Judicial Watch Senior Attorney Robert Popper joins “Success Happens” with Jen Charlton (WFMD-AM) to discuss the importance of election integrity in our nation.
Hong Kong police have launched a hotline for the city’s residents to inform anonymously on anyone they allege has broken a sweeping new national security law.
Critics say the measure has disturbing echoes of surveillance methods used in mainland China, will deepen divisions in the city and could be exploited by individuals trying to settle personal, business or political scores.
The system allows people to send tip-offs via video, audio files and pictures to the police, without sharing their personal details. More than 1,000 pieces of information were submitted on Thursday, the first day of operation, the South China Morning Post reported.
The system “replicat[es] the Chinese Communist party’s model of relying on grassroots informants,” Maya Wang, a senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch, said on Twitter.
Hong Kong authorities said the law brought in by Beijing in June would affect only a “small minority who endanger national security”. But it has already been used to target pro-democracy politicians, activists and academics, and to curtail a year-long protest movement.
Protests against a fresh round of coronavirus restrictions hit about a dozen cities in Italy on Monday evening amid a surge in infection numbers across the country and the continent.
Meanwhile in Spain, one of Europe's worst hot spots, doctors in capital Madrid were due to go into an indefinite strike Tuesday over working conditions amid the pandemic.
The new measures ordering Italian restaurants and bars to close from 6 p.m., shutting down cinemas and gyms and imposing local curfews in several regions of the country were met with protests, both peaceful and violent.
Have you ever heard of South Ossetia, Transnistria or Somaliland? And what about Abkhazia or Nagorno-Karabakh? Can you guess what these strange names have in common? These are all countries that, despite being independent, are not recognised by the United Nations. In other words, they are countries with borders, populations, visas, their own currencies, and even their own systems of Government, but that are not among the 193 members of the United Nations. Apart from these, which are completely unknown to most of the world’s population, this list also includes some more familiar names, including Palestine, Kosovo, Kashmir, Tibet and Taiwan. Traveller Guilherme Canever visited 16 countries that are not recognised by the United Nations, and has presented us with reports, stories and questions about each of these places, scattered on the map. He met people, stayed with the locals, tried local food, hitchhiked, and visited tourist spots. He was also able to take in a bit of the culture, observing the habits of these “non-citizens of countries that do not exist”, and has put all this experience in a book which, even though it is provocative, is a pleasure to read. The book starts with an explanation of what makes a country be “a Country” and how new countries come into being. Next, each chapter brings a different “non-country”, with its location on the map, its main characteristics, the report on his experience in each of them, tips about what a visitors can do there, and other curiosities.
Extreme global poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years due to the disruption caused by the “extraordinary” coronavirus crisis, the World Bank has warned.
According to a new report, the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to push an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty this year, with the total rising to as many as 150 million by 2021, depending on the severity of the economic contraction.
Extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.90 a day, is likely to affect between 9.1 percent and 9.4 percent of the world’s population this year, it said. That would represent a regression to the rate of 9.2 percent in 2017. Had the pandemic not convulsed the globe, the poverty rate was expected to drop to 7.9 percent in 2020.