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About Andrew
Andrew Connelly is a British freelance print and radio journalist based in London but frequently on the road covering central and eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucasus. 

On the homefront, Andrew has recently reported on Britain's migration policy, London's Somali communities debating the ban on khat, the Alexander Litvinenko murder inquiry and has also covered the recent Scottish referendum from whisky distilleries on the west coast and isolated peninsulas. April 2015 he is currently back in Scotland to focus on the Scottish National Party's possible balance of power in the upcoming general election.

Internationally, Andrew has recently reported on Armenia's commemoration of the centennial of the genocide, Syrian-Armenians fleeing Aleppo to Yerevan, anti-corruption initiatives in the Czech Republic, tensions along the Georgian-Russian border, the Azerbaijan presidential election and anti-government demonstrations in Bulgaria.

His work has appeared in Al Jazeera English, Vice, Newsweek, The Independent, Politico Magazine, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle and others.
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If You Cannot Enforce a Judgment in Your Jurisdiction, You May Still Be Able to Enforce in England

04 Apr 2024  |  jdsupra.com
The High Court of England and Wales ruled that two monetary judgments from the UAE could be enforced in England under common law, despite being unenforceable in the UAE due to a statutory change. The case, Invest Bank PSC v. Ahmad Mohammed El-Husseini and Others, involved the bank's inability to enforce AED96 million judgments in the UAE and its subsequent successful enforcement action in England. The English court found the judgments to be final and binding with res judicata status, and the procedural impediment in the UAE did not affect their enforceability in England.

Fraud May Not Always Unravel All–What Does the Contract Say?

15 Jan 2024  |  www.jdsupra.com
In the case of Innovate Pharmaceuticals Ltd v University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation, the English High Court ruled that a limitation of liability clause in a research agreement was effective even if the breach was committed fraudulently. Innovate Pharmaceuticals claimed significant losses due to errors in a research paper by the University, but the court upheld the limitation clauses, capping the University's liability at £1 million. The judgment underscores the importance of clear contractual terms and the freedom of parties to allocate risks and responsibilities, even in cases of fraudulent breaches.

Navigating The New Frontier: Insurance For Artificial Intelligence Risk

27 Dec 2023  |  www.mondaq.com
The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft over copyright infringement related to ChatGPT, marking the beginning of AI-related litigation. This trend is expected to grow as more companies integrate AI into their offerings. Current insurance policies may cover many AI risks, including cyber incidents and regulatory liabilities. However, gaps in coverage may exist, particularly for bodily injury or property damage claims arising from AI products or services. Policyholders are advised to review their insurance coverage for AI risks and consult with insurance recovery attorneys for guidance.

If You Cannot Enforce A Judgment In Your Jurisdiction, You May Still Be Able To Enforce In England

