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Monday 29 January 2024

Starting On February 3, The Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Train Will Implement Dynamic Ticket Pricing

The premium economy class price for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail brand, "Whoosh," would range from Rp150,000 to Rp250,000 under this new plan.


Gapteks.com - The high-speed rail ticket pricing between Jakarta and Bandung will be dynamic as of February 3, 2024. At Rp150,000, the home ticket price has been determined by PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China (KCIC). The premium economy class price for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail brand, "Whoosh," would range from Rp150,000 to Rp250,000 under this new plan. 

The dynamic pricing system will allow ticket prices to fluctuate based on factors such as demand and time of booking. This new pricing strategy aims to provide more flexibility and options for passengers traveling between Jakarta and Bandung. 

Passengers may purchase Whoosh tickets at a more affordable price while traveling during specific periods thanks to the adoption of this dynamic pricing structure, according to KCIC General Manager and Corporate Secretary Eva Chairunisa.

The implementation of the dynamic pricing system also aims to optimize the utilization of high-speed rail and ensure a more efficient allocation of resources. This strategy will help manage passenger flow and reduce overcrowding during peak travel times, ultimately improving the overall travel experience for passengers. 

"Under this new plan, there might be multiple Whoosh trip rates in a single day," stated Eva in a statement that was cited on Sunday, January 28, 2024.

Eva disclosed that a number of variables, such as weekdays against weekends, high season versus low season, and peak versus off-peak hours, affect the calculation of dynamic pricing.

By implementing dynamic pricing, high-speed rail can adjust ticket prices based on demand and availability. This will not only incentivize passengers to travel during off-peak hours but also generate additional revenue for the rail company. Additionally, the use of advanced technology and data analysis can help predict passenger flow patterns and optimize train schedules to further enhance efficiency and reduce overcrowding. 

He indicated that there would be an increase in costs during rush or peak hours. On the other side, the rates will be cheaper during off-peak or flexible hours. According to Eva, travelers are offered travel alternatives at different price points based on their requirements, preferences, and financial situation. Eva stated that in order to ensure that dynamic pricing meets passenger demands and supports Whoosh operations, it would be continuously reviewed and assessed.

Eva also mentioned that the dynamic pricing strategy would take into account factors such as demand, availability of seats, and historical data to determine the most optimal prices for different time slots. This approach aims to strike a balance between maximizing revenue and providing affordable options for passengers, ultimately improving the overall experience for all travelers. 

"Passengers will receive additional value from dynamic pricing. Price flexibility is anticipated to benefit the community more, he stated.

By January 27, 2024, around 1.4 million people had traveled from Jakarta to Bandung and back using the Whoosh service. The range of 60 to 80 percent represents average occupancy rates. The highest number of passengers per day (21,000) was seen in November 2023 and during the December 2023–January 2024 Christmas travel season.

"This shows that public interest in the first high-speed train transportation in Southeast Asia is still well maintained," he stated.

 

Source: tempo.co

Sunday 28 January 2024

Elections: Police Ask Jakartans To Up Neighborhood Watch Activities

 

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has declared that 204,807,222 electors are enrolled on the final voter list for the 2024 General Elections, as

Gapteks.com - In the run-up to the election on February 14, the Jakarta Metropolitan Police has urged citizens to increase neighborhood patrols and ignore hoaxes and fake news.

Increased neighborhood patrols are essential to preserving law and order, according to Sen. Coms. Badya Wijaya, Director of the Jakarta Police's Community Development Division.

"We encourage locals to step up community patrols in their neighborhood areas while guests staying overnight in residents' houses must report to community and neighborhood units (RT/RW) within 24 hours," he stated.

In a press release that ANTARA received here on Sunday, he stated that automobile and motorbike thefts as well as disruptions of public order may be reduced by stepping up neighborhood patrols.

Wijaya met with a number of South Jakarta locals on Saturday night (Jan 27) and urged them to increase community patrols and ignore hoaxes and fake news in front of the approaching general elections.

Wijaya emphasized the value of community involvement in upholding public safety and order at the meeting held at a community patrol post in the administrative districts of the Cilandak police precinct in South Jakarta.

