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Human Rights Observatory
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
A group of former U.S. Senate members from both the Democratic and Republican parties is urging current members to be "guardians of our democracy" and not let party affiliation get in the way of the interests of the country as it faces a "critical juncture." The 44 former lawmakers wrote in an op-ed published Monday by the Washington Post that the United States is "entering a dangerous period" and they felt they needed to "speak up about serious... (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Nearly a week after two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air off the Japanese coast and crashed in the Pacific Ocean, the search for five missing crew members have been called off. All five Marines have been declared dead.  The tragedy occurred last Thursday as an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling plane were taking part in a routine refueling training mission near Muroto Cape on Shikoku island. Two pilots of the F/A-18 fighter jet were rescued after the accident,... (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
After more than four years under military rule, Thailand will hold a general election in early 2019.  Thailand's Election Commission announced Tuesday that elections will take place on February 24. The commission's announcement coincided with an announcement by the ruling junta that it was lifting a ban on political campaigning.  The junta eased the ban back in September, when it allowed political parties to resume organizing. ​The military seized control in... (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has some serious questions to answer over the tech-giant's plans to launch a censored search in China. (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
(New York) – Human Rights Watch released an interactive online game today to help people understand how important strong encryption is to everyone’s security in the digital age. The interactive feature, “Everyday Encryption,” shows how encryption protects people in their daily lives. Technology companies and nongovernmental groups rely on encryption to secure sensitive data from malicious actors. At the same time, governments contend that encryption will limit their surveillance capabilities, saying that they are “going dark” in their ability to investigate crime and monitor potential terrorist… (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Democratic leaders Tuesday in a final effort to secure border wall funding as part of a larger government spending package that must be passed by Dec. 21. The funding marks the final legislative action of the Republican-controlled Congress and a must-pass bill to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of the holidays.   Both parties face a delicate balancing act tackling the latest fight over immigration with just weeks until control of... (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The Gulf Clan crime gang, considered Colombia's largest criminal organization, has declared a month-long ceasefire for Christmas and New Year and invited other armed groups to also lay down their weapons for the festivities. The gang, also known as the Usuga Clan and the Autodefensas Gaitanistas, is accused of operating drug trafficking routes in partnership with Mexican cartels, extortion and illegal gold mining. Fighting the group is considered one of the country's top security... (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Brazil's next government, under incoming far-right president Jair Bolsonaro who takes power in three weeks, will be neoliberal economically, morally conservative and heavy reliant on a contingent of ex-military figures. That's the final composition that has emerged after weeks of announcements and casting about to fill the top posts of 22 ministries, down from 29 in the outgoing administration. Seven of the ministers will be military men. Eight have technocrat profiles. And... (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Mexico will invest more than $30 billion in its poor southern states over the next five years, the foreign minister said on Monday, boosting the region economically as part of efforts to curb migration. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico is grappling to halt the northward flow of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a United Nations-backed conference on migration in Marrakech that the investment would accompany a... (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
China and the United States discussed the road map for the next stage of their trade talks on Tuesday, during a telephone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Earlier this month in Argentina, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a truce that delayed the planned Jan. 1 U.S. hike of tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Lighthizer... (Full Story)
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