[News] All Around The World

A posting place for news from places around the globe, outside of the US/Europe.

Must be nice to live in a functional country.

It's very unlikely that an election will be called, but I'm glad Elections Canada has a strong plan to run the election safely just in case.

gewy wrote:

Must be nice to live in a functional country.

Reading all of that actually hurt.

Meanwhile....

Sushant Singh Rajput: Rhea Chakraborty on 'media trial' after Bollywood star's death

Just two months after Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment, his actress girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has found herself at the centre of a vicious hate campaign led by some of India's most high-profile journalists and social media trolls.

Rajput was a rising star in India's popular Hindi film industry, and his death shocked India. His body was discovered in his bedroom on 14 June. Mumbai police said the 34-year-old appeared to have taken his own life, and reports in the press suggested that the actor had been dealing with mental health issues.

But within days, the attention generated by his death had shifted to Chakraborty. She has become the subject of gossip and innuendo and misogynistic abuse. Every little detail of her life and relationship have been laid bare and debated in public.

Conservative television hosts have described her as a "manipulative" woman who "performed black magic" and "drove Sushant to suicide". On social media, she has been trolled mercilessly and called a "fortune huntress", a "mafia moll" and "sex bait to trap rich men".

Last month, Chakraborty posted on Instagram a screen grab of a message from a person claiming to be a fan of Rajput's, threatening her with rape and murder and urging her to "commit suicide otherwise I will send people to kill you".

Under the post she wrote: "I was called a gold digger, I kept quiet. I was called a murderer, I kept quiet. I was slut shamed, I kept quiet." She pleaded for help from the cyber crime police.

Prederick wrote:
gewy wrote:

Must be nice to live in a functional country.

Reading all of that actually hurt.

If you want to feel real pain, read this page.

What ID do you need to vote in Canada in federal elections?

Cheng Lei: Australian anchor on Chinese TV detained in China

Chinese authorities have detained an Australian citizen working as a high-profile TV anchor, as relations between the two countries deteriorate.

Australia's foreign ministry said Cheng Lei, an anchor for Chinese broadcaster CGTN, was detained two weeks ago.

Foreign minister Marise Payne said a virtual consular visit had been held with Ms Cheng via video link.
Australia's government warned its citizens in July that they were at increased risk of detention in China.

The best they could do with no unwitting tourists on hand?

Last two Australian correspondents pulled out of China after five-day diplomatic standoff over national security case

The ABC and the Australian Financial Review have rushed their correspondents out of China after police demanded interviews with both journalists, resulting in an extraordinary diplomatic standoff.
Bill Birtles, the ABC's correspondent based in Beijing, and Mike Smith, the AFR's correspondent based in Shanghai, boarded a flight to Sydney last night after the pair were questioned separately by China's Ministry of State security.

Birtles had spent four days sheltering in Australia's Embassy in Beijing, while Smith took refuge in Australia's Shanghai consulate as diplomats negotiated with Chinese officials to allow them to safely leave the country.

The saga began early last week, when Australian diplomats in Beijing cautioned Birtles that he should leave China, with officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade giving the same advice to ABC's managing director David Anderson in Sydney.

Subsequent advice prompted the ABC to organise flights back to Australia for Birtles. He was due to depart last Thursday morning.

But the threatening behaviour from Chinese officials peaked before he could leave, when seven police officers arrived at Birtles' apartment at midnight last Wednesday as he was holding farewell drinks with friends and colleagues.

They told him he was banned from leaving the country, and that he would be contacted the next day to organise a time to be questioned over a "national security case".

Ah.

Sushant Singh Rajput: Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty moved to prison

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty has been sent to jail by India's narcotics control authority for allegedly buying drugs for her actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rajput, 34, was found dead in his flat in Mumbai on 14 June. Police said he had killed himself.

His family, however, registered a police complaint against Chakraborty, accusing her of abetment to suicide.
She is yet to comment but denied any wrongdoing in earlier statements.

Chakraborty spent the night at the Narcotics Control Bureau's (NCB) office in Mumbai after she was arrested by the agency on Tuesday. She was moved to a women's jail on Wednesday morning.

Chakraborty's brother, Showik, and Rajput's former house manager, Samuel Miranda, were also arrested last week in the same drugs case. But the charges against them have not been revealed.

All three are reportedly accused of organising and financing Rajput's alleged consumption of cannabis. The case is connected to the investigation into Rajput's death.

The NCB asked the court to detain Chakraborty for further questioning, while describing her as part of an "active drug syndicate".

A magistrate rejected her bail plea and remanded her to judicial custody until 22 September.

Thousands need aid after fire destroys Europe’s largest refugee camp

Thousands of people urgently require emergency shelter and aid after a fire destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos.

As the Athens government declared a state of emergency and a delegation of officials rushed to the north-eastern Aegean island, the sheer scale of devastation wrought by the overnight blaze became increasingly evident.

