US institutions have the tools to protect voters; fanning the flames of anti-Muslim sentiments in France; Kenyan lawyer wanted by International Criminal Court surrenders; UAE deploys Sudanese migrant workers in Libya; China casts oppressive policies in Xinjiang as counterterrorism; Maori becomes New Zealand’s first woman foreign minister; and Australian super fund commits to zero-emission investments.
Concerns about possible intimidation and violence around the upcoming United States general election can’t be ignored. US institutions do, however, have the tools to guide the country safely through this critical period. Meanwhile, media, especially social media companies, need to make every effort to report accurately and stop electoral disinformation.
The rhetorical and legislative offensive by senior French government ministers against “political Islamism,” and “communitarianism” in response to a spate of recent knife attacks risks further fanning the flames of anti-Muslim prejudice in a country with a record of discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities.
In breaking news: Paul Gicheru, a lawyer formerly based in Kenya against whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued an arrest warrant in 2015 for tampering with witnesses in the court's trial process against those responsible for Kenya’s deadly 2007-2008 election violence, has surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands.
By suggesting that its policies in Xinjiang follow the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, the Chinese government is ratcheting up its move to cast the systemic oppression of Turkic Muslims as counterterrorism.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed a Maori as the country’s first woman foreign minister.