Additionally, he exhorted Jakartans to continue utilizing social media platforms sensibly and carefully, making sure that the information they view does not undermine efforts to keep the community together before election day.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has declared that 204,807,222 electors are enrolled on the final voter list for the 2024 General Elections, as ANTARA has previously reported.

Additionally, the KPU has declared that on February 14, simultaneous nationwide elections for the presidency and legislature will take place in Indonesia.

For the three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates, the commission has formally defined a 75-day election campaign period that runs from November 28, 2023, to February 10, 2024.

Every political party that is running for president as well as the candidates themselves have promised to hold peaceful elections.

The commission has chosen to hold five rounds of debates before to the presidential election in an attempt to inform voters about the political stances of the three candidate pairings.

December 12 and December 22, 2023, were the dates of the first and second rounds. January 7, 2024, was the day of the third round; the fourth round was held on January 21. On February 4, the fifth round is slated to take place.

The presidential race is being contested by three pairs of candidates: Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD, and Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar.

The NasDem Party, National Awakening Party (PKB), Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), and Ummat Party have endorsed Baswedan and Iskandar's nominations.

In the meanwhile, a combination of parties led by the Gelora Party, Golkar, National Mandate Party (PAN), Democratic Party, and Gerindra Party supports Subianto and Raka.

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the Hanura Party, the United Development Party, and the Perindo Party all support Pranowo and Mahfud.


Source: antaranews.com


Saturday 27 January 2024

The Top Eight Nations In The World With Nickel Reserves

skandar's campaign team co-captain, Thomas Lembong, frequently asserted that nickel was losing ground to lithium ferro-phosphate (LFP) in the global e


Gap Teks - Following the election debate last week, where vice presidential candidate number two Gibran Rakabuming Raka accused his opponent, candidate number one Muhaimin Iskandar, of being anti-nickel, nickel has become a hot topic in Indonesia. Iskandar's campaign team co-captain, Thomas Lembong, frequently asserted that nickel was losing ground to lithium ferro-phosphate (LFP) in the global electric vehicle market.


The argument over nickel persisted, particularly as it relates to EV batteries. A number of ministers questioned Lembong's comments and supported President Jokowi's oldest son. Among them are Muhammad Lutfi, the former Trade Minister, Bahlil Lahadalia, the Minister of Investment, and Luhut Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.


Nations With The Biggest Deposits Of Nickel In The World

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) 2021 study states that the world's greatest nickel deposits are found in eight nations. About 600 million metric tons of nickel are stored worldwide, of which 40% are in sulfide deposits and 60% are in laterites.

Even still, output of nickel increased to just 2.7 million metric tons from 2.51 million metric tons the year before.

The top eight nations in the world with the biggest deposits of nickel are as follows:



Indonesia

Approximately 21 million metric tons of nickel are found in Indonesia. The fourth most populated nation in the world produced one million metric tons of nickel in 2021, up 229,000 metric tons from 771,000 metric tons the year before. Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua are among the eastern regions that contain the majority of the nickel.


Australia

At least 21 million metric tons of nickel are found in Australia. The amount of minerals produced in 2021 was around 160,000 metric tons, compared to 169,000 metric tons in 2020. 90% of the nickel in the nation comes from Western Australia, with 5% coming from Queensland and 4% from New South Wales.


Brazil

Just 100,000 metric tons of the at least 16 million metric tons of nickel deposits in Brazil were dredged in 2021. With 41,734 metric tons produced from mines in the Brazilian state of Goias, the highest nickel output in 2021 was followed by Para (19,090 metric tons) and Bahia (15,180 metric tons).


Russia

Russia has the second-largest nickel reserves. An estimated 7.5 million metric tons of nickel are present in the nation, which is at war with Ukraine. It is said to have extracted 250,000 metric tons of nickel in 2021.


The Philippines

With 4.8 million metric tons of nickel deposits, the Philippines and Indonesia together possess the greatest nickel reserves in Southeast Asia. The nation produced more nickel in 2021 than it did in 2020, going from 334,000 metric tons to 370,000 metric tons.


China

It is estimated that China possesses 2.8 million metric tons of nickel. In 2020 and 2021, the nation under President Xi Jinping's leadership was able to produce about 120,000 metric tons of nickel. With 62% of the country's nickel produced, Ganzu province leads the other provinces in terms of production: Xinjiang (11.6%), Yunnan (8.9%), Jilin (4.4%), Hubei (3.4%), and Sichuan (3.3%).


