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May 2020

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29This issue affects Zambia. Two Zambian men who were sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2019 just for having sex with each other have been pardoned.
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33This issue affects Costa Rica. The first same-sex weddings have taken place in Costa Rica, the first country in Central America to equalize its marriage legislation.
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12This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Russia. Turkey has launched a Russian-language news service like its TRT World called TRT Russian (TRTнаРусском), to fight disinformation about Turkey from Russia.
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13This issue affects Jersey. Despite there being a petition of 2 300 people, that is nearly 1 in 40 people calling for the decriminalization of cannabis in Jersey, the health minister has completely refused point blank any kind of legalisation.
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19This issue affects China. This issue affects Hong Kong. The CCP is pushing through new security laws for Hong Kong. The new laws bans "treason, secession, sedition and subversion" and has been attacked by pro-democracy activists.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Arizona. Because the United States isn't enough of a hellhole right now: Incel shoots 3 people, injuring them, at an outdoor shopping area. He told investigators he was targeting couples and was an incel.
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27This issue affects the United States. Middle East flag loop.gifHaaretz tells us Arab states (including Saudi Arabia) are more liberal on abortion than the more conservative US states, and that even in the harsher ones penalties are light.
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19This issue affects the European Union. WHO warns that Europe should prepare for a dry summer with a possible heat wave
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9This issue affects Hungary. The Hungarian Parliament has voted to strip legal recognition from transgender and intersex people.
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26This issue affects Canada. One person is killed and two are injured in a stabbing attack at a Toronto massage parlor. The 17-year-old killer, motivated by incel ideology, has become the first person in Canada to be charged with terrorism for an incel-related attack.
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23This issue affects Mexico. The ruling National Regeneration MovementWikipedia's W.svg party faces accusations of communism when it releases a paper calling for a "census of the rich" in order to establish a wealth tax to pay for generous expansion of the welfare state
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25This issue affects Ukraine. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that two of the most holiest days in Islam; Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr would become public holidays. It should be pointed out that less then 1% of Ukrainians are Muslim, although Islam has existed in the country for centuries.
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5This issue affects the United States. World Health Organzation Trump has said is he is planning permanently stopping all American funding of the World Health Organization, and leaving its World Health AssemblyWikipedia's W.svg.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. China threatens sanctions on US lawmakers critical of its handling of the pandemic as well sanctioning Apple as payback for the trade war
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25This issue affects the United States. Gun sales surge fueled by fears of societal collapse, and it's not just restricted to white people, due to fears of white supremacist attacks
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27This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects the United States. FBI mistakenly reveals name of a Saudi diplomat suspected of supporting 9/11 attackers
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26This issue affects Australia. Celebrity chef, woo-proponent and oxygen thief Pete Evans loses his job and promptly begins posting conspiracy theories on his social media pages and sharing content from others including David Icke and QAnon
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. US officials are crafting plans to punish or demand compensation from China over the pandemic by targeting its supply chains, cancellation of US debt, create new tariffs or strip China of its sovereign immunity
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33This issue affects the World. Bloomberg is reporting that due to the lockdowns and travel restrictions, many members of the super-rich who would normally live in tax paradises, could be given massive tax bills as they have suddenly considered resident in places with higher tax bills.
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19This issue affects Australia. Radio shock jock Alan JonesWikipedia's W.svg has announced his retirement from commercial radio. The controversial breakfast host who noted for saying that Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down her throat” of Jacinda Arden and fanning the Cronulla riotsWikipedia's W.svg, is standing down from his 2GB show at the end of this month.
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14This issue affects the United States. With so many investment banks like Blackrock shunning fossil fuel investments, Republican lawmakers are lobbying Trump to prevent such banks from getting access to government credit facilities.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. Anna Sacoolas, the woman who is wanted by British police for questioning in relation to the manslaughter of Harry Dunn by dangerous driving, has now been put on Interpol’s Red ListWikipedia's W.svg. This means that once she leaves the United States, she will be extradited to the United Kingdom immediately.
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30This issue affects Israel. (Irony alert) The Israeli broadcasting regulator has asked the cable operator HOT to pull a new Hebrew-language Christian televangelist channel because it breaks Israeli law which bans proselytising to minors.
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24This issue affects the United States. Televangelist Jim Bakker had a stroke and is on sabbatical from his TV show
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17This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. A polar vortex is expected to hit Ontario and the northeast of the US by mid-May with temperatures reaching record lows
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18This issue affects the World. Nearest black hole detected in a stellar system visible to the naked eye.
