Covid19 North America 

Opinion: It’s time for Canada to strengthen our ties with Cuba

A man walks beside Canada’s embassy in Havana on April 17, 2018. Desmond Boylan/The Associated Press John Kirk is a professor of Latin American studies at Dalhousie University and author or co-editor of 18 books on Latin America. Stephen Kimber is a professor of journalism at the University of King’s College and author of 10 books, including What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five. Canada has a new Foreign Affairs Minister. The United States has a new government. It’s time for us to press reset…

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Australasia Covid19 

Fiji and PNG: no room to move on COVID-19

Neither Fiji nor Papua New Guinea, the two economic giants of the Pacific, has been able to increase spending to respond to the health or the economic fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. In both countries, after adjusting for inflation, spending in 2021 will be about the same as it was in 2019. The consistency of spending before COVID-19 (2019) and after the onset of the pandemic (2021) across both countries over the three years is quite remarkable, and clearly evident from the graph below. (2020, though not…

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Covid19 North America 

American Airlines Confirms Pilot Report Of Bizarre Cylinder-Shaped Object Over New Mexico

Less than 48 hours after our initial reporting on an outright strange incident involving American Airlines Flight 2292 as it flew at 36,000 feet over the northeastern corner of New Mexico on February 21st, 2021, we have confirmation that the event in question did indeed occur and that it is being investigated by the FBI. The incident involved pilots of the Airbus A320 being buzzed by an unidentified cylindrical-shaped object moving at high-speed, which resulted in them querying the FAA’s Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center. The original recording of…

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Australasia Covid19 

‘Crisis within a crisis’: Violence more risky for Fiji women than covid

SPECIAL REPORT: By Sheldon Chanel in Suva Much of archipelagic Fiji was forced indoors by lockdowns and a nationwide curfew in March last year when the country recorded its first case of covid-19. The quick and decisive action by legislators was successful in helping contain the spread of a highly contagious virus and received international praise. But in other ways, the policy has scarred the country. Civil society groups say that social isolation and confinement is proving far more dangerous for many of the country’s women than the deadly virus…

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Covid19 Europe 

European Federation Makes Appeal for Booksellers

As bookshops are shuttered in many parts of the world in the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the booksellers’ federation asks for help, as Wales’ Hay Festival continues raising funds to cover its losses. At a bookstore in the Noordeinde district of The Hague in the Netherlands, a photo made prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19. Image – iStockphoto: Wallpaper-101 By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Bookstores’ ‘Already Fragile Economic Situation’ The full text of the EIBF’s message, as released to news media, reads: “As COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic continues to…

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