating tensions and threatening military action.
A significant majority of voters in Berlin, Germany’s capital, have voiced support for the expropriation of large German real estate corporations. On Sunday, 56.4 percent voted in favor, with only 39 percent voting against. The referendum was held on the same day as the federal election and the Berlin House of Representatives election.
Progressive groups in the United Kingdom remain outspoken in their opposition to the contentious Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill planned by the country’s Boris Johnson-led Conservative Party administration. On September 29, Wednesday, a protest gathering was planned at the Old Bailey in London, under the direction of Sisters Uncut, during the hearings for the sentencing of Wayne Couzens, the police officer convicted guilty of Sarah Everard’s murder. On September 30, the court ordered Wayne Couzens to life in prison without the possibility of release.
On Wednesday, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chose former foreign minister and defense minister Fumio Kishida as party leader, succeeding Yoshihide Suga. Suga resigned in early September, following significant criticism of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and popular resistance to his government’s choice to hold the Olympic Games.
The world’s leading human rights legal entity has recently given Steven Donziger, the attorney who won a historic multibillion-dollar case against an oil corporation over pollution in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, critical backing. The decision was issued on the eve of his sentencing in a criminal trial.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to a second prison term after being found guilty of illicit campaign funding for his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign’s massive, showman-style political rallies. The 66-year-old, who remains a powerful figure on the French right, was sentenced to one year in prison, which the court said may be served under home arrest by wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.
On September 26, the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) emerged as the single largest party in Graz city and district council elections, ousting the incumbent conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). The communist triumph in Graz, the capital of the Styrian region, and Austria’s second-largest city, led by Elke Kahr, ended the 17-year mayorship of the ÖVP’s Siegfried Nagl. The Green Party’s vote base grew significantly as well. Meanwhile, the incumbent ÖVP retained its advantage in the polls for the Upper Austrian state parliament.
Under heavy pressure from Washington, the International Criminal Court’s new head prosecutor, Karim Khan, has suspended an investigation into US war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. The British citizen, who was sworn in last week, stated on Monday that he will “deprioritize” investigations after the Taliban retook control of the country following the withdrawal of US troops.
Delegates to Britain’s Labour Party conference overwhelmingly backed a resolution denouncing the “ongoing Nakba in Palestine” on Monday, in a stunning setback for the Israel lobby. The resolution, which calls for penalties and an arms embargo, cites recent studies by human rights organisations that conclude “unequivocally that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN.”
An explosive investigation by Yahoo News has revealed plans at the highest levels of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Trump administration to illegally kidnap or assassinate Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange while he was an internationally recognized political refugee in Ecuador’s London embassy.