26 Oct 2023  |  mondaq.com
The High Court of England and Wales ruled that two monetary judgments from the UAE could be enforced in England under common law, despite being unenforceable in the UAE due to a statutory change. The case, Invest Bank PSC v. Ahmad Mohammed El-Husseini and Others, involved the bank's inability to enforce AED96 million judgments in the UAE after a decree blocked financial institutions from enforcing credit facility claims against individuals. The bank obtained a default judgment in England, which was not set aside, as the judgments were deemed final and binding with res judicata status, and their unenforceability in the UAE was considered a procedural issue irrelevant to their validity.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  ksut.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries like Afghanistan, Yemen, and East Africa. The suspension exacerbates an already difficult situation with rising export costs, reduced storage capacity, and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid charities highlight the pre-existing perilous state of food systems, exacerbated by regional conflicts and climate crises. The renegotiation of debts is suggested as a way to strengthen food security systems in debt-laden countries. Speculation exists that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the grain deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the deal could continue without Russia's participation.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  kwit.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. The suspension exacerbates an already difficult situation with rising export costs, reduced storage capacity, and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid charities highlight the pre-existing food system issues exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. The renegotiation of debts in sub-Saharan Africa is suggested to strengthen food security systems. Speculation exists that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the deal, while Ukraine's President Zelenskyy suggests the initiative could continue without Russia.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  kaxe.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. The suspension exacerbates existing challenges such as rising export costs, reduced Ukrainian production, and the need for international aid in low-resource countries. Experts and officials from organizations like Oxfam and Save the Children International emphasize the broader issues of global food system failures and the need for debt renegotiation to strengthen food security systems. Speculation exists that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the initiative could continue without Russia.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  kvpr.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. The suspension exacerbates existing challenges, including increased export costs, reduced storage capacity, and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid organizations emphasize the need to diversify food production and invest in small-scale farmers. Speculation arises that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the initiative could continue without Russian involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  kdnk.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal on July 17, 2023, has heightened global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed the safe export of Ukrainian grain, which is crucial for many low-resource countries. Grain prices have fluctuated, with Chicago wheat futures experiencing a significant jump. The suspension of the deal follows a bridge explosion in Crimea and missile attacks on Odessa by Russia. Ukraine's grain production is down significantly due to the war, and the international community is concerned about the impact on global food supplies. Organizations like the World Food Programme and Oxfam highlight the broader issues of food system failures and the need for investment in small-scale farmers. Discussions are ongoing about the deal's future, with Turkey's President Erdogan optimistic about its continuation, possibly without Russia's involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  ksfr.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised concerns about global food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to be shipped to countries in need. The suspension exacerbates an already difficult situation with rising export costs, reduced storage capacity, and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid charities highlight the pre-existing food system issues and call for investment in small-scale farmers. The future of the grain deal is uncertain, with discussions around debt renegotiation and security guarantees for grain-carrying ships.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  michiganpublic.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed the safe export of Ukrainian grain, which is crucial for many low-resource countries. Grain prices have fluctuated following the announcement, with wheat futures experiencing a significant jump. The crisis began with Russia's invasion of Ukraine in March 2022, leading to a naval blockade and a food security crisis. Despite the Black Sea Grain Initiative's success in shipping over 725,000 tons of wheat to countries in need, the deal's suspension worsens an already dire situation. Experts and international aid charities stress the importance of diversifying food production and investing in small-scale farmers to address the broken global food system. The future of the grain deal remains uncertain, with discussions around debt renegotiation and security guarantees for grain-carrying ships ongoing.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  delawarepublic.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to be shipped to countries in need. The suspension exacerbates an already difficult situation with rising export costs, reduced storage capacity, and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid charities emphasize the pre-existing perilous state of food security in low-resource countries, exacerbated by regional conflicts and climate crises. The need for debt renegotiation in sub-Saharan Africa is highlighted to strengthen food security systems. Speculation exists that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the grain deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the arrangement could continue without Russian participation.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  hppr.org
