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“The world’s attention must remain on Myanmar” – Obama left ‘heartbroken’ by military coup scenes

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U.S. President Barack Obama talks to the media as he meets with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. September 14, 2016.

Former US President, Barack Obama has weighed in on the crisis that continues to unfold across Myanmar, stating he was “appalled by heartbreaking violence” it had used against civilians after retaking power in a coup.

Releasing a rare statement, Obama said he supported his President Joe Biden’s move to impose sanctions on the nation and impose costs on Myanmar’s generals.

“The military’s illegitimate and brutal effort to impose its will after a decade of greater freedoms will clearly never be accepted by the people and should not be accepted by the wider world”

Obama has called for those in Myanmar to continue to protest for their democracy.

What’s happening in Myanmar

Myanmar was taken over by the nation’s military in February, after detaining the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mass protests have been taking place across Myanmar since the military seized control on 1 February.

It comes as elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains detained, and so do other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Hundreds of people, including children, have been killed.

The military is now back in charge and has declared a year-long state of emergency. The armed forces had backed the opposition, who were demanding a rerun of the vote, claiming widespread fraud.

Global Impacts

Countries from across the globe have responded to the crisis in Myanmar, many imposing sanctions on the nation.

The European Union has imposed sanctions on 10 of Myanmar’s military leaders, as well as two giant military conglomerates.

The United States has also responded, imposing the following:

APRIL 21, 2021 Imposing Sanctions on Two Burmese State-Owned Enterprises

APRIL 21, 2021 Treasury Sanctions Key Timber and Pearl Enterprises in Burma 

APRIL 8, 2021 Imposing Sanctions on Burmese State-Owned Enterprise

APRIL 8, 2021 Treasury Sanctions Key Gems Enterprise in Burma 

MARCH 25, 2021 Sanctions on Two Burmese Entities in Connection with the Military Regime

MARCH 25, 2021 Treasury Sanctions Military Holding Companies in Burma 

MARCH 22, 2021 Designating Officials and Military Units in Response to Escalating Violence in Burma

MARCH 22, 2021 United States Targets Burmese Military Forces for Repression of Pro-Democracy Protests 

MARCH 10, 2021 Promoting Accountability and Responding to Violence against Protestors in Burma

MARCH 10, 2021 United States Targets Family Members Profiting from Connection to Burmese Coup Leader 

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 Promoting Accountability for Those Responsible for Violence Against Protestors in Burma

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 United States Targets Members of Burma’s State Administrative Council following Violence against Protestors 

FEBRUARY 11, 2021 Designating Officials and Entities in Connection with the Military Coup in Burma

FEBRUARY 11, 2021 United States Targets Leaders of Burma’s Military Coup Under New Executive Order Archive: Find releases prior to January 20, 2017

Experts are now urging that the agenda for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders Meeting in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday should be able to produce concrete actions to end violence in Myanmar.

Calls for Industries to cut ties with Myanmar

IndustriALL ExCo unanimously adopts a resolution on Myanmar, calling on companies to end commercial ties with the military; on all affiliates to pressure governments for economic sanctions; on governments to recognise the new National Unity Government of Myanmar.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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