The world this week
Security services killed dozens of people demonstrating against the recent military coup in Myanmar. The repression of the protests has been getting steadily more violent.
Mushtaq Ahmed, a writer detained without trial for almost a year in Bangladesh for criticising the government online, died in a prison hospital. On the same day in neighbouring India the government published new rules obliging social-media firms and digital publishers to remove certain content at the government's request.
In El Salvador, New Ideas, a party created in 2018 by Nayib Bukele, the 39-year-old president, won a landslide in legislative elections, taking at least 56 seats in the 84-seat assembly. Mr Bukele, who has been president since 2019, has an approval rating of around 90%. Now he has even fewer checks on his power.
在萨尔瓦多，39岁的总统纳伊布·布克勒(Nayib Bukele)于2018年创建的新思想党(New Ideas)在议会选举中以压倒性优势获胜，在84个席位的议会中获得了至少56个席位
Controversial changes to energy rules in Mexico proposed by the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, became more probable. The Senate agreed to a measure that could give the state power utility priority over private firms in supplying power to the grid, even if its output is dirtier and costlier. This could breach free-trade rules.
安德烈斯·曼努埃尔·洛佩斯·奥布拉多尔总统(Andrés Manuel López Obrador)对墨西哥能源规则提出的有争议性的改革措施变得更加有可能
America’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would make postal voting easier and weaken the voter-id requirements favoured mostly by Republican state legislatures. The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, where it would need the support of Republicans.
Joe Biden abandoned his attempt to appoint Neera Tanden as his budget director, because of a lack of support in the Senate. Her previous abrasive tweets about senators pondering her nomination probably did not help.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, said he would not resign, after three women accused him of behaving inappropriately. This comes on top of criticism of Mr Cuomo’s lack of transparency over COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes.
America placed seven Russian officials, including Russia’s top spy, under sanctions for their alleged part in the poisoning last year of Alexei Navalny, the country’s leading opposition figure.
Nicolas Sarkozy, a former president of France, was convicted of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison, two of them suspended. He immediately appealed. This is the first time a French president has been handed an irreducible jail term (Jacques Chirac got a suspended prison sentence for misusing public funds as mayor of Paris).
法国前总统尼古拉·萨科齐(Nicolas Sarkozy)被判贪腐罪，判处三年监禁，其中两年刑期缓期执行。他立即提起上诉 。这是法国总统首次被判不可减免的刑期(雅克·希拉克在担任巴黎市长期间因滥用公共资金而被判缓刑) 。
Corruption is endemic in the system.
There was general acquiescence in the UN sanctions.
Expenditure on road repair has been cut to an irreducible minimum.
Opposition more or less crumbled away.