Questionable ethics: Anti-malaria drug trials on Covid-19 patients continue

Studies are reportedly underway across multiple Dutch hospitals to test the efficacy of the anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, despite mounting international evidence that their use to treat Covid-19 has little effect. According to a report by the newspaper AD, the tests have involved a large proportion of Dutch Covid-19 hospital patients.Submitted by Byron Mühlberg on May … Continue reading “Questionable ethics: Anti-malaria drug trials on Covid-19 patients continue”

Russia’s GDP in April collapses, economy may not be able to restart

Last month, Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) dropped  by 12 percent in annual terms, the Ministry of Economy reported. The economic decline for January-February was estimated at 1.9 percent. According to the Ministry of Economy, the non-working period was introduced in Russia to combat the spread of the coronavirus infection in March 30. The lockdown … Continue reading “Russia’s GDP in April collapses, economy may not be able to restart”

Get Your Car, Bike Sanitised For Free at Petrol Pumps. Here’s How

When co-founders of Bengaluru-based Ontrack, a bike rental company, Harshit Sonthalia and Vansh Jain started sanitising their company bikes, they couldn’t help but think of the hundreds of vehicles on the roads. Whether a car or bike, the vehicle is probably the first and the last thing an owner touches while stepping outside for groceries … Continue reading “Get Your Car, Bike Sanitised For Free at Petrol Pumps. Here’s How”

US Suspends Entry of ‘Certain’ Chinese Students, Researchers Over Suspicion of Intellectual Theft

According to the White House news release on the matter, China has been engaging in the “acquisition of sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property to modernize its military is a threat to our Nation’s long-term economic vitality and the safety and security of the American people.” The suspension was announced moments after US President … Continue reading “US Suspends Entry of ‘Certain’ Chinese Students, Researchers Over Suspicion of Intellectual Theft”

Photos: Chinese Army Training Ground Has Full-Scale Model of Taiwan’s Presidential Palace

Soldiers practicing urban warfare in mock towns is nothing new, but at Zhurihe in Inner Mongolia, the PLA has given some of its drill sites a distinctly nationalistic twist, none more so than the rough recreation of downtown Taipei, including the distinct red and white facade of the Presidential Office Building, from which Taiwanese President … Continue reading “Photos: Chinese Army Training Ground Has Full-Scale Model of Taiwan’s Presidential Palace”

Explained: Why Belarus Hasn’t Faced Massive Spike in Deaths Despite Lack of Coronavirus Lockdowns

Close to three weeks after Victory Day on May 9, and more than a month after Orthodox Easter celebrations and Belarus’s annual large-scale ‘community labour’ day events on April 19 and 25, the republic’s sanitary inspection agency is predicting a gradual decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases after reaching a plateau. Belarus has … Continue reading “Explained: Why Belarus Hasn’t Faced Massive Spike in Deaths Despite Lack of Coronavirus Lockdowns”

US Mercenary Behind Botched Venezuela Incursion Associated With Businessman Who Betrayed Maduro

Jordan Goudreau, the ex-Green Beret founder of Silvercorp USA and the brains behind the failed mercenary attack on Venezuela earlier this month, received assistance in the plot from Franklin Duran, a Venezuelan businessman who once enjoyed close ties with Venezuela’s democratic socialist government, but who had an apparent falling out with Caracas, the Associated Press … Continue reading “US Mercenary Behind Botched Venezuela Incursion Associated With Businessman Who Betrayed Maduro”

Hizbul Militant Owned Explosives-Laden Car Used in Kashmir Suicide Bombing Attempt – Indian Police

Hidayatullah Malik, a militant from the terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen was the owner of the explosives-laden car which was used for a botched bomb attack in Pulwama on Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir police confirmed on Friday. According to police, Hidayatullah Malik is a resident of Sharatpora in Shopian, South Kashmir and joined the terrorist group in … Continue reading “Hizbul Militant Owned Explosives-Laden Car Used in Kashmir Suicide Bombing Attempt – Indian Police”