On July 17, Russia withdrew from a deal facilitating grain exports from Ukrainian ports, raising concerns for food insecure countries. The Kenyan government and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres criticized the move. Grain prices fluctuated, with Chicago wheat futures spiking. The grain crisis began with Russia's invasion of Ukraine in March 2022, leading to a naval blockade and a food security crisis. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, negotiated by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, allowed safe passage for grain exports. Despite the deal's imperfections, it enabled significant agricultural exports. The suspension of the deal worsens the situation, with rising export costs and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid charities highlight the pre-existing food system issues exacerbated by the conflict. The Horn of Africa faces severe drought, and debt renegotiation is suggested to strengthen food security systems. Turkish President Erdogan believes Putin wants the grain deal to continue, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests it could proceed without Russia.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  wlrn.org
On July 17, Russia withdrew from a deal facilitating grain exports from Ukrainian ports, raising global food security concerns, especially in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries like Afghanistan, Yemen, and East Africa. Grain prices fluctuated, with Chicago wheat futures spiking after the announcement. The withdrawal followed explosions damaging a bridge in Crimea and was succeeded by Russian missile attacks on Odessa. The grain crisis began with Russia's invasion of Ukraine in March 2022, leading to a naval blockade and soaring food prices. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, negotiated by Turkey and the U.N., had enabled safe passage for grain shipments. Experts and international aid charities stress the need for a resilient global food system and the importance of investing in small-scale farmers, especially in Africa, which has 60% of the world's cultivatable land yet remains a net food importer.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  krvs.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. The suspension exacerbates existing challenges, including increased export costs, reduced storage capacity, and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid organizations emphasize the pre-existing fragility of the global food system and the need to invest in small-scale farmers. Speculation arises that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the initiative could continue without Russian involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wyomingpublicmedia.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised concerns about the global food supply, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. The suspension exacerbates an already difficult situation with rising export costs, reduced storage capacity, and decreased Ukrainian production. International aid charities highlight the pre-existing perilous state of food systems, exacerbated by regional conflicts and climate crises. The renegotiation of debts is suggested as a way to strengthen food security systems in affected countries. Speculation exists that Russia may seek relief from sanctions in exchange for resuming the deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the initiative could continue without Russian participation.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.bpr.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, negotiated by Turkey and the UN in July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. However, Russia's suspension of the deal, following an attack on a bridge connecting Russia with Crimea, has led to increased grain prices and worries about future food supply. Experts and international aid charities emphasize the need for a resilient global food system and the importance of supporting small-scale farmers, especially in Africa, which has a significant amount of cultivatable land yet remains a net importer of food.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  WKNO FM
Russia's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain deal has raised global food supply concerns, particularly affecting food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, facilitated by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, had allowed safe passage for grain exports from Ukraine, a major global supplier. The suspension has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger. Experts and aid organizations emphasize the broader issues of global food insecurity and the need for diversified production and debt relief for affected countries. The situation remains uncertain, with potential geopolitical implications.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wclk.com
Russia's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal has raised global food security concerns, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The move has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger. The deal, facilitated by Turkey and the U.N., had allowed millions of tons of grain to reach low-resource countries. Experts and aid organizations warn that the suspension exacerbates an already dire situation, with rising export costs and reduced Ukrainian production. Calls for debt renegotiation and investment in local agriculture are highlighted as potential solutions.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.knkx.org
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global concern, especially in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, had allowed millions of tons of grain to reach low-resource countries. The suspension has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased food insecurity. Experts and international organizations highlight the broader issues of global food system fragility and the need for diversified production and investment in small-scale farming. The geopolitical implications include potential demands from Russia for sanctions relief and the uncertain future of the grain deal's continuation.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  WHQR
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, negotiated by Turkey and the UN in July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. However, Russia's suspension of the deal following an attack on a bridge connecting Russia with Crimea, and subsequent missile strikes on Odessa, exacerbates an already dire situation. With Ukrainian grain production down and export costs rising, international aid charities stress the need for a more resilient global food system and investment in small-scale farmers. Speculation arises that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the initiative could continue without Russian involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  wskg.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security. The deal, in place since July 2022, was crucial for countries facing food insecurity, especially in the Horn of Africa. Grain prices fluctuated following the announcement, with wheat futures experiencing a significant jump. The crisis began with Russia's invasion of Ukraine in March 2022, leading to a naval blockade and a surge in food prices. Despite challenges, the initiative allowed significant grain shipments to countries in need. Experts and international aid organizations emphasize the broader issues of global food system failures and the need for investment in small-scale farmers. The future of the grain deal remains uncertain, with potential implications for global food stocks and the resilience of food security systems in vulnerable regions.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.krcu.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal has raised global food security concerns, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, facilitated by Turkey and the U.N., had allowed safe passage for grain exports from Ukraine, a major global supplier. The suspension has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger and malnutrition in low-resource countries. Experts and international organizations emphasize the need for diversified food production and debt renegotiation to enhance food security. The geopolitical implications remain uncertain, with potential demands from Russia for sanctions relief.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wmot.org
