Harry Yeung

Indonesia Passes Jobs Bill; Opposition Protests

On October 5th, Indonesia passed President Joko Widodo’s flagship “job creation” bill. Seven out of nine Parliament parties voted to approve the omnibus, which, according to the New York Times, will slash labor and environmental regulations contained in 80 separate laws. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, and […]

Two towers in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia.

China Says Hong Kong Suspends Extradition Agreement With New Zealand

On August 3rd, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌) announced that Hong Kong would suspend its extradition treaty with New Zealand. This move came in response to New Zealand’s announcement on July 27th that it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, following numerous other Western […]

Hong Kong Security Chief Says Security Law Needed “To Tackle Terrorism”

On May 25th, Hong Kong Security Chief John Lee said that China’s proposed security law is necessary “to tackle terrorism” brought about by protesters. According to the Guardian, the law would ban any activities that undermine Chinese national security, including separatism, subversion, sedition, and terrorism. It comes in response to […]

Brazil Launches Military Operations To Combat Deforestation In The Amazon

On May 11th, Brazil’s government deployed thousands of soldiers to combat deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. The troops are working with the police, environmental officials, and other government agencies to prevent wildfires and illegal destructive activities (such as logging). According to a Reuters article dated May 11th, the operation costs […]

Iran Threatens “Crushing Response” If Arms Embargo Extended

On May 6, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised a “crushing response” and “serious consequences” if the United States extends the arms embargo on Iranian trade of conventional arms. The statement comes after the United States drafted a United Nations resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo, which was set to be […]