The Bitter-Sweet Sides of Ugandas Oil and Gas Development — Global Issues

A former fishing village based in the Buhuka flats on the Uganda side of Lake Albert on the DRC border. Residents in the area say oil exploration has come with changes. Credit: Wambi Michael/IPS by Wambi Michael (kampala, buliisa, kikuube) Thursday, September 21, 2023 Inter Press Service KAMPALA, BULIISA, KIKUUBE, Sep 21 (IPS) – French oil … Read more

Meet Taiwan’s resistance. If China invades, civil defence groups stand ready

Dressed in camouflage, the armed group moves silently to the doorway — before plunging through an apartment door and opening fire. Inside the abandoned building in central Taiwan, there are are only paper targets, and the weapons used are low-powered airguns that fire small pellets.  This is the resistance, the civil defenders should Taiwan’s army be overwhelmed … Read more

Dutch farmers party gains popularity ahead of November elections : NPR

Farmer Wilbert van der Post is worried that the Dutch government’s new nitrogen reduction rules will force him, a fourth-generation farmer, out of business. He plans to vote for the Farmer-Citizens Movement, known in the Netherlands by its acronym, BBB, on election day in November. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption toggle caption Rob Schmitz/NPR Farmer Wilbert … Read more

Syrian President Bashar Assad arrives in China on first visit since the beginning of war in Syria

BEIJING — Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in China on Thursday on his first visit to the country since the start of Syria’s 12-year conflict during which Beijing has been one of his main backers. China’s foreign ministry said Assad would attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, an international sports event beginning Saturday … Read more

Swiss National Bank holds rates unchanged, ending hike streak

A Swiss National Bank logo is pictured on the SNB building in Bern, Switzerland May 20, 2020. Arnd Wiegmann | Reuters The Swiss National Bank ended its streak of five consecutive increases, keeping interest rates unchanged at its quarterly monetary policy meeting on Thursday. The bank, which began lifting rates out of negative territory in … Read more