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global concern, especially in food-insecure regions. The move led to fluctuating grain prices and heightened tensions, with Russia declaring ships bound for Ukrainian ports as potential military cargo. The grain deal, initially brokered by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, had allowed significant grain exports to low-resource countries. Experts and aid organizations warn that the suspension exacerbates global food insecurity, particularly in regions like the Horn of Africa. The situation is compounded by rising export costs, reduced Ukrainian production, and existing regional conflicts. Calls for debt renegotiation and investment in local agriculture are highlighted as potential solutions to improve food security.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.upr.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised global concerns about food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, negotiated by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to reach countries in need. However, Russia has been criticized for hindering the deal's effectiveness. The suspension exacerbates existing challenges, such as increased export costs and reduced Ukrainian production. International aid organizations emphasize the pre-existing fragility of the global food system and the need for systemic reform. Speculation exists that Russia may seek sanctions relief in exchange for resuming the deal, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the initiative could continue without Russian involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wvtf.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, has raised concerns about global food security, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, negotiated by Turkey and the UN in July 2022, allowed over 725,000 tons of wheat to be shipped to countries in need. However, Russia has been criticized for delaying inspections and threatening to withdraw from the agreement. The suspension of the deal exacerbates an already difficult situation, with Ukrainian grain production down and export costs rising. International aid charities emphasize the pre-existing food system issues and the need to invest in small-scale farmers. Turkish President Erdogan believes Putin wants the grain deal to continue, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests it can proceed without Russia. Experts warn that global grain stocks are not replenishing sufficiently to withstand unexpected crises.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  Maine Public
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global food security concerns. The move was condemned by the Kenyan government and criticized by U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Grain prices fluctuated, with wheat futures experiencing significant jumps. The deal, initially brokered by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, had allowed millions of tons of grain to reach low-resource countries. Experts warn that the suspension exacerbates an already difficult situation, with rising export costs and reduced Ukrainian production. Aid organizations emphasize the broader issues in the global food system and the need for diversified production and debt renegotiation to strengthen food security. Turkish President Erdogan remains hopeful for the deal's continuation, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests it could proceed without Russian participation.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wrkf.org
The Russian government's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain deal has heightened global food security concerns, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, which facilitated the export of millions of tons of grain from Ukraine, was crucial for many low-resource countries. The withdrawal has led to fluctuating grain prices and increased geopolitical tensions. Experts and international organizations warn of exacerbated food insecurity and call for diversified production and debt renegotiation to strengthen food security systems. The situation remains precarious, with potential demands for sanctions relief from Russia and uncertainty over the continuation of the grain deal.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.hawaiipublicradio.org
The Russian government's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain deal has raised global food security concerns, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, facilitated by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, had allowed safe passage for grain exports from Ukraine, a major global supplier. The suspension has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger and malnutrition in low-resource countries. Experts and international aid organizations emphasize the broader issues in the global food system and the need for diversified production and debt renegotiation to enhance food security. The geopolitical implications remain uncertain, with potential demands from Russia for sanctions relief and suggestions from Ukraine to continue the deal without Russian participation.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wrvo.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal has heightened global food security concerns, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The move has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger. The deal, initially brokered by Turkey and the U.N., had facilitated the export of millions of tons of grain, crucial for low-resource countries. Experts and international organizations criticize Russia's decision, emphasizing the already strained global food system and the need for diversified production and debt renegotiation to enhance resilience in affected regions.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wrur.org
