Global Crisis Watch 276

You are invited to join us for Global Crisis Watch 276, on Friday, May 23rd at 10:30 BST.

The highlighted topics will include:

Iranian Leader Ebrahim Raisi Dies in Crash

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s death in a helicopter crash has shocked the nation. The accident occurred in East Azerbaijan province and claimed the lives of the Foreign Minister and the flight crew. Raisi, who rose to power in the 1980s, had a notorious record of human rights abuses, including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and torture of political dissidents and protesters. His tenure was marked by severe crackdowns on women’s rights and a sharp increase in executions. Amnesty International stresses that the death of Iranian President must not prevent accountability for his human rights violations since the 1980s.

ICC Pursuit of Netanyahu for War Crimes

The International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan’s request for an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a diplomatic dilemma for member states balancing support for Israel and the ICC. This warrant is linked to the Gaza conflict and it involves accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. While some countries, like Germany, face political pressure, others, including the US and Italy, strongly oppose the warrant. The decision has exposed deep international divisions over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of the ICC.

Yemen’s Houthis Allegedly Shoot Down US Drone

On May 17, Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed to have shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone, coinciding with an attack on a vessel in the Red Sea. Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree stated that the drone was downed with a surface-to-air missile in Yemen’s Marib province. Footage of the missile launch and the wreckage was released by the Houthis. This incident reflects ongoing Houthi attacks linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict. The US military did not comment, though Houthis have previously downed US drones with Iranian-supplied weapons.

Russians on the Offensive in Kharkiv but Weapons Coming in for Ukraine

Russia’s recent offensive near Kharkiv, advancing four miles in five days, highlights Ukraine’s defensive struggles despite prior warnings. Ukrainian defenses were unprepared, which has allowed significant Russian gains. This attack is part of a strategy to create a buffer zone. However, a recent $61 billion US aid package and increased European arms production are expected to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses. Russia’s buildup of 30,000 troops and ongoing propaganda add to the challenges.

Plus, all the stories that are catching our attention wherever we live in the world. Feel free to join us and add your voice to the conversation.