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June 5, 2020

United States
Trump’s Threat to Use the Military Against Protesters: What to Know

Amid protests against racial injustice, can President Trump deploy the military to bring “law and order” to American streets?

June 5, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Photos: How George Floyd’s Death Sparked Protests Worldwide

A U.S. police officer’s killing of George Floyd has sparked protests around the world against racial injustice and police brutality.

June 5, 2020

Nigeria
In Bayelsa, Nigerian Government Response to COVID-19 Falls Short of Promises

In a recent editorial, Ereku argued that the COVID-19 pandemic showed how "grossly inadequate" all levels of government were at addressing the needs of rural people. He is writing from Yenagoa in Bayelsa state.

A picture of a road running through Swali market, likely taken from an overlook. The road is lined with solid-colored, large umbrellas. People are on the road. The market appears to be made of small shacks mostly creating one large, single-story, structure. In the distance to the right is the river. The sky is gray.

June 4, 2020

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Trump’s Executive Order: What to Know About Section 230

President Trump wants to scale back a law that protects social media companies such as Twitter from liability for what their users post. Why is it controversial?   

President Donald Trump's Twitter profile is shown against a backdrop of the Twitter logo.

June 3, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United St…

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June 1, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
COVID-19 and Climate Change Will Change the Definition of National Security

The scope of national security is expanding beyond violent threats to encompass a broader array of dangers.

U.S. military personnel wearing face masks arrive at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

June 1, 2020

World Health Organization (WHO)
What Does the World Health Organization Do?

Since its postwar founding, the UN agency has garnered both praise and criticism for its response to international public health crises, including a new coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

A medical worker wears a white protective suit, eye goggles, and a face mask while taking a person's temperature in China.

May 29, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 29, 2020

Twitter checks Trump on mail-in voting tweets; Trump signs executive order limiting protections for online platforms; Amnesty International discovers vulnerability in Qatar’s contact tracing app; U.S…

Graduates set next to the Chinese flag during a graduation ceremony.

May 28, 2020

Treaties and Agreements
Open Skies: Another Dying Arms Control Agreement?

A pending U.S. withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies has alarmed some allies in Europe, who fear losing a valuable means of monitoring Russia.

May 28, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Tries to Thread the Needle on COVID-19 in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa established an anti-virus regime: social distancing and a lockdown. And the virus "curve" indeed appeared to flatten. He gets good international press, but must deal with a restive and poor population.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a dark grey suit without a tie and a green facemask, sits on a made bed at a coronvirus treatment center. A hand gestures in the foreground and a man in a suit and tied with a mask flanks Ramaphosa.