Starting in the Americas…
United States President Donald Trump spoke yesterday about the economy. Surprisingly, the unemployment rate decreased in May. Trump has been criticised for saying that George Floyd would be happy to see this day…
“Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, colour, gender or creed, they have to receive fair treatment, from law enforcement, they have to receive it. We all saw what happened last week. We can’t let that happen. Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying that’s a great thing that’s happening for our country. It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody, it’s a great day for everybody, this is a great day in terms of equality.”
Presidential candidate Joe Biden said that Trump using George Floyds name was despicable, especially as unemployment among black people is at its highest level in decades…
“George Floyds last words ‘I cant breathe, I cant breathe’, have echoed all around this nation and quite frankly around the world. For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd I frankly think is despicable. And the fact he did so on the day that black unemployment rose, Hispanic unemployment rose, black youth unemployment skyrocketed, tells you everything you need to know about this man.”
The Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, has renamed a square, “Black Lives Matter plaza”.
In Mexico there have been large protests against police brutality. Giovanni Lopez, a construction worker, died after being arrested by police 2 days ago. Yesterday, in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, one policeman had petrol poured on him and was set on fire.
Argentina’s industrial output was 33% lower this April than in April 2019. This is the biggest one-year drop since the 1990s, when a financial crisis pushed millions of argentinians into poverty. Argentina’s economy was already struggling before beginning a nationwide lockdown in March.
In Zimbabwe 5 opposition politicians have been arrested. The problems come from a split in the Movement for Democratic Change party, which has been divided since March.
France says that it has killed the leader of Al Qaeda in north Africa. Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed in northern Mali on Wednesday, according to French defence minister Florence Parly.
The Cameroonian army have confirmed that journalist Samuel Wazizi died in prison ten months ago. The army said that he was involved in terrorism, but Rights Group RSF (reporters sans frontiers), say that this is "the worst crime against a journalist in the past 10 years in Cameroon".
South Africa is starting a campaign called ‘black Fridays’. The idea is for people to wear black every Friday in protest against racism and police brutality around the world. The ruling party in South Africa, the ANC supports the idea.
The World Health Organization has said that people should wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID19. This is the first time that the WHO has promoted widespread use of masks. The WHO released a video yesterday telling people how and when to wear a mask…
“Medical masks should be worn by health workers and those caring for someone with COVID19 symptoms, persons aged 60 and over, and anyone with pre-existing medical conditions, as they are at greater risk of developing serious illness, and people who have symptoms suggestive of COVID19.”
There is further confusion about whether or not the drug hydroxychloroquine is effective to treat COVID19. Some studies have shown it to be useful and other studies have shown it to be dangerous. Brazil, India and some other countries are using it to treat patients now, and US president Trump has said that he is taking the drug himself. 2 weeks ago the international medical journal Lancet published a large study saying that hydroxychloroquine was not useful against COVID19, and could be dangerous. However, the Lancet has now retracted that study. research continues.
In Europe, Brexit talks failed yesterday. The British government says that it will leave the EU with or without a trade deal by the end of the year.
In Czechia two Russian diplomats have been expelled. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced yesterday that the two Russians were expelled for spreading false information. The Russian embassy in Prague have complained that the expulsions were not justified.
India and Pakistan are working together to fight an invasion of locusts that are causing billions of dollars of damage. In the Philippines president Rodgrigo Duterte renewed his threat to kill drug dealers, one day after the United Nations condemned his ‘war on drugs’. And in Thailand a critically endangered turtle lay its eggs on a Thai beach on Thursday. The Hawksbill sea turtle laid its eggs on Koh Samui, an island which normally is visited by millions of tourists.