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‘Feverish Russophobia’ says Kremlin as it terms EU, US sanctions as intervention in Russia’s internal affairs
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‘Feverish Russophobia’ says Kremlin as it terms EU, US sanctions as intervention in Russia’s internal affairs

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said that the feigned partnership of the European Union and the United States is based only on unbridled Russophobia, and it does not pursue any constructive solutions to any challenges. She was speaking to Vesti FM radio station on Wednesday. “This is sort of a quasi-alliance with the […]

Chinese firms buying out British schools that are under financial stress; Ploy to expand Chinese influence over Britain’s education system, investigation reveals
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Chinese firms buying out British schools that are under financial stress; Ploy to expand Chinese influence over Britain’s education system, investigation reveals

Hundreds of independent schools which are under financial stress after the impact of coronavirus pandemic are being targeted by Chinese investors
Nine of the 17 schools under Chinese control are owned by firms whose founders or bosses are among China’s most senior Communist Party members;
Schools are using educational tools for teaching children a ‘whitewashed’ view of China
One firm admitted its acquisition of British schools is aimed at supporting China’s controversial Belt And Road strategy, which aims to expand Beijing’s global influence.
This is not a new phenomenon as it was reported way back in 2015 that Chinese investors were buying Britain’s schools.
Neither the British government nor the opposition saw the threat from such buying of schools.
Will the British take control of their schools back? Brexit Party founder Nigel Farage and Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat have raised their voices on the issue but there has been no official response from the British government over the revelations of the Daily Mail investigation

French National Assembly approves bill to combat Islamist extremism
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French National Assembly approves bill to combat Islamist extremism

France’s National Assembly approved Tuesday a law to fight Islamist extremism and separatism in an attempt to tackle the root causes of jihadist violence, reports France24. The bill comes after France witnessed a wave of attacks in which more than 250 people have been killed since 2015. The bill would expand the government’s powers to […]

CGTN broadcasting license revoked in UK, China vows “necessary response”
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CGTN broadcasting license revoked in UK, China vows “necessary response”

British media regulator Ofcom has revoked the broadcasting licence of China Global Television Network (CGTN), the international english language channel of China’s state broadcaster CCTV, after the national regulator found that it was wrongfully held by a separate entity. An investigation by the British regulator concluded that the Chinese Communist Party had ultimate editorial responsibility […]

Turkey students intensify protests against Erdogan government’s high-handedness, stifling of freedom of speech and expression
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Turkey students intensify protests against Erdogan government’s high-handedness, stifling of freedom of speech and expression

The protests which started against the politically motivated appointment of a rector who was close to Presidnet Erdogan, have now diversified into other issues of stifling of freedom of speech and expression by Erdogan’s government.
Erdoğan called the protesting students as “terrorists,” accusing them of exploiting a “routine appointment” to stir unrest at other universities.
The government seems to be in no mood to listen to the protesting students as police barricades and security forces in riot gear have been lined up on the streets since Feb 1st near the main entrance of Istanbul’s Bogazici University.
Early this week, four students were arrested in Istanbul over an artwork that reportedly depicted LGBT rainbow symbols alongside an image of a sacred Islamic site.
The student anger during the past few weeks had been simmering since 2016 when Erdogan abolished university rector elections and instead gave power to his government to appoint rectors and other officials at the universities after the coup attempt to unseat him.
The current clampdown on students and universities has put Turkey at the bottom of the Academic Freedom Index alongside countries like Libya, Iran, North Korea and China.

Britain opens up visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s crackdown on dissent
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Britain opens up visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s crackdown on dissent

Millions of Hongkong residents will now be able to apply to live and work in the UK when a historic immigration scheme for British National Overseas citizens finally opens its doors on 31 Jan, 2021 i.e Sunday. In response to China’s security crackdown in Hong Kong, Britain has launched its visa scheme inviting many residents of the former colony move to and eventually settle in the UK

Russia Accuses US of Meddling in its affairs as Protests over Navalny’s Imprisonment grip Russia
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Russia Accuses US of Meddling in its affairs as Protests over Navalny’s Imprisonment grip Russia

Protests were held in several cities of Russia against the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Navalny has accused Putin and the Kremlin elite of large scale corruption for amassing wealth and a huge palace
Pro-US English media outlets estimated that around 20,000 people protested in Moscow and more than 10,000 in Saint Petersburg
US embassy in Russia had posted on its website information about the time and location of the protests
Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova have accused the U.S. embassy of interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs
Federation Council for the Protection of State Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference believes that ‘foreign countries’ specialists’ are involved in organizing unauthorized rallies in Russia

“Deal is Done” – The UK and European Union formalise Zero-Tariff post-Brexit trade deal; Key points explained
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“Deal is Done” – The UK and European Union formalise Zero-Tariff post-Brexit trade deal; Key points explained

“Deal is done”, tweeted British PM Boris Johnson as the The United Kingdom and European Union reached a post-Brexit trade deal which will come into effect from January 1, 2021. The deal comes after months of strained negotiations. The agreement also averted a much-feared “no-deal” scenario which could have sparked economic chaos and risked major […]

Are the fears over new law against separatism in France justified?
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Are the fears over new law against separatism in France justified?

Islamic nations across the world and prominent Muslim leaders have decried the new French law as Islamophobic. President Emmanuel Macron was accused of attacking Islam and for trying to re-inventing French “secularism”. The critics of the law accused that such a law would stigmatise the French Muslim community and snatch their ‘religious freedom’.

In contrast to such criticisms and fear mongering, the law which was passed by the Lower House aims at instilling Republic’s values by giving powers to the authorities to keep a tab on religious groups, intervene associations and groups, curb hate speech, dignity of human life, instill secularism, puts conditions of homeschooling and aims to protect police officers and their families from online trolling and harassment.