In order to keep our audience up to date with world affairs relating to identity politics and nationalism, this is a segment rounding up relevant news on a weekly basis.
Last updated: 30 October 2017
31st October – 4th November 2017
China: The Chinese parliament has formally extended measures banning disrespect of the national anthem to cover Hong Kong. By incorporating this law, it undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedom.
Russia: Over 260 nationalist protesters against Russian President Vladmir Putin have been arrested in Moscow. The protesters are allegedly linked with with nationalist politician Vyacheslav Maltsev’s Artillery Preparation movement.
USA: The League of the South, a Southern nationalist group, is alleged to have organised the demonstration of what was called the “White Lives Matter” rally. The second rally planned in nearby Murfreesboro was quickly cancelled after massive backlash at the first rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
23 – 30 October 2017
Catalonia: In response to Catalonia’s declaration of independence, Spain’s central government is removing Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont from office. It is said that Mr. Puigdemont and other Catalan officials may also face criminal charges.
India: Hindu nationalists are denouncing India’s most recognisable monument built by a Muslim emperor, the Taj Mahal. At the heart of the controversy is a larger fight over India’s past and present. Hindu nationalists, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now wield unprecedented power across the country.
Iraq: Masoud Barzani has resigned as president of the Kurdish region, a month after an independence referendum he orchestrated angered Baghdad. A parliament session on how to redistribute the president’s power devolved into violence.
USA: Trump administration unveils 8 border-wall prototypes along the US-Mexico border. It will take another “three to four” months to reach agency and consequently implementation of these prototypes.
16 – 22 October 2017
Austria: Sebestian Kurz, chairman of the Austrian People’s Party, is elected as the new chancellor of Austria. With his far-right agenda on anti-immigration, particularly anti-Muslim, asylum seekers as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis are currently under scrutiny.
Germany: While Angela Merkel is returning as chancellor for the fourth term, it is the first time in 50 years that a far-right party (AfD) has won seats in the German parliament. Responding to AfD’s success, Merkel vows to address concerns presented by the right-wing party’s voters.
Myanmar: As of the 17th of October, the UN has reported that an estimated 582,000 refugees have fled Myanmar as abuses against ethnic minorities persists. St Hugh’s college at Oxford University is removing Aung San Suu Kyi name from their common room, condemning her silence as complicity.