Canada

Two million metric tons of nickel are discovered in Canada, according to the US Geological Survey. But in 2020 and 2021, the nation produced a mere 167,000 metric tons and 130,000 metric tons, respectively. In Canada, the main locations for nickel are Sudbury, Ontario; other locations include Manitoba and Voisey's Bay, Labrador.


United States

Among the top eight nations in the world with the biggest reserves of nickel is the United States. The nation produced 16,700 metric tons of nickel in 2020 and 18,000 metric tons in 2021, with a total reserve of 340,000 metric tons. Its nickel mining were limited to Michigan.



Source: Tempo.co


Jokowi Was Brought Before Bawaslu On Charges Of Violating The Election Law.

 

Aside from that, Jokowi is not a member of the Prabowo-Gibran campaign team that is registered with the General Elections Commission (KPU), according to Rapen.

Gapteks.com, Jakarta - In the midst of the 2024 general election campaign season, a group loyal to presidential candidate number three Ganjar-Mahfud, Jarnas Gamki Gama, intended to file a complaint against President Joko Widodo or Jokowi with the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) for purported infractions.

Jarnas Gamki Gama chairman Rapen Sinaga said that Iriana was the one who reportedly raised a "V sign" from the window of the president's official vehicle on January 22 at Salatiga, Central Java. 

"When Ganjar-Mahfud supporters yelled "long live Ganjar, long life Ganjar" at Jokowi [as the president's car passed by], two fingers (a V sign) are shown," Rapen stated on Friday.

According to Rapen's analysis, the V sign represents support for the second presidential candidate duo, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka. He said, "There is a criminal violation of the Election Law in Jokowi's action while using state facilities, the presidential car, and the fact that Jokowi is not in the Prabowo-Gibran camp."

Article 547 of the Election Law states that any state official who willfully decides or acts in a way that benefits or harms an election contender during the campaign season faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp36,000,000. He claims that the President is suspected of breaking this law.

Aside from that, Jokowi is not a member of the Prabowo-Gibran campaign team that is registered with the General Elections Commission (KPU), according to Rapen.

Administrator of Jarnas Gamki Gama, Nikson Gans Lalu, stated over the phone on Friday, January 26, that "jokowi as the head of government must stand above all parties, even though the law says that [the president] is allowed [to take sides in elections."

Today, January 26, Jarnas Gamki Gama intended to submit the report. Nikson thought Bawaslu would call First Lady Iriana and President Jokowi to order an investigation. Therefore, we insist that exercising statesmanship come first.


Source: Tempo.co


Saturday 20 January 2024

Attacks On Red Sea Ships Put Pressure On China's Exporters As Expenses And Delays Rise.

 

Beijing/Shanghai, January 19 (Reuters) - Red Sea freight bottlenecks are putting Chinese billionaire Han Changming's trade operation in the eastern province of Fujian in jeopardy.

Beijing/Shanghai, January 19 (Reuters) - Red Sea freight bottlenecks are putting Chinese billionaire Han Changming's trade operation in the eastern province of Fujian in jeopardy.

Han, who buys off-road vehicles from Europe and sells Chinese-made automobiles to Africa, told Reuters that the cost of transporting a container to Europe has increased to almost $7,000 from $3,000 in December, when the Houthi movement in Yemen, which is associated with Iran, increased attacks on ships.

"The disruptions have wiped out our already thin profits," Han stated, adding that his 2016 startup, Fuzhou Han Changming International Trade Co Ltd, is suffering from increased shipping-insurance rates.

The disruption of one of the busiest shipping routes globally has revealed how susceptible China's export-driven economy is to supply bottlenecks and external demand shocks. Premier Li Qiang stressed the need of maintaining "stable and smooth" global supply chains in an address on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, without making any explicit mention of the Red Sea.

In an effort to lessen the effects of the interruptions, some businesses, including the American company BDI Furniture, have stated they are depending more on manufacturers in nations like Vietnam and Turkey. This is in addition to recent efforts by Western nations to lessen their reliance on China in the face of geopolitical unrest.

