The meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Joe Biden comes at a time of great political turmoil in Israel, with massive protests against government plans to overhaul the judicial system, a move seen as damaging to true democracy. It will be their first meeting since Netanyahu took office last year as part of a hard-right government. Israeli immigrants in the US and American Jewish communities are demonstrating to express their dissatisfaction with Netanyahu's actions.
The ecological destruction in Akbelen forest by the coal mining industry has been taking place for 40 years. After achieving some success to halt the large-scale felling of trees in recent years, new coal expansion has been approved. Activists from local villages have responded with a series of campaigns and protests only to be met by violence by the military who are protecting the operations of coal company Yeniköy Kemerköy Energy.
Israel Judicial Crisis 2023 – Reforms and Protests
Israels right-wing and ultra-religious government has passed reforms stripping the Supreme Court of their power to shut down key governmental decisions by declaring them unreasonable. In this blatant attack on democracy, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demand the reforms be scraped, and for the resignation of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Demonstrators are being supported by opposing political rivals, the Israeli military, and top business and legal figures.
One of the largest anti-government mass movement events in Turkey began in 2013. Originally started by a few hundred who objected to the building of artillery barracks on one of the few remaining green spaces in Istanbul. Events soon spiralled into thousands of Turkish protesters who united to stand against larger issues in the country such as repression, unlawful punishments, police brutality, exploitation, and the authoritarian regime. 10-year commemorative events have been met with hostility and many have already been detained.
In one of the most important elections of the year, we see President Erdoğan fighting to maintain his 20 years of control against key rival Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. The election will be held on May 14, to a backdrop of growing dissatisfaction, economic downturn, rising inflation, and the deaths of more than 50,000 during the mismanaged earthquake back in February. With citizens desperate for change, Kılıçdaroğlu promises to restore democracy, judicial independence, and deport millions of refugees. Many Turkish people view another win by Erdoğan as huge loss for democracy.
Two lethal earthquakes struck southern Turkey and western Syria, causing widespread damage and deaths in the region. In Turkey, many poorly constructed buildings collapsed, leaving thousands of people trapped under the rubble and many more at the mercy of the cold winter. In Syria, still suffering from the wounds of 12 years of civil war, the quake came at a very vulnerable time, when the population was already suffering from food shortages, economic collapse, vulnerable infrastructure and a recent cholera outbreak.
Protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini whilst under arrest for violation of the strict hijab law continue to rock Iran and the world. Demonstrations against mandatory hijab use soon evolved into demands for greater freedoms, women's rights, and against the controversial morality police and harsh Iranian regime. Now being labelled the Iran Revolution, the government has responded with widespread internet blackouts, tear gas, and gun fire. 185 people have already lost their lives as Iranians desperately fight for massive governmental change.
Tensions regarding the West Bank have existed since 1967. In September 2019, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced his plan to annex the area – breaking international law. We cover the effects on Palestinians, the potential area mapped out, the reactions of various countries around the world, and everything else you need to know.
Originally stemmed from discontent with the Syrian government in 2011, the Syrian Armed Forces, ISIL, and many other rebel groups have created a humanitarian crisis of disastrous scale. Foreign involvement has complicated matters further, crime has taken over, ancient heritage sites destroyed, and 3.8 million have been made refugees. Will Syrian’s ever find peace?
Since 2015, a civil war has raged in Yemen over the official governance of the country. As a consequence, 13 million Yemeni civilians are facing starvation. The war has destroyed civilian areas, and killed thousands – controversially with bombs provided by the US and UK. With no viable water supply, agriculture has collapsed, and health has deteriorated rapidly.
In an inspiring demonstration of unity, thousands of Lebanese have been protesting in the country's major cities, since the government announced a tax on social media apps. A proposal that was abandoned in a few hours, but the protests had already focused on deeper issues, such as political corruption and the country's high level of indebtedness. Demonstrations continue, even after the Prime Minister's resignation, as people demand more in-depth change.