Transnational Bodies

  • HRW: Navalny Persecution Just the Tip of the Russian Crackdown

    March 17, 2021

    Human Rights Watch investigates a political struggle underway in Russia of which Navalny is only the most visible part, highlighting the struggle for anyone who has expressed public discontent with the Kremlin’s rule, which imposes a wide array of  penalties to prevent people from airing grievances.

  • China Approves Plan to ‘Improve' Hong Kong Elections

    March 12, 2021

    Following the Chinese government’s announcement that they would revamp Hong Kong's electoral system earlier this month,  China's parliament overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal on "improving the electoral system" of Hong Kong, further restricting the ability of people in the city to freely elect their leaders.

  • France and U.S. Make Joint Commitment Against Climate Change

    March 12, 2021

    U.S. climate envoy John Kerry confirmed after talks with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, the United States would lay out new financing commitments for the Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions ahead of an April 22nd summit.

  • Are Vaccine Passports an Invasion Of Civil Liberties?

    March 12, 2021

    Various experts discuss the future of vaccine passports and their potention to create a permanent layer of increased surveillance infrastructure, encroaching on civil liberties, as well voicing concerns that participation in society would depend on taking a vaccine that has not gone through full regulatory approval.

  • GOP Pushes Bills to Allow Social Media ‘Censorship’ Lawsuits

    March 10, 2021

    In an effort to challenge a federal law that prevents internet companies from being sued for removing posts, U.S. Republican state lawmakers from two dozen states as well as a few Democrats, have introduced bills that would allow for civil lawsuits against platforms for what they call the “censorship” of posts.

  • Politico: China will Make ‘Efforts’ to Outlaw Forced Labor

    March 10, 2021

    As the European Parliament is set to scrutinize the EU-China investment pact in detail, the issue of forced labor has been addressed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, stating that China will take steps toward ratifying International Labor Organization rules against forced labor but did not offer a specific plan.

  • Hong Kong: 47 Charged Under Security Law

    March 08, 2021

    Following an informal public opinion poll to coordinate pro-democracy candidates for a Legislative Council (LegCo) election in July 2020, The Hong Kong government has decided to use the National Security Law to charge 47 democracy figures with “conspiracy to commit subversion”.

  • Forbes: WHO Covid-19 Report Dropped

    March 08, 2021

    The World Health Organization (WHO) team that investigated the origins of Covid-19 will not release their report from its mission to China due to escalating political and scientific accusations that the investigation was fundamentally compromised by Chinese officials.

  • NYPost: Court Packing Would Destroy Judicial Independence

    March 03, 2021

    President Biden recently announced the creation of a commission to recommend “reforms” to the judicial system that will most likely include the idea of court-packing, which, the authors warn, will destroy judicial independence and transform judges into political actors.

  • Brookings: Create an Office of Subnational Diplomacy at State Department

    February 24, 2021

    The Brookings Institution is promoting the creation of a new office of subnational diplomacy within the State Department that will place State Department diplomats within local governments following U.S. President Joe Biden’s pledge for new partnerships between local and federal governments.

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