Day: May 27, 2020

COVID-Positive Deportees Contaminate U.S.-Guatemalan Relations

Last Thursday, Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei became the first Central American leader to criticize the United States’s deportation policy amid the coronavirus pandemic. American deportees have contributed over a hundred new names to Guatemala’s list of infected. The new arrivals, Giammattei says, cause “serious problems” for an already struggling healthcare

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Hungary’s New Dictatorship Takes Aim At Transgender Rights

On May 19th, 2020,  the Hungarian government approved new legislation to end legal recognition of its transgender citizens. Deputies of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán approved the controversial amendments to laws surrounding birth, death and marriage registry which will prevent any attempts to change a person’s documented “sex at birth” to

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U.S. Envoy Holds Talks With Afghan And Taliban Officials

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States special representative for Afghanistan, left for Doha and Kabul in pursuit of peace talks with Taliban and Afghan officials regarding the United States’ military presence in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. Khalilzad departed on Sunday, May 17th, after the Afghan president and the

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Sweden’s COVID-19 Results Are In

Sweden has stood out in terms of their COVID-19 response. Its leaders have not placed the country under lockdown, which the head of Sweden’s public health agency called a “draconian [measure]”. Instead, they opted for an approach based around the idea of “herd immunity”. No need to take sweeping measures

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Sensing A Scapegoat: State-Sanctioned Homophobia In Turkey

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to occupy the global gaze, the entropy of democracy has been quietly hastened by autocrats seeking to consolidate their power during the crisis. Critics have been silenced the world over on unsubstantiated claims of political subversion, and any form of demonstration has been suspended in

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Tortured Members of the Zimbabwean Opposition now face Charges

Tortured Members of the Zimbabwean Opposition now face Charges Three members of the Zimbabwean opposition who have described suffering torture at the hands of state forces have now been charged with promoting public violence and ignoring coronavirus lockdown regulations. The charges relate to their organisation of a protest on 13th

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