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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Race Riot Results in Anti-Immigrant Sweep

Thousands of people from the North Caucus and Central Asian area of the Russian Federation have been detained in Moscow, after race riots destroyed number of businesses belonging to the immigrant community. In what some are calling a pogrom, camouflaged police raided a number of businesses around the Russian capital, detaining and interrogating more than 1,600 people. Russian police suggested none of the detained were suspected of any specific crime, but were being checked for wrongdoing. The raids seemed to be in response to yesterday’s violence and concerns of people like Alexei Zhuravlyov, who claims that migrants “are always attacking, stealing from and killing people.” Zhuravlyov added, “We are scared to walk the streets at night.”

This weekend, rioters chanting slogans including “Russia for Russians” and “white power”, took to the streets of the Biryulyovo industrial district in south Moscow: destroying a number of immigrant owned businesses, upending cars, and attacking a vegetable market known to employ a number of Central Asian and Caucasian people. The riot itself was called after the stabbing death of Yegor Shcherbakov, an East Slavic man killed by an unknown assailant whole fled the scene of the crime. Security footage, which captured the murderer as he escaped, suggested the man was not East Slavic. Moscow’s Deputy Mayor Alexander Gorbenko decried the riot saying, “The situation shows what the sudden call by a handful of nationalist scum can lead to.”

Earthquake Devastates Filipino Second City

The death toll stemming from the 7.2-magnitiude earthquake, which stuck the central Filipino island of Bohol near Carmen City at 8 AM local time, has risen to 107. More deaths are expected as infrastructure damage and more than 100 aftershocks hampered rescue efforts. According to civil defense spokesperson Reynaldo Balido, a number of churches and a hospital were demolished in the quake, significant efforts were being made to reach any potential surviving patients as darkness fell in the still powerless area.

Belgian Film Sting Snares Somalian Pirate

Mohamed Abdi Hassan arrived at Brussels Airport expecting to begin consulting on a movie based in part on his life, instead Belgian federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle had him arrested. Hassan, better known as Afweyne, is a financier of piracy in the gulf of Aden and according to Demulle “is considered by the international community, notably the United Nations, one of the most important pirate leaders, responsible for a dozen attacks.” Hassan’s company of pirates took the Belgian vessel Pompei in 2009, holding two Belgian officers for ransom for more than 70 days. As long as Hassan stayed in Somalia, however, he was beyond the reach of Belgian authorities, so police, posing as movie producers reached out to Hassan’s assistant, Mohamed Aden, suggesting they wanted Hassan “to collaborate as adviser and expert in the matter on a film about maritime piracy.”

Disputed Territory Becomes Maritime Dispute

Officials from Venezuela and Guyana will meet in Trinidad and Tobago this week to discuss the status of the mutually claimed Essequibo region, a border area roughly the size of Georgia, and attendant rights to exploit whatever resources lie offshore. Venezuela calls it a “reclamation zone,” but in practice it functions as Guyanese territory. The ownership of Essequibo has been simmering for some time, but was brought to a boil when the Guyanese government awarded the U.S. firm, Anadarko Petroleum, a license to engage in deep-water exploration. Late last week, Anadarko’s survey boat, the Teknik Perdana was stopped by the Venezuelan coast guard. Captain Igor Bekirov’s boat was towed to the island of Margarita where he and his crew were detained over the weekend.

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