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from the Ukraine grain deal, sparking global concerns about food security, especially in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, facilitated by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, had allowed safe passage for grain exports from Ukraine, a major global supplier. The suspension has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger and malnutrition in low-resource countries. Experts and international organizations emphasize the broader issues in the global food system and the need for diversified production and debt renegotiation to strengthen food security.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wvasfm.org
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global food security concerns. The move has been criticized by various international bodies and governments, particularly affecting food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. Grain prices have fluctuated, and the situation has been exacerbated by recent military actions. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, negotiated by Turkey and the U.N., had previously allowed significant grain exports, but its suspension poses severe challenges. Experts and aid organizations emphasize the broader issues of global food insecurity and the need for systemic changes.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  90.3 KAZU
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global food supply concerns. The move has been criticized by various international bodies and experts, highlighting the potential impact on food-insecure regions, particularly in the Horn of Africa. The suspension of the deal, which had allowed millions of tons of grain to be exported, exacerbates existing food security issues worsened by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Experts and aid organizations emphasize the need for diversified food production and debt renegotiation to improve resilience in affected countries.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  WCSU | Jazzy 88.9
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of grain from Ukraine, sparking global food security concerns. The move was condemned by the Kenyan government and raised alarms at the United Nations. Grain prices fluctuated, with significant increases in wheat futures. The deal, initially brokered by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, had allowed millions of tons of grain to reach food-insecure regions. Experts and aid organizations warn that the suspension exacerbates existing food crises, particularly in the Horn of Africa. The situation is further complicated by ongoing regional conflicts, climate issues, and economic challenges. Turkish President Erdogan remains hopeful for the deal's continuation, while Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests it could proceed without Russian involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  KALW
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global food security concerns. The move has led to fluctuating grain prices and heightened worries in food-insecure regions, particularly in the Horn of Africa. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, negotiated by Turkey and the U.N., had previously enabled safe passage for grain exports, but its suspension exacerbates existing food crises. Experts and aid organizations emphasize the broader issues of global food system failures and the need for diversified production and debt relief for affected countries. The geopolitical implications remain uncertain, with potential demands for sanctions relief from Russia and suggestions for the deal's continuation without Russian involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  WVPE
The Russian government's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain deal has heightened global food supply concerns, particularly affecting food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, facilitated by Turkey and the U.N. since July 2022, had allowed safe passage for grain exports from Ukraine, a major global supplier. The suspension has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger and malnutrition in low-resource countries. Experts and international aid organizations emphasize the need for diversified food production and debt renegotiation to bolster food security. The geopolitical landscape remains tense, with speculations about Russia's demands for sanction relief and the potential continuation of the deal without Russian involvement.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.nhpr.org
Russia's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal has raised global food security concerns, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, facilitated by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, had allowed safe passage for grain exports from Ukraine, a major global supplier. The suspension has led to fluctuating grain prices and fears of increased hunger and malnutrition in low-resource countries. Experts and aid organizations emphasize the need for diversified food production and debt renegotiation to strengthen food security systems. The situation is further complicated by geopolitical tensions and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.kyuk.org
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global food security concerns. The move was condemned by the Kenyan government and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Grain prices fluctuated, with wheat futures initially rising. The withdrawal followed an attack on a bridge linking Russia to Crimea, which Moscow blamed on Ukraine. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, negotiated by Turkey and the U.N., had previously enabled safe passage for grain exports, significantly aiding food-insecure regions. Experts warn that the suspension exacerbates existing food supply challenges, with rising export costs and reduced Ukrainian production. Aid organizations emphasize the broader issues in the global food system and the need for diversified production and debt renegotiation to enhance food security.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  KENW
The Russian government announced its withdrawal from a deal facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain, sparking global food security concerns. The move was condemned by the Kenyan government and raised alarms among international organizations like the U.N. and World Food Programme. Grain prices fluctuated, with significant increases in wheat futures. The deal, initially brokered by Turkey and the U.N., had allowed millions of tons of grain to reach low-resource countries. Experts warn that the suspension exacerbates an already difficult situation, with rising export costs and reduced Ukrainian production. Aid organizations emphasize the broader context of global food insecurity, particularly in regions like the Horn of Africa. Speculations arise about Russia's motives, including potential demands for sanction relief. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy suggests the deal could continue without Russian participation, though security concerns remain.

