Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi charged and other stories

Aung San Suu Kwi. source: Wikimedia commons

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with breaching the country’s import-export law and will remain in detention until 15 February for further questioning. 

A document issued by the police on Wednesday stated that during a search of her home in Naypyitaw, military officers had uncovered four hand-held radios which had been imported illegally and used without permission. 

Arrested on Monday, Ms Suu Kyi was rounded up by the military with other political figures including ousted President Win Myint. 

The military say that their actions are in response to alleged election fraud from November’s ballot.

Biden orders immigration reform to ‘undo national shame

President Biden has signed a third executive order which calls for a review of Donald Trump’s immigration policies which saw hundreds of children detained and separated from their families. 

Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, the President spoke of the “national shame of the previous administration that literally not figuratively ripped children from the arms of their families…with no plan, none whatsoever, to reunify the children who are still in custody and their parents.”

Mr Biden’s newly appointed Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, will set up an inter-agency task force to oversee family reunifications.

Whilst legislation has been proposed to allow legal status and possible citizenship to the estimated 11 million undocumented people in the US,  none of Mr Biden’s orders have directly reversed any of Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policies. 

Despite ongoing efforts to build what she calls a “moral” and “humane” immigration system, Mr Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki said at the White House briefing that now was “not the time to come to the United States.”

British-Iranian academic flees Iran

Kameel Ahmady, British-Iranian academic. source: Wikimedia commons

Kameel Ahmady, a British-Iranian dual national has told news sources about his escape from Iran after facing a prison sentence of nine years and three months.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Ahmady said that he felt no option but to flee after spending 100 days in Evin prison, experiencing harsh conditions under interrogation and in solitary confinement.

The social anthropologist was researching child marriage and female-genital-mutilation in Iran and had been found guilty of conspiring with hostile foreign powers in November 2020.

Escaping while on bail, Mr Ahmady trekked through Iran’s perilous mountainous border, taking only his laptop, some books, and a shaving kit.

Mr Ahmady has said he does not yet know if Iranian officials are aware of his escape.

Toddler drops world’s first debut album from inside the womb

Luca Yupanqui, an American toddler is ready to release her debut album made from her own sounds from inside the womb.

The daughter of musicians Elizabeth Hart and Ivan Diaz Mathe is making headlines with the album entitled “Sounds of the Unborn”, set to release on the 2nd of April.

The album is the world’s first LP made from sounds inside the womb, using “biosonic MIDI technology” to convey Luca’s movements into music notes.

This technology was used to transcribe “vibrations into Ivan’s synthesizers” over five hour-long sessions, with as little intervention as possible, so as to allow “Luca’s message to exist in its raw form”.

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