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(Conflicts) CrisisWatch: Tracking Conflict Worldwide (Crisis Group)

https://www.crisisgroup.org/crisiswatch/february-alerts-and-january-trends-2021

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(USA) Local COVID-19 hazard pay mandates are doing what Congress and most corporations aren’t for essential workers (Molly Kinder and Laura Stateler, Brookings)

Local COVID-19 hazard pay mandates are doing what Congress and most corporations aren’t for essential workers

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(USA/Pandemic) New virus variants threaten Biden’s pandemic plans (Politico)

By SARAH OWERMOHLE and ADAM CANCRYN

The government is already collaborating with Moderna to develop vaccine booster shots aimed at strains first identified in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/25/biden-covid-variants-462425

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(China Coast Guard) Early Warning Brief: Introducing the “New, New” China Coast Guard (Ryan D. Martinson, The Jamestown Foundation)

In the past decade, the China Coast Guard (CCG, 中国海警, zhongguo haijing) has experienced two major reforms. The first, which began in 2013, uprooted the service from the Ministry of Public Security—where it was organized as an element of the People’s Armed Police (PAP)—and placed it under the control of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), a civilian agency. In the process, the CCG was combined with three other maritime law enforcement forces: China Marine Surveillance (CMS), China Fisheries Law Enforcement (CFLE), and the maritime anti-smuggling units of the General Administration of Customs. The resulting conglomerate was colloquially called the “new” CCG, differentiating it from the “old” CCG of the Ministry of Public Security years. The second reform began in 2018, when the “new” CCG, now swollen with the ranks of four different forces, was stripped from the SOA and transferred to the PAP, which itself had just been reorganized and placed under the Central Military Commission (CMC) (China Brief, April 24, 2018).

https://jamestown.org/program/early-warning-brief-introducing-the-new-new-china-coast-guard/

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(Security) Drupal fixed a new flaw related PEAR Archive_Tar library (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Drupal fixed a new flaw related PEAR Archive_Tar library

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(USA/Europe/Transatlantic Relationship) Can America Be Trusted Again? (Carl Bildt, Project-Syndicate)

After the initial euphoria of Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election, Europeans have since watched American politics descend into anti-democratic violence. A recent survey suggests that it might be a long time before their confidence in the transatlantic relationship can be restored.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-and-europeans-souring-attitudes-toward-us-ecfr-poll-by-carl-bildt-2021-01

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(Pandemic/Vaccine Passport) What is a ‘vaccine passport’ and will you need one the next time you travel? (Gayle Markovitz, WEF)

  • A “vaccine passport” or “e-vaccination certification of compliance for border crossing regulations” could be required to enable seamless border-crossing.
  • Any framework that comes into place will need to be harmonized, when it comes to standards and use cases, by a normative body – such as the WHO – to ensure that its use is ethical and fair.
  • Two sessions at The Davos Agenda address “Vaccinating the World” on 26 January and 29 January.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/what-is-a-vaccine-passport-and-will-you-need-one-the-next-time-you-travel/

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(USA/Russia/Arctic Region) Pentagon nominee hopes US-Russia cooperation in the Arctic region will continue (TASS)

Nominee for appointment to be Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that he hoped cooperation of the US and Russia in the Arctic region could continue.

“The United States has a long history of cooperation with Russia in the Arctic region, and it is my hope that can continue,” Lloyd Austin said in answers to the Senate Armed Services Committee Advance Policy Questions.

“I have serious concerns, however, about the Russian military buildup in the region and Russia’s aggressive conduct in the Arctic and around the world,” he said also. “Likewise, I am deeply concerned about Chinese intentions in the region,” the nominee pointed out.

“If confirmed, I will assess the situation and consult allies and partners on the strategy, posture, and equipment required to ensure a stable and open Arctic, as well as to protect the homeland, our economic interests, and deter aggression,” he pledged.

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(Tunisia) Tunisia must ‘immediately’ shun violence against protesters: Amnesty (The New Arab)

Online footage shows police beating and dragging individuals who were arrested, while eyewitnesses have shared testimony indicating the ill treatment of people in custody, Amnesty says.

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/1/18/tunisia-must-immediately-shun-violence-against-protesters-amnesty

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