Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into how Myanmar revolutionaries waged a war against drugs was part of a broader effort to define and demonstrate the world they were trying to build.
The EU is placing new sanctions on travel companies helping to transport migrants to Belarus. Also, American journalist Danny Fenster, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison, has been released by the military junta in Myanmar. And, Austria imposes a lockdown on people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Danny Fenster was initially handed an 11-year prison sentence, but has now been released and is on his way home to the US.
Turkey halts flights for some Arab citizens traveling to Belarus. Also, France hosts peace conference on Libya to ensure elections take place in December. And, Myanmar sentences American journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison.
Top oil executives testify before Congress in a landmark hearing before the US House Oversight Committee. Also, the African Union suspends Sudan over its military coup. And, a new report reveals that Myanmar’s junta tortures its detainees in a systematic way.
Top of The World: An ISIS-inspired extremist has stabbed and injured six people in Auckland, New Zealand, three of them critically. And, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced that he will not run for re-election as party leader. Also, the UK has announced new sanctions against Myanmar, targeting the Htoo Group of Companies.
Stephen Anderson, country director of the World Food Program, spoke with The World's Marco Werman about the dire situation, from Myanmar's capital city, Naypyidaw.
Top of The World: President Joe Biden has issued an executive order imposing economic sanctions targeting members of the Belarusian government. And, Bangladesh has begun vaccinating Rohingya refugees in the country, with the help of aid agencies. Also, an armed group has ambushed and killed 30 people, including civilians, soldiers and pro-government militiamen in Burkina Faso
Top of The World: A top general of Myanmar’s military declared himself the country’s prime minister on Sunday. And, wildfires have ravaged Turkey, Greece and elsewhere on the continent as a heat wave continues baking southeast Europe. Also, dozens of lawmakers in Malaysia were blocked by police on Monday from protesting a two-week lockdown of the country’s Parliament.
Mohammed Rezuwan, 24, lives in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee camp. He’s gathering Rohingya folk stories before a generation of storytellers dies off.
Top of The World: Five editors and executives of the Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, were arrested on Thursday. And, a village in central Myanmar has been left in ashes after troops loyal to the ruling military junta allegedly set the blaze. Also, polling suggests that hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi is the clear front-runner in Iran elections on Friday.