Worrying signs that the EU is about to give in to its authoritarian member states again; South Korea sentence for online sexual violence; Boko Haram massacre in Nigeria; Liberian war crimes trial in Switzerland; the call for reparations in the US; some good news from Spain; and it's #GivingTuesday...
The EU's democracy crisis (masquerading as a budget crisis) appears to be deepening, with new signs that the bloc will give yet another boost to its authoritarian members.
On November 26, a horrifying episode in South Korea neared its end when a court in Seoul sentenced Cho Joo-bin to 40 years in prison. Cho ran a network of online chat rooms on Telegram, where he and several accomplices shared videos of sexual violence they inflicted on women and girls under threat of blackmail. Thousands of people had paid to watch them.
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria reportedly killed at least 70 civilians this weekend, many of them farmers working on a rice field. The Nigerian authorities should prioritize civilian protection.
US voters made clear that racial justice needs to be a priority for the next Administration. The US Congress now has an opportunity to make history with House Resolution 40 (H.R. 40), a federal bill that will establish a commission to examine the impacts of slavery and other racist laws and practices, and recommend proposals to provide reparations for redress and repair.