Russia's nixing of Ukraine grain deal deepens worries about global food supply

19 Jul 2023  |  www.wuwf.org
The Russian government's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal has heightened global food security concerns, particularly in food-insecure regions like the Horn of Africa. The deal, in place since July 2022, had facilitated the export of millions of tons of grain from Ukrainian ports, significantly aiding low-resource countries. The withdrawal has led to fluctuating grain prices and increased tensions, with Russia now considering all ships bound for Ukrainian ports as potential military cargo. Experts and international organizations express concern over the exacerbation of food insecurity, rising export costs, and the broader implications for global food systems. Calls for diversified production, investment in small-scale farmers, and debt renegotiation for stricken economies are highlighted as potential solutions.

Europe’s Migration Apartheid Is Killing Asylum Seekers

22 Jun 2023  |  Foreign Policy
The article criticizes Europe's handling of the migration crisis, particularly focusing on the recent shipwreck off the coast of Greece that resulted in numerous deaths. It highlights the failures and misconduct of the Greek Coast Guard, the European Union's inadequate and often violent migration policies, and the broader systemic issues that lead to such tragedies. The text calls for more humane and effective solutions, condemning the current approach as a form of 'migration apartheid' that enriches smugglers and endangers asylum seekers.

Britain’s Rwanda Deportation Policy Is a Cruel, Expensive Failure

28 Jun 2022  |  Foreign Policy
The British government's Rwanda deportation policy, intended to deter asylum-seekers arriving via unauthorized routes, is criticized as a cruel, expensive, and ineffective measure. The policy involves sending asylum-seekers to Rwanda, where they can only claim asylum there, not in the UK. The European Court of Human Rights intervened to stop the inaugural flight, highlighting the policy's legal and ethical issues. Critics argue that the policy fails to address the root causes of migration and may lead to more extreme measures. The text emphasizes the need for humane and practical solutions to asylum and immigration challenges.

Don’t Blame Belarus. Blame Brussels.

11 Nov 2021  |  Foreign Policy
The article criticizes the European Union's handling of the migration crisis at its eastern border, arguing that the EU's dysfunctional asylum policies and militarized approach exacerbate the situation. It highlights the role of Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko in facilitating the crisis and criticizes the EU for failing to offer meaningful resettlement opportunities. The article calls for more humane and legal solutions to address migration, rather than normalizing violence and lawbreaking.

Iranian refugee acquitted of smuggling slams UK asylum policies

01 Jul 2021  |  www.aljazeera.com
Fouad Kakaei, an Iranian refugee, was acquitted of smuggling charges after being jailed for piloting a boat carrying asylum seekers to the UK. His case highlights the controversial use of smuggling laws against asylum seekers by the UK government, which has been criticized by legal experts and the UNHCR. The Crown Prosecution Service has since dropped charges against other migrants in similar cases. Kakaei's experience underscores the challenges faced by asylum seekers and the potential incompatibility of the UK's policies with international law.

Britain Doesn’t Have a Refugee Crisis, So It Created One

22 Feb 2021  |  Foreign Policy
The article criticizes the British government's handling of asylum seekers, arguing that it has manufactured a refugee crisis to stoke cultural and political tensions. It highlights the poor conditions in refugee camps, the punitive measures taken by the government, and the negative impact of Brexit on asylum policies. The text also criticizes key political figures like Boris Johnson and Priti Patel for their roles in creating a hostile environment for migrants.

After the Beirut Blast, Impoverished Lebanese Attempt Boat Journeys to Europe

15 Sep 2020  |  www.vice.com
The article details the harrowing journey of Lebanese migrants attempting to reach Cyprus by boat following the Beirut explosion and economic collapse. It highlights the dire conditions in Lebanon, the dangerous sea voyages, and the harsh responses from Cypriot authorities. Personal accounts of loss and desperation underscore the broader issues of political corruption, economic crisis, and human rights violations. The article criticizes both Lebanese and Cypriot authorities for their handling of the crisis, emphasizing the lack of support and due process for migrants.