The possibility that other businesses would reevaluate their de-risking plans and perhaps decide to move manufacturing closer to home—a practice known as "near-shoring"—is what China is currently facing.

The founder of IC Trade, which ships mechanical components built in China to Europe, Marco Castelli, stated, "If it's permanent, and it could be permanent, then the whole mechanism will be readjusted." Certain corporations could also think about shifting their manufacturing to India, as it is located one week closer to Europe. Businesses must reassess everything.

more interruptions in the Red Sea would put more strain on China's already fragile economy, which is battling a housing crisis, feeble consumer demand, a declining population, and slow global development.

Han stated that 40% of his total business comes from trading with Europe and Africa, and that in order to keep his firm solvent, he has been pleading with suppliers and customers to pick up part of the extra costs. According to him, several orders had shipping delays of up to several weeks.

For other businesses, the problems are made worse by the fact that they are already dealing with a logistical nightmare in the lead-up to Lunar New Year in February, when nearly all Chinese factories close and 300 million migrant workers take time off, leading to a mad rush in the weeks before to transport products.

Vice President for Supply Chains and Operations Mike Sagan of KidKraft, a manufacturer of wooden toys and outdoor play equipment located in Shenzhen, claimed that many of his European clients are slamming on the brakes and telling him to "hold it, don't ship anything."

"A lot of suppliers, they're screaming about money today," Sagan, whose firm serves Walmart and Target, said.

The snowball impact on smaller suppliers with narrow margins, who would be among the last to get payments but are essential to the supply chain, is a concern for larger firms, he added.

Rerouting ships around the Cape of Good Hope from the Red Sea, the fastest route from Asia to Europe via the Suez Canal, can add two weeks to shipping timetables. This reduces the capacity of containers globally and disrupts supply chains since it takes longer for ships to return to ports to reload.

This most likely indicates delays for products that were supposed to hit Western markets in April or May. According to BMI, an industry research group, several logistics businesses have already reported a container shortfall at China's Ningbo-Zhoushan port, which is among the busiest in the world by cargo volume.

China mostly ships its commodities westward via the Suez Canal, accounting for around 60% of its exports to Europe, according to the Middle East Institute, a research group with headquarters in Washington.


"HUGE" IMPACT

Yang Bingben, whose business, based in Wenzhou, the industrial capital of eastern China, manufactures industrial-use valves, reported this week that a client in Shanghai reduced an order for 75 valves, which were to be assembled into huge machinery and sent overseas, to 15 due to rising freight costs.

Yang remarked, "The impact is huge," and mentioned that he had prepared raw materials that were processed and could not be returned. "It's like I received an order that makes me lose money."

Yang says he can't promise pay since his employees are paid according to the quantity of work they complete, so he is now reevaluating his staffing needs for this year.

"If I don't have enough work to give them, I'm afraid they won't be able to make a living."

Guangzhou-based freight forwarder Wei Qiongfang said that certain suppliers in southern China were squeezing manufacturers' stocks by postponing delivery of lower-value items.

Businesses that depend on just-in-time delivery or that must often replace their inventory are particularly affected as once-predictable trade circumstances grow more unpredictable.

Castelli said that another problem is that factories aren't paid until the products are delivered to their intended location.

"So if their payment is delayed, they can't pay their suppliers, they can't pay their workers," he explained. "China is so successful in the global market because they work with tiny margins: when you have volume, the money rolls in; when the money stops coming, you have a big problem."

Gerhard Flatz, managing director of luxury sportswear company KTC, is worried that some businesses struggling with declining margins may fail in Dongguan, a city in the Pearl River Delta.

They are having difficulties, and there is currently another logistical issue. Many will have to close their doors eventually, you know," Flatz remarked.

Additional reporting by Colleen Howe and Joe Cash in Beijing, with reporting from Samuel Shen, Casey Hall, and Ellen Zhang in Shanghai and Beijing Writing and editing by Anne Marie Roantree and David Crawshaw.


Source: reuters.com

Friday 19 January 2024

UN declares that stranded refugees shouldn't be housed on a UK military island

 

After being given uncommon access, the UN refugee agency declared that a distant British territory in the Indian Ocean—home to a covert UK-US military base—is "not a suitable location" for holding refugees for an extended period of time.

