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03.09.2020

EU needs new trade chief at critical, uncertain moment

EU needs new trade chief at critical, uncertain moment

The European Union lost its highly rated trade commissioner Phil Hogan due to an Irish domestic scandal over pandemic regulations. It needs a new one fast given the volume of critical issues mounting up. The resignation of Phil Hogan as the European Commissioner for Trade came about in bizarre… »

02.09.2020

Nuclear nations have handled COVID-19 the worst

Nuclear nations have handled COVID-19 the worst

By Tilman Ruff The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that massive arsenals are useless in a pandemic. The countries that have spent obscene sums on nuclear weapons have failed to provide the most basic of protective equipment against the coronavirus, putting their citizens in danger every day. New pathogens… »

24.08.2020

Venezuelan Migrants Face Covid-19 Risk in Aruba Detention Centers

Venezuelan Migrants Face Covid-19 Risk in Aruba Detention Centers

Migrants Held for Months in Dangerous Conditions Amid Pandemic Since May, Venezuelan migrants detained in a detention facility administered by Aruba’s coast guard, the Guarda Nos Costa (GNC), have participated in four protests asking to be returned to Venezuela. To understand why anyone amid the Covid-19 pandemic would want to go back… »

23.08.2020

Uruguay wages successful fight against COVID-19

Uruguay wages successful fight against COVID-19

Uruguay is warding off the coronavirus pandemic better than other Latin American nations. The country’s low population density and a robust health care system are big factors in its success. Latin America has been in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic for weeks. Along with the United States, the region… »

23.08.2020

Irish PM to recall parliament as virus scandal grows

Irish PM to recall parliament as virus scandal grows

Irish Premier Micheal Martin announced on Sunday that he would recall parliament following a scandal over politicians breaking coronavirus rules, for which he urged EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan to consider resigning over his attendance at an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner which has outraged the nation. Martin and his coalition… »

22.08.2020

Ecuador’s indigenous Amazonian peoples launch online COVID-19 tracker

Ecuador’s indigenous Amazonian peoples launch online COVID-19 tracker

Data helps the public understand where help is most Indigenous Amazonian populations in Ecuador can now see how COVID-19 is affecting their communities through a platform designed and updated by the NGO Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (Confeniae). Before the launch of this platform in July 2020, there was… »

19.08.2020

The country that got it all wrong

The country that got it all wrong

LONDON – On May 5 the United Kingdom became the country with the worst coronavirus death toll in Europe – according to official figures, almost 42,000 Britons have died because of this disease so far. In early March the situation was quite different. The virus was already spreading across… »

17.08.2020

UNHCR applauds Canada’s commitment to grant permanent residency to asylum-seekers working on COVID-19 frontlines

UNHCR applauds Canada’s commitment to grant permanent residency to asylum-seekers working on COVID-19 frontlines

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes Canada’s announcement to open pathways to permanent residency for asylum-seekers in the healthcare sector who have worked on the frontlines of the country’s COVID-19 response. “This is an exemplary act of solidarity which recognises the service and dedication of some of the most marginalized… »

15.08.2020

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

New online content regulations prohibit certain topics without government approval When a major earthquake of 6.0 on the Richter scale shook coastal East Africa at around 8:15 on August 12, Tanzanians quickly took to Twitter to report on the unusual natural event that momentarily swayed chandeliers, shattered windows and cracked… »

05.08.2020

Hungary: Health Care Failures Endanger Lives

Hungary: Health Care Failures Endanger Lives

Ensure Access to Adequate, Quality Health Care, Provide Sufficient Resources Longstanding neglect by the government has left the Hungarian public healthcare system under-prepared to handle the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch found poor conditions in hospitals, including a lack of hand soap, sanitizer,… »

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