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International Criminal Court announces investigation into war crimes in Palestine

The announcement comes a month after the ICC ruling which declared that it had jurisdiction to conduct an investigation into suspected war crimes in Palestine

20 years after invasion, US proposes a new Afghan government that includes Taliban

Intra-Afghan talks have not achieved any breakthrough and the May deadline for US troops leaving the country approaches. The US is now proposing a government which will include the same Taliban which it overthrew close to two decades ago

How India’s farmers’ protests could upend the political landscape

With elections coming up in several Indian states, Vijay Prashad explores the impact that the farmer’s protest and the government’s response to them could have on the correlation of forces

Houthis condemn US sanctions on two of its military commanders

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on Mansur al-Saadi, the Houthi naval forces chief of staff, and Ahmad Ali Ahsan al-Hamzi, commander of the air force and air defense forces

Palestinian politician Khalida Jarrar sentenced to 2 years in prison by Israeli military court

Jarrar will serve a prison term of eight months as she has already spent most of her two year sentence in detention since October 2019 

UK decision to reduce aid to Yemen criticized by activists and rights groups

Critics also point out that the UK’s decision intensifies its crimes in Yemen due to its continued arms sales worth billions to Saudi Arabia and its allies responsible for the war and destruction in the country  

A year after the anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi, justice remains elusive for victims

Victims and survivors of the five-days long violence by mobs led allegedly by the far-right leaders of the BJP recollected their horrors at a press conference organized by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

16 injured as Thai police attack demonstration in support of detained activists

Police used rubber bullets, water cannons, tear gas and baton charges against the nearly 2,000 people who marched to protest the continued detention of four activists under the country’s harsh lese majeste (insult to monarchy) laws

Sri Lanka’s human rights record comes under the scanner at UN Human Rights council

A resolution proposing scrutiny of the human rights violation in the country and for accountability of past violations will be voted on at the UN Human Rights Council in March

China declares end of absolute poverty in the country a decade ahead of the UN schedule

Through state-led initiatives it has lifted more than 770 million people out of poverty since 1979, which accounts for more than 70% of total global poverty reduction

Israeli Dan David prize Academics appeal to Australian historian Alison Bashford to reject Israeli award  

In an open letter, close to 250 academics from around the world have called on Bashford to refuse the Israeli Dan David prize in accordance with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement’s international campaign to pressure Israel to end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories

US attacks in Syria US strike on several locations inside Syria draws global criticism 

US president Joe Biden authorized the airstrikes as a response to the recent attacks on US military bases in Iraq. The move is being criticized by anti-war and progressive sections as a sign of continuation of Trump-era policies in the region  

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