Politics | Edition 24 September 2022
In a television address, Vladimir Putin he announced what he called a “partial” military movement. Although the Kremlin claims that very few Russians have been killed in Ukraine, it nevertheless plans to call up another 300,000 reservists and force them to fight. Anti-war protests broke out in cities across Russia, and flights out of the country quickly sold out. Hundreds were arrested; some officials suggested sending activists to the front line. Analysts said it would take months for the new troops to be ready for action. Many of the officers who could have been trained are either in Ukraine or dead.
Elections at gunpoint
Mr Putin also said he would support referendums in occupied parts of Ukraine, where puppet administrations say they want to be formally annexed by Russia. The referendums were to be held with three days’ notice and at gunpoint. There is no doubt about their results. The aim appears to be to provide Mr Putin with a rhetorical justification for describing Ukraine’s attempts to retake its own territory as attacks on Russia itself. It was a light threat to use nuclear weapons.
At the one, Joe Biden called Mr. Putin nuclear threats irresponsible. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, suggested that Mr Putin was panicking and advised everyone to keep calm. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has called for the return of all Ukrainian territory, a war crimes tribunal and compensation for all Ukrainians killed by Mr Putin’s men. murder
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire, after the worst outbreak of fighting between the two countries since 2020. America has been involved in efforts to sue for peace in a conflict that takes place in a garden the back of Russia. Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, held talks with the Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers in New York. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, visited Armenia, the most senior American politician to do so since Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Nine people were killed in Iran at the biggest protests against the government in years. They were sparked by the death of a young woman three days after he was arrested by the morality police for being inappropriately dressed. She was wearing a loose head covering.
Palestinian Security forces clashed with protesters and protesters, after arresting members of Hamas wanted by Israel. Around 90 people have been killed this year in the West Bank, mostly by Israeli police and soldiers. Israel has raided the area again after a wave of terrorist attacks by Palestinians and Israeli Arabs.
Large numbers of Irish Soldiers have attacked Tigray, a northern region of Ethiopia That has been a battle with Ethiopian government forces since late 2020. Eritrea had previously intervened to help Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister, but withdrew its forces last year due to pressure between -national and battle problems. Separately, one investigators said Ethiopia’s blockade of Tigray was a crime against humanity.
Still inside Haiti rise after protests over the removal of fuel subsidies turned into wider anger about poverty and violence. The Caribbean nation has suffered from instability and gang violence since the assassination of its president last year. American officials say that foreign businessmen may be helping to fuel the unrest, which threatens to challenge the current prime minister, Ariel Henry.
Hurricane Fiona on a destructive path across the Caribbean. The storm caused a power outage in Puerto Rico, reviving memories of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Although the American territory has restructured its huge debt, the electricity company is still struggling against the creditors.
Number of illegal immigrants arrested America’s frontier with Mexico passing 2.1m for the fiscal year starting October 1, 2021, a record. Many of the migrants now come from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
The New York state attorney general filed a lawsuit against him Donald Trump and three of his children, Donald Young, Eric and Ivanka, are accused of fraud by inflating the value of assets to obtain loans. The suit involves the Trump Organization. The state also took the findings to the federal Department of Justice as a criminal matter.
Goodbye, your majesty
Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest at Windsor Castle after a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. At least 26m people watched the service and the procession on television in Great Britain (the figure does not include digital audiences). Before the event the London transport authority said it expected 1m people to be on the streets. A quarter of a million people filed past the Queen’s coffin as she was in state, according to a government minister. The length of the queue was ten miles (16km).
Weeks of tension between Hindus and Muslims in the British city of Leicester erupted into violent disorder after an unauthorized protest by hundreds of people. The police struggled to restore calm; officers from other forces had to be drafted in. Rumors and misinformation about the problem spread quickly on social media.
A big typhoon hit Japan, killing at least four people and injuring more than 110 others. With wind gusts of up to 234km per hour, it left more than 300,000 homes without electricity.
Kazakhstan announced early presidential elections to be held on November 20. The country faced violent unrest and a putsch attempt in January, which was put down with the help of Russian troops. Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, the president, has since consolidated his power and ousted his predecessor, the strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan called a ceasefire, after border skirmishes left at least 100 people dead and tens of thousands displaced. A large number of exclaves in the region have long fueled border disputes, but the latest clashes are the worst to affect any of the post-Soviet Central Asian states since independence.
In China A bus carrying people to a covid-19 quarantine facility crashed, killing 27 passengers. The tragedy sparked a massive online protest against the government’s strict covid control. Angry netizens also criticized a senior health official for advising locals not to touch foreigners after China recorded its first case of smallpox, which was found in a person who had arrived from abroad.