Day: April 6, 2020

‘Twisted Priorities At The Heart Of Nuclear Weapons Spending’ – Follow The Call Of Former U.K. Commanders For Nuclear Cuts And Address COVID-19

  Despite the mounting threats and costs that the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the globe with, pro-military lobbying and government investments on nuclear weaponry persist unabatedly worldwide. However, in an uplifting attempt to curb the global wave of military prioritization, three former U.K. Royal Navy Commanders sent a letter to

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Jordan Eases Lock-down After The Crisis Caused By The Strict Curfew

Jordan is one of the countries that has adopted strict measures to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. The detection of their first case on March 14 followed by an indefinite lock-down imposed on March 21 led to chaos nation-wide. Following this, Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz announced that they will

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Singapore Gay Sex Ban: Court Rejects Appeals To Overturn Law

On March 30th, 2020, a bid to overturn a law that criminalizes gay sex in Singapore was dismissed by the country’s High Court. Three gay men, a doctor, a DJ, and an LGBT rights advocate challenged the court in order to prove the unconstitutionality of the law. However, the High

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Secretary-General Reiterates Appeal for Global Ceasefire

In a public statement by Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, on March 23rd, states and non-state actors around the world were called upon to lay down their arms in the face of the growing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Before a sombre international press conference, he declared, “The virus does not care

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Civilian Suffering In Chad’s War Against Boko Haram

The Chadian army has declared the Lake Chad borderlands a warzone following the deadly Boko Haram attack which killed an estimated 100 soldiers stationed in the region last week. There are widespread concerns that civilians will be hit hardest by the violence. Conflict in the African Sahel region has already

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Colombia’s ELN Rebels Agree To A Ceasefire Due To COVID-19

In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels in Colombia have agreed to a month-long unilateral ceasefire. The ceasefire was implemented on April 1st and is set to last until April 30th. The ELN rebels have called it a “humanitarian gesture” to the Colombian people

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Coronavirus – Spare A Thought For Syria

As Syria begins to officially register its first Covid-19 fatalities, how long before an already gargantuan humanitarian tragedy plumbs new depths? The Syrian health ministry reported the loss of one woman on Sunday 29 March, with a further fatality the following day. To date there have been around two dozen

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Can Singapore’s Response To Covid-19 Still Be An Example For The World?

On 3 April 2020, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Malay, through a livestream on his social media platforms. In his address, Prime Minister Lee commended Singaporeans for their calm and responsible behaviour thus far, but also expressed concern regarding the escalation

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