After being given uncommon access, the UN refugee agency declared that a distant British territory in the Indian Ocean—home to a covert UK-US military base—is "not a suitable location" for holding refugees for an extended period of time.

A improvised camp on Diego Garcia has been the home for dozens of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka for more than two years.

This marks the initial filing of asylum requests within the region.

As stated by the UK government, they were searching for a "long-term solution".

An official stated that the administration of the British Indian Ocean Territory places "the wellbeing and safety of migrants as the... top priority." Biot, or British Indian Ocean Territory, is the official name of the islands.

Towards the end of 2023, UNHCR agents traveled to Diego Garcia with the assistance of UK authorities. Since the refugees' arrival more than two years ago, this was the first time they had been granted entry to the island.

Regarding its findings, the UN agency said it was "following up" with relevant authorities.

In a brief response to the BBC, a representative stated, "Diego Garcia is an island hosting a military base with virtually no civilian population, and is not a suitable location for long-term residence for this group."

"We continue to call on the UK to ensure fair and efficient determination of the pending claims, and to secure solutions for those found to be in need of international protection, in line with international law."

According to migrants and officials, the first group of Tamils landed in Diego Garcia in October 2021 when their boat broke down while attempting to sail to Canada.

Hundreds of miles separate the island from any other populated area, and unauthorised access is strictly prohibited.

The organization then filed the first asylum applications on Biot, a location where court documents state that the Refugee Convention does not apply and where the area is regarded as "constitutionally distinct and separate from the UK".

Many members of the organization assert that they have been persecuted because of their alleged ties to the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka during the 2009 civil war.


Hunger pandemonium

The island's circumstances, according to asylum seekers, are terrible; but, because of the territory's peculiar legal position, they are unable to leave.

Numerous attempts at suicide and incidents of self-harm have occurred. Additionally, there have been hunger strikes, which according to attorneys have included minors.

"Our lives are meaningless. I feel like I'm living the life of a zombie," a guy said to the BBC in 2017.

About sixty persons are said to still be on Diego Garcia, according to attorneys for asylum applicants there. After making unsuccessful attempts at suicide, a number of persons were sent to Rwanda for treatment.

The government's proposal to transfer certain asylum seekers to the east African nation, which this week cleared a major milestone in Parliament, is not related to this agreement, as far as the BBC is aware.

One of the group's attorneys, Tessa Gregory, stated, "Our clients have been in limbo on Diego Garcia for over two years and have still not had their claims for international protection lawfully determined."

"The conditions they are having to endure... are dire and entirely unsuitable for a group which includes children and survivors of torture and sexual violence."

Ms. Gregory continued by saying that the migrant representatives' UK attorneys were requesting entry to the island.

Five persons have had their requests for international protection granted thus far, but no nation has been chosen to host them.

"Working with third countries to accept any who cannot be safely returned to their country of origin," the spokeswoman stated on behalf of the administration.

The administration earlier informed the BBC that "any accusation


Source: bbc.com


Monday 15 January 2024

Flood emergency declared in Bandung till January 20

 

On Thursday, severe weather in Bandung and the neighboring districts resulted in landslides, floods, and uprooted trees.


Gapteks.com - From January 13 to January 20, 2024, the Bandung district administration in West Java has issued an emergency response status, forcing all parties to be on the lookout for the possibility of flooding during the rainy season.

"Three days ago, the emergency response status for the flood calamity was formed. Public kitchens and other facilities have been prepared by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)," stated Dadang Supriatna, the district head of Bandung, on Monday.

He advised that the emergency status will remain in effect for seven days, with the possibility of an extension or shortening contingent on field conditions.

"The determination of disaster emergency response status can be extended or shortened in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations," he stated.

He claims that the area has been affected by floods and other hydrometeorological disasters since January 11, 2024, and the decision to declare the area under emergency status is a response to these events.

"We must pay attention to the basic needs of the community during the current emergency handling status," he stated.

Supriatna highlighted that in response to the declaration of an emergency, his team has taken a number of steps to prevent further flooding in the area.

"Post-disaster, we will follow up from the upstream to downstream (sectors), but I strongly agree that the handling is not partial but comprehensive," he stated.

Suharyanto, the head of BNPB, announced that his organization has contributed Rp350 million to help Bandung district deal with the flooding.

