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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS DEC 2

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December 2, 2020

 

ASIA PACIFIC:

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CONFLICTS:

  • CHINA: China rejected U.S. accusations it is weakening its enforcement of U.N. sanctions against North Korea. China is North Korea’s most important ally but agreed to U.N. sanctions after North Korea conducted nuclear and missile tests.

SOURCE: CP 24

  • RUSSIA: The Russian military announced the deployment of its S-300V4 advanced air-defense missiles to the Kurile Islands claimed by Japan. Japan has lodged a protest after Russia’s move.

SOURCE: NEW EUROPE

 

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS:

  • THAILAND: Thailand’s government is facing a sustained protest campaign that has brought thousands of people out on the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his cabinet, constitutional changes drafted by representatives, and reform of the monarchy under the constitution.

SOURCE: ASIA NIKEI


EURASIA:

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 STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • RUSSIA: Russian Rosneft consolidates position in largest Arctic oil project. It´s expected to buy the Payakha field licenses in the Taymyr Peninsula from Neftegazholding, thus securing its full control over the Vostok Oil project.

SOURCE: THE BARENTS OBSERVER


SOUTH ASIA:

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CONFLICTS:

  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghan government and Taliban representatives said they had reached a preliminary deal considered a major breakthrough because it will allow negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire.

SOURCE: CGTN

 

STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • INDIA: India, world’s third biggest oil importer and consumer, looks to resume supplies from Iran and Venezuela, after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • INDIA: US Exxon Mobil is in talks to buy a stake in producing oil and gas fields in India.

SOURCE: FINANCIAL EXPRESS


MIDDLE EAST:

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CONFLICTS:

  • IRAN: The Iranian president has called on the international community to confront the Israeli regime’s atrocities against Palestinians, and expressed regret over Israel’s expansionist policy by constructing more and more Jewish settlements on the West Bank and East al-Quds, and the cruel blockade of the Gaza Strip.

SOURCE: IFP NEWS

 

TERRORISM:

  • IRAQ: Islamic State increases attacks in Iraq’s Sunni areas. It has conducted several attacks in recent weeks on the Sunni-majority provinces of Anbar and Salahuddin.

SOURCE: AL MONITOR


AFRICA:

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CONFLICTS:

  • ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

TERRORISM:

  • NIGERIA: The Boko Haram jihadist group claimed responsibility for a brutal massacre of farm workers in northeast Nigeria over the weekend as the death toll rose to 76.

SOURCE: THE DEFENSE POST


LATIN AMERICA:

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STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • VENEZUELA: Venezuela resumes direct oil shipments to China despite U.S. embargoes.

SOURCE: FLEETMON


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Europe

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  • BELARUS: Thousands marched through Minsk calling for President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. Belarus has been in a political crisis since a presidential election in August that the opposition says was rigged.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

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  • THAILAND: Thousands of activists protested in front of the Siam Commercial Bank highlighting the wealth of the king, a day after the government deployed a law criminalizing criticism of the royal family for the first time since pro-democracy protests began in July.

SOURCE: EURASIA REVIEW

 

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  • COLOMBIA: Thousands of workers and students protested in Colombia against the social and economic policies of President Ivan Duque, despite restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: MERCOPRESS

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  • THAILAND: Thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Thailand’s capital, demanding reforms of the country’s military-backed government, military-drafted constitution, and its all-powerful monarchy.

SOURCE: CBS NEWS

 

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  • GERMANY: People attend a protest rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin against the coronavirus restrictions in Germany. The protests came as German lawmakers debated a bill that would provide legal underpinning for the government to issue social distancing rules, require masks in public and to close stores.

SOURCE: FRESNOBEE

 

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  • ARMENIA: Protests against the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement continue in the Armenian capital, with demonstrators calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the invalidation of the deal that secured territorial advances for Azerbaijan, which also provides Russian peacekeepers to be deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh. Meanwhile, Turkey’s government submitted a motion to parliament seeking its approval to deploy it´s peacekeepers in the region.

SOURCES: SPUTNIKABC NEWS

 

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  • ARMENIA: Armenian opposition groups are continuing their protests to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian over the terms he agreed to in a Russian-brokered accord with Azerbaijan that ended fighting over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.

SOURCE: RFERL

 

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  • ARMENIA: Thousands of Armenian protesters marched on Armenian parliament after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to a peace deal with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  They demanded PM’s resignation. Was the second day of protests in Armenia.

SOURCE: DW

 

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  • PERU: Protests were held in various cities after the decision of the Peruvian Congress to impeach President Martin Vizcarra. Allegations of corruption marred Vizcarra’s presidency in the last few months, culminating in the vote.

SOURCE: BUSINESS WORLDTHE GUARDIAN

 

 

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