Cyprus pushes Syrian refugees back at sea due to coronavirus

30 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
Nearly 200 Syrian asylum seekers were stranded in northern Cyprus after being denied entry by the Greek Cypriot authorities due to coronavirus concerns. The refugees, including children, were pushed back at sea and faced a perilous journey before being rescued by local authorities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. They are now housed in apartments but face an uncertain future, with deportation orders issued and Turkey refusing the request. The incident highlights the challenges of managing refugee arrivals during a pandemic and raises concerns about the potential for increased dangerous crossings and refoulement.

Croatia Is Abusing Migrants While the EU Turns a Blind Eye

06 Dec 2019  |  Foreign Policy
The article highlights the severe abuse and violence faced by migrants at the hands of Croatian police, with detailed accounts of beatings, theft, and forced pushbacks. It criticizes the European Union for facilitating and rewarding Croatia's actions despite mounting allegations of human rights violations. Various organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations, have condemned Croatia's border policies. The article also mentions the obstruction faced by Croatia's public ombudswoman in accessing data on these abuses. The situation is dire, with systemic violence impacting the physical and mental health of migrants, while the EU's response remains inadequate.

Desperation on the Greek Border as Europe Threatens to Shut its Doors

29 Jan 2016  |  www.vice.com
The article discusses the dire situation at the Greek-Macedonian border, where refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq are stranded due to fluctuating border policies. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to seal the border has sparked backlash from Greek officials and humanitarian organizations. The article highlights the humanitarian crisis, with aid agencies overwhelmed and refugees facing severe conditions. It also covers the political ramifications, including increased xenophobia and the potential rise of far-right sentiments in Greece. The narrative includes personal stories of refugees, emphasizing the human cost of the crisis.

How Volunteers From All Over the World Have Transformed the Refugee Crisis on Lesbos

18 Dec 2015  |  www.vice.com
Volunteers from around the world have significantly impacted the refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos. NGOs like A Drop in the Ocean and Proactiva Open Arms, along with individual volunteers, provide assistance to migrants arriving from Turkey. The island, which has become a principal entry point for refugees, has seen over 460,000 people pass through in 2015. The local population, many of whom are descendants of refugees, have mixed feelings about the influx but often participate in the aid efforts. Despite the challenges, the humanitarian response has improved conditions for the refugees, with coordinated efforts from grassroots groups to international NGOs.

'This Is Dignity?': Confusion and Anger Reign on the Streets of Athens

03 Jul 2015  |  www.vice.com
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged citizens to vote 'no' in the upcoming referendum, which has sparked confusion and anger among the populace. The referendum, ostensibly about the terms of a financial bailout, is seen by many as a decision on Greece's future in the Eurozone and the EU. The crisis has led to bank closures, ATM withdrawal limits, and a default on an IMF loan. Citizens express frustration and fear over the potential outcomes, with significant class tensions and political divisions evident. The Communist Party has called for a boycott, while both 'yes' and 'no' camps prepare for large rallies.

Azerbaijan Hosts Extravagant European Games Ceremony Amid Allegations of Censorship and Despotism

13 Jun 2015  |  www.vice.com
Azerbaijan celebrated the opening of the European Games with an extravagant ceremony in Baku, featuring Lady Gaga and athletes from 50 countries. Despite the fanfare, the event was marred by allegations of censorship and despotism, with Azerbaijan denying visas to journalists and activists. The Aliyev dynasty's authoritarian rule and human rights abuses were highlighted, including the jailing of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and opposition politician Ali Karimli's criticism of the government. The European Olympic Committee's choice of Azerbaijan as the host raised questions about overlooking the country's poor human rights record.