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38This issue affects Finland. Finland's two year experiment of universal basic income shows that such a program improves employment and boosts the recipients' mental and financial wellbeing
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35This issue affects Australia. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has lost US$1 billion in the last three months, due to a massive fall in the valuation of its pay-TV service Foxtel and due to falling ad revenue across its print empire in Australia.
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22This issue affects the United States. Despite having a major international crisis on his doorstep, Trump is insisting that his Great Wall of America must be painted black at the cost of $500 million according to the Washington Post.
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49This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuela has put down an attempted invasion from pro-Guaidó rebels. The force, backed by American paramilitary security firm, SilverCorp, was reduced in size over the past month from 300 to 60 due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the arrest of the rebel leader for drug smuggling. The subsequent invasion was publicly announced on Twitter, and presently Venezuelan authorities are holding thirteen, including two Americans, on terrorism charges. Further stupidity: It's actually more absurd than just the Twitter announcement. On 1 May, the Associated Press reported on these chuckle heads' idiotic plot to invade Venezuela. On 3 May, they tried to carry the plot out, after the Associated press reported all about it.
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21This issue affects Canada. This issue affects France. This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects Poland. This issue affects the European Union. PM Justin Trudeau backtracks from a promise made to the House of Commons that tax-avoiding companies would not recieve bailout money, while other countries have committed to deny bailout to companies using tax havens
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30This issue affects the United States. The House of Representatives opens up an antitrust probe over Amazon's unfair competition practises threatening to subpoena Jeff Bezos if he doesn't appear before the House Judiciary subcomittees.
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14This issue affects the United States. The May Day labor strikes were, in spite of massive media coverage, underwhelming though the rent strikes got tens of thousands of tenants to not pay rent
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27This issue affects Iceland. Falling domestic consumption, low export sales to Japan and now with no tourists for whale-watching, could mean a possible end to commercial whaling in Iceland.
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18This issue affects North Korea. North Korean state media reports that Kim Jong-un has appeared in public for the first time in 20 days.
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42This issue affects Canada. Following a mass shooting which took the lives of 22 people, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a ban on 1,500 kinds of assault weapons.

April 2020

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32This issue affects the United States. While multiple states threaten to take away unemployment benefits to workers that refuse to return to their job after ending of restrictions, American oligarchs have become even more wealthy since the beginning of the pandemic
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19This issue affects the World. Groundbreaking new method has allowed scientists to reverse blindness in mice
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18This issue affects the United States. Tara Reade's former neighbor confirms Tara's account of what happened to her at the hands of Joe Biden
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33This issue affects Germany. A new bill has been put forward in the German Parliament that will give employees the right to work from home if requested.
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27This issue affects Brazil. Adding to Jair Bolsonaro's troubles, his son CarlosWikipedia's W.svg is being investigated for his alleged role in a "fake news criminal scheme." This may be the reason why President Bolsonaro fired the Federal Police chief, which sparked the conflict between him and Moro that ultimately led to the latter's resignation.
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36This issue affects the United States. Donald Trump cancels his daily coronavirus press briefing because of fears that his blatant lies could hurt his re-election chances.
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30This issue affects Brazil. Anti-corruption judge and long-time Bolsonaro ally Sergio MoroWikipedia's W.svg has resigned from his post as justice minister and accused Bolsonaro of political meddling (English version), dealing a massive blow to the president.
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33This issue affects North Korea. Rumours have been circulating for days about the health of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un. It is unclear what his condition is in. Some unconfirmed (and disputed) reports have suggested that he is in a vegetative state following botched surgery. What we do know is China have sent doctors to check on him Update North Korean state media claim that Kim Jong Un has appeared in public at a ribbon cutting ceremony. These reports are, however, unconfirmed as no pictures of the event have been released.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Alaska. The school board in Palin’s old neighbourhood of Mat-Su borough has removed five books including Catcher in the Rye, Catch-22, and The Great Gatsby from high school reading lists.
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16This issue affects Belgium. The Belgian potato board Belgapom is asking people try and eat French fries a least twice a week, which is twice the average home consumption. The reason is to prevent the country's huge surplus of 750 000 tonnes of bintjes potatoes from being destroyed.
