An ongoing series that gathers some main headlines from the week, for people too busy to keep an eye on the news.
Top Story: Uganda aims to pass new Kill The Gays Bill: After the original bill, which provided the death penalty for homosexual activity, was struck down by the Supreme Court over a technicality, Ugandan politicians vowed to pass a new version. The Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill is even harsher than its predecessor, including a Russian-style prohibition on “gay propaganda” and clauses which punish charities and NGOs for promoting the gay lifestyle.
EU migrants contributed £20 billion to the UK economy in a decade: New figures show that EU migrants living and working in Britain put far more money into the system than they take out, and consistently provided a massive boost to the economy between 2000-2011. These figures come at a time when the two main political parties, Labour and the Conservatives, battle to out-do each other on immigration crackdowns. Studies by the UCL show that tightening immigration statistics will likely have a negative effect on the British economy.
Amnesty International says Israel showed a “callous indifference” to Palestinians: The 50 page report admits that while both sides are guilty of violating international law, Israel’s military capabilities disproportionately affected civilians. The Israeli Embassy in London is quoted as calling Amnesty International “a propaganda tool for Hamas and other terror groups” in response.
Catalonia defies Spanish government on independence referendum: A symbolic vote on whether Catalonia should be an independent nation went ahead this week, despite being banned by the Spanish government. Unlike the Scottish referendum, which had the backing of the central Westminster government, the Spanish government is not allowing Catalonian voters to decide their own fate. The Catalan government estimates that over 1 million people voted.
The government of Burkina Faso collapses: The African country, shown here, was plunged into turmoil after violent protests broke out in response to President Blaise Compaoré’s plans to stay in power longer than he was mandated to do so.
Moroccan King vows that Western Sahara will remain under his rule: The disputed territory, a former Spanish colony home to some 1 million people, has called for autonomy and self-determination in the past, with support from the UN and the Algerian government. King Mohamed VI promised that the territory would remain part of Morocco until “God inherits the Earth”.