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Trump faces historic second impeachment vote and other stories

President Donald Trump might become the first ever US president to face impeachment twice, just days before his term was due to end on 20th January 2021.

Source: [Creative Commons: “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Today [Wednesday 13 January] the US House of Representatives will vote to impeach Trump on a charge of “inciting an insurrection” by encouraging his followers to storm the US Capitol in his inflammatory speech in Washington on 6th January. 

Following the anarchic events witnessed last Wednesday, the move towards an impeachment vote came after Vice President Mike Pence rejected the calls by the house to invoke the 25th Amendment and strip Trump of his powers.

Whilst an impeachment trial would not likely be concluded before Trump leaves office, it could prevent him from being able to run for office again in the future. 

Why Indian farmers are on the street protesting against the new market friendly law

On Tuesday the Supreme Court of India put a hold on the repeal of the new three market friendly laws which has kept the Indian farmers on the streets of the capital since September 2020.

These new three market friendly laws introduced by the Indian Prime Minister Modi are designed to loosen the rules around sale, pricing and storage of farm produce which will give the big private buyers direct control over the market, a market which was previously regulated by the government.

Previously the market was controlled by the government which has special laws like subsidies and waving off the loan incase of crop failure and even a minimum selling price to support the farmers.

Most of the Indian farmers are poor landless workers or farmers who own less than a hectare, the new laws leaves them stranded at the hands of a big company leaving only little earning or no earning for themselves.

Syria War: Dozens of Iran-linked targets were suspectedly killed by Israeli air strike

Israel has reportedly launched an air-strike on Iran-linked targets in Syria and it’s the fourth attack in two weeks.

Israeli aircraft attacked the eastern Deir al-Zour and Albu Kamal regions.

Israel frequently strikes Iran-liked targets in Syria
Source: Creative Commons

Even though there is not any casualties mentioned by the Syrian state news agency Sana, According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nine Syrian soldiers and 31 militia positions were killed in this wave of air-strikes.

Israel has not published any comments but it often attacks on Iran-backed targets.

Poisoned Navalny returns to Russia despite threats 

Alexei Navalny, oppostition leader and long term Putin critic has stated in a social media post that he will return to Russia on 17 January. 

Mr Navalny has been recovering in Germany since he was poisoned in Siberia in August of last year.  

Despite Russian authorities threatening Mr Navalny with a jail term, he has stated that he is not worried:

“I’ll be coming home on 17 January, on Sunday, on a Pobeda flight. Come meet me,” the politician wrote in an online post on Wednesday 13 January.

Indonesia coronavirus vaccination: young people first

Unlike the rest of the world, Indonesia has decided to vaccinate younger working people aged 18 to 59.

Instead of vaccinating elderly people first, this country chose to vaccinate “those who are likely to spread the virus” in the first phase.

Elderly won’t be a priority when it comes to vaccination in Indonesia
Source: Bloomberg Markets and Finance

In fact, since most households in Indonesia are intergenerational, isolating elderly people from their working family members is very hard to do.

Most scientists say this experiment could work but it’s still very uncertain and needs to be evaluated.  

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