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· June, 2019

Stories about International Relations from June, 2019

‘Stand with Hong Kong': Appeal to G20 leaders on extradition law crisis appears in major international newspapers

Proposed legal amendments would allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to mainland China's judicial system. Protesters are appealing to G20 leaders for support.

Kim Kardashian's ‘Kimono’ clothing line causes consternation in Japan and around the world

Kardashian's line of lingerie bears no similarity to its Japanese namesake garment.

Parents, students threaten to sue Bhutanese employment agency after ‘learn and earn’ debacle in Japan

Many students became sick from physical and mental stress. There were also reports of forced labor, and passport theft and illegal wage deductions by employers in Japan.

For Albania and North Macedonia, are the European Union's doors half-open or half-closed?

Both Western Balkan countries were hopeful for a positive outcome from the EU foreign ministers' meeting on June 18.

On displacement

"Displacement has no particular citizenship. It comes on a slow, malarial boat, or dropped from the sky on small islands buffeted by storms in the Caribbean, our common sea."

Visas now required for Venezuelans as Trinidad and Tobago concludes migrant registration process

A group of protestors outside a registration centre in the nation's capital called for the "closure of the borders" of the twin-island nation.

DRC Ebola outbreak spreads to neighboring Uganda, activating rapid preparedness response

Uganda has prepared for this moment: Three confirmed cases activate a strong Ebola response system of detection and prevention. Is this a "public health emergency of international concern"?

Sudan’s democratic spring is turning into a long and ugly summer

"The worse outcome is the prospect of systemic military violence like Darfur, without intervention by the international community. The same folks are in charge, and we are already looking away."

Hundreds of thousands protest in Hong Kong against the extradition bill

Protesters said the proposed amendments would make it easier for mainland China to cause the arrest of critics, dissidents, and even journalists in Hong Kong.

Xi Jinping has muzzled Chinese social sciences, says French sinologist Chloé Froissart

As China's GDP slows down, and unemployment grows, the situation will get worse with the absence of any mechanism for social dialogue. One cannot rule out violent riots.

Tiananmen commemorations: an inconvenient truth for Beijing, a dire warning for Hong Kong and Taiwan

As many witnesses and activists asked: when will Beijing finally acknowledge historical facts? When will it apologize to the families of the victims?

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