Global Politics

A conversation with Bobi Wine, Ugandan opposition leader

Since 2018, the Ugandan government has been playing a game of catch and release with opposition leader and pop music star Bobi Wine, the stage name of Robert Kyagulanyi. The 39-year-old's latest detention — which lasted a matter of hours — happened on March 15, as Wine led a protest in Kampala. Wine, a member of the Ugandan parliament, also leads the National Unity Platform, a political party deeply at odds with President Yoweri Museveni. In January, Wine lost to Museveni in a disputed presidential election but he is not letting up on his quest to unseat Museveni.

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Myanmar declares martial law on deadly day

Top of The World: Myanmar marked its deadliest day since protests erupted following a military coup. As many as 50 people were killed on Sunday. And, the British government and police are facing public condemnation after what’s being viewed as heavy-handed treatment by police authorities breaking up a vigil for Sarah Everard. Also, it's been 10 years since demonstrators took to the streets to protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

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The lethal crackdown in Myanmar continues with widespread calls for the violence to end

Top of The World: The deadly crackdown on demonstrators, activists and also journalists in Myanmar has continued unabated with at least 10 more people shot to death by security forces. And, nearly a year after suffering one of the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus infections in Europe, the government in Italy is again considering new “red zone” lockdown restrictions. Also Senegal has been engulfed in deadly protests over the past week over government corruption and a crackdown on political opposition.

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Brazil reports record death toll from COVID-19 as hospitals overwhelmed

Top of The World: On Tuesday, Brazil registered a record daily number of deaths due to COVID-19 and hospitals are buckling under the strain of widespread infections. And, an official from Myanmar’s National League for Democracy has become the second party figure to die in custody after the Feb.1 coup. Also, the WTO is meeting Wednesday to discuss a proposal for a temporary intellectual property waiver on coronavirus vaccines.

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Global focus returns to Minneapolis as jury selection begins for Chauvin trial

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Top of The World: Jury selection begins this week in a Minneapolis courtroom for Derek Chauvin's trial for the death of George Floyd — a case that sparked widespread outrage and global protests. And, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released from prison but her future remains uncertain. Also, a widely discussed and eye-opening interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has captured headlines around the world.

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