TL;DR: WEEK OF 8 JULY

Written by Millegram

MON: DUTERTE’S WAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS

According to a new Amnesty report, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has created a “large scale murdering enterprise” and should be investigated by the UN for crimes against humanity. Estimates suggest that as many as 27,000 have been killed, with police manufacturing evidence and shooting defenceless suspects without accountability. Countless children continue to struggle with the psychological trauma of the killings of their loved ones.

The Full Story @
The Guardian – More details on the drug war
Human Rights Watch – Impact on children

 

MON: AfCFTA – AFRICA’S NEW 55-COUNTRY FREE-TRADE ZONE

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) was launched on 7 July. If successful, the agreement would create a continental $3.4 trillion economic bloc, boosting intra-African trade and global growth. While members have committed to slashing tariffs on most goods, more must be done for the least developed countries if the trade zone is to be a success.

The Full Story @
The Business Times – Initial reporting on the Sunday meeting
Hellenic Shipping News – Analysis of the benefits of and challenges facing the agreement

 

TUES: SEX OFFENDER STRIKES AGAIN

Billionaire and registered sex offender Jeffery Epstein was arrested again on charges of sex trafficking of underage females. It is alleged that Epstein used cash to lure young teenagers and their friends to his apartment for sexual activity. Given Epstein’s connection to powerful figures such as President Trump and Bill Clinton, investigations are hampered, but are nonetheless underway.

The Full Story @
Yahoo! News – Summary of Epstein’s recent arrest
The New York Times – History of crimes and charges on Epstein

 

TUES: EXTRADITION BILL ‘DEAD BUT NOT REALLY’

As protesters continue to fill the streets of Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her government have shown signs of retreat, but stopped short of a complete withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill. While Lam and her team have tried to deescalate the situation by giving concessions and holding public discussions, the public is still wary of empty words and promises.

The Full Story @
The Guardian – Responses and reactions to Lam’s report

 

TUES: THE OCEAN NEARS ITS TIPPING POINT

Carbon dioxide levels in the oceans are fast approaching a critical threshold that could trigger a mass extinction event, concludes a new study. Once the tipping point is crossed, extreme ocean acidification could occur, wiping out most of life on earth. The study suggests that the consequences of humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions are way worse than expected.

The Full Story @
Common Dreams – More details

 

WED: CS1010P4 CODE FOR FUN

There is no escape. Starting next year, all upper primary students will attend coding classes. Called Code For Fun (CFF), the programme aims to teach students computational thinking and coding concepts. ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level computational subjects are also in the works.

The Full Story @
The Straits Times – Details on CFF and other computational literacy efforts

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