Update and Analysis on the Political Situation in France

In this Dossier: (1) Do Macron and [Prime Minister] Philippe Really Think They Can Get Away With It? 2) What Is the “Yellow Vests” Movement? 3) Trade Unions Come to the Fore More »

France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

by Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira For the fourth consecutive Saturday, “yellow vest” (gilet jaunes) protestors demonstrated yesterday across France against the rightwing government of Emmanuel Macron. They did so in defiance More »

Prosecutor General and Rule of Law in Ukraine

Since the end of November, martial law has been in force in Ukraine. At this time, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko visited Odessa, which is disloyal to the Kiev regime. More »

US, NATO Give Russia 60 Days to Comply With Nuclear Treaty

by Jason Ditz After years of claiming Russia is violating the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Tuesday that the US is giving Russia 60 More »

Police Detain Six Ukrainians, One Georgian on Arms Possession Charges

Six Ukrainians and one Georgian citizen were apprehended in Tbilisi on charges of illegal arms possession, the Interior Ministry reported on December 2. The Interior Ministry said it seized two handguns, one More »

 

Malaysia | No conclusive evidence Russia behind MH17 downing: Malaysia transport minister

There is no conclusive evidence to confirm that Russia was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Malaysian transport minister Anthony Loke said on Wednesday (May 30).

Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said last Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine originated from a Russian military brigade. All 298 people onboard died.

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, Mr Loke said: “There is no conclusive evidence to point at Russia under the JIT (Joint Investigative Team) evidence.”

Malaysia | Myanmar asks Malaysia to stop food flotilla for Rohingya Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR: Myanmar has confirmed that it had asked Malaysia to stop the latter’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from sending an aid flotilla to assist “a specific community” in the Rakhine State.

Malaysia | More than 1,000 protest at Myanmar embassy in Malaysia against Rohingya atrocities

By Naim Zulkifli
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 1,000 people held a demonstration on November 25 in front of the Myanmar embassy here to protest against atrocities against the country’s Rohingya Muslims. The group, comprising members of a coalition of 42 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Rohingya, held the demonstration after Friday prayers after walking 2.6km from the Tabung Haji mosque. They decried the escalating violence in Rakhine State in northern Myanmar, where a military crackdown since last month has reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least 86 Rohingya. The participating organisations were Umno Youth, Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia, Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia and Pertubuhan Permuafakatan Majlis Ayahanda Malaysia. When they reached Jalan Madge, near the embassy, they were stopped by police. As emotions were running high, a group of men believed to be Rohingya tried to break through the police blockade, but this proved futile. City police chief Datuk Amar Singh said three Rohingya men and a Malaysian man were detained for investigations under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. “The Rohingya were arrested, as under the act, foreigners are prohibited from participating in any assembly, while the Malaysian man was arrested because he tried to provoke a situation.”
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Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Mohd Yunos and four other representatives later sent a memorandum to the embassy urging the Myanmar government to put an end to the persecution of the Rohingya. “I am sad about what has happened there (Myanmar), where Muslims have been killed ruthlessly. On behalf of other participants today (yesterday), I urge the Malaysian government to sever diplomatic relations with the government of Myanmar,” he said.

Malaysia | Death toll rises as Myanmar battles border attackers

Myanmar’s security forces have now killed at least 26 people in response to attacks on police that have sparked a dramatic escalation in violence in a Muslim-majority region along its border with Bangladesh, according to reports in state media. Armed men believed to be from the long-oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority launched a coordinated assault on three border police posts in the early hours Sunday, killing nine police, injuring five and making off with dozens of weapons and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition. Military personnel and police reinforcements have poured into the Muslim-majority township of Maungdaw, northern Rakhine State, and have clashed with groups of up to 300 men, armed with pistols, swords and knives, according to official reports.

Malaysia | Dutch probe : MH17 downed by launcher from Russia

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said communications intercepts showed that pro-Moscow rebels had called for deployment of the mobile surface-to-air weapon, and reported its arrival in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. From that and other evidence collected by the Joint Investigation Team, “it may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation,” Paulissen told a news conference. The conclusions were billed as results of a two-year Dutch-led criminal probe of the disaster that claimed 298 lives.

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