In the aftermath of the cyclone, many scientists believe that Myanmar's lack of mangroves, cut down for wood and to make way for shrimp farms and development, increased the impact of the cyclone and the loss of lives and damage of Burma's coastal regions.
The World's Clark Boyd reports on governments that have found various ways to block citizens' access to internet sites; this web filtering is described in a new book, "Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering".
The UN's human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinehro just completed a five day fact-finding trip to Burma. The World's Jeb Sharp reports on what he could and could not discover about human rights conditions there.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz about his struggle to create a tiger reserve in Burma...home to the second largest tiger population in the world. His latest book is called "Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold and Greed".
The small West African country has its own long history of human rights abuses. The Gambia's Justice Minister says those experiences — along with memories of the world's silence on the Rwandan genocide — inspired The Gambia to bring a case against Myanmar to the International Court of Justice.
US President Donald Trump held a phone call with President Vladimir Putin Monday and discussed his idea that Russia should be invited to attend the next G-7 summit. And, Trump is expected to visit the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. The plans mark the second religion-theme appearance for Trump as the world watches protests across the US over the death of George Floyd. Also, the US and Saudi Arabia are holding a virtual pledging conference to raise money for aid operations in war-torn Yemen, which risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus.
Twitter has purged more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations. The Trump administration has authorized sanctions and visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel, in an attempt to undermine investigations into possible US war crimes. In Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign after the currency plunged 25% in two days.
Vladimir Putin scored an apparent victory in a week-long constitutional referendum that had the trappings of a gameshow. A large landslide struck the Hpakant jade mining site in Myanmar. The killing of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, an Ethiopian singer and activist, has sparked days of protest. A mysterious die-off of elephants in Botswana has stumped scientists. And, Amsterdam's red-light district is reopening after the coronavirus shutdown.
Two Myanmar soldiers were transported to The Hague, Russia’s foreign ministry has summoned the German ambassador to Moscow over statements made by Berlin, and two Australian journalists have been urgently flown home, fleeing China out of fear for their safety.
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