China’s security apparatus swings into action to stifle Covid protests

CNN – China Extensive security services quickly moved to choke Mass protests that swept the country, with police patrolling the streets, checking cellphones and even calling some protesters to warn them not to repeat it. In major cities on Monday and Tuesday, police flooded the sites of protests that took place over the weekend, when … Read more

A BBC journalist has been “beaten and kicked by the police” as protests spread across China

CNN Business – BBC journalist Edward Lawrence was arrested by police in Shanghai at the scene of Sunday night’s protests, according to the BBC, as captured in what appears to be cellphone footage of the arrest. While he has since been released, a BBC spokesperson expressed grave concern about his treatment, saying he had been … Read more

What really happened to Nika Shahkrami? Witnesses of her last hours questioned the story of Iran

CNN – An Iranian girl dressed in black stands over an inverted rubbish bin, waving her veil as she is engulfed in flames amid chants of “Death to the Dictator”. Moments later, a video clip shows her crouched to collect another scarf from her friend, which she will also light in front of the protesters. … Read more

Why the current oil boom of Arab countries may be the last

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared on CNN’s newsreel around the same time in the Middle East, a three-times-a-week look at the region’s biggest news. Register here. Abu Dhabi CNN – The oil boom brought about by Ukraine war It made the energy-rich countries of the Middle East very rich Again. But … Read more