The bodies of 74 migrants were found in a beach near Zawiya, a town in western Libya last Monday. Rescuers affirmed that bodies came from an inflatable boat which sank when they were trying to reach Italy.
The raft is believed to have left Libya last Saturday and has been wandering without an engine for some days until it has submerged. From the 74 bodies, three are women. However, it seems that death toll will rise regarding the capacity boat could hold.
Activists assume that the tragedy is anticipating what may happen in the following months, with the start of the main migration season in Libya, which starts in April and lasts until October.
Libya is the one of the most important starting points for African migrants who try to reach Europe and escape war and poverty. Indeed, the so-called Mediterranean route left at least 4,579 people died last year.
Israel has announced a wide building program of 2,500 more Jewish settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. This statement is one of the most extensive plans in years and shows a broad refusal to the last United Nations Security Council resolution, in which settlement building was defined as a violation of international law and thus a critical barrier to peace.
Nowadays up to 400,000 settlers live in the West Bank and more than 200,000 in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war. The decision is most likely to increment tensions and uncertainty among Palestinians and Middle Eastern countries.
Palestinian officials have immediately condemned the new building program. They strongly believe that the decision will impede any effort to establish security and stability, and therefore, possibilities to start a peace process will be impossible to achieve.
The new US government, although it has generally been rapid to condemn settlement announcements, remains now quiet while most of European countries are denouncing Israeli plans.
After allegations of government attack on freedom of press, the current Polish political crisis has worsened over the last few days, with diverse protests both in and outside the nation’s Parliament. Hundreds of furious anti-government demonstrators besieged the building, preventing politicians from the ruling Polish party, called Law and Justice, from leaving,
The turning point of the instability has definitely been the last government plan to limit media access to the Polish Parliament. Since the country returned to democracy almost 27 years ago, journalists have enjoyed unrestricted access, being free to follow every issue addressed in the Parliament and ask politicians any question.
This access has been regarded as a basic example of Polish democracy. However, the current government believes it is an unwanted privilege that the press has abused. Consequently, the government proposed cutting down the number of journalists with parliamentary accreditation, which has resulted in a sharp national crisis whose termination does not seem to be about to happen.
In fact, protesters hope to take to the streets again in order to keep pressuring the government as much as possible, while allegations of attemped coups d’état and threats to democracy increase.