12:57 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
After the U.S. instigated riots in Hong Kong last year the central government of China saw a necessity to intervene. In sight of other anti-China measures the U.S. has taken the reputational costs of doing so had become less important.
Yesterday the Chinese parliament, the Standing Committee of the National People`s Congress, added a national security law to the Basic Law that governs Hong Kong`s special status. The law is designed to end foreign interference in Hong Kong.
8:57 [Consortium News] (E)
The Indo-China border is a strategic chessboard and it’s gotten way more complex. It was straight from an Orientalist romantic thriller set in the Himalayas: soldiers fighting each other with stones and iron bars in the dead of night on a mountain ridge over 4,000 meters high, some plunging to their deaths into a nearly frozen river and dying of hypothermia. In November 1996, China and India had agreed not to use guns along their 3,800 km-long border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which sports an occasional tendency to derail into a Line Out of Control.
10:54 [Kathehon] (E)
We’re one of the most multicultural nations but Australia has a reputation for being racist — and backpackers say it’s worse than ever.We’re one of the most multicultural nations in the world but Australia has long struggled to shrug off a reputation for being racist. And while some Aussies would argue things are getting better and locals are working to treat our foreign visitors better, those that visit us the most and spend the longest time here beg to differ. Speaking to news.com.au, more than 20 backpackers said they’d all experienced either casual or blatant racism at the hands of Australians. More than half of them said tensions had only worsened since the coronavirus crisis hit with Aussies appearing to blame them for taking jobs in an already hard-hit and locked down economy.
15:00 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Ramona Wadi - When it comes to Aboriginal land rights in Australia, several contradictions emanate. In May, the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation which represents Aboriginal communities, won exclusive native title rights to land which is mined by Fortescue Metals Group. With legal possession of their land, the Aboriginal communities can now seek compensation for economic and spiritual damage inflicted by the mining corporation – a move that shows legal recognition of Aboriginal claims over land and its usage.
14:59 [China Daily] (E)
Hong Kong-based author Nury Vittachi expressed concern about “elements of double standards” shown by Western politicians who opposed a proposed national security law for the city. The journalist and columnist said the proposed law, which specifically protects sovereignty from domestic terrorism in the city, is being sensationalized to be something much more sinister by some Western countries. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia on May 28 accused Beijing of undermining Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy as it moved to enact a national security law for the special administrative region. “Pretty much every country has a national security law. It’s a default situation internationally,” he said. “Just like a spoon is a natural element of a cutlery set. Well, Hong Kong is saying now, ‘Everyone has a spoon except us.’”
9:06 [One World Press] (E)
India`s five-year-long Hybrid War on Nepal failed to return the increasingly independent landlocked country to its former status as an Indian puppet state, having instead created a geopolitical nightmare for New Delhi with obvious David vs. Goliath optics that are poised to ruin the aspiring Great Power`s reputation for years to come.