Rohingya Refugees are being fenced in and communication blocked, just as coronavirus cases are confirmed in camps, MPs hear

Rohingya Refugees are being fenced in and communication blocked, just as coronavirus cases are confirmed in camps, MPs hear

The crowded and unsanitary conditions in the Rohingya camps are likely to confound efforts to stop coronavirus spreading, warns the International Development Committee in its report, Humanitarian crises monitoring: the Rohingya.  Most countries around the world are relying on social distancing to contain coronavirus. The population density of the refugee camps...

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VE Day 75th Anniversary

VE Day 75th Anniversary

75 years ago today the fight against fascism in Europe came to an end. Victory in Europe or VE Day marks this historical occasion as Prime Minster Winston Churchill announced at 3pm on the radio that Germany had surrendered the previous day. It was a day that millions everywhere had...

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Never again: Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Never again: Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Every year, on April 24, hundreds of thousands of Armenians around the world hold their hands together to demand justice and pay homage to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century. In 1915-1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were deliberately killed or sent on...

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The Sixth Mass Extinction

The Sixth Mass Extinction

The planet is currently experiencing a global extinction crisis unlike any in human history. It has become so bad that many are referring to it as the sixth mass extinction. Whether it’s directly, such as by hunting and culling, or indirectly through climate change and deforestation, it is no secret...

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Lock-down South Africa. There is no good news.

Lock-down South Africa. There is no good news.

Words and pictures by Rod McGregor For the healthy, strong and privileged, the COVID19 enforced lock-down may not be much more than an inconvenient over-bingeing of streaming services or box sets, social distancing and comfortable self-isolation. For shack dwellers in rural and urban townships in South Africa it is yet another...

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Letter to the editor: Pandemic payments

Letter to the editor: Pandemic payments

Dear Editor, In light of what we think is an inadequate response to the huge problems faced by small businesses in the midst of this pandemic, especially retail, we feel necessary to write in and because it’s a local issue: The suggested help announced by the Chancellor for small businesses...

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Coronavirus and its Threat to Culture and the Global Development Interest

Coronavirus and its Threat to Culture and the Global Development Interest

It was no secret that towards the end of 2019, China was battling what could have potentially eradicated half of its population in the space of 6 months. In the early days of 2020, it seemed that the virus could be contained within Chinese borders, to the relief of foreign...

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Genetically modified food and human health

Genetically modified food and human health

Walk down the aisle of any grocery store and you will find an array of products labeled “genetically modified.” While consumers have a right to know the contents of their food, this labeling can be misleading, suggesting GMOs are inherently unhealthy because they aren’t traditionally organic. Food labeling may seem...

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Trump announces travel ban on European Union

Trump announces travel ban on European Union

President Trump announced on Wednesday, March 11th that the United States will ban travel to and from Europe.  The travel ban will begin at midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Friday, March 13th and will be in effect for 30 days. The ban will have exemptions for American citizens, but...

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Travels in the Holy City

Travels in the Holy City

What can be said about Jerusalem that has not yet been said at much greater length? The holy city has been fought over by world religions and world powers for millennia; Jews, Christians and Muslims, Romans, Turks and Britons have all left their mark on these few square miles of...

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