He continued by saying that the money might be utilized to create public restrooms and showers, supply food, and meet other basic requirements of the impacted areas.


Source: tempo.co

Friday 12 January 2024

What are the Houthis, and how did the US and UK launch their strikes in Yemen?

 

What are the Houthis, and how did the US and UK launch their strikes in Yemen?

Strikes against Houthi sites in western Yemen have been initiated by the US and UK.

Gapteks.com - According to US sources, the US and the UK have conducted airstrikes on over a dozen locations in Yemen that are utilized by the Houthis, who are supported by Iran. Here is more information on the strikes.

Following Israel's assault in Gaza, the Houthis launched a relentless campaign of drone and missile attacks against commercial ships in the Red Sea. These strikes represent the most major military reaction to this campaign. This is how we get here:

 

The Houthis are who?

The Houthis are a Yemeni militia that belong to the Zaidi branch of Shia Islam and are called after its founder, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi. They first appeared in the 1980s as a counter to Yemen's religious influence from Saudi Arabia. With an estimated 20,000 militants, the organization, officially known as Ansar Allah, controls the most of the country's western region and the coastline that faces the Red Sea.

 

What connection does the organization have to the Gaza War and Iran?

As part of its long-standing animosity toward Saudi Arabia, Iran backs the Houthis, who aid Hamas in the Gaza conflict. Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, the commander of the Houthis, declared his men were "ready to move in the hundreds of thousands to join the Palestinian people and confront the enemy" shortly after the Hamas massacre on October 7.

 

What is going on in the Red Sea?

Located south of the Suez Canal, the main waterway linking Europe with Asia and east Africa, is the Red Sea, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Yemen is located where the sea meets the Gulf of Aden, on its southeast coast.

The Houthis launched missile and drone strikes against ships in the Red Sea shortly after the Gaza War broke out, the majority of which were thwarted by Israeli and American countermeasures.

On November 19, the situation worsened when terrorists hijacked a vehicle carrier that was rented by a Japanese company and associated with an Israeli businessman, taking the crew hostage with the help of a helicopter. All vessels that the Houthis believed to be connected to Israel or its backers would "become a legitimate target for armed forces," they said.

Although there were several attempts to overtake ships, most of them were unsuccessful, many shipping firms chose to take a longer and more expensive detour around South Africa's Cape of Good Hope instead of using the Red Sea route, which resulted in longer travel times.

 

What response did the US give?

In reaction to the Houthi strikes, the US said on December 18 that Operation Prosperity Guardian had been formed.

Up until December 31, when US Navy helicopters opened fire on a group of small boats trying to board a cargo ship that had asked for their protection, the US avoided direct conflict. The deaths of 10 militants signaled a new chapter in the situation.

 

Operation Prosperity Guardian, a coalition in the Red Sea headed by the US

In what London referred to as the worst strike of its kind in the region, US and British warships shot down 21 drones and missiles fired by the Houthis on January 9. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stated on January 10 that more strikes may lead to a military reaction from the west.

 

What was going on in Yemen before to the conflict in Gaza?

Around the turn of the century, the Houthis began to garner support among Shia Yemenis who were tired of Ali Abdullah Saleh, their longstanding dictator and Saudi friend, for his cruelty and corruption. This was especially true in the wake of 9/11 and the US invasion of Iraq. Saleh was forced to step down in 2012 due to widespread demonstrations and many murder attempts.

After forming an alliance with Saleh, their erstwhile adversary, the Houthis took control of Sana'a in 2014 and removed Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the newly installed president supported by the West, a year later. Following Hadi's forced retreat, the exiled Yemeni government requested that its allies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates begin a military campaign to expel the Houthis, a move that would also be supported by the west.

Thereafter, a disastrous civil war broke out, which the UN predicted would result in 4 million people being displaced and 377,000 deaths by the end of 2021.

Indeed, the conflict was won by the Houthis. Violence significantly decreased after a ceasefire in April 2022, and fighting has mostly stopped even though the truce officially ended in October.

 

How were the Houthi strikes perceived in Saudi Arabia and Yemen?

