Daily Archives: June 16, 2020

Migrant Workers, Rural Communities And Muslims Feel the Brunt Of India’s Coronavirus Pandemic

India’s growing COVID-19 pandemic has seen several worrying developments for migrant workers and rural communities, much of it due to the lockdown in effect since 25 March. The economic shock it caused has devastated rural economies and left millions of migrant workers stranded, unemployed, and in some cases exploited. The […]

The Parallels Of Racial Inequality And Discrimination In The United States And Israel

Nearly three weeks ago, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American citizen of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was arrested by police officers after an employee at a convenience store called 911 claiming Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. The rest of the story, which has circulated throughout international media […]

China Continues To Pressure The South China Sea

For more than one month earlier this year, Chinese and Malaysian vessels faced off in the South China Sea. When a Malaysian-authorized drill ship called the West Capella was looking for resources in waters also claimed by Beijing, a Chinese survey vessel, accompanied by coast guard ships, sailed into the […]

Increased Border Tensions Between China And India: How Two Super-Powers Pursue National Interests During A Global Pandemic

Last month, Foreign Policy reported two instances of cross-border confrontations between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and India’s armed forces on the contested territorial zone known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). These collisions consisted of fistfights and stone-throwing between soldiers resulting in more than 100 injuries across […]

Sahel Crisis: UN Launches US$ 186 Million Appeal For Refugees As Violence Escalates

On June 12th, the UNHRC issued a US$186 million appeal for the refugee and displacement crisis in the Sahel region. Of the total $186 million, $97 million goes toward “initial requirements” for 2020, while $60 million is to grow the UNHCR’s emergency response, and $29 million will be used to […]

UN May Have To Halt Three-Quarters Of Aid Programs In Yemen

The United Nations has been forced to request additional aid from donors for humanitarian programs in Yemen. Even though $2.4 billion was requested, just $1.35 billion was pledged. However, the organization reports that only 47% of the pledged funds have actually been received. Representatives from the UN are calling on […]

Cobalt Miners In The Democratic Republic Of Congo Report Mandatory On-Site Confinement During COVID-19

Human rights organizations have come together this week to express concern for cobalt miners in the Lualaba and Haut-Katanga provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following reports of on-site confinement policies. To stay operational during COVID-19, at least six Congolese mining companies have been reported as being under […]