US to Ship Additional 150 Ventilators to Russia in Bid to Fight COVID-19

“The remaining 150 ventilators are being produced by the manufacturer and are expected to be ready for shipment the week of June 1,” the official told Sputnik. Earlier Thursday, Vyaire Medical Company representative Patrick O’Connor confirmed that the United States will ship 150 more ventilators to Russia. Last week, a military transport aircraft delivered the first … Continue reading “US to Ship Additional 150 Ventilators to Russia in Bid to Fight COVID-19”

Third suspect arrested for telecom mast arson in Dronten

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the April 10 arson of a transmission mast in Dronten, the police confirmed on Friday. The arrest was revealed as a buried detail in a document police released on the 29 telecom masts that were intentionally set on fire since the beginning of April.Submitted by Byron Mühlberg on … Continue reading “Third suspect arrested for telecom mast arson in Dronten”

10 Years of ‘Udaan’: How ‘Azaadiyan’ Continues to Propel Its Lead Actor’s Life

Vikramaditya Motwane’s stunning directorial debut, Udaan (2010) played a significant role in rejuvenating the spirit of realism of Hindi cinema. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, this landmark coming-of-age film set in the steel city of Jamshedpur, chronicles the life of Rohan Singh, a teenager with a talent for poetry, who successfully rebels against his dictatorial and … Continue reading “10 Years of ‘Udaan’: How ‘Azaadiyan’ Continues to Propel Its Lead Actor’s Life”

IFS Officer Shares How to Make a Low-Cost Vertical Garden with Bamboo

Do you stare wistfully at the vertical gardens adorning metro pillars, flyovers and high-rise buildings, and wish that you could have one in your home too? Well, you can! IFS officer Dr Neeraj Chanchal, who is currently working as the district forest officer of Khowai, Tripura, has designed a vertical garden that is 100% eco-friendly, … Continue reading “IFS Officer Shares How to Make a Low-Cost Vertical Garden with Bamboo”

This Engineer’s Brilliant Idea Helped 15,500+ School Kids Get Computers For Free!

As a 90s kid, one of the biggest milestones in my school life was using a computer for the first time. I may have been in the second standard at the time, and the idea of the internet was fascinating to me. It felt like sheer magic! But, as I grew older, I realised how … Continue reading “This Engineer’s Brilliant Idea Helped 15,500+ School Kids Get Computers For Free!”

HKFP Lens: scenes from Hong Kong pro-democracy protests come alive on Chow Chun-fai’s canvas

By Chow Chun-fai and courtesy of Gallery EXIT Portraits from Behind is a series of small-format paintings by Hong Kong artist Chow Chun-fai, who depicts vivid scenes from the large-scale anti-extradition bill protests that have gripped the city since last June. Painting by Chow Chun-fai depicts a footbridge outside of Cross Harbour Tunnel in Hung … Continue reading “HKFP Lens: scenes from Hong Kong pro-democracy protests come alive on Chow Chun-fai’s canvas”

HKFP Lens: No Paper Studio creates recreates posters with 60’s Hong Kong movie aesthetics

No Paper Studio is a Facebook page run by two graphic designers – Ka Heng and Yankee. Since 2017, the couple have been sharing paintings with old Hong Kong movie poster aesthetics. Ka Heng told HKFP that he likes movie posters from the 60s which are no longer seen in the city. He especially adores … Continue reading “HKFP Lens: No Paper Studio creates recreates posters with 60’s Hong Kong movie aesthetics”

Resilience, stubborn determination and nimble adaptability – there is still hope for Hongkongers

If you believe that Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party are going to live forever, then you should give up on Hong Kong and resign yourself to living in “just another Chinese city” where you are free to make as much money as you like but not to speak your mind or march in … Continue reading “Resilience, stubborn determination and nimble adaptability – there is still hope for Hongkongers”

‘Let Hong Kong be Hong Kong’ says US consul general

The US Consular General Hanscom Smith said “let Hong Kong be Hong Kong” on Friday, a day after Beijing approved a resolution to implement laws in the city to punish acts that it deems as threatening to national security. On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that Hong Kong would no longer be … Continue reading “‘Let Hong Kong be Hong Kong’ says US consul general”

