This Week’s Under-reported News Summary – Nov. 25, 2020

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Putin, extending Russian footprint, approves new naval facility in Sudan
  • Will Biden-Harris administration confront Modi on human rights?
  • Meatpacking workers forced to work with Covid19 symptoms

• Russia plans to build its first military base in Africa since the end of the Cold War. The base will be built in the Port of Sudan with strategic access to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The new base is similar in its capabilities to Russia’s Tartus naval base in Syria. Over the last few years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to increase Russia’s influence across sub-Saharan Africa.

(“Russia Is Expanding Its Overseas Footprint With Its First Base in Africa Since the End of the Soviet Union,” Reuters, Nov. 17, 2020;“Russia to Establish Naval Base in Sudan,”Al-Monitor, Nov. 17, 2020)

• India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first world leaders to congratulate former Vice President Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election. Modi, a close ally of Donald Trump and Hindu nationalists, also celebrated the election of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the first Black American and the first South Asian American woman elected vice president in U.S. history. Harris’ victory was also cheered by residents in the village of her maternal grandparents in the state of Tamil Nadu.

(“Will a Biden-Harris Administration Confront Modi on Human Rights?” Al-Jazeera, Nov. 16 2020; “India, US Sign Key Military Deal, Symbolising Closer Ties,” Al-Jazeera, Nov. 2, 2020)

• Tyson Foods has suspended managers at its Waterloo, Iowa pork processing plant after a wrongful death lawsuit was filed claiming managers at the plant ordered sick employees to report for work while supervisors privately wagered money on the number of workers who would be sickened by the deadly virus.

(“Lawsuit: Tyson Managers Bet Money on How Many Workers Would Contract COVID-19,” Iowa Capital Dispatch, Nov. 18, 2020; “Meatpacking Workers Say Attendance Policies Force Them to Work With Covid-19 Symptoms,” In These Times, Nov. 11, 2020)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.

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