What’s driving the recent COVID lockdown protests?

Protesters around the world have taken to the streets in recent weeks to reject government-imposed COVID-19 lockdowns, as countries race to vaccinate their most vulnerable groups and stem the spread of new variants of the coronavirus. With vaccination campaigns under way across dozens of countries, several governments have reintroduced or extended harsh restrictions on travel, […]

The climate crisis: Preparing for what’s already here

Wholesale derision greeted a spectacularly clueless statement from Republican Senator Ted Cruz last week, after President Joe Biden committed to signing the United States back up to the Paris Agreement. Cruz said Biden is “more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh”. Cruz’s comment […]

What’s behind the EU-AstraZeneca vaccine row?

The European Union and AstraZeneca are engaged in a bitter row over the United Kingdom-based pharmaceutical giant’s supply of coronavirus vaccines to the bloc. The dispute began last week when AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish company, said it would cut supplies to the EU in the first quarter of this year, citing production issues. Crisis talks between […]

Netherlands: What’s behind violent anti-lockdown riots?

*Names marked with an asterisk have been changed to protect identities Amsterdam, The Netherlands – “Fireworks, dynamite, gasoline, bricks,” said an invite to the riot that erupted in Amsterdam, on Molukkenstraat street, on Monday. “Get everything.” The invites were shared on social media, in Snapchat posts, Instagram stories, on Telegram and WhatsApp groups. Monday was […]

Here’s What’s in Biden’s Executive Orders Aimed at Curbing the Pandemic

WASHINGTON — President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday revealed a slate of new executive orders and presidential directives intended to speed up production of Covid-19 supplies, increase testing capacity and require mask wearing during interstate travel — part of a sprawling 200-page national pandemic strategy he announced at a White House event. Taken together, […]

What’s behind the significant build-up of US firepower in the Gulf

The last few weeks have seen a sharp build-up of American combat power in the Gulf. Already home to the formidable 5th Fleet – based in Bahrain – the US Navy recently sent a powerful Ohio-class submarine, the USS Georgia, escorted by two guided-missile cruisers – the USS Port Royal and USS Philippine Sea – […]

What’s next after Assange extradition request blocked

Legal fight over WikiLeaks founder’s future set to intensify as US prosecutors ready to appeal extradition ruling. The battle over Julian Assange’s future kicked into overdrive after a British judge ruled the WikiLeaks founder should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges. Monday’s ruling in London saw District Judge Vanessa Baraitser […]

What’s behind the latest GCC reconciliation efforts?

At the start of 2020, talks to end the years-long Gulf diplomatic crisis abruptly came to an end. For nearly a whole year, the regional rift between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance remained in a stalemate as countries focused their efforts on combating the coronavirus pandemic. But earlier this month, reports of a potential deal […]

What’s in a brooch? Russia bank chief’s accessories offer clues

Bank of Russia Governor Elvira Nabiullina says the brooches she wears contain clues to understanding policy decisions. Bank of Russia Governor Elvira Nabiullina confirmed what the market has been thinking this year: The brooches she’s worn after key rate meetings are clues to understand policy decisions. The first signal was in March, when she wore […]

In a divided nation, Americans asks: What’s holding our country together?

Elections are meant to resolve arguments. This one inflamed them.Weeks after the votes have been counted and the winners declared, many Americans remain angry, defiant and despairing. Millions now harbor new grievances borne of President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. Many Democrats are saddened by results that revealed the opposition to be far […]

What’s happening in the US elections in 500 words

California certifies its final vote with Biden as the winner, while Trump heads to Georgia ahead of key Senate runoffs. California, the most populous state in the United States, has certified its election results, appointing 55 electors who have pledged to vote for President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. The certification on Friday […]

Iran to further limit nuclear commitments: What’s next?

Tehran, Iran – A bill aimed at further reducing Iran’s nuclear commitments proposed by conservatives and hardliners in the country’s parliament just cleared its last hurdle. The Strategic Act to Revoke Sanctions was approved by the powerful 12-member vetting body Guardian Council with extraordinary speed on Wednesday despite government opposition. Hours before the oversight body […]

What’s happening in the US election in 500 words

Biden formally introduces economic advisers as Trump attacks Republican governors in states he lost. United States President-elect Joe Biden formally introduced his top economic policy advisers on Tuesday, including his nominee for Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen. The announcement comes as Biden prepares to take power amid a reeling economy undercut by the coronavirus pandemic. “I […]

What’s happening with the US elections in 500 words

Biden has announced the team that will plan his inauguration as Trump remains defiant despite repeated setbacks. President-elect Joe Biden has announced the team tasked with planning his inauguration, an event expected to be like no other in recent United States history, given the coronavirus pandemic and rising cases in the country. Repeated blows to […]