Analysts claim that the Houthis' engagement has strengthened their popularity at home, and some Yemenis view the Houthi actions as a justifiable way to put pressure on Israel and its supporters in favor of Palestinian people. Despite the existence of an internationally recognized government in the country's south, the militants feel that strikes in the Red Sea may elevate them to a more prominent position on the world stage and establish them as synonymous with Yemen as a whole.

In the meantime, the Saudis are working to complete a peace agreement that may acknowledge Houthi sovereignty over the northern region of Yemen and normalize relations with Iran. They have been concerned about any US response that may make their attempt to leave the nation more difficult.

 

Well, 2023 didn’t quite go to plan, did it?

Here in the UK, the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, had promised us a government of stability and competence – not forgetting professionalism, honesty and accountability – following the rollercoaster ride of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss. Do you recall Liz? She appears to be a long-gone comic act these days. Rather, Sunak descended even more into the Conservative psychodrama through the looking-glass.

There have been no better pictures anywhere. Donald Trump is currently a lot of people's favorite to win the US presidency once more. The conflict in Ukraine has continued with little sign of resolution. It's all too easy to see how the rest of the world may become weary of the fight and lose interest. In addition, there is the Middle East conflict and the climatic catastrophe.

But optimism is renewed with a new year. Numerous nations, including the US and the UK, are holding elections. We must have hope for change. that a better solution is achievable. The Guardian will keep reporting on happenings worldwide because it feels particularly vital right now. However, maintaining a news collecting organization is not inexpensive.

Thus, if you are able to, I kindly ask that you donate money this year. Well, you may if you'd like, but not directly to me. Instead, address the Guardian. We can keep up our goal to seek the truth wherever it may be found by contributing as little as $2 a month to The Guardian.

 

We can make our journalism freely available to anyone with your assistance. None of our commentary articles or news items are ever hidden behind a paywall. This wouldn't be possible without you. We mean it when we say we're in this together, unlike our politicians.


Source: theguardian.com

Thursday 11 January 2024

According to a recent survey, British people want an early ceasefire in the Gaza conflict.


Source: newarab.com


Gapteks.com - Strong support among Britons for an early ceasefire in the Gaza Strip is seen in a recent opinion survey.

 

The poll, which YouGov did with 2,085 individuals in Great Britain on December 20 and 21, was done in the midst of Israel's deadly attack on the beleaguered Palestinian enclave.

 

According to the study, 48% of respondents think there should be an immediate ceasefire, and 23% think there probably should, for a total of 71% who are in favor.


According to a poll conducted on behalf of the advocacy group Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) and the humanitarian organization Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), just 12 percent of respondents believe that there should not be an immediate stop to hostilities.


"An unprecedented humanitarian crisis has emerged in Gaza as a result of three months of bombardment and siege," MAP CEO Melanie Ward stated in a news statement on Wednesday.


"The health system is failing, children are malnourished, and over two million people are without a place to live.


"The message from the public couldn't be clearer: this must end now, and our politicians must play their part in making that happen."


Though they have refrained from demanding an immediate halt to the fighting, the UK government and the main opposition Labour Party have stated their support for a "sustainable ceasefire" in the Gaza conflict.

 

Residential structures, ambulances, and hospitals have all been struck by Israel during its invasion on Gaza. More than 23,350 individuals have died as a result of it, mostly women and children.


Caabu director Chris Doyle said the YouGov survey showed a "massive gap" between the UK's political leaders and the populace.


On social networking platform X, he stated, "The latter can clearly see that an immediate ceasefire is vital."


Additionally, 22% of British respondents said they had greater sympathy for the Palestinian side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Thirty-two percent sympathize equally with both sides, sixteen percent feel more connected to the Israeli side, and 29 percent are unsure.


The youngest adults have the strongest support for the Palestinians: 39% of those in the 18 to 24 age group feel more sympathy for them.


In addition, the poll questioned British citizens if they favor or disapprove of the way the UK government has handled the Israeli-Palestinian crisis thus far. Of those surveyed, 17% strongly or somewhat agreed.


While 31% are neither in favor nor against, 22% say they don't know, and 29% strongly or somewhat disagree.


Only 9% of respondents are satisfied with Labour's handling of the matter, while 30% are not.


Another 29% are unsure, and 33% are neither in favor nor against.


