Intellifusion Newsletter : 5 Incidents


Here’s your weekly rundown of the global security landscape, highlighting key incidents that have taken place from each region in the last seven days;

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MIDDLE EAST & ASIA

Jordan

A series of demonstrations have been reported across Jordan in connection with the announcement of local election results. Few details from the protests were reported in Jordanian media, but authorities have announced the arrest of multiple people in demonstrations in locations such as Irbid, Zarqa, Karak and Mafraq. Other reports of election-related incidents were also reported in Ramtha, Jerash, Karak and Mafraq where unidentified gunmen are reported to have fired at electoral HQ buildings, causing no casualties.

Turnout for the local elections was poor at just 29.8% with the lowest turnout being reported in Amman. Higher turnouts were reported in areas with large tribal communities in places such as Maan, Mafraq and Ajloun, highlighting the role tribal politics has in local elections in Jordan. The low turnout has been partly explained by a general lack in faith in the Jordanian parliament among many Jordanian voters, who are cited in regional media claiming that they do not feel the elections will bring positive social and economic change.

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NORTH AMERICA

Canada

Canadian railway services suffered significant disruption after employees at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd went on strike on Sunday, causing all operations on owned lines to be shut down for two days. The strike was launched as a result of a labour dispute, which included issues such as wages and pensions, and a failure for Canadian Pacific and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union to reach an agreement. However, both sides returned to the negotiating table after two days, with federal mediators currently helping both sides reach an agreement, although a timeframe for the arbitration process has not been given.

The strike has highlighted Canada’s reliance on railways to transport both raw and manufactured goods to port, with particular attention being placed on Canada’s ability to effectively transport grain. Grain has become an increasingly important commodity since the Russian invasion of Ukraine due to the sanctions placed on Russia and Belarus, two major producers of fertiliser, and the disruption to the Ukrainian agricultural sector.

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EUROPE

Europewide

Further monitoring of climate change activism has seen more planned demonstrations for the Global Climate Strike on Friday 25th March, 2022. Climate change groups across Europe (Fridays for Future especially) plan to carry out protests across Western and Southern Europe (Germany and Italy especially) and have integrated anti-war rhetoric into their calls for protests against mining, oil and gas industries; focussing on Russia’s fossil fuel industry.

Given widespread sympathy towards Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, the upcoming protests may draw large crowds. Additionally, many of the locations noticed for these protests appear close to major roads or are within city centres. Following the Insulate Britain blockades of the M25 last year, climate change groups in Europe have been adopting the tactic of blocking roads in order to attract public attention to their cause. These blockades have often caused traffic delays in areas of usually high vehicle traffic.

The upcoming Global Climate Strike across Europe may see further instances of climate change activists blocking roads in high traffic areas and make roadblocks a standard tactic for the future.

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AFRICA

Mali

ISIS claimed an attack on the Malian army in Tessit in the Gao Region near the border with Burkina Faso and Niger. The army claim to have repelled the attack and launched a counter-attack involving air support. The army later reported that 16 soldiers and 37 militants had been killed in separate attacks that targeted the army in Boni and Tessit.

ISIS, for the first time, referred to the attack as having been carried out by its Sahel Province branch. ISGS (Islamic State in the Greater Sahara) have previously claimed attacks under the ISWAP (Islamic State in West Africa Province) branch. Taken together with successful attacks by the group on their regional rivals, JNIM, and recent massacres perpetrated by the group on the Daoussak community, this new development is a sign of the group’s ambitions in the region as it seeks to assert itself by exploiting gaps in security following the withdrawal of French forces and tensions between the central government and Azawad independence groups, who have recently accused the government of failing to protect civilians in the region.

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SOUTH AMERICA

Peru

This Thursday, Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines announced that it approved the expansion of the Las Bambas copper mine.

Since it began operations in the Apurimac region of southern Peru in 2016, the Las Bambas copper mine has faced fierce opposition from local communities, who continue to organise protests and roadblocks that prevent the mine from operating at full capacity. Last February, the mine was forced to halt production entirely due to a roadblock by the Capacmarca community. In total, protests have disrupted operations at Las Bambas for over 400 days. The protesters accuse MMG Ltd, the Chinese company that owns the mine, of not providing enough jobs and money to the region, which is one of the poorest in Peru. MMG says it’s now working with local communities to begin construction on the mine’s expansion in the coming months, but it remains unclear whether or not the company will meet the demands of all locals, which would include setting aside 8% of the mine’s profits to finance social development projects.

Many mining companies that operate in Peru face similar challenges. This week, the Cuajone mine, which is located in the Moquegua region, was forced to suspend operations after local communities cut the mine’s access to water and blocked a nearby railway.

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Boeing jet with 132 people on board crashes in Southern China

A China Eastern Airlines aircraft crashed in the mountains in Southern China on Monday. The flight was travelling from Kunming to Guangzhou when it plunged from more than 20,000ft in a remote area of Guangxi province – with much of the plane disintegrating on impact. The cause of the crash is not yet known but investigators have uncovered one of the flight’s black boxes. All 132 people on board are believed to have been killed.

Thanks to our OSINT community member Shogun, who shared news of the crash with us on our Discord server.