Despite the numerous allegations and overwhelming evidence of corruption within FIFA’s organization in choosing Qatar as the location for the 2022 World Cup, the head of the ethics department refuses to investigate new allegations which the Sunday Times has uncovered and implicates FIFA VP Mohammed Bin Hammam. More information about FIFA corruption here.
Israeli authorities have denied clean water access to 80,000 Palestinians living in the occupied east Jerausalem for more than 60 days. “The Israeli water company, Gihon, denies water to Palestinian areas, including Shuafat Refugee Camp, Ras Khamis, Ras Sh’hadeh and Dahiyat As-Salam.”
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Spain’s major cities Monday to demand a vote on whether to abolish the monarchy after King Juan Carlos recently abdicated the throne for his son Felipe. “Far-left parties called for a national referendum to abolish Spain’s monarchy after the king made his announcement.” Juan Carlos saw Spain’s transition to democracy in the 1970s after the death of dictator Francisco Franco but moved to the opposite end of popular opinion after several financial scandals.
The army chief, Major General Abdulaslam Jadallah Obeidi survived gunfire from unidentified assailants Monday. Obeidi has recently aligned himself with “renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who played a major role in toppling Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi.” Haftar has consistently called for military action against Libyan parliament and demanded their relinquishing power. “He claimed that the General National Congress is backing extremists and should be held responsible for prevailing terrorist attacks, kidnappings and assassinations in Libya.” Libya has found it increasingly difficult to find political legitimacy since their transition to democracy after the ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. High officials are frequently subject to kidnappings and assassinations and US forces are constantly meddling with domestic affairs under the guise of terrorist eradication, further delegitimizing the power of the Libyan government.
“Farmers will march to Manila this week to urge the Aquino government to continue the distribution of farmlands after the June 30 deadline of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms.” The organized groups are demanding the distribution of 795,000 hectares of undistributed land. “They are also campaigning against the planned allocation of eight million hectares of supposedly idle, untenured and unproductive lands to oil palm production, saying that there is a gross misappropriation of land amidst the need for increased food production and neglect of coconut production.”
Nigerian police have banned protests demanding action from the Nigerian government in response to Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls. The government claims to know where the girls are held but no action has been taken yet. The protests have been banned as the government claims they have “degenerated” and are “now posing a serious security threat,” Abuja police commissioner Joseph Mbu said in a statement.” Nigeria’s political stability has been threatened these past few years by such inaction against terrorist groups as Boko Haram. The police have been so ineffective that villages have been forced to create their own vigilante groups without government support.
Though China’s solar panels are considerably cheaper than their European counterparts due to China’s laxer environmental standards and dirtier power sources and production methods. “The researchers said that the gap between the environmental standards in China and Europe should lessen as China begins to take better account of the damage done by industry, including the manufacturing of solar panels.”
In response to Russia’s unpredictability, Jack Lew, US Treasury Secretary has stated more sanctions are likely. “Last week’s election was a promising sign for the future of Ukraine, but there is evidence that Russia continues to allow the free flow of weapons, funds, and fighters across its borders and President (Vladimir) Putin’s next steps are still not clear,” Lew said.
“Mining company Idemitsu Australia Resources has admitted it contracted two companies at the centre of the extraordinary operation to use spies to infiltrate protesters opposed to the expansion of coal mining in northern NSW.” Coal mining and dumping has become an increasingly controversial issue in Australia. Recent moves to dump in areas near the Great Barrier Reef saw so much opposition that the sites were dropped by the coal mining companies altogether.
Maduro has chastised American attempts to impose sanctions on the state of Venezuela over Maduro’s harsh treatment of protestors. The US House has passed the bill to impose sanctions but the White House wants to hold off on such measures in favor of diplomatic resolution. “Obama’s stance, praised by Maduro, on the issue has led to Maduro nominating a new ambassador to the U.S.” Maduro’s weakened state after failing to meet Chavez’s legacy has seen much more reconciliatory talk from Venezuela to improve US relations.