Global Crisis Watch 277

You are invited to join us for Global Crisis Watch 277, on Friday, May 31st at 10:00 BST.


The highlighted topics will include:

Israeli Airstrike in Gaza Kills 45, Triggers Global Outcry

An Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza, killed 45 people, mainly civilians, and sparked global outcry. The strike targeted Hamas commanders but ignited a fire in a refugee camp. Prime Minister Netanyahu said the strike was not meant to harm civilians. Global leaders, including the US and France, urged Israel to protect civilians. Despite a UN court ruling to halt the assault, Israel continues its offensive, with over 36,000 Palestinians killed so far.


UK Snap Election Announced for July 4th by PM Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a general election for July 4th, despite having the option to wait until January next year. The announcement came with Sunak standing in the rain outside his Downing Street office without an umbrella, followed by a press conference at the shipyard that built the Titanic, giving plenty of opportunity for negative headlines. The election could see the Conservative Party lose its majority for the first time since 1994. Sunak, in office for less than two years following the disastrous 49-day premiership of Liz Truss, emphasized the UK’s improving economy. Polls suggest the Labour Party, led by Keir Starmer, is ahead. Parliament will be dissolved on May 30th, leaving many of Sunak’s own party members claiming that they are unready for the election.


Trial in Hong Kong Convicts 14 Activists of Subversion

Hong Kong court found 14 out of 16 pro-democracy activists guilty of conspiracy to commit subversion under a China-imposed national security law. The activists, including former lawmakers, face life in prison with sentencing to be determined later. The trial, which critics claim undermines Hong Kong's rule of law, followed widespread 2019 protests. The US and other countries condemned the trial as politically motivated. Two defendants were acquitted.


South Africans Vote in Landmark Election

Millions of South Africans are voting in a pivotal general election that could see the ruling ANC lose its majority for the first time since 1994. Polls indicate widespread frustration with the country's direction, including high unemployment and corruption. President Cyril Ramaphosa urged voters to continue supporting the ANC. With 52 parties on the ballot, including new ones like Jacob Zuma's uMkhonto weSizwe Party, the election could result in a coalition government. Voter turnout has been high, with many seeking change.


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