| GAZA – ISRAEL

Aid includes individual packages that can feed a family of five for a month. More will follow, including action on medical assistance, which is reeling. Various agencies warn that the Rafah invasion has brought the humanitarian aid system to its knees.

by Steve Suwannarat

With the revision of the electoral roll, operations towards the five-yearly renewal of the city-state's parliament have begun. Already a hundred accounts active on social networks have been blocked by the authorities for ‘hostile information campaigns’. While former premier Lee denounced the existence of fake videos of him produced with artificial intelligence.

| 25/07/2024
| SINGAPORE
by Vladimir Rozanskij

On Azattyk, a review by Max Gdeorg Meier, coordinator of the Seidel Foundation, who spent 22 years in Kyrgyzstan promoting cooperation between Germany and the post-Soviet country. ‘The Kyrgyz people have never liked absolutist and oppressive governments’, but growing authoritarianism and the law ‘on non-commercial organisations’ are putting everything on the line again. 

| 25/07/2024
| KIRGHIZISTAN
by Sumon Corraya

The bishop of Rajshahi, president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh, spoke to AsiaNews, calling for an end to the curfew that shut down the country, harming the poor above all. Those killed deserve justice, but order must be maintained. While Dhaka has been trying to get back to normal this morning, the death toll has risen to at least 197. Students say that some of their leaders are missing following the wave of arrests. The government blames the opposition and foreign "accomplices".

| 24/07/2024
| BANGLADESH

On the continent, the percentage of people afflicted by food insecurity and malnutrition has stabilised at 8.1 percent. After Africa, the highest levels of food insecurity are in South Asia. According to the FAO, today's data are comparable to those of 2008-09 and the goal of Zero Hunger appears unattainable by 2030.

| 24/07/2024
| ASIA

With Netanyahu in Washington, the ultra-right-wing security minister is encouraging Israeli nationalists to pray publicly at the Temple Mount, where the al Aqsa mosque is located. The police say the minister had no authorisation. Other ultra-Orthodox religious leaders are against the prayer. In the background, Ben Gvir is pushing to join the war cabinet.

| 24/07/2024
| ISRAEL - HOLY LAND
by Mathias Hariyadi

Outgoing President Joko Widodo signed a decree to this effect. Yet, despite government efforts, foreign investors are reluctant to get involved in the project. Widodo’s successor Prabowo does not seem keen on prioritising the new capital. The transfer of the first administrative offices, scheduled for this month, has been postponed.

 

| 24/07/2024
| INDONESIA
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