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November 24, 2021

The Biden administration will remove a former Colombian rebel group from a list of foreign terrorist organizations, a measure intended to demonstrate American support for a fragile peace agreement with the guerrillas in Colombia, said U.S. and congressional officials with knowledge of the coming announcement.

More from WPR: Colombia’s Shaky Peace Deal Needs Biden’s Support

Record numbers of Venezuelan migrants have been crossing into the United States in recent months, posing a new border challenge for the Biden administration and raising concerns that more of the nearly 6 million people displaced from the South American nation could be heading north.

November 23, 2021

Opinion

November 23, 2021

Biden’s Summit for Democracy Shouldn’t Be Just a Photo Op

By Michael J. Abramowitz & David J. Kramer | The Washington Post

The Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy, set to take place next month, comes as democracy appears to be steadily losing ground against authoritarianism. The United States cannot allow the summit to devolve into a flurry of empty rhetoric. Instead, it should use the occasion to commit fellow democracies to support for human rights defenders, journalists and democracy activists around the world.

Africa

News

November 24, 2021

Attack by Extremists in Burkina Faso Kills at Least 19

By Sam Mednick | Associated Press (free)

At least 19 people, including nine security force members, have been killed during an attack by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso, the government-press agency said Tuesday.

November 23, 2021

Several Suspects Killed in Uganda After Bombings

By The Editors | Reuters (free)

Police have said that seven suspects were killed and 106 people detained during operations by the security services linked to three suicide bombings in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, last week.

The Americas

News

November 24, 2021

Chile Congress Approves Same-Sex Marriage, Adoptions

By Eva Vergara | Associated Press (free)

A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile’s Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final adoption. It had already passed the Senate.

Nicaragua Drops Visa Requirements for Cubans

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The Nicaraguan government has dropped visa requirements for Cuban citizens, a move that may spark an increase in Cubans traveling there in a bid to reach the United States.

Opinion

November 24, 2021

News

November 23, 2021

Mexican President Decrees Automatic Approval for Projects

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The administration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued a broad decree Monday requiring all federal agencies to give automatic approval for any public works project the government deems to be “in the national interest” or to “involve national security.”

Opinion

November 23, 2021

Kast and Boric: Explaining the Chilean Paradox

By Patricio Navia | Americas Quarterly (free)

Chile’s presidential runoff will now be a race to the middle, as most voters want change but not radicalism. Can either candidate deliver?

Asia-Pacific

News

November 24, 2021

The Base, Hezbollah Get Terrorist Designation in Australia

By Rod McGuirk | Associated Press (free)

Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add far-right extremist group The Base and the entirety of the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations as national security services grapple with a surge in neo-Nazi cells and other ideologically motivated extremists.

China Blocks Access to Shipping Location Data

By Eleanor Olcott, Harry Dempsey & Steven Bernard | Financial Times

China has blocked public access to shipping location data, citing national security concerns, in another sign of its determination to control sources of sensitive information.

India Announces Bill to Ban Cryptocurrencies

By Nivrita Ganguly | AFP (free)

India’s government will introduce a bill to ban private cryptocurrencies and create a framework for a central bank-backed digital money, parliament said in a shock announcement late Tuesday.

November 23, 2021

Chun Doo-hwan, South Korea’s most vilified former military dictator, who seized power in a coup and ruled his country with an iron fist for most of the 1980s, dispatching paratroopers and armored vehicles to mow down hundreds of pro-democracy protesters, died Tuesday at his home in Seoul. He was 90.

India Arrests Prominent Human Rights Activist in Kashmir Amid Clampdown

By Niha Masih, Gerry Shih & Shams Irfan | The Washington Post

India’s anti-terrorism agency Monday night arrested Khurram Parvez, a prominent human rights activist in Indian-administered Kashmir, after hours-long raids at his residence and office in Srinagar, according to his wife, Sameena Mir. The agency confirmed the arrest Tuesday but declined to provide details about the case.

Opinion

November 23, 2021

Xi’s Confidence Game

By Jude Blanchette | Foreign Affairs

Beijing’s actions show determination, not insecurity.

Europe

News

November 24, 2021

Sweden’s parliament elected Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first woman prime minister Wednesday, hours after she clinched a last-minute deal that gave her victory by the slimmest of possible margins.

Russia and Ukraine Both Step Up Military Alert With Combat Drills

By Alexander Marrow & Pavel Polityuk | Reuters

Russia staged military drills in the Black Sea, south of Ukraine, on Wednesday and said it needed to sharpen the combat-readiness of its conventional and nuclear forces because of heightened NATO activity near its borders.

