Six In The Morning Sunday 25 February 2024


Starvation stalks Gaza amid aid shortage

  • A two-month-old Palestinian baby has died from starvation in northern Gaza, according to media reports, as Israel is accused of using starvation as a weapon of war.
  • At least 10 people killed in overnight Israeli shelling of a home in northern Gaza’s Beit Lahia; dozens killed in Israeli strikes across Gaza, according to media reports.

Last time food delivered to northern Gaza was Jan 23: UNRWA

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini says that since then, together with other UN agencies, “we have warned against looming famine, appealed for regular humanitarian access, and stated that famine can be averted if more food convoys are allowed into northern Gaza on a regular basis.”

Lazzarini says that the UN’s calls to send food aid have been denied and fallen on deaf ears.

“This is a man made disaster. The world committed to never let famine happen again. Famine can still be avoided, through genuine political will to grant access and protection to meaningful assistance. The days to come will once again test our common humanity and values,” he said.

Belarus votes in tightly controlled elections opposition have called a ‘farce’

Polls open in parliamentary and local ballots amid President Lukashenko’s crackdown on dissent

Polls have opened in Belarus’s tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections that are expected to cement the rule of the country’s authoritarian leader, despite calls for a boycott from the opposition, which dismissed the balloting as a “senseless farce”.

Alexander Lukashenko, the president who has ruled Belarus with an iron hand for nearly 30 years, has accused the west of trying to use the vote to undermine his government and “destabilise” the country of 9.5 million people.

Most candidates belong to the four officially registered parties: Belaya Rus, the Communist party, the Liberal Democratic party and the party of Labour and Justice. Those parties all support Lukashenko’s policies. About a dozen other parties were denied registration last year.

A Visit to the SwampThe Town Made Famous by Neo-Nazi Students

By Jonah Lemm and Sebastian Wells (Photos)

“To what extent do right-wing radicals have control of the town, to the point that they dictate public life? Can you guarantee my safety? Or must I fear being threatened with physical violence if I stand up for democracy?”

Excerpts from an email sent by a tourist to officials in the municipality of Burg in the Spreewald region south of Berlin.

Burg is a lovely little town in the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, a charming network of sprawling forests and intricately networked streams that attracts tourists from far and wide. The town is bright, clean, full of half-timbered houses and has no train station. I arrived in a rental car in the middle of a Wednesday in October.

Argentina’s Milei cozies up to Trump on US visit

US ex-President Donald Trump and Argentinian leader Javier Milei have addressed a conservative conference in Washington. The two swore to make their countries “great again” — but both face challenges.

Argentinian President Javier Milei and former US President Donald Trump covered much common ground in speeches made at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Saturday.

Both politicians, who hugged backstage before a joint photo shoot, took up Trump’s signature MAGA (Make America Great Again) slogan, with the former US leader noting that the acronym works with Argentina‘s name as well.

What did Trump and Milei say?

Trump used part of his speech to praise the libertarian Milei, saying that he “has achieved a lot, he is a great gentleman, he is MAGA.”

Trump also called out “Make Argentina great again” as the two posed for photos.

Miyazawa’s daily political jottings shed new light on postwar period


February 25, 2024 at 15:45 JST

Historians have reason to rejoice following the emergence of records kept by former Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa of his day-to-day political activities over 40 years until the last stage of his life.

Miyazawa, who served as prime minister between 1991 and 1993, recorded his meetings and thoughts in 185 notebooks from December 1966 to September 2006, a year before his death.

He was among the mainstream conservative politicians within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who established a postwar policy to pursue a lightly armed, economy-oriented nation.

Mexico poll frontrunner Claudia Sheinbaum deluged with hate messages

By Nadia Ragozhina

BBC News

Mexico’s presidential frontrunner says she is being flooded with hate-filled messages after her phone number was published on social media.

Claudia Sheinbaum is the governing party’s candidate in June’s election.

One of the president’s sons has also had his private number leaked online, and said it put his family in danger.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed political opponents, but days earlier he publicly revealed a journalist’s phone number.

Posting on X, formerly Twitter, Ms Sheinbaum said she was being deluged with hate calls and messages.

“What they want to do is obvious, once again their attacks are as crude as they are harmless,” she said.