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May 20 2021 - 11:19 AM
Daily News From Around the World: 5/20/21

Good morning! I hope you are having a great day, as always here are a few of today’s headlines from English language publications from around the world, brought to us courtesy of Freedom Forum’s “Today’s Front Pages” exhibit:

Politico, Published in Arlington, VA

McConnell Turns Senate GOP Against Commission

After passing the House with 35 (out of a caucus of 211) Republicans defecting to vote Yea, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he is opposed to the bill that would establish an investigatory commission regarding the Capitol insurrection on January 6th. This has in all likelihood doomed the bill, as Republican senators seem to be falling in line with their Minority Leader.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan

Immigration U-turn Shows Suga’s Plight

A controversial immigration bill pushed for by Japan’s ruling coalition has been withdrawn after members of the opposition called on the government to first address allegations of human rights abuses of a detained Sri Lankan woman. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga does not want to risk a loss of significant political capital over this legislation, which he sees as a much lower priority than other issues.

Haaretz, Published in Tel Aviv, Israel

Airstrike Cripples Gaza’s Only COVID Center

Gaza’s only Covid vaccination center, which was inoculating Palestinians at a rate of 3,000 per day, has been obliterated by Israeli airstrikes. Additionally, 17 much needed hospitals and clinics have been destroyed as well.

Destruction in Gaza during the 2008-09 war

The Washington Post, Published in Washington, DC

Biden’s Demand of Israel Opens Rift

On Wednesday - in clear, unequivocal terms - President Biden called for Israel to de-escalate its military attacks on Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains defiant and has stated that the military offensive will continue “until its aim is met.”

The Guardian, Published in London, UK

EU Calls on Johnson to Respect its Citizens

Following scandals over the treatment of EU citizens in the UK and their detention in removal centers, the EU has issued a statement calling on the UK “to respect the principle of non-discrimination among member states and the rights of EU citizens,” which is a provision of the Brexit deal brokered last year.


Mitch, courtesy of Gage Skidmore at Flickr

Gaza, courtesy of Wikimedia

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