In the mangled wreckage of gutted facilities, incinerated tents and blackened containers, Moria was no more. The camp whose overcrowded and unsanitary conditions had spawned global outrage since its inception in 2015 had been erased.

“At this moment the reception centre has been completely destroyed,” Greece’s alternate migration minister, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, told reporters, saying it was miraculous there had been no deaths or injuries. “As a result, thousands of people are homeless.”

Calling the situation an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis”, the politician said the coronavirus pandemic had created “exceptionally demanding” circumstances on the island, long at the forefront of refugees fleeing war-stricken homelands for the west. Eyewitnesses reported terrified and traumatised residents fleeing the hilltop facility through thick, acrid smoke laced with the stench of burning plastic.

At least three dozen people living in the camp had been diagnosed with Covid-19 before the fire erupted. Local islanders’ fears that the virus could spread were exacerbated when authorities admitted that by late afternoon on Wednesday they had only managed to locate eight of them.

Echoing other government officials who had alluded to arson, Koumoutsakos said it appeared the blaze broke out “as the result of the discontent” among camp residents over lockdown measures being prolonged following a positive virus test for a Somali asylum seeker.

Firefighters who rushed to the scene as flames whipped by gale force winds enveloped the camp spoke of the fire bursting into life in at least three places, suggesting it had been deliberately lit.

“It broke out on multiple fronts,” the north Aegean fire brigade chief, Konstantinos Theofilopoulos, told the state-run TV channel ERT. As teams battled to extinguish the flames they had “met resistance” from stone-throwing refugees, he said.

More coverage from the Beeb.

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.
A database of 2.4 million people, including more than 35,000 Australians, has been leaked from the Shenzhen company Zhenhua Data which is believed to be used by China's intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security.
While much of the information has been "scraped" from open-source material, some profiles have information which appears to have been sourced from confidential bank records, job applications and psychological profiles.
Of the 35,558 Australians on the database, there are state and federal politicians, military officers, diplomats, academics, civil servants, business executives, engineers, journalists, lawyers and accountants.
But there are 656 of the Australians featured on the list as being of "special interest" or "politically exposed". Exactly what the company means by either of these terms is unexplained, but the people on the list are disparate in occupation and background, and there seems little to no explanation in who has made the list.

This list is the scarier one. What does the CCP have on them and how have they been acting on the CCP's behalf.

And that's just the one we know about. You know Russia is compiling the same kind of data.

Luckily Australia is not really on Russia's radar.

Do you really think not having an immediate conflict with them means you're not on their radar? If I were them I'd have a list similar to China's so I could manipulate your ongoing conflict for my own benefit, even if it's just keeping them distracted with you so they don't focus as much on what I'm doing. I expect every world power has a similar list of people from all major countries (and plenty of minor ones too) because you never know where you'll need to manipulate people next.

I mean in terms of priorities. Australia and China have a huge amount of bilateral trade, significant population of Chinese descent located in Australia (~6% or 1.2m), overlapping spheres of influence (specifically the Pacific Island nations). In fact 30% of Australia's trade is with China, something less than 2% with Russia (outside of the top 10 at least).

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Luckily Australia is not really on Russia's radar.

I meant on every powerful nation, not just Australia.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

I mean in terms of priorities. Australia and China have a huge amount of bilateral trade, significant population of Chinese descent located in Australia (~6% or 1.2m), overlapping spheres of influence (specifically the Pacific Island nations). In fact 30% of Australia's trade is with China, something less than 2% with Russia (outside of the top 10 at least).

Right, but that means that it'd be beneficial for Russia to interfere with Australia's relationship with China as an way to get at China, or your relationship with the US, or the EU, or any country that is on their radar. You don't have to be on their radar yourselves for them to want to keep tabs on your citizens/officials.

Sure, but it's just a case of how many eggs can you juggle and where their focus is at the moment.

Oh you can bet your bottom dollar that Russia has similar dossiers on Australian targets of interest. We’re a middle power of little concern to them at the moment but the ultimate target of their destabilisation efforts is not the US, it’s western democracy as a concept. They will want as many fulcrums as possible and a little bit of kompromat can go a long way today. We are not as far away from dystopia as we like to believe, we’re just far more laconic about it then our northern compatriots. Australia is at the mercy of the creeping banality of evil rather than the bombast of it.

BHP tells parliamentary inquiry it was granted approval to destroy Aboriginal heritage sites in the Pilbara

Mining giant BHP has conceded it submitted an application to destroy Aboriginal heritage sites at its $5 billion South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, despite opposition from local traditional owners.
The WA Government granted approval to destroy dozens of sites just days after Rio Tinto destroyed 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara.

BHP is the second major miner to appear at a federal parliamentary inquiry investigating Rio Tinto's destruction of the ancient sites.

I'm glad people are paying attention now but some serious reform is surely required to prevent this happening again.