COVID-19

GBV – the shadow pandemic

Gender-based violence is a world-wide problem – and one that has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic as victims are locked down with their abusers and frustration and uncertainty feed aggression. This ‘shadow pandemic’ is the focus of the third…

A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Peru Needs Fiscal Reforms to Quell High COVID-19 Death Rate

By Laura Adriaensens and Sergio Chaparro Hernández “It’s a major paradox, no?” asks Hugo Ñopo, a researcher at the Peruvian think tank Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE). Since the beginning of the pandemic, Peru has presented itself as an example for the…

Say no to Rivenhall incinerator

Staff Reporter Campaigners launch legal challenge to Environment Agency’s decision to grant a permit for one of Europe’s biggest waste incinerators. A campaign group, representing seven villages in Essex, has issued a legal challenge against the Environment Agency over concerns…

Science and Stake Behind the COVID Vaccine Development: China Vs. U.S.

By Lee Siu Hin The global race to develop COVID-19 vaccine, there’re the good, the bad and the ugly. On August 11th, 2020 Russia announced they had registered the world first COVID-19 vaccine, call “Sputink V”, while not yet enter…

The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the environment

COVID-19 lockdowns have yielded dramatic scenes of natural recovery: smog disappearing from the skies of India, waterways of Italy becoming clear for the first time in memory, wild mountain goats roaming the streets of Wales, sea turtles returning to the beaches of Brazil. Many people, while confined…

EU needs new trade chief at critical, uncertain moment

The European Union lost its highly rated trade commissioner Phil Hogan due to an Irish domestic scandal over pandemic regulations. It needs a new one fast given the volume of critical issues mounting up. The resignation of Phil Hogan as…

Nuclear nations have handled COVID-19 the worst

By Tilman Ruff The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that massive arsenals are useless in a pandemic. The countries that have spent obscene sums on nuclear weapons have failed to provide the most basic of protective equipment against the coronavirus, putting their…

Venezuelan Migrants Face Covid-19 Risk in Aruba Detention Centers

Migrants Held for Months in Dangerous Conditions Amid Pandemic Since May, Venezuelan migrants detained in a detention facility administered by Aruba’s coast guard, the Guarda Nos Costa (GNC), have participated in four protests asking to be returned to Venezuela. To understand why…

Uruguay wages successful fight against COVID-19

Uruguay is warding off the coronavirus pandemic better than other Latin American nations. The country’s low population density and a robust health care system are big factors in its success. Latin America has been in the grip of the COVID-19…

Irish PM to recall parliament as virus scandal grows

Irish Premier Micheal Martin announced on Sunday that he would recall parliament following a scandal over politicians breaking coronavirus rules, for which he urged EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan to consider resigning over his attendance at an Oireachtas Golf Society…

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