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09.04.2020

Greenpeace wins legal challenge

Greenpeace wins legal challenge

UK government admits BP drilling permit process was unlawful. Greenpeace will now apply to have BP’s permit quashed on climate grounds. The government admits that it acted unlawfully in granting BP’s permit to drill for new oil in the North Sea, a Greenpeace legal challenge reveals, after officials rubber-stamped BP’s… »

09.04.2020

US: Bernie Sanders halts bid for Democratic presidential nomination

US: Bernie Sanders halts bid for Democratic presidential nomination

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has told supporters he is suspending his campaign for the party’s nomination. His rival Joe Biden was well ahead in the race to take on Donald Trump. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for president, his campaign confirmed… »

08.04.2020

Ruling against Rafael Correa condemned in Latin America

Ruling against Rafael Correa condemned in Latin America

Latin American personalities on Tuesday condemned the eight-year sentence given to ex-president of Ecuador Rafael Correa and his disqualification from participating in elections in that country. The ex-president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009) repudiated the ruling against the most popular ex-governor in the history of that country, for his measures… »

08.04.2020

The Philippines Moving to Active Middle Power Diplomacy

The Philippines Moving to Active Middle Power Diplomacy

Viewpoint by Aileen S P Baviera* Professor Aileen Baveira died of COVID-19 in Manila on 21 March 2020. MANILA (IDN) — The Philippines was first a colony and then a formal treaty ally of the United States for so long that many Filipinos tend to take the… »

07.04.2020

Hungary: Law to fight coronavirus creates ‘uncertainty’ for journalists

Hungary: Law to fight coronavirus creates ‘uncertainty’ for journalists

A law that holds a prison sentence of up to five years for spreading “false information” is part of new measures against COVID-19. As Fanny Facsar reports, journalists fear it could make it even harder to report news. These are turbulent times in Hungary, with a single political decision receiving massive international attention. It’s… »

05.04.2020

‘Drop the Medicare Eligibility Age to 0 Right Now’: Study Warns 35 Million Could Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

‘Drop the Medicare Eligibility Age to 0 Right Now’: Study Warns 35 Million Could Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

“The national health insurance system is crumbling more with every day that passes.” By Jake Johnson, staff writer Common Dreams The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic collapse could cause a staggering 35 million people in the U.S. to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance over the next several months, with lower-income… »

05.04.2020

The Only Oxygen Cylinder Factory in Europe is Shut down and Macron Refuses to Nationalize It

The Only Oxygen Cylinder Factory in Europe is Shut down and Macron Refuses to Nationalize It

By Jérôme Duval for Counterpunch Although no information is circulating about the stock of oxygen cylinders in France, which are very useful in these times of acute health crisis and which Italy cruelly lacks, the only factory capable of producing them in Europe remains closed. »

02.04.2020

‘Never Seen Anything Like It’: Economists Warn 6.6 Million New Jobless Claims Portend Unparalleled Crisis

‘Never Seen Anything Like It’: Economists Warn 6.6 Million New Jobless Claims Portend Unparalleled Crisis

“A portrait of disaster. Unemployment insurance claims for the last two weeks are mind-blowing.” By Jake Johnson, staff writer –  Common Dreams The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that 6.6 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, a staggering and record-breaking surge in unemployment that comes as the coronavirus… »

01.04.2020

Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies As U.S. COVID-19 cases double every few days and the death toll mounts, the U.S. seems to be caught in a “worst of both worlds” predicament: daily life and much of the U.S. economy is shut down, but no real progress has… »

31.03.2020

Hungary: Emergency Law gives carte blanche powers to government – free media and human rights defenders needed more than ever

Hungary: Emergency Law gives carte blanche powers to government – free media and human rights defenders needed more than ever

The Hungarian Parliament adopted the so-called “Authorization Act”,  allowing indefinite government rule by decree. The role of free media and a strong civil society is now more vital than ever to ensure government accountability. Fully aware of its increased responsibility, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee is reorganising its activities and intensifying… »

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