PHN Rewind 2-8 May

Attempt to Evacuate Hundreds of Civilians in Azovstal Factory

The United Nations attempted again last week on May 6 to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol.

Around 200 civilians were stuck in the underground of the plant. A convoy was sent to the area to rescue the people from what the UN secretary-general called « hellscapes ».

This is the third operation that the United Nations has undertaken so far, and hundreds of people were rescued from the steel plant.

Spanish Prime Minister and Defense Minister Targeted By Spyware

Félix Bolaños, the minister for the presidency, announced in a press conference that last year the phones of both the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the defense minister, Margarita Robles, were targeted and infected with spyware called Pegasus.

The spyware is said to be available for governments and state agencies only for security purposes, but it has been discovered that Pegasus was used to target Catalan leaders, journalists, lawyers, and so on.

The Spanish government has confirmed that the country’s highest criminal court would conduct investigations of this unauthorized use of the system.

Mali to stop cooperation with France

Following weeks of threats to announce the break off from its defense agreements, Mali confirmed that it would quit the 2014 accords.

Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga stated that French troops have violated the country’s airspace multiple times.

Relations between the two countries have been deteriorating in the past two years, notably with the military presence of Russia in Mali.

Because of jihadist attacks, French troops were deployed in the area to stop the offensives. However, many civilians died or fled their homes because of the conflict.

Leak of Proposal to Ban Abortion Rights in the US

A draft written by the Supreme Court to overturn the right to abortion has leaked and was displayed publicly.

The 98-page long draft was written by the conservative members of the Supreme Court, notably Justice Samuel Alito.

It stated that “The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditions.”

The protected right to abortion was ensured by Roe v. Wade who Alito believes to be wrong: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”

If this right is overturned, it would give freedom to the states to determine whether a woman has the right to abortion without the consent of the federal courts.

Terrorist Attack in Somalia Kills Ten Soldiers

Burundian peacekeepers died after a terrorist attack that targeted an African Union base in Somalia on Tuesday 3 May.

Al Shabaab jihadists were armed with explosives and killed 10 soldiers and injured 25.

A local military commander Mohamed Ali said that “they launched the attack with a car bomb blast before a heavy exchange of gunfire broke out.”

There was gunfire in both sides, and 20 Al Shabaab jihadists were killed.

Sweden and Finland Close to Join NATO

The current Russian invasion of Ukraine could encourage Sweden and Finland to join the NATO.

If Finland decides to become a member of the NATO, the alliance would multiply its presence in the borders between Finland and Russia and forcify its defense against it.

Finland would also be an asset for the western alliance, as it would provide a well-trained army.

Sweden would be strategically advantageous to the NATO, as it would provide easier access to the Baltic Sea.

Both the Swedish and the Finnish prime ministers said in a meeting that they are seriously considering to join the western alliance.

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