TRUMP AND KIM: THE ON-AGAIN OFF-AGAIN COUPLE

On May 24, Trump called off the US-North Korea Summit, citing that there was too much open hostility from North Korea towards Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States. North Korea had announced on the same day that it destroyed its only known nuclear test site, but even with this conciliatory move, the momentous […]

IRELAND WILL LIBERALISE ABORTION LAWS

In a landmark decision, Ireland voted with 62% in favour to liberalise abortion law. Under the Eighth Amendment in Ireland’s constitution, women could not have an abortion in Ireland unless the mother’s life was in danger. This meant that foetuses conceived via rape or incest, and foetuses with fatal abnormalities still had to be carried to […]

TIME’S UP, WEINSTEIN.

What happened? Harvey Weinstein: a name that sends shudders through Hollywood. Fortunately, his victims can have some peace of mind as he surrendered himself on May 26 after being charged for rape, sex abuse, sexual misconduct and a criminal sex act. The charges related to incidents involving two women, who were not identified. He was […]

WHO WANTS TO BAN TRANS FATS?

By 2023 the World Health Organisation (WHO) wants to eliminate the use of trans fats, the unhealthy oil blamed for 72 percent of the 54.7 million estimated non-communicable deaths worldwide every year, many before the age of 70. Trans fats are industrially produced edible oil often found in fried foods, it is a partially hydrogenated […]

CUBA’S WORST AVIATION ACCIDENT IN 30 YEARS

On May 18, a 39-year-old Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed shortly after taking off from Havana, Cuba. 110 people were killed and the 3 remaining survivors have severe burns and are in critical condition. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident and the ‘black box’, an instrument holding critical information about the plane, has […]

PRESIDENT TELLS US WHAT 4G LEADERS THINK

President Halimah made her first-ever Presidential Address on the May 7 to the newly formed parliament. The Presidential Address is traditionally written by the government to be read by the president (wonder what turnitin would say). Additionally, it was the first Presidential Address drafted by the 4G leaders and thus can be a good indication […]

MAHATHIR: MALAYSIA’S 4TH AND 7TH PRIME MINISTER

What Happened? Malaysia’s 14th General Election played like gripping television drama – legendary leader returns to the political scene, working with former foes to right what is wrong, and return order to the land. At least that was what seemed to happen when fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamed’s party coalition (Pakatan Harapan) won […]

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA CLOSING OR COVERING?

Remember the Facebook scandal not too long ago? Where the company Cambridge Analytica collected Facebook user’s data to create targeting political advertisements? Well, Cambridge Analytica is now closing after negative media coverage left it with no clients and mounting legal fees. The company and its UK entity, SCL Elections Ltd, have started insolvency proceedings and […]

THE TRIPLE THREAT: EARTHQUAKE, SULPHUR, LAVA

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted on the May 4, leading to the evacuation of roughly 1,700 people in the Kilauea Estate. Akin to a scene in Moana, fissures in the Kilauea neighbour opened up and lava erupted, reaching heights greater than the Statue of Liberty torch. So far, 31 homes have been destroyed by the lava, […]

IRAN NO-CLEAR DEAL

What happened? By May 12, Donald Trump will need to decide if he wants to renew what he called the “insane” Iran Nuclear Deal. No one, including British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, is sure if he will renew the deal he has been adamantly against since day one. Adding to pressures from France and Germany, […]