The Guardian • Issue #2094

GLOBAL BRIEFS

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  • Issue #2094
Global briefs

CUBA: Cuban-American members of the US House of Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fl) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fl) have proposed new sanctions against Cuba, reaffirming the country’s assignation as an alleged state sponsor of terrorism. According to a report published by ‘Reasonable Statecraft,’ the move would block assistance to the country’s private sector and penalise nations that host Cuban medical missions, accusing them of perpetrating ‘modern slavery.’ “Where the US and the Western countries are always sending occupation forces and creating war, Cuba sends doctors and teachers for selfless missions … They are trying to say that their doctors are forced to do it, and … they constitute modern-day slaves, and anyone who aids this is aiding slavery. The world can see that the US is the biggest supporter of terrorism with what they’ve done in Syria, in Libya, to overthrow that country, and Cuba has done nothing,” commented Netfa Freeman, Pan-Africanist organiser.

ANGOLA: NewSpace Africa 2024 conference took place in Angola’s capital Luanda on 2 - 5 April. The conference attracted over 500 delegates from 46 countries. “Space technologies will help African countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goal targets of reducing the poverty rate to below 3 per cent,” CEO of South African National Space Agency said. “Moreover, the South African National Space Program is a crucial player in the endeavour, contributing its expertise and resources to harness the potential of space technology for socio-economic development across the continent,” he added.

HUNGARY: “One hundred billion is a lot of money,” said the Hungarian Foreign Minister. He was referring to a suggestion that a 100 bn euro fund for military aid to Ukraine be established. The FM said Hungary was not ready to contribute to the fund. “If NATO approves a pledge for 100 bn euros for a period of five years it will result in additional expenses for the Hungarian budget of 10 billion euros. And I want to repeat again that the money of Hungarian taxpayers is not fit for implementing a decision that carries a risk of war,” the Minister stressed.

BOTSWANA: According to the African Wildlife Foundation Botswana is home to the largest elephant population on the African continent. The country is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants, and allows limited hunting for population control. Germany has recently called for restricting the import of hunting trophies. The President of Botswana’s response was a threat to send 20,000 elephants to Europe.

ROMANIA: The Romanian Defence Ministry announced NATO’s multinational naval exercise Sea Shield in the Black Sea and the Danube Delta from 8 - 21 April. It will involve 12 allies and partners, more than 2,200 military personnel and 135 technical units. The drills will bring together Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy. the United Kingdom, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Türkiye, and the United States. NATO described the goal of the drills as ‘to boost coordination for military naval operations and regain control over important sea lines of communications’.

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