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19This issue affects Iran. This issue affects the United States. Iran launches military satellite and promises a "decisive response" to Trump's threats
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20This issue affects Poland. Polish parliament debates two bills, one to ban abortion and another to ban sex ed by labeling teachers as gay activists and pedophiles
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25This issue affects the World. According to scientists, the oceans can be restored to former glory in just 30 years
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23This issue affects the United States. Senator Kelly Loefller calls criticism of her insider trading a "socialist attack"
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14This issue affects China. Investors have piled on China's $13 trillion bond market with foreign ownership of bonds reaching record highs (FT Paywall) Non-paywall South China Morning Post article along same lines
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15This issue affects the European Union. Oldest human proteome discovered from 800ky old archaic human tooth
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22This issue affects Ukraine. Authorities in Ukraine have found their own Walter White, after the local intelligence agency the SBU has found a Kyivan university professor making amphetamines in makeshift lab in the country.
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30This issue affects the World. It's official. According to the IMF, the current economic crisis, nicknamed the Great Lockdown, is the worst since the Great Depression
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22This issue affects Palestine. This issue affects Israel. Palestinians decry Israel's consensus over annexation of West Bank.
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Michigan. Michigan ex-governor Rick Snyder knew about Flint's toxic water and lied about it.
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31This issue affects North Korea. Kim Jong-Un is allegedly gravely ill, following surgery. His sister, Kim Yo-Jong would become North Korea's first female God-Empress, should Jong-Un die.
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17This issue affects the United States. US faces a hunger crisis, with soaring demand for food banks and long lines causing some food banks to worry they might need to ration
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14This issue affects the United States. After backlash from taking a stimulus check from military families, USAA bank changes its polices and returns emergency payments
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27This issue affects the United States. US oil prices crash into negative territory (i.e. producers would pay you to take it away), for the first time ever, as reduced global demand results in storage space running out.
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27This issue affects South Korea. President Moon Jae-in's victorious Democratic Party will seek to implement a Korean version of the Green New Deal which will seek to reach net zero emissions by 2050
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21This issue affects Canada. Flag of Nova Scotia.svg This year just continues to be shit: Canada suffers deadliest mass shooting since 1989 Ècole Polytechnique massacreWikipedia's W.svg. At least 13 dead in Portapique, Nova Scotia. RCMP reports the shooter is also dead. Update: 16 dead. Worst mass shooting in Canadian history. Update 2: Death toll now at 22.
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18This issue affects Italy. This issue affects Egypt. Egypt will soon be home to Africa's first vertical forest as urban planners design three buildings covered with pollution-absorbing plants for the country's New Administrative Capital
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26This issue affects the United States. In another blatant cash grab for the rich, Congress has given 43k US millionaires stimulus average 1.6 million dollars each
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22This issue affects the United States. Approximately 22 million Americans have applied to unemployment benefits, bringing the official unemployment rate to 13.5% of the labor force with economists predicting that a lot of the lost jobs will not come back
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Edward Snowden is forced to reapply for residency in Russia.
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30This issue affects the United States. Treasury Department gives banks authorization to seize the stimulus checks to pay off outstanding debts
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24This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Washington. Washington’s Attorney General is suing Facebook for "repeatedly" violating the state’s campaign finance law, despite requests to stop from an earlier lawsuit.
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Washington. This issue affects Oregon. This issue affects California. Washington, Oregon and California announce Western States Pact on a shared vision for reopening their economies in a controlled fashion.
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30This issue affects the United States. In an absolute shitshow of a press briefing, Trump first plays a misleading propaganda video, then claims as President, he has "total authority" to reopen the country.
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35This issue affects Ukraine. Everybody (staring at Krakatoa) "April can't get worse, right?" Still April: Wildfires edge closer to Chernobyl, releasing radiation.
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. One of the reports of the investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party has revealed that BlairitesWikipedia's W.svg might have cynically used antisemitism charges against left-wing activists and push for institutional opposition to former leader Jeremy Corbyn, including red-baiting and casual misogyny, and that the report will not be sent to the Human Rights Comission
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24This issue affects the United States. Oil companies are collapsing but wind and solar are growing as renewable energy sources are set to account for nearly 21% of electricity generation in the United States, an increase in 18 points from the previous year (warning:paywall bitching from NYT)
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37This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. Virginia governor Ralph NorthamWikipedia's W.svg signs law extending LGBT non-discrimination protections on public employment, housing and credit
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30This issue affects Spain. Spanish government plans to roll out a universal basic income soon and for it to become permanent
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39This issue affects Indonesia. Everybody: "April will be better, right?" April: Krakatoa erupts.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. The company that owns The Jewish ChronicleWikipedia's W.svg the UK’s only national Jewish newspaper, has said that the newspaper is to close and its staff laid off.
