by Pier Washpon

Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate and Human Rights Advocate Liu Xiaobo Dies
July 13, 2017
Liu Xiaobo had a long history of organizing and protesting in China. He drafted Charter 08, a political reform that resulted in him being sentenced to 11 years in prison. His work for non violence and human rights reformed earned him a Nobel Peace Prize and he will be remembered by many. Liu Xiaobo had liver cancer and was released on medical parole when he died in Shenyang city.

Emboldened by Trump, U.S. Border officials are lying to asylum seekers and turning them away
July 12, 2017
At a border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico and San Ysidro, California, Customs and Border Protection Officers are giving unauthorized decisions on asylum claims. A class action lawsuit has been filed by legal and immigration advocacy groups against the CBP and the Department of Homeland Security for allegedly spreading misinformation, engaging in verbal and physical abuse, and turning people away that request asylum.

Wives of Warring Rivals Strive to Bring Peace to Nigeria’s Kaduna State
July 13, 2017
Disagreements over natural resources between herders and farmers from different ethnic groups have sparked retaliatory violence. Women are frustrated about the violence and being excluded from peace talks at the community level. The wives and women are more peaceful with each other, since they work in the same markets, and are starting peace talks in the home.

Federal Judge says grandparents and other close family excluded from travel ban
July 14, 2017
A federal judge ruled that grandparents, grandchildren, brother’s and sister’s-in-laws, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins will count as sufficiently close family relatives. A victory for people that are trying to come to the United States from the 6 countries, Iran, Syria, Sudan, ¬†Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, on the travel ban list.

Ethiopians Race to Leave Saudi Arabia as Mass Deportations Loom
July 13, 2017
45,000 out of the 111,000 who agreed to leave Saudi Arabia have successfully returned to Ethiopia. However, the remaining people are unable to book flights because there are no open seats. Saudi Arabia has done mass deportation before where people have reported abuses, and poor conditions while waiting in detainment.

One year after the failed coup in Turkey, the crackdown continues
July 14, 2017
A year after the fail coup of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the nation is described as more divided than ever. 50,000 people have remained in custody and 170,000 are suspects being investigated for ties to Fethullah Gulen. “There is to be no civil society, no criticism and no accountability in Erdogan’s Turkey” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

Venezuela Opposition Votes Against Maduro, Woman Shot Dead
July 16, 2017
One woman is dead after gunman shot into a crowd of people waiting on line to vote. The unofficial referendum was held to counter the President and is expected to be followed with a ‘zero hour’ national strike. More than 5 million people cast ballots at over 2,000 centers.

Trump is Endangering Nuclear Deal, Says Iranian Foreign Minister
July 16, 2017
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has monitored Iran for two years after the Nuclear Deal was signed and reported that they were in compliance with the terms of the deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Donald Trump has not held up the United States part of the bargain by urging allies to cut business ties with Iran. Grassroots disarmament organization Peace Action wrote that the Iran Deal should be held as a model for diplomacy as the U.S. deal with North Korea.

France urges resumption of Israel- Palestine peace talks
July 16, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron called for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians after talking with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli settlement construction is threatening peace and negotiations. The two leaders also discussed Syria and improving economic cooperation.

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea
July 17, 2017
President Moon Jae of South Korea wants open dialogue with North Korea. The main goal of the talks would be to reduce military tension and wants a peace treaty to be signed. North Korea has not responded to South Korea yet but if talks go forward, it would be the first since 2015.