Egypt: a state serving the military

by Maged Mandour

On 23 June, the prominent Human Rights activists Sanaa Seif, was abducted in front of the State Prosecutor’s office in Cairo, by plain clothed police officers.

Seif was there to report a violent assault she suffered the night before, as she was camped out in front of Tora prison with her mother and sister, in protest. They were attempting to receive a letter from her brother Alaa Abd El-Fattah, a prominent blogger, who is being held in prison since September 2019.

Afghan Bounty Scandal Comes at Suspiciously Important Time for US Military Industrial Complex

By Alan Macleod

ased on anonymous intelligence sources, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal released bombshell reports alleging that Russia is paying the Taliban bounties for every U.S. soldier they can kill.

The families paying the price for the war in Afghanistan

by Jessica Purkiss

The stone compounds in which many Afghans live are a whirl of skinny arms and legs. Children run between the clustered homes of their aunts, their uncles, their parents. Afghanistan has one of the youngest populations in the world – more than 40 percent of people are under 15.

But childhood in Afghanistan is punctuated by war. With alarming frequency, that war is arriving at their homes. The consequences are often terrible.

Does Martin Luther King’s ‘dream’ or Malcolm X’s ‘nightmare’ await America?

by Dr Amira Abo el-Fetouh

08 June 2020; MEMO: Two weeks have passed since the murder of George Floyd, who was suffocated under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis. Protests still sweep cities across the US, despite the imposition of curfews.

Indian SC Justice Deepak Gupta, Spoke Against Misuse Of Sedition Law, Demits Office

By AW Siddiqui

Indian Supreme Court judge, Justice Deepak Gupta retired on Wednesday.  Justice Gupta became the first Supreme Court judge to get a “virtual” send off organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association through “Zoom party” to bid him farewell during COVID19 lockdown.

Indian Govt Knew Lockdown Would Delay, Not Control Pandemic

by NITIN SETHI & KUMAR SAMBHAV SHRIVASTAVA

New Delhi; Article14: About a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the world’s largest lockdown on 24 March 2020, India’s leading medical research body told the government that the shutdown would have limited impact on the spread of the Coronavirus, preventing only 20-25% of infections that might eventually be detected at the peak of the pandemic.

India: ‘No Action Has Been Taken’: Frustration In National Covid-19 Task Force

by NITIN SETHI & KUMAR SAMBHAV SHRIVASTAVA

New Delhi; Article14: The Indian government delayed action on warnings from its scientists to begin preparation for a coming Covid-19 pandemic, according to an Article14 review of records of presentations and an internal meeting.

Planet Earth breathes easy on Earth Day

by Govind Nair

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Today is the 50th anniversary of International Mother Earth Day, and it seems like Planet Earth, rather than man, has every reason to celebrate.

With COVID-19 keeping man indoors in almost every country of the world for the past month or so, there has been a drop in air, water, soil and noise pollution around the globe.

And, the Earth has been able to “breathe easy”.

But, for how long?

Prejudice, Right-Wing Views Linked to Lower Emotional Intelligence: Study

By AW Siddiqui

A 2019 research in Belgium revealed evidence that deficits in emotion understanding and emotion management are related to right-wing and prejudiced attitudes. It found that people with lower emotional intelligence have less empathy and are less able to assume the perspective of others.

Why U.S. leads world in diagnosed COVID-19 cases in short term

by Xinhua writer Tan Jingjing

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Xinhua) -- With over 85,800 diagnosed COVID-19 cases by Thursday night, the United States has registered the highest national total in the world, and has also witnessed a rapid surge in confirmed cases, with a daily increase of over 10,000 daily over the past four days.

While addressing a White House coronavirus task force briefing Thursday afternoon, U.S. President Donald Trump said the jump in cases is "a tribute to our testing."

"We're doing tremendous testing," he said.

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