A gang of masked vandals, suspected to be neo-Nazis, viciously damaged the windows and demolished outdoor seating in a Kyiv pub popular among members of the country’s LGBT+ community. Late on Friday, the HLVL bar, which is located in the heart of Ukraine’s capital, was attacked. Around 20 masked guys descended on the location, some wielding telescopic batons as well as pepper spray. Video surveillance from the incident is circulating on the internet, showing the perpetrators fighting with two bouncers and pepper-spraying one other. After being heavily outmanned, the security crew withdrew within the bar, leaving the outside dining area at the mercy of the assailants.
Magdalena Andersson stepped down on Wednesday evening, only hours after becoming Sweden’s first female prime minister, following a budget setback in parliament and the loss of her coalition partner in a two-party minority administration. Ms. Andersson said that she had to resign due to the Green Party’s decision to leave the two-party coalition, but said that she had notified the house speaker that she wanted to be named prime minister again as the leader of a single-party administration. After the coalition’s budget package was rejected by parliament, the Green Party announced that it would quit the government.
As his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) surged to victory in Sunday’s regional elections, President Nicolas Maduro lauded it as a “success for the common people” of Venezuela. The PSUV won governorships in about 20 of Venezuela’s 23 states, according to the chairman of the National Electoral Council, Pedro Calzadilla. Though the turnout of 41.8 percent is low, it reverses a falling trend, since it is higher than the turnout of 30.5 percent in December 2020’s parliamentary elections.
According to a recent bombshell report by the independent investigative news website Disclose, French military intelligence was implicated in the death of innocent Egyptian citizens by the armed forces. As per leaked files, the French military was involved in at least 19 Egyptian military air operations against civilians between 2016 and 2019. As shown in the report published on Sunday by Disclose, French President Emmanuel Macron was aware that the military cooperation entailed potential crimes but did nothing about it. Investigators strongly believe that the classified materials came from his presidential office.
According to a new poll, voters in the United Kingdom are concerned that the Conservatives’ increasing privatization of the healthcare industry would result in the NHS’s quality deteriorating and hospitals losing money. As per a recent Open Democracy poll, almost three-quarters of British citizens would be worried if the amount of NHS healthcare delivered by private corporations increased.
The Iranian foreign minister has strongly slammed the UK’s right-wing Tory government’s move to classify Palestine’s historic resistance movement Hamas as a “terrorist organization,” emphasizing that the Palestinian nation’s rights cannot be infringed on by falsifying facts. “We strongly reject the United Kingdom’s decision to designate HAMAS as a terrorist organization. The rights of Palestinians cannot be violated by falsifying facts. The only political answer for Palestine is to organize a referendum among all indigenous citizens,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stated in a message posted on his official Twitter account on Friday night.
After 14 months of huge protests, India’s ruling right-wing BJP government, spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, finally scrapped the three controversial neoliberal agriculture legislation. On the day of the Guru Purab festival, when Sikhs commemorate the birth of the religion’s founder Guru Nanak, Mr. Modi announced the news on national television. Many of the farmers whose barricades and protests have surrounded New Delhi for over a year are Punjabi Sikhs.
Éric Zemmour, a far-right television commentator who is planning on running for president of France and bizarrely argues that Islam and immigration are ruining the country, is standing trial on charges of inciting racial hatred in Paris. The lawsuit stems from comments made on television by the 63-year-old right-wing provocateur last year, in which he referred to unaccompanied child migrants as “thieves, murders, and rapists.”
According to new research, recent domestic attacks on democracy and human rights by the US and many of its allies—which often position themselves as exporters of such principles—are fueling a global deterioration of democracy. The New York Times examined a report released this year by V-Dem, a Sweden-based independent research institute that gathers information on democracy and autocratic governments across the globe, which found that the US and several of its right-wing allied countries have shifted significantly away from operating as democracies in past few decades, with attacks on voting rights, judicial independence, and media rights among the variables causing this deterioration.
Climate experts argued Western nations did not play fairly when they chastised China and India for modifying the terms of a coal pledge at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, adding that many developing nations are still lacking adequate energy supplies. To close the gap, wealthier countries must contribute to the financing of poor countries’ energy transitions. China and India were strongly condemned in the Western media for reneging on their coal commitment. At COP26, the coal pledge was amended from “phase out” to “phase down” in a last-minute adjustment.
According to a recent report by the Middle East Eye, the Israeli military has bugged all of the mobile devices brought into Gaza and is actively monitoring mobile networks functioning in the occupied areas in order to locate “pressure points” that could be utilized to blackmail Palestinians whenever necessary. Hundreds of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) personnel are listening in on phone calls in the West Bank and Gaza at all times, as per a former member of the IDF’s ‘Unit 8200’ signals intelligence corps. All of the mobile devices that are imported into Gaza through the southern Kerem Shalom crossing, according to the unnamed corpsman, are infected with Israeli spyware. Similarly, anyone using the only two active cell networks in the occupied territories — Jawwal and Wataniya – appears to be under monitoring.
As the notoriously anti-communist World Uyghur Congress (WUC) began its three-day summit in the Czech Republic on Friday, China designated the group a dangerous terrorist organization. The Chinese embassy in the Czech Republic issued a statement condemning the organization for organizing anti-China actions around the world and warning that it was attempting to divide China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous province from the rest of the nation. Claims of genocide and forced labor in the semi-autonomous region are “blatant falsehoods with malevolent intents,” according to the embassy, which also invited people to visit Xinjiang to examine the proof for themselves.