From the Ground: Turkish COVID-19 fight

August 4, 2020
Turkey’s cities are back to their daily hurley-burley after most of the restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 were lifted. The return to the old normal, with crowds on the streets, packed public transport and traffic jams, happened so fast that the time when the cities appeared apocalyptically quiet and still during the curfews […]

Hong Kong Tightens Coronavirus Restrictions

July 31, 2020
Hong Kong has begun to tighten restrictions as coronavirus cases hit record highs (Reuters). Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam reported that more than 100 cases were reported on Sunday, the most since the pandemic began in late January (Reuters). The government has increased testing especially for individuals in high-risk areas (NYT). Social gatherings are now […]

Turkey Passes Controversial Social Media Law

July 31, 2020
The Turkish parliament approved a controversial law on Wednesday which gives authorities greater power in regulating social media (AP). The adoption of such a law raised the concern of growing censorship on dissenting voices on social media platforms (Reuters). The law requires foreign social media sites to appoint Turkish representatives to address authorities’ concerns over […]

Papua New Guinea Orders Lockdown after first COVID-19 Death

July 31, 2020
Monday, July 27th, Papua New Guinean President, James Marape, ordered the lockdown of the capital city of Port Moresby (Asian Age). The lockdown came after the small nation’s first COVID-19 death and a rapid spike in confirmed cases (Asian Age). Within a day, Marape announced the discovery of twenty-three new positive cases (Asian Age). Before […]

Sexual Violence in Syria Targets LGBT People

July 31, 2020
A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) details sexual violence against gay and bisexual men, transgender women, and non-binary people in Syria (HRW). The Syrian state and non-state actors have targeted people based on their perceived or known sexual orientation or gender identity, people they saw as “soft” (HRW). HRW conducted 40 interviews in […]

Global Warming Is Driving Polar Bears Toward Extinction

July 30, 2020
Due to climate change, polar bears have been listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (BBC). According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are an estimated 22,000 to 31,000 polar bears left in the wild (NBC). A new study, published in Nature Climate Change, puts a timeline […]

Polish Government to Withdraw from Domestic Violence Treaty

July 30, 2020
Poland’s right-wing government is officially planning to leave the Istanbul Convention, a European treaty against domestic violence. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro stated he will formally ask the Ministry of Family on Monday to start the process to leave the treaty (AP). Ziobro stated the treaty is “harmful” because it forces schools to teach about gender, […]

Ecuador on Alert After Fleet of Vessels Spotted Near Galapagos Islands

July 30, 2020
Ecuadorian Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin told reporters last week that the country was monitoring a fleet of Chinese fishing vessels off the Galapagos Islands (Reuters). Vessels like these pose a threat to the marine life of the Galapagos Islands, and species such as sharks, manta rays and tuna (El Universo). Patrols are currently surrounding the […]

Kuwait Ruler Travels to US for Medical Treatment

July 27, 2020
Kuwait’s ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah left the country early Thursday to complete medical treatment in the US (Reuters). Sheikh Sabah recently underwent surgery for an unannounced medical condition (Al Jazeera). A Kuwaiti royal said Sheikh Sabah lost consciousness twice since entering the hospital over the weekend (WSJ). The ruler suffered a debilitating stroke […]

Malaysia Finds 1,800 Tons Of Illegal Toxic Waste

July 27, 2020
On June 3, illegal waste was reported at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), located in the southern state of Johor, Malaysia (Bernama). According to the Environment and Water Minister, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, 1,864 tonnes of electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) was found (Reuters). The waste was abandoned by Romania on June 15, as […]

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