Opinion

November 24, 2021

News

November 23, 2021

French fishermen are planning actions, including possibly blocking British vessels’ access to French ports, in protest against Britain’s refusal to grant them more licences to operate in U.K. territorial waters, fishermen said Tuesday.

Opinion

November 23, 2021

No, Putin Isn’t Trying to Bring Down the West

By Kadri Liik | The New York Times

It’s true that Russia still considers the West to be its chief adversary, but its foreign policy is ever more guided by the need to learn to operate in a world no longer dominated by the West. With the notable exception of Ukraine—control over which seems to be President Vladimir Putin’s very personal and heartfelt goal—the Kremlin is operating cautiously in a world it regards as fractured and complicated.

Middle East & North Africa

News

November 24, 2021

An election this week for the new president of Interpol highlights ongoing tensions between authoritarian regimes and liberal democracies over the use of police powers, with a senior United Arab Emirates official on the cusp of winning the high-profile position despite harsh criticism from human rights groups.

The U.N. special envoy for Libya, Jan Kubis of Slovakia, has quit just a month before crucial presidential elections in the war-torn nation—without giving Security Council members a clear reason for his sudden departure.

Norwegian political and sporting leaders protested Wednesday against the arrests of two Norwegian TV reporters in Qatar where they were covering preparations and controversies around the 2022 World Cup.

November 23, 2021

Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid has been reappointed prime minister, state media said Tuesday, and tasked with forming a cabinet that would be the Gulf OPEC oil producer’s third this year in a domestic political standoff.

Jordan’s parliament began deliberations Monday of proposed constitutional reforms that officials say revitalise the monarchy and are part of a drive to deliver on long promised political reforms.

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Chief Presses for More Access in Iran

By Nasser Karimi & Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

The head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog met Tuesday with Iranian officials to press for greater access in the Islamic Republic ahead of diplomatic talks restarting over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

United States

News

November 24, 2021

The Biden administration will remove a former Colombian rebel group from a list of foreign terrorist organizations, a measure intended to demonstrate American support for a fragile peace agreement with the guerrillas in Colombia, said U.S. and congressional officials with knowledge of the coming announcement.

More from WPR: Colombia’s Shaky Peace Deal Needs Biden’s Support

Record numbers of Venezuelan migrants have been crossing into the United States in recent months, posing a new border challenge for the Biden administration and raising concerns that more of the nearly 6 million people displaced from the South American nation could be heading north.

November 23, 2021

Opinion

November 23, 2021

Biden’s Summit for Democracy Shouldn’t Be Just a Photo Op

By Michael J. Abramowitz & David J. Kramer | The Washington Post

The Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy, set to take place next month, comes as democracy appears to be steadily losing ground against authoritarianism. The United States cannot allow the summit to devolve into a flurry of empty rhetoric. Instead, it should use the occasion to commit fellow democracies to support for human rights defenders, journalists and democracy activists around the world.

News

November 22, 2021

U.S. Defense Chief Vows to Counter Iran in Visit to Bahrain

By Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

America’s top defense official vowed Saturday to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and to counter its “dangerous use” of suicide drones in the wider Mideast, a pledge coming as negotiations remain stalled over Tehran’s tattered atomic deal with world powers.

The Americas

News

November 24, 2021

The Biden administration will remove a former Colombian rebel group from a list of foreign terrorist organizations, a measure intended to demonstrate American support for a fragile peace agreement with the guerrillas in Colombia, said U.S. and congressional officials with knowledge of the coming announcement.

More from WPR: Colombia’s Shaky Peace Deal Needs Biden’s Support

Record numbers of Venezuelan migrants have been crossing into the United States in recent months, posing a new border challenge for the Biden administration and raising concerns that more of the nearly 6 million people displaced from the South American nation could be heading north.

Chile Congress Approves Same-Sex Marriage, Adoptions

By Eva Vergara | Associated Press (free)

A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile’s Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final adoption. It had already passed the Senate.

Nicaragua Drops Visa Requirements for Cubans

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The Nicaraguan government has dropped visa requirements for Cuban citizens, a move that may spark an increase in Cubans traveling there in a bid to reach the United States.

Opinion

November 24, 2021

News

November 23, 2021

Mexican President Decrees Automatic Approval for Projects

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The administration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued a broad decree Monday requiring all federal agencies to give automatic approval for any public works project the government deems to be “in the national interest” or to “involve national security.”