Pig farm takes centre stage in battle for Roma history

31 Mar 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
The village of Lety in the Czech Republic, once the site of a concentration camp for Roma and Sinti people during World War II, now hosts a pig farm, sparking controversy and calls for its closure. Activists, including Cenek Ruzicka and Miroslav Broz, argue that the farm's presence is a symbol of ongoing discrimination against Roma. Despite international calls for action, the Czech government cites limitations due to the farm's private ownership. The far-right Dawn of Direct Democracy party, led by Tomio Okamura, denies the atrocities at Lety, reflecting broader issues of historical denial and human rights abuses against the Roma community.

Whisky purveyors weigh in on Scotland vote

18 Sep 2014  |  www.aljazeera.com
In the context of the Scottish independence referendum, Campbeltown's Springbank Distillery has declared support for independence, contrasting with concerns from some whisky barons about the impact on sales and loss of British embassy support. The Scotch Whisky Association's CEO, David Frost, expressed uncertainty over the future currency of an independent Scotland. Locals in Campbeltown and Oban express a mix of opinions, with some seeing independence as a protection of a less capitalistic lifestyle, while others worry about economic consequences and job losses, particularly in relation to the nuclear submarine base in Helensburgh. The Scottish National Party promises a nuclear-free Scotland, and the debate has engaged citizens reminiscent of the lead-up to Barack Obama's election in 2008.

Britain fired up over khat popularity

16 Dec 2013  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Southall, London, the debate over khat, a green herbal stimulant popular among the Somali community, is intensifying. Critics, including local taxi driver Mohamed, argue that khat leads to mental health issues, crime, and unemployment. The UK Home Office, led by Theresa May, intends to ban khat, classifying it as a Class C drug, despite opposition from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the Home Affairs Select Committee. The latter deems the ban inappropriate, citing potential police-community tensions and economic impacts on UK-Kenyan relations. Somali campaigner Abukar Awale, who supports the ban, shares his personal struggles with khat addiction. The article highlights the complex social and political dimensions of khat use in the UK.

Bulgarians allege government-mafia ties

14 Sep 2013  |  Al Jazeera
In Sofia, Bulgaria, ongoing protests have been taking place for three months, with citizens expressing their discontent with the government's alleged ties to organized crime, democratic deficits, and unemployment. The demonstrations were sparked by the controversial appointment of media baron Delyan Peevski as head of the national security agency, which he quickly resigned from. Despite this, protests continued, calling for transparency and a new social contract. The protests, which have been largely non-violent except for an incident on July 23, are not seen as ideological but rather a response to the connections between politicians, entrepreneurs, and former Communist secret services. The European Union is viewed positively by protesters, contrasting with other European countries, as EU membership is hoped to bring good practices to Bulgaria. Activists and experts comment on the need for political accountability and the potential for change, though some caution against the use of radical terms and the lack of productive debate.

Hungary’s Roma: Living on the edge

12 Aug 2013  |  www.aljazeera.com
Hungary's Roma community continues to face severe discrimination, violence, and social exclusion, highlighted by a series of racist attacks in 2008-2009 that left six dead. Despite the conviction of the perpetrators, the Roma remain marginalized, with paramilitary groups and far-right political parties like Jobbik exacerbating tensions. Government efforts to address Roma issues are criticized as inadequate, focusing solely on poverty without addressing underlying discrimination. The community's plight is further compounded by local actions such as reducing water supplies to Roma neighborhoods, reflecting deep-seated societal divisions.

The Perils of Staging a Gay Pride March in Ukraine

28 May 2013  |  www.vice.com
Ukraine's attempt to hold a gay pride parade in Kiev faced severe opposition and logistical challenges, with the event being canceled due to threats from far-right groups and the inability of police to ensure safety. The parade was eventually held on Kiev Day but was confined to the outskirts of the city and kept secret to avoid violent disruptions. Despite the presence of LGBT activists and international visitors, the event was marred by homophobic protests and was short-lived. The local gay community remains fearful, with no openly gay public figures and legal protections against discrimination still in development. The article highlights the tension between Ukrainian civil rights activists' efforts and the societal and political resistance they face.
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