Tag: Secession and Independence Movements

Spain Heads to 4th Election in 4 Years After Failure to Form Government

MADRID — Spain was plunged on Tuesday into another round of political uncertainty after King Felipe VI announced that its main parties had failed to agree on who should lead the next government, forcing another national election in November. Pedro Sánchez, the caretaker Socialist prime minister, blamed the other three main parties for failing to […]

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Joshua Wong and Alex Chow: The People of Hong Kong Will Not Be Cowed by China

HONG KONG — “If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunter Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance […]

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Ally Attacks Ally in Yemen’s War Within a War

CAIRO — Yemen’s government accused the United Arab Emirates of bombing its troops on Thursday as they tried to retake the southern city of Aden from Emirati-backed separatists. At least 25 soldiers were killed and 150 wounded in the airstrikes on Thursday morning, a government commander said by phone from the scene of the attack. […]

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Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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To Understand Hong Kong, Don’t Think About Tiananmen

HONG KONG — As Hong Kong’s sleepless summer of political strife wears on, not a day, nay, an hour, seems to go by without someone evoking the 1989 crackdown against another group of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. On breathless postings on Twitter, people share pictures of military exercises by Chinese troops just across the border […]

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China Is Waging a Disinformation War Against Hong Kong Protesters

BEIJING — When a projectile struck a Hong Kong woman in the eye this week as protesters clashed with the police, China responded quickly: Its state television network reported that the woman had been injured not by one of the police’s bean bag rounds, but by a protester. The network’s website went further: It posted […]

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Protests Put Hong Kong on Collision Course with China’s Communist Party

HONG KONG — As anti-government demonstrations escalate in Hong Kong, each side is staking out increasingly polarized positions, making it difficult to find a path to compromise between the protesters and China’s ruling Communist Party. The demonstrations, which began as a fight against a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited […]

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Yemeni Separatists Oust Government in Key City, Complicating Peace Efforts

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Yemeni separatists took over most of the southern city of Aden on Saturday, a major blow to the country’s internationally recognized government and to efforts by Saudi Arabia to put it back in control of all of Yemen. The takeover followed four days of intense fighting that terrified residents, killed dozens of […]

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India Moves to Revoke Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government said on Monday that it was removing the special status that has existed for decades in Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement revoking Article 370 of the Constitution in the upper house of Parliament on Monday morning, as […]

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India Moves to Remove Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government moved on Monday to remove the special status that has been bestowed for decades on Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement in Parliament on Monday morning. Before the announcement, thousands of extra troops had already been deployed across […]

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In Push to Leave One Union, U.K.’s Boris Johnson Risks Another

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first appearance in Scotland as Britain’s new leader seemed to be going just fine on Monday when he spoke from behind the perimeter fence of a top security naval base. But when he braved the streets of Edinburgh to meet with Scotland’s first minister at her residence, a crowd […]

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A Hong Kong Protester’s Tactic: Get the Police to Hit You

ImagePolice faced off with protesters on the Victoria Harbor waterfront in Hong Kong on Saturday.CreditChan Long Hei/EPA, via Shutterstock HONG KONG — I am one of the Hong Kong protesters. I took part in the two mass marches earlier this month, the June 12 protest that turned violent and the blockade of police headquarters on […]

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Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Resisting China With Anarchy and Principle

ImageProtesters surrounded police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21.CreditPaula Bronstein/Getty Images HONG KONG — The protests that have roiled Hong Kong for weeks, combining vast marches with small guerrilla operations of civil disobedience, are not the radical development that some say. They are a natural extension of protests past — an upgrade of the […]

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As Protesters Fill Hong Kong’s Streets, Businesses Are Alarmed, Too

HONG KONG — As tens of thousands of protesters returned to Hong Kong’s streets on Wednesday to speak out against a proposed law that would allow extraditions to mainland China, one prominent voice has been largely silent: big business. But quietly, a wave of concern has spread through the community of foreign consultants, investors and […]

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The Death of Hong Kong as We Know It?

GÖTTINGEN, Germany — When the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989, many Hong Kongers watched in horror on their TVs. A few days before, one million of them had marched in solidarity with the rebellious Chinese gathered in the square to ask for more liberalism and democracy from the Chinese […]

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Spain’s Socialists See Gains in Three Elections

MADRID — Spanish Socialists made important gains on Sunday in three different elections, strengthening the hand of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez as he seeks to form a new government. A month ago, Mr. Sánchez won a national election, but without enough of a margin for his Socialist party to gain a parliamentary majority. He then […]

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