Opinion

November 23, 2021

Kast and Boric: Explaining the Chilean Paradox

By Patricio Navia | Americas Quarterly (free)

Chile’s presidential runoff will now be a race to the middle, as most voters want change but not radicalism. Can either candidate deliver?

News

November 22, 2021

Venezuela’s Ruling Socialist Party Claims Sweeping Wins in Elections

By Samantha Schmidt & Ana Vanessa Herrero | The Washington Post

Venezuela’s socialist ruling party claimed sweeping victories Sunday night in the first elections to include the country’s top opposition parties in nearly four years, a low-turnout vote that critics say was rigged from the start.

Armed police with water cannons and a low-flying helicopter have faced off against Indigenous villagers brandishing sticks and bows in the latest clash over land rights in Paraguay, a country with one of the highest inequalities of land ownership in the world.

Nicaragua Says It Will Leave Organization of American States

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Nicaragua’s government announced Friday that it will withdraw from the Organization of American States, a regional body that has accused President Daniel Ortega’s government of acts of repression and rigging this month’s election.

Europe

News

November 24, 2021

Sweden’s parliament elected Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first woman prime minister Wednesday, hours after she clinched a last-minute deal that gave her victory by the slimmest of possible margins.

Russia and Ukraine Both Step Up Military Alert With Combat Drills

By Alexander Marrow & Pavel Polityuk | Reuters

Russia staged military drills in the Black Sea, south of Ukraine, on Wednesday and said it needed to sharpen the combat-readiness of its conventional and nuclear forces because of heightened NATO activity near its borders.

Norwegian political and sporting leaders protested Wednesday against the arrests of two Norwegian TV reporters in Qatar where they were covering preparations and controversies around the 2022 World Cup.

Opinion

November 24, 2021

News

November 23, 2021

French fishermen are planning actions, including possibly blocking British vessels’ access to French ports, in protest against Britain’s refusal to grant them more licences to operate in U.K. territorial waters, fishermen said Tuesday.

Opinion

November 23, 2021

No, Putin Isn’t Trying to Bring Down the West

By Kadri Liik | The New York Times

It’s true that Russia still considers the West to be its chief adversary, but its foreign policy is ever more guided by the need to learn to operate in a world no longer dominated by the West. With the notable exception of Ukraine—control over which seems to be President Vladimir Putin’s very personal and heartfelt goal—the Kremlin is operating cautiously in a world it regards as fractured and complicated.

News

November 22, 2021

The speaker of Sweden’s parliament said Monday lawmakers will vote later this week on whether Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson should become the country’s first female prime minister even though she has not succeeded in securing the support of a left-leaning party.

Opinion

November 22, 2021

Africa

News

November 24, 2021

Attack by Extremists in Burkina Faso Kills at Least 19

By Sam Mednick | Associated Press (free)

At least 19 people, including nine security force members, have been killed during an attack by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso, the government-press agency said Tuesday.

November 23, 2021

Several Suspects Killed in Uganda After Bombings

By The Editors | Reuters (free)

Police have said that seven suspects were killed and 106 people detained during operations by the security services linked to three suicide bombings in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, last week.

November 22, 2021

Ousted in Coup, Sudan’s Prime Minister Returns via Military Deal

By Declan Walsh | The New York Times (free)

After four weeks under house arrest, Sudan’s ousted prime minister was reinstated Sunday after he signed a deal with the military intended to end a bloody standoff that led to dozens of protester deaths and threatened to derail Sudan’s fragile transition to democracy.

Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has demanded a ban on issuing and trading mining permits until the country’s mining registry has been audited, a measure aimed at combatting fraud within the sector.

Middle East & North Africa

News

November 24, 2021

An election this week for the new president of Interpol highlights ongoing tensions between authoritarian regimes and liberal democracies over the use of police powers, with a senior United Arab Emirates official on the cusp of winning the high-profile position despite harsh criticism from human rights groups.

The U.N. special envoy for Libya, Jan Kubis of Slovakia, has quit just a month before crucial presidential elections in the war-torn nation—without giving Security Council members a clear reason for his sudden departure.

Norwegian political and sporting leaders protested Wednesday against the arrests of two Norwegian TV reporters in Qatar where they were covering preparations and controversies around the 2022 World Cup.

