Day: December 10, 2020

Food Insecurity And Building Climate Change Resilience In Madagascar

Food insecurity continues to devastate Southern Madagascar.  Severe weather conditions caused by climate change make it increasingly difficult for locals to harvest their crops. In a country where 80% of the population lives below the poverty line, such conditions can be deadly. The global pandemic has only exacerbated current challenges

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Brazil Supermarket Murder: Black Lives Matter

On Thursday, November 19th, Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas was beaten to death by two white security guards at a grocery store in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Camera footage depicts Joao being repeatedly punched in the face while being restrained by another guard. It is thought that another person was present and filming the

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Two Injured In Saudi Remembrance Day Blast

A Greek consulate worker and a Saudi security guard were wounded when an explosive detonated during a remembrance event in Jedda, Saudi Arabia on November 11 2020. The ceremony occurs annually in a non-Muslim cemetery and is attended by a diverse group of foreign diplomats and staffers. This year was

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Farmer Protests in India are Heating Up

Thousands of farmers marched into Delhi leading to clashes with police who used tear gas and water cannons on them after they smashed through barricades at the border. A two-hour standoff led to police eventually permitting demonstrators access to continue marching toward India’s capital, New Delhi. Police escorted protesters to

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, One Of Iran’s Senior Nuclear Scientists, Has Been Assassinated Near Tehran

On Nov 27, Iran’s top senior nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was cornered and assassinated in Absard, near the nation’s capital, Tehran. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has stated that the country will not “leave this criminal act unanswered,” and will respond “in due course.” The president has also publicly stated that he

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Beyond The Abortion Rights: Mass Polish Women Protest Reflecting Backlash Against Conservative Ruling

Thousands of women, led by the grassroots women’s movement Ogolnopolski Straijk Kobiet, marched across major Polish cities and towns for a peaceful nationwide strike against a court ruling that imposed a near-total ban on abortion. Despite the soaring new coronavirus cases, many protesters held anti-government slogans, blocked roads and chanted

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Protests In Paris Against French Security Bill

Thousands protested in Paris against a controversial “Global Security Bill.” The demonstrations held on the Trocadero Square in western Paris were attended by rights activists, trade unionists and journalists. Article 24 of the bill would effectively criminalize the publication of photos depicting the faces or identifying features of police officers

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Afghan Woman Shot And Blinded For Getting A Job

On 10 November, it was reported by Reuters that a young woman was attacked as she left her job at a police station in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni Province. 33-year-old Khatera, who goes by only one name, was shot at and stabbed in the eyes with a knife. “I asked the

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Violence Against Women In Bangladesh Reaches Breaking Point

Amidst the global COVID-19 crisis, Bangladesh is also facing an alarming ‘shadow pandemic’: the rise of violence against women. Since the onset of a nation-wide lockdown in March, women throughout Bangladesh have reported increased levels of emotional, physical and sexual violence, most commonly at the hands of their husbands. BRAC,

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The continued deterioration in China-Australia relations

The China-Australia relations have significantly deteriorated within the past ten months. This has occurred following Australia’s anti-dumping investigations on Chinese exports and China’s retaliation through trade sanctions on Australian exports, in addition to Australia’s concern over human rights matters in China. The Chinese Embassy in Canberra provided a list of

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Trial For Women’s Rights Activists In Saudi Arabia Renews Calls For Women To Be Released Who Have Been Jailed Since 2018

Women’s activists in Saudi Arabia have been arrested and held for almost three years, but have not been convicted of any of the accused criminal activity. The crimes they are charged with include organizing to promote women’s rights, challenging the male guardianship system, and contacting foreign media organizations. Many human

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