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Israeli offensive ends after declaration of ceasefire, Gazans claim victory

The ceasefire was mediated by Egypt and came into effect at 2 am on Friday, ending 11 days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied territories took to the streets to celebrate a victory

Israeli attacks continue for tenth day, death toll close to 230

The airstrikes on Gaza along with the Israeli military’s violence in the occupied West Bank have so for killed 227 Palestinians and injured over 1,500 others, while also internally displacing 72,000 people

China at UNSC China blames US for UN failure to issue statement on Palestine

The UN Security Council failed to issue a formal statement on Israeli aggression in Gaza due to US objections. This is despite growing global concern regarding the rising death toll of civilians and massive destruction inside Palestine

SIPRI global military expenditure 2020 Despite the horrors of COVID-19, global defense spending rises led by the US

The US military budget in 2020 alone was around USD 778 billion, which is almost 39% of the total global military expenditure and marked an increase by 4.4% from the previous year

Iraq faces second wave of COVID-19 infections amid slow vaccination rates

The country started vaccination only in March when it received over 50,000 doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. It received 336,000 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca under COVAX initiative on March 25 after much delay

Palestine receives critical batch of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from China

Besides China, the Palestinian Authority has also received vaccines from other sources, including doses from the United Nations COVAX initiative and Russian Sputnik V

SIPRI report global arms sale Latest SIPRI data shows 25% rise in arms imports by Middle East and North Africa countries

Complementing the increase in arms imports by West Asian and North African countries, the United States, France and Germany saw a substantial increase in their respective weapons exports, with the US continuing as the world’s largest arms exporter 

China urges the West to stop baseless propaganda, offers greater cooperation on various issues 

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi criticized rumors about genocide of Uyghurs minorities spread by the media and claimed that the population of Uyghurs minorities has more than doubled in the last 40 years

UN calls for investigation into Tigray war citing rights violations and other stories

Today we take a look the UN’s call for an investigation into Ethiopia’s Tigray region, a campaign to boycott Amazon, the ongoing Covid-19 vaccine development efforts in Cuba, and the declaration of an end of absolute poverty in China

Understanding the complicated politics and geopolitics of the coup in Myanmar

Is it a coup if the military was already in power? Vijay Prashad examines the recent military coup in Myanmar through a political and geopolitical lens

US designates Cuba as a “sponsor of terrorism”

Cuba’s foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Padilla criticized the move and called it hypocritical and cynical

Elections and building socialism under hybrid war: A Venezuelan perspective

Hernán Vargas of the Movimiento de Pobladores y Pobladoras discusses the legislative elections in Venezuela held on December 6 and what they mean for politics in the country

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