The Base, Hezbollah Get Terrorist Designation in Australia

By Rod McGuirk | Associated Press (free)

Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add far-right extremist group The Base and the entirety of the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations as national security services grapple with a surge in neo-Nazi cells and other ideologically motivated extremists.

November 23, 2021

Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid has been reappointed prime minister, state media said Tuesday, and tasked with forming a cabinet that would be the Gulf OPEC oil producer’s third this year in a domestic political standoff.

Jordan’s parliament began deliberations Monday of proposed constitutional reforms that officials say revitalise the monarchy and are part of a drive to deliver on long promised political reforms.

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Chief Presses for More Access in Iran

By Nasser Karimi & Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

The head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog met Tuesday with Iranian officials to press for greater access in the Islamic Republic ahead of diplomatic talks restarting over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

November 22, 2021

U.S. Defense Chief Vows to Counter Iran in Visit to Bahrain

By Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

America’s top defense official vowed Saturday to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and to counter its “dangerous use” of suicide drones in the wider Mideast, a pledge coming as negotiations remain stalled over Tehran’s tattered atomic deal with world powers.

Israeli Is Killed by Palestinian Near Holiest Site in Jerusalem

By Patrick Kingsley & Myra Noveck | The New York Times

A Palestinian teacher shot dead an Israeli tour guide with an automatic gun near the holiest site in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, Israeli officials said. It was the first killing of a Jewish Israeli civilian by a Palestinian gunman since May.

As Hopes for Nuclear Deal Fade, Iran Rebuilds and Risks Grow

By David E. Sanger, Steven Erlanger, Farnaz Fassihi & Lara Jakes | The New York Times

Over the past 20 months, Israeli intelligence operatives have assassinated Iran’s chief nuclear scientist and triggered major explosions at four Iranian nuclear and missile facilities, hoping to cripple the centrifuges that produce nuclear fuel and delay the day when Tehran’s new government might be able to build a bomb.

Libya’s interim prime minister has registered as a presidential candidate, joining a bulky and growing list of candidates that includes Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a warlord.

Asia-Pacific

News

November 24, 2021

The Base, Hezbollah Get Terrorist Designation in Australia

By Rod McGuirk | Associated Press (free)

Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add far-right extremist group The Base and the entirety of the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations as national security services grapple with a surge in neo-Nazi cells and other ideologically motivated extremists.

China Blocks Access to Shipping Location Data

By Eleanor Olcott, Harry Dempsey & Steven Bernard | Financial Times

China has blocked public access to shipping location data, citing national security concerns, in another sign of its determination to control sources of sensitive information.

India Announces Bill to Ban Cryptocurrencies

By Nivrita Ganguly | AFP (free)

India’s government will introduce a bill to ban private cryptocurrencies and create a framework for a central bank-backed digital money, parliament said in a shock announcement late Tuesday.

November 23, 2021

Chun Doo-hwan, South Korea’s most vilified former military dictator, who seized power in a coup and ruled his country with an iron fist for most of the 1980s, dispatching paratroopers and armored vehicles to mow down hundreds of pro-democracy protesters, died Tuesday at his home in Seoul. He was 90.

India Arrests Prominent Human Rights Activist in Kashmir Amid Clampdown

By Niha Masih, Gerry Shih & Shams Irfan | The Washington Post

India’s anti-terrorism agency Monday night arrested Khurram Parvez, a prominent human rights activist in Indian-administered Kashmir, after hours-long raids at his residence and office in Srinagar, according to his wife, Sameena Mir. The agency confirmed the arrest Tuesday but declined to provide details about the case.

Opinion

November 23, 2021

Xi’s Confidence Game

By Jude Blanchette | Foreign Affairs

Beijing’s actions show determination, not insecurity.

News

November 22, 2021

Cambodia Jails Critics Deported by Thailand

By Prak Chan Thul | Reuters

Three Cambodian refugees deported by Thailand have been jailed on charges of conspiracy and incitement, police said Monday, as pressure grows on Thailand to protect activists at risk of persecution at home.

Chinese Hypersonic Weapon Fired a Missile Over South China Sea

By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

China’s hypersonic weapon test in July included a technological advance that enabled it to fire a missile as it approached its target traveling at least five times the speed of sound—a capability no country has previously demonstrated.

Opinion

November 22, 2021

The farmers’ protest—like the months-long protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh against the government’s controversial citizenship law in 2019 and 2020—has created its own internal democratic practices, which helped to actualize the progressive ideals of the Indian constitution. It demonstrates how citizens can use inclusive forms of protest to experiment with alternative visions of democracy.

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