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Covid-19 is NOT “the great equaliser”

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Amidst the crisis of Covid-19, the world’s efforts to flatten the curve and combat this pandemic has shown unity among nations proving that, down to its core, the virus that is claiming lives knows no borders. Novel coronavirus does not discriminate. The rich, the powerful – both people and nations are vulnerable. This sudden vulnerability …

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Google Announces 11 Initiatives to Receive a Share of €10M in its Aim to Build a Greener Europe Alongside EIT Climate-KIC

As part of its Impact Challenge on Climate, Google has invested €10M in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This will fund innovative programs and workshops as the tech giant uses technology in a bid to accelerate Europe’s progress towards a greener, more resilient future. The focus will be on renewable energy, natural …

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Could Face Trials In The Hague For Ecocide

Jair Bolsonaro, the 38th president of Brazil could face charges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “ecocide” and crimes against humanity. Amazon deforestation has spiked a shocking 50% since the far-right President was elected in 2018. William Bourdon, a French lawyer, has submitted a request on behalf of human rights groups and indigenous leaders …

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The Malaysian government plans to increase anti-LGBT rights

The deputy minister for religious affairs in Malaysia has submitted a proposal to amended the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (355). The aims of this proposal under Sharia law is to punish consensual gender non-conformity and impose harsher sentences on same-sex conduct than current maximum sentencing under federal law. State Sharia laws only apply to …

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Evictions Ban on Businesses Extended

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the extension of the business evictions ban to March 2021 to protect business owners who have been badly affected by the pandemic. This opens up a window for negotiations between commercial landlords and their tenants to settle disputes on unpaid rent. Additionally, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act introduced as …

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The USA’s Act of Hypocrisy and Islamophobia in Guantanamo Bay

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Opinion Piece The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp was born in the wake of the 9/11 attacks under Bush’s administration in 2002. It was to house the “worst of the worst” – suspected terrorists, those who were mostly from Afghanistan, but all were Muslim. With a total number of 780 detainees to have ever been incarcerated …

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Snapshot: World Food Programme won Nobel Peace Prize 2020

On October 9th, the World Food Programme (WFP) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its “efforts to combat world hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”  With …

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The ethnic crackdown on Uighurs in China

There are about 11 million Uighurs living in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China. Uighurs are a predominantly Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic group that has been victim to mass detentions. Since April 2017, around 800,000 to 2 million Uighurs and Muslims from other ethnic groups have been detained in Xinjiang according to government officials.  There are …

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Snapshot: Mount Sinabung’s eruptions engulf local villages

Mount Sinabung, located on North Sumatra erupted again on 13 August 2020, making it the 8th time it has erupted according to Gulf News. The volcano, which had been dormant for 400 years, has been active since an eruption in 2010. The eruption released a large plume of dust and ash over 3 miles into …

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