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Libraries across Hong Kong have begun clearing their shelves of pro-democracy books. So far, nine titles have been culled from public libraries in the region, including books by young activist Joshua Wong and pro-democracy politician Tanya Chan. The books are under review, to determine whether they comply with Hong Kong’s […]


New Lockdown In Spain For 200,000 People Due To COVID-19 Outbreaks

A new lockdown has been ordered for 200,000 people in the Lleida province in northeastern Spain on Saturday, July 4th, due to outbreaks of Coronavirus in the region. This is the first confinement order in the country since the state of emergency was lifted on June 21st, after it was […]


A War on Words: Social Media & Free Speech

Facebook and other social media platforms have seen a huge drop in advertisers recently as companies flock to join the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign. Over the course of this past week, Lego, Ford and Starbucks have paused marketing on all social mediums. Facebook has seen the most backlash, with […]


Food Insecurity Spikes In Syria As COVID-19 Spreads

Since 2011 over 400,000 Syrians have been killed and millions more have fled the country as a result of the Syrian civil war. Syria is now facing COVID-19 just as the rest of the world is, however, the civil war has amplified the effects of COVID to create a crisis […]


India Bars Chinese Apps As Tensions Peak

After a military battle broke out last month between India and China, resulting in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers, the Indian government has now banned 59 Chinese apps from their nation. The ban includes the wildly popular video app TikTok, which had previously seen roughly one-third of all its […]


Are Long Supply Chains Exacerbating Food Insecurity?

With countries around the world beginning to ease restrictions, only to return cities into lockdown, social distancing and closed borders are once again putting a strain on food sources and supply chains. The increased stockpiling of essential supplies, such as flour and pasta, has radically influenced the way we process, […]


Rough Sex Defense Will Be Banned In The U.K.

The death of Grace Millane, a 22 years old British girl, triggers controversial discussions. Because of her interest in BDSM, Millane had asked to be strangled during sex. This “rough sex gone wrong” then became an excuse for the killer to avoid being accused. As a grey area in the […]


A look back At The Haitian Earthquakes Legacy Of Aid

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that shook Haiti in 2010 devastated the poor Caribbean nation already crippled by decades of political instability. The François and Jean-Claude Duvalier’s dictatorships, followed by a mixed bag of corrupt, inefficient government’s coup d’états and rising poverty, stripped any political stability that would have ensured continued […]


Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Approved In The Philippines

Amidst strict quarantine procedures in the Philippines, in which police have been accused of committing abuses, President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 fast-tracked the widely controversial Anti-Terrorism Law. The new law, which is intentionally broad, grants security forces far-reaching powers to arrest and detain suspected individuals without a warrant in […]


India Asking For Extradition Of Suspected Mumbai Attack Mastermind

India is requesting the extradition of a man from Pakistan who is suspected to be behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The man in question is named Sajid Mir, a member of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group. Lashkar-e-Taiba is an extremist Islamic militant organization whose name translates to ‘Army of the […]


U.K. Revision Of The Domestic Abuse Bill

On June 30th, the U.K. government published a new clause in its Domestic Abuse bill which outlaws the ‘rough-sex’ defence. This was a property that was previously in place which enabled men to avoid murder charges on the grounds of ‘rough-sex gone wrong.’ The amendment will come into effect later […]


Disgusting

This past Friday, The New York Times reported that Russia had secretly paid bounties to Afghan militants for the scalps of U.S. soldiers, news that shocked and disgusted Americans across the country. To make matters worse, the report also stated that President Trump was briefed in early March by an […]


North Korea Withdraws From Added Military Pressure On The South

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, has decided to suspend its plans to increase military pressure on its southern neighbor, the Republic of Korea, as ties between the two countries have deteriorated since early June.  The decision comes after a meeting between Supreme Leader Kim […]


How The E.U. Should Treat Hungary’s Democratic Backslide

Even though Hungary was regarded as one of the most successful and stable democracies in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s and early 2000s, the country has experienced a significant democratic backslide since 2010, when Fidesz won the parliamentary elections with an absolute majority. Based on the studies carried […]