The "Doomsday Clock", created by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to highlight the existential threats faced by the humanity, is set reading 2 minutes to midnight — the same as last year. "Though unchanged from 2018, this setting should be taken not as a sign of stability but as a...
The number o himicided in Mexico rose by 15% from the previous year in 2018 to 28,816, driven mainly by the ongoing drug war and criminal group activities. According to official figures some of ther relatively peaceful regions saw the rates shooting up. For instance, in Quintana Roo state, a...
By Adel Aldaghbashy Ghaneya Al-Naqeeb began life in a village near Taiz, the third largest city in Yemen. From there, she pursued an academic career studying plant science in Malaysia, the United States, and then back in her home country at Sana’a University. Along the way, she picked up several...
Amidst increasing violence in the northern and central Rakhine state and the Chin state of Myanmar, the United Nations expert on human rights has called on the government to give access to all humanitarian organization in the area. Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, called...
Inter-communal clashes have claimed the lives of about 890 people in rural areas of the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned these brutal massacres thought to have occurred between 16 and 18...
Anthea McCarthy-Jones, UNSW Last week, Nicolás Maduro was sworn in for his second six-year term as Venezuela’s president. Maduro won the election off the back of international condemnation of vote buying and electoral fraud. While the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, called Venezuela’s government “illegitimate”, Maduro declared: Venezuela is at...
About 6.3 million people are in need of humanitarian and protection support in Afghanistan, which has been affected by ongoing conflict and drought. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the situation in the last year was worse than the previous year's. The first nine months of...
While the Macedonian parliament approved a deal with the Greek government over the name change of the country to North Macedonia, which paved the way for an end to a 27-year long bilateral dispute, the move has led to a political crisis in Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has...
Teddy Atim, Tufts University For over two decades between 1986 and 2006, northern Uganda experienced a prolonged conflict pitting government forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. The conflict, the longest of Uganda’s post independence struggles, was rooted in the colonial legacy of divide-and-rule. This was often along ethnic...
Julius Probst, Lund University Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This is no wonder, when the news focuses on reporting...

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