Attempts by Myanmar’s military to end dissent are turning to the virtual world with internet blocks and arrest warrants for online critics as big rallies become rare in the face of relentless repression by the security forces.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group said on Saturday the security forces have killed 550 people, 46 of them children, since the military overthrew an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1. There were two deaths on Friday.
Despite the repression, opponents of the coup march every day in cities and towns across the country, often holding what they call “guerrilla rallies,” small, quick shows of defiance before security forces can respond.
Source: Myanmar junta targets online critics as anti-coup protest death toll hits 550 – National | Globalnews.ca
President Joe Biden has repealed sanctions on top officials of the Hague-based court imposed by Donald Trump. The move is in line with bringing the US back into the multilateral fold under the new administration. Source: US lifts Trump sanctions on International Criminal Court officials | News | DW | 03.04.2021
He established the Center for Global Peace in 1995 as part of AU’s School of International Service.
In 1939, Dr. Said was 9, living in a village in northeastern Syria as the country struggled against French occupation. One day, he was playing soccer when a boy told him that his little brother was hurt. Dr. Said followed the boy to where 3-year-old Riyad was lying bleeding in the street. He had been fatally struck by a French military truck. Decades later, Dr. Said would often tell his students, he could still remember the taste of his brother’s blood in his mouth as he carried the body home.
Source: Abdul Aziz Said, American U. professor of international relations, dies at 90 – The Washington Post
The exact origin of the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which started the COVID-19 pandemic, is still unclear. Early reports suggested that the virus jumped from an animal to a human at Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a “wet market” that sells live animals. Today, the international team of scientists assembled by the World Health Organization published their report of their recent visit to Wuhan to investigate the source of the virus and confirmed the “zoonotic source of SARS-CoV-2.”
“Evidence from surveys and targeted studies so far have shown that the coronaviruses most highly related to SARS-CoV-2 are found in bats and pangolins, suggesting that these mammals may be the reservoir of the virus that causes COVID-19,” the WHO report states. “In addition to these findings, the high susceptibility of mink and cats to SARS-CoV- 2 suggests that additional species of animals may act as a potential reservoir. … Several samples from patients with exposure to the Huanan market had identical virus genomes, suggesting that they may have been part of a cluster.”
Source: Live animal markets should be closed to prevent the next pandemic | New Europe
Duncan, shortly after MLB unveiled its decision Friday afternoon, tweeted, “In light of @MLB’s stance to undermine election integrity laws, I have instructed my staff to begin drafting legislation to remove Major League Baseball’s federal antitrust exception.”
Source: GOP lawmaker to offer bill revoking MLB’s antitrust exception | TheHill
In a letter seen by the BBC, Fina also criticises the Japanese government which, in its opinion, “did not take all the necessary measures to ensure successful and fair” competition.
The event was scheduled to run from 18-23 April, and was due to be the final Olympic qualifier and an official test event for the postponed Tokyo Games.
“Fina sincerely regrets this situation,” read the letter. “Despite all best efforts and understanding from Fina, the Executive was obliged to take this drastic decision.”
Fina informed national federations by email on Thursday after receiving what it describes as “worrying” information about the organiser’s proposed Covid-19 strategy, through its taskforce.
“In their view, this plan will not properly ensure health and protection guarantees to participants,” continued the letter.
Source: Tokyo Diving World Cup cancelled because of poor Covid-19 precautions – BBC Sport