The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Exacerbating Attacks On Indigenous Territories 

On Monday 18 May, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, José Francisco Cali Tzay, claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic is not just posing a health threat to indigenous communities, but it is also exacerbating existing threats to their territories and resources. The report calls upon governments worldwide to block the escalating attack on indigenous lands.  Cali Tzay, himself an indigenous Mayan […]

The Syrian Civil War Continues To Ravage Civilian Lives

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Syrian civil war continues to wreak havoc on the lives and rights of the communities residing in the last rebel held areas in the North-West of the country. New research conducted by Amnesty International demonstrates how between December 2019 and March 2020, […]

Not Another Nuclear Arms Race

Newsweek wrote on May 10th, “Chinese State Media Calls for Building Up China’s ‘Nuclear Deterrent’ Due to ‘Bullying Impulse’ of the United States.” The Chinese state media outlet, The Global Times, published an article calling for China to increase its nuclear arsenal from 290 to over 1000 [warheads] as a […]

Asylum Seekers Unjustly Transferred From The U.S. To Guatemala

An agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala allows for non-Guatemalan asylum seekers to be effectively deported to Guatemala without the possibility of lodging asylum claims in the U.S., a report has recently showed. The report was published on May 19th by Human Rights Watch and Refugees International. It shows that the […]

Taiwan Excluded From Key WHO Meeting

The World Health Organization (WHO) will not extend an invitation to Taiwan to attend this week’s World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO’s annual meeting. According to a Reuters article dated May 17, the decision comes after the WHO faced pressure from China to exclude Taiwan from the assembly unless it […]

The Detention And Torture Of Children In Egypt

In a report released in March this year by Human Rights Watch, it was found that the Egyptian police, National Security Agency and military officials have been arbitrarily arresting and torturing children while prosecutors and judges turn a blind eye. In the 43-page report, the rights group has documented violations […]

British Medical Staff COVID-19 Fatalities: 97% From BAME Backgrounds

New data has revealed that 97% of Britain’s medical staff who have died from COVID-19 were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. According to a new report by Byline Times, 33 out of 34 coronavirus deaths among medical professionals were from BAME communities. The report added that 65% […]

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand’s Most Popular Prime Minister

Tallying the results of recent polls, it has become clear that Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand’s most successful prime minister in a century. Ardern’s Labour Party jumped 14 points to 56.5 per cent in the first poll since the coronavirus outbreak – the highest of any party throughout New Zealand’s […]

Migrants Suffer During Lock Down As Rescued Ethiopian Migrants Speak Out

Some of the survivors from a harrowing migrant journey that departed the Tete Province of Mozambique for South Africa have recalled their experiences for the first time. The truck transporting the migrants was discovered by police on the Malawi-Mozambique border on March 24. Only 14 people were rescued alive, as […]

Brazil Launches Military Operations To Combat Deforestation In The Amazon

On May 11th, Brazil’s government deployed thousands of soldiers to combat deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. The troops are working with the police, environmental officials, and other government agencies to prevent wildfires and illegal destructive activities (such as logging). According to a Reuters article dated May 11th, the operation costs […]

Is El Salvador Using COVID-19 To Cover Up Extrajudicial Killings?

On May 6, medical personnel in the department of La Paz delivered the body of suspected gang member Luis Iván Mejía Bonilla to his family after he had allegedly died due to complications of COVID-19. Though the body came with strict instructions not to open the coffin, according to El […]

Brexit: U.K.-EU Trade Talks Resume Ahead Of June Summit

The EU and the U.K. are resuming Brexit talks ahead of the June 1 summit. In order to extend past the December 31 deadline, both the EU and U.K. need to decide whether the deadline should be negotiated. After a talk in April, an EU negotiator said progress had been […]

The Triple Frontier, And No, Not The Netflix Movie

Colombia, Brazil and Peru share a triple frontier. A frontier which exists more in the maps than in reality. A frontier crossed by the amazing Amazon River where migration processes are hardly followed and where the local communities are bonded by something more than a nationality. The Amazon rainforest, apart […]

Policing A Pandemic

A lot has changed in the past few months, including how we police ourselves. Police departments across the country have been grappling with new power that would be authoritarian without the context of a pandemic, and face a number of challenges in implementing stay-at-home orders in their respective states. Police […]

Iran Navy Incident Kills 19 Sailors In Gulf Of Oman

Iran’s navy has called attention to a recent incident in the Gulf of Oman. In an accident involving Iranian naval vessels, 19 sailors have been killed and 15 others injured. The support ship known as Konarak was hit by a new anti-ship missile, which is currently being tested by the […]

Pakistan Supports Its Most Vulnerable During COVID-19

The Pakistani government’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Policy (EECP) aims to limit the economic hardship placed on the several million Pakistanis who work in the informal and daily wage sectors of the Pakistani economy and who often lack the finances and monetary assets to afford the essentials, even during stable times […]