Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team Designs Low-Cost Ventilator

July 27, 2020
An all-girls robotics team invented an inexpensive new ventilator model that will help the thousands of Covid-19 patients in their homeland (Good News Network). The Afghan Robotics Team, which has won international awards for its robots, started work in March when the pandemic hit the war-torn nation (Reuters). The ventilator can be replicated for as […]

Millions Have Lost Health Insurance In The United States

July 17, 2020
An estimated 5.4 million Americans lost their health insurance within the first few months of 2020 amid mass layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic (The Independent). According to a study by Families USA, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis have caused the greatest health insurance losses in American history (The Hill). The estimated increase […]


More Children Getting ‘Killed, Maimed’ in Myanmar Conflict

June 30, 2020
The escalation in fighting between Myanmar’s military and ethnic Rakhine rebels in recent months has triggered a surge in violence against children (Al Jazeera). Rakhine state is home to the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group that faced a brutal crackdown by the military in 2017 (Daily Sabah).Violence against children increased six fold in the first […]

Stakes Rise on Contentious Diplomatic Negotiation in Africa

June 17, 2020
Officials from Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia resumed talks on the Blue Nile hydropower dam after the failure of a Washington-led mediation effort earlier this year (Reuters). The three countries continue to be at odds over the filling and operation of the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) (Reuters). The GERD is under construction near […]


Chinese Dams Held Back Mekong Waters During Drought

April 22, 2020
New research shows that China’s Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam (NY Times). The findings by Eyes on Earth Inc, a research and consulting company specializing in, were published in a US-government funded study (Bangkok Post). The drought, which saw the […]

Wuhan Emerges From Lock Down

April 12, 2020
The Chinese government has reopened the city of Wuhan – where it’s believed the novel coronavirus originated – after more than two months of complete lockdown (The Hill). As of just after midnight Wednesday, the city’s 11 million residents are now permitted to leave without special authorization (Washington Post). More non-essential businesses will open their […]