It occurs as the findings of a survey of 8,000 men and women from 16 Arab nations were released on Wednesday by the Qatar-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.


When questioned about governments' reactions to Israel's assault on Gaza, the survey revealed that over 75% of participants had a bad opinion of the UK.


Source: newarab.com

The Goa police investigation may depend on a note "written by Suchana Seth" on a crumpled piece of tissue paper.

 

After being married in 2010 and having a kid in 2019, Seth and her estranged spouse Venkatraman PR experienced a breakdown in their marriage. Separated, the two were involved in custody battles and divorce processes.
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Three days after Suchana Seth, the CEO of a software start-up with headquarters in Bengaluru, was detained on suspicion of murdering her four-year-old son at a Goa hotel, detectives said that they had found a handwritten "note" on a piece of tissue paper that was reportedly written by Seth.

 

The "cryptic" message, according to police sources, hinted that Seth (39), did not want her husband to get custody of her kid.

 

After being married in 2010 and having a kid in 2019, Seth and her estranged spouse Venkatraman PR experienced a breakdown in their marriage. Separated, the two were involved in custody battles and divorce processes.

 

The alleged message was allegedly written in English by police using an eyeliner pen on a piece of tissue paper. A police officer participating in the inquiry stated, "The note is a crucial piece of evidence and it could help ascertain her state of mind and motivations."

 

According to police sources, the tissue paper was crumpled and pieces had been attempted torn off.

 

It featured at least five handwritten lines that alluded to the custody dispute. A forensic squad at the Karnataka police station in Aimangala found the message while conducting an examination. Her handwriting sample has been obtained and forwarded for forensic analysis. A police official stated, "We can't disclose the note's precise contents at this time since doing so will interfere with the investigation.

 

Police had previously disclosed to The Indian Express that she could have committed the murder as a result of her tense relationship with her divorced spouse and a custody dispute.

 

According to police, Seth is still denying that she killed her son, saying she had no idea who had done it. In addition to attaching crucial items of evidence, such as a pillow, her bag, and a bloodstained towel and silverware from the Goan service apartment where she was living, police have so far recorded testimony from fifteen witnesses.

 

Seth was apprehended in the Chitradurga region of Karnataka while purportedly attempting to escape in a taxi, concealing her son's body under a bag.

 

Additionally, police are receiving new information about her visit, including the precise moment she is said to have killed the youngster. She checked out on the evening of January 7, even though she had reserved the accommodation for January 6–10.


Source: indianexpress.com


Indonesia Is Willing to Work with ASEAN Nations to Address South China Sea Issue

President Joko Widodo's or Jokowi's arrival in the Philippines, the family of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso made an appeal.
Source: Tempo.co

 

Gapteks.com, Jakarta - Retno Marsudi, Indonesia's minister of foreign affairs, stated that her country is prepared to work with ASEAN nations to complete the Code of Conduct over the South China Sea dispute.


"With regard to the South China Sea, Indonesia is prepared to work with all ASEAN nations, including the Philippines, to complete the Code of Conduct's drafting as soon as possible," she declared on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, during a bilateral meeting with Philippine Foreign Minister Enrique Manao in Manila.


Nearly the whole South China Sea was claimed by China, and it overlapped with the exclusive economic zones of many Southeast Asian nations, including Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. China's claim was found to be without merit in 2016 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration.


The Philippines had asked its neighbors to create their own codes of conduct because it believed that China was making too little progress—the two countries have been at a standstill for the past 20 years with no sign of improvement. On November 20, the president of the Philippines, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, said that Malaysia and Vietnam had been contacted. "Hopefully this will expand to other ASEAN countries," he added.


Minister Retno applauded the Dec. 30 Declaration on Maintaining and Promoting Stability in the Maritime Sphere in Southeast Asia made by the foreign ministers of ASEAN. Regarding the South China Sea dispute, the statement emphasized the need to "avoid actions that may further complicate the situation and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes."


"We recognize the benefits of having the South China Sea as a sea of peace, stability, cooperation, and prosperity," said the statement. ASEAN foreign ministers also highlighted the importance of the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and committed to working towards a substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) that is in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.


Retno and Manalo talked on Palestine and the Rohingya refugee crisis in addition to the South China Sea.


Source: Tempo.co