It is ‘One Country, One System’: Donald Trump strips Hong Kong of privileges

by Shaun Tandon with Philippe Rater at the United Nations President Donald Trump said Friday he would strip several of Hong Kong’s special privileges with the United States and bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing’s bid to exert control in the financial hub. Donald Trump. Photo: White House.In a day of … Continue reading “It is ‘One Country, One System’: Donald Trump strips Hong Kong of privileges”

For a terrifying glimpse into Hong Kong’s future, look at how China abuses its own national security law

By Jan Wetzel As the Chinese authorities move to the next stage of bulldozing through a national security law for Hong Kong, let there be no doubt: this is Beijing’s most breathtaking, threatening and callous attack yet on the enjoyment of human rights in the city. In recent years we have witnessed a creeping and … Continue reading “For a terrifying glimpse into Hong Kong’s future, look at how China abuses its own national security law”

How Beijing’s plan to alter Hong Kong’s Basic Law will alter Sino-American relations

By Ocean Salazar China’s single-party legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), has announced it will modify Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which can be seen as the city’s constitution. The draft legislation came at a time where protests were set to resume, and the Hong Kong Legislative Council was in the process of forcing similar legislation … Continue reading “How Beijing’s plan to alter Hong Kong’s Basic Law will alter Sino-American relations”

Joint letter from Canadian organisations condemning the national security law

Hong Kong Canadian organizations across Canada condemn the Chinese Communist Party’s unilateral imposition of a repressive national security law on Hong Kong. It would criminalize any act considered by the Chinese Communist Party to be secession, subversion, terrorism, or foreign interference. It will permit Beijing to establish its own security forces in Hong Kong to … Continue reading “Joint letter from Canadian organisations condemning the national security law”

‘Liberal’ voices win four seats in Hong Kong’s Law Society council election

“Liberal” solicitors have won four out of the five vacancies in the annual Law Society council election, despite the society’s president endorsing their competitors. The Law Society of Hong Kong held an annual general meeting on Thursday to elect new members to replace the council’s five longest-standing solicitors. Ten candidates – forming two five-person alliances … Continue reading “‘Liberal’ voices win four seats in Hong Kong’s Law Society council election”

Hong Kong public broadcaster to be reviewed by gov’t amid ‘wide public concerns’

Hong Kong’s public broadcasting service will be reviewed by the government to ensure it fully abides by the service charter and codes of practice due to “wide public concerns.” A spokesperson for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) on Thursday announced that a dedicated team will be set up to review Radio and Television … Continue reading “Hong Kong public broadcaster to be reviewed by gov’t amid ‘wide public concerns’”

Hong Kong leader appeals to public for ‘full understanding’ and ‘staunch support’ of national security law

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has appealed for citizens to show “full understanding” and “staunch support” for the national security law in an open letter published in newspapers on Friday. It came a day after China’s parliament approved plans to impose legislation to criminalise secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong. The … Continue reading “Hong Kong leader appeals to public for ‘full understanding’ and ‘staunch support’ of national security law”

Visitors to Hong Kong’s much-loved ‘Instagram Pier’ risk HK$10k fine and jail time, Marine Dept. warns

Hong Kong’s Marine Department (MD) has warned civilian visitors to Kennedy Town’s much-loved “Instagram Pier” that they risk a fine of HK$10,000 and six months jail for entering the cargo area. “Instagram Pier.” Photo: Tom Grundy.The Western District Public Cargo Pier (WDPCWA), governed by the Marine Department’s Cargo Handling Section, is popular among residents, pet … Continue reading “Visitors to Hong Kong’s much-loved ‘Instagram Pier’ risk HK$10k fine and jail time, Marine Dept. warns”

Letter to Hong Kong from Carrie Lam

Fellow Citizens, Hong Kong, the home we all treasure, is defined by the “Lion Rock spirit” by which we join hands to pursue our dreams while putting aside our differences. Since our return to the Motherland, Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region directly under the Central People’s Government, enjoying a high degree of … Continue reading “Letter to Hong Kong from Carrie Lam”

