Mississippi and the Lost Cause

Mississippi and the Lost Cause

Many southern states have a saying: “Thank god for Mississippi.” However badly their state may rank, whether it’s in education, employment, or even life expectancy, they can often count on Mississippi to rank lower than they do.. And one particular source of embarrassment for the Magnolia state is its flag....

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Arctic Circle swelters as temperatures break records

Arctic Circle swelters as temperatures break records

The Arctic heatwave shows no signs of cooling, as temperatures around the Arctic Ocean continue to break records. The region recorded its hottest day ever in June (up to 18 degrees Celsius above average), with the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hitting 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). Forest fires can...

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Face Masks?

Face Masks?

When Covid 19 first appeared, my first reaction was that it would hit Japan (my area of expertise), particularly badly. We knew at an early stage that Covid 19 has a much higher rate of mortality for the elderly and Japan has the worst demographics in the World. For every...

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COVID-19: across the globe

COVID-19: across the globe

The Coronavirus has left a devastating mark on almost every corner of the world, tearing families from one another, destroying businesses and most devastatingly of all, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. In the wake of COVID-19, whole populations have been forced to shield...

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America: One Nation Under COVID-19

America: One Nation Under COVID-19

Every day looks like Christmas in the United States, but not in a fun way. No, every morning does not start with festivities and the whole extended family does not come over for dinner. While COVID-19 may have brought with it new pets for some, for most, every day feels...

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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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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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Six Dead and Hundreds Injured in Iran Earthquake

Six Dead and Hundreds Injured in Iran Earthquake

Just after 2:00 on Friday morning, a massive earthquake struck near the town of Tark in Iran. Crowd stampedes were mostly to blame for the 300 people injured following the earthquake, according to local state-run media. Iran sits on the border of two convergent tectonic plates, which makes the country...

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California faces huge power cuts as wildfires rage

California faces huge power cuts as wildfires rage

An estimated 1.5 million more people in California are set to lose power on Tuesday 29th October as a utility firm tries to stop damaged cables triggering wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) already faces an investigation by regulators after cutting supplies to 970,000 homes and businesses. It announced that...

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International News October

International News October

Lost Renaissance masterpiece discovered in Frenchwoman’s kitchen A 13thcentury painting of Christ’s Passion by the early Florentine master Cimabue has been discovered in the kitchen of an elderly woman in the town of Compiègne, north of Paris. The piece was initially discovered by an auctioneer in June this year when...

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