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Indonesian protests mark re-emergence of social movements, civil society

Academic and activist Robertus Robet, talks about the wave of protests in Indonesia against the Omnibus Law, the key role played by the trade unions, and the challenges to democracy in the country

Saudi activist prison hunger strike Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul relaunches hunger strike

Loujain al-Hathloul, who has been in prison since may 2018, launched a hunger strike against prison officials’ decision to deny her regular contact with her family. She had undertaken a similar strike in September

China imposes sanctions on US arms companies over Taiwan arms deals

The announcement of sanctions comes in response to arms deals signed by Taiwan and the US worth billions of dollars. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Space & Security will be among the companies to be sanctioned

Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist in night raid

The journalist was arrested during a raid of his home in the occupied West Bank conducted by Israeli soldiers at 2AM on Tuesday October 27

UN report on Yemen One out of every four children in southern Yemen is malnourished, says UN report

According to the UN report, cases of acute malnutrition among children in war-ravaged Yemen are increasing at an alarming pace because of a severe shortage of food due to the war

The Thai uprising against the military-monarchical complex

Thai intellectual and writer Giles Ungpakorn talks to Vijay Prashad on the massive protests that are currently on in Thailand demanding reform of the monarchy and restoration of democracy

UN envoy demands independent investigation into Palestinian teenager’s death 

UN special envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov called for an investigation into the death of 18-year-old Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar who was reportedly beaten heavily by Israeli soldiers, leading to his death

The US announces fresh sanctions against Iran’s petroleum sector

The sanctions mostly target entities and individuals in Iran’s petroleum sector, including the minister of petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh. US sanctions have massively affected Iran’s ability to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19

Thousands come out to mark anniversary of popular protests in Iraq

Protesters, who marched in several cities renewing their demands for an overhaul of Iraq’s political system and an end to corruption, were met with police repression

Indonesia Omnibus protests Indonesian trade unions call for bigger mobilization against Omnibus law

The Confederation of Indonesia Trade Union has called for massive protests in November if president Joko Widodo approves the Omnibus job creation law which weakens labor and environmental protection provisions

Palestinian nurses dismissed. Palestinian nurses from Gaza protest termination by Jerusalem hospital due to Israeli travel restrictions

The seven nurses had been working at the Makassed hospital in occupied East Jerusalem for more than 20 years before they were dismissed recently without any explanation

Myanmar unions ACT Unions win the right to organize under ACT agreement in Myanmar

Several dispute resolution settlements between Myanmar-based suppliers and local trade unions have been concluded under the Action, Collaboration, Transformation agreement during the COVID-19 crisis

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