China slams ‘senseless’ US move at UN over Hong Kong

by Helen Roxburgh China accused the US of taking the UN hostage on Friday over a controversial security law for Hong Kong and warned Western nations to stay out of its internal affairs. The US, Britain, Canada and Australia led criticism of the planned law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger … Continue reading “China slams ‘senseless’ US move at UN over Hong Kong”

Quarantine debates in Zanzibar conjure memories of colonial racial segregation

Racial segregation shaped public health policies Prison Island off the coast of Unguja, Zanzibar, established in 1899 as an East African colonial quarantine station to prevent the spread of the bubonic plague. Photo by Jessica Ott, used with permission. When the first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 8 in Zanzibar, East Africa, the … Continue reading “Quarantine debates in Zanzibar conjure memories of colonial racial segregation”

Côte d’Ivoire withdraws from African Court on Human and People’s Rights

The withdrawal from the court is a setback to democracy Photo by Guillaume Colin and Pauline Penot of the 47th session of the African Court of Human and People’s Rights on  Flickr via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. In a further rebuff to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, after Benin’s partial withdrawal, Côte d’Ivoire has decided to … Continue reading “Côte d’Ivoire withdraws from African Court on Human and People’s Rights”

It’s Telling That Twitter Only Censored Trump When He Started Threatening Americans

If people truly understood the extent to which mental narrative dominates their experience of life, propaganda, advertising and all other forms of psychological manipulation would be regarded by our society similarly to physical assault or property theft. ~ It is very telling that Twitter only started censoring Trump for violating terms of service when he … Continue reading “It’s Telling That Twitter Only Censored Trump When He Started Threatening Americans”

Serbia Deploys Peacekeeping Forces to US

BELGRADE–Serbian president Vojislav Kostunica deployed more than 30,000 peacekeeping troops to the U.S. Monday, pledging full support to the troubled North American nation as it struggles to establish democracy. “We must do all we can to support free elections in America and allow democracy to gain a foothold there,” Kostunica said. “The U.S. is a … Continue reading “Serbia Deploys Peacekeeping Forces to US”

Minneapolis Mayor Asks Protesters to Please Stop Spreading Germs

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) requested on Thursday that “protesters” in the City of Lakes practice social distancing and wear masks to reduce coronavirus transmission. The municipal government claimed to provide hundreds of masks to the public for this purpose. Frey’s comments came during ongoing protests and riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a man … Continue reading “Minneapolis Mayor Asks Protesters to Please Stop Spreading Germs”

Review: Twelve Monkeys, by Trevor Lynch

Twelve Monkeys (1995) is Terry Gilliam’s last great movie. It is a masterful work of dystopian science fiction, with a highly imaginative plot, a tight and literate script, fantastic steampunkish sets and props, and compelling performances from Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeline Stowe. Gilliam is usually far too ironic and self-conscious to deliver emotionally…

This Is America, by Eric Striker

In the last month, the left and the right have erected an evermore complicated game of twister for white people to play. The McMichaels must be punished for going beyond dialing 911. Amy Cooper must be punished for dialing 911. Derek Chauvin must be punished for being 911, and having a violent felon who did…

America on Video, by Fred Reed

It was murder, plain and simple. There are no contradictory witnesses, no he-said-she-said. It is on the video, with no lapses. The man on the ground is clearly heard imploring mercy, begging to be allowed to breathe. Onlookers also implore. The officer knows the man is choking, yet keeps choking him. No police protocol calls…

Dutch integration process to include stricter language, job requirements from 2021

Some immigrants and asylum seekers who arrive in the Netherlands from next summer year may be required to learn a higher level of Dutch and to take up an occupation or voluntary service in tandem with language courses in order to integrate more quickly, according to a new proposal by Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Wouter … Continue reading “Dutch integration process to include stricter language, job requirements from 2021”

Video: Suspicious Man Breaks Window and Starts Minneapolis Riots?

“This was the first man to break a window at autozone. A move that started the string of looting and damage to businesses. He is seen wearing all black and carrying an umbrella to conceal the hammer he is holding … The post Video: Suspicious Man Breaks Window and Starts Minneapolis Riots? appeared first on … Continue reading “Video: Suspicious Man Breaks Window and Starts Minneapolis Riots?”