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9This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Netherlands. This issue affects Portugal. European Parliament president is sidelined in teleconference between the finance ministers of member states that fell apart due to the Netherland's minister demands for strict conditions on soft loans. However the Portuguese former minister of finances believes that a European Marshall Plan could be in reach
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24This issue affects the United States. Stephanie Grisham, the White House Press Secretary who never held a single press briefing, is out, presumably to go back to day drinking. Trump cheerleader, Kayleigh McEnany, takes over.
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3This issue affects Australia. The High Court of AustraliaWikipedia's W.svg has quashed the conviction of Australian cardinal George PellWikipedia's W.svg, on five charges of child sexual abuse, and ordered his immediate release (He was released a few hours later). The reason given by the court was (in short): jurors failed to adequately consider reasonable doubts raised by the defense. Pope Francis made some very pointed “persecution that Jesus suffered” remarks, that while not referencing Pell by name, seem unlikely to be a coincidence.
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35This issue affects the United States. Further undermining the credibility of the US military, the captain of the USS Franklin D Roosevelt is fired for raising concerns about an outbreak of coronavirus among the crew, something he later tests positive for himself. Acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas B. Modly, then addresses the crew of the vessel, calling the captain "too naïve or too stupid to be a commanding officer." Following the leaking of his remarks, the Trump toady apologises. UPDATE: Modly's resigned.
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39This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Texas. William Neil “Doc” Gallagher, a Christian radio personality from Texas, is sentenced to 25 years in prison after ripping off his elderly listeners for more than US$25 million in a Ponzi scheme
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30This issue affects Canada. Justin Trudeau is facing backlash from critics and labor groups after choosing Amazon to distribute medical supplies in Canada
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16This issue affects Turkey. Bad news for lovers of the hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella as a parasite called stinkbug, is affecting the supplies of hazelnuts in Turkey home of 70% of world’s supply of hazelnuts.
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21This issue affects Antarctica. This issue affects the World. Research suggests that Antartica was once a swampy rainforest, which would imply that the greenhouse gases levels were much higher in the Cretaceous Period than scientists estimated and that the continent did not have glaciers
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25This issue affects Germany. Germany exceeds 50% renewable energy milestone while other countries seek to exploit sea energy
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. NHS has £13 billion and a half debt written off to help combat the pandemic and that NHS workers will get fully tested by the end of the month
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15This issue affects the United States. The FDA has relaxed the rules for LGBT+ persons on donating blood citing current urgent needs. It would allow gay men to give after three months abstinence rather the current twelve months.
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17This issue affects the United States. The FAA has said that owners of Boeing 787 aircraft must reboot their aircraft every 51 days otherwise, there could be serious problems with the plane’s avionics including possibly "several potentially catastrophic failure scenarios"
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21This issue affects the United States. In a welcome stopped clock moment, Trump's treasury announces that people who had not filed tax returns in 2019 are now eligible for support payments.
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-12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Iraq. President Trump threatens Iran if they attack troops in Iraq after the IRGC Quds force enter Iraq to aid proxy groups
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34This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Delaware. Whiting Petroleum Corporation, once the largest shale oil company, declares bankrupcy

March 2020

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16This issue affects Australia. Australia approves A$56 billion stimulus bill to support businesses and lend aid to small and medium-sized firms, as well doubling unemployment benefits and allow worst-hit workers to access pension savings earlier as the country goes into lockdown.
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25This issue affects Hungary. Hungarian parliament accepts the government's request to rule by decree during the coronavirus emergency. Dictator Prime Minister Viktor Orbán promises to use these emergency powers proportionally and rationally.
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26This issue affects the United States. Internal documents reveal that Monsanto knew crop system would damage US farms
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37This issue affects Senegal. Man plants 152 million mangrove trees in ten years
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34This issue affects the United States. Amazon, a company owned by the world's richest man, is soliciting donations to pay sick leave for its workers
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18This issue affects the United States. Everything you need to know about the April 1st rent strike
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24This issue affects the United States. The Secretary of the Interior announces that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's reservation is to disestablished and that the land be taken out of trust. This couldn't possibly be because of Trump holding a grudge, right?
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0This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Venezuela. Due to US pressure, the IMF rejects Nicolas Maduro's bid for a $5 billion emergency loan
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19This issue affects the United States. Civil rights leader Joseph E. LoweryWikipedia's W.svg, who cofounded the SCLCWikipedia's W.svg with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, has passed away at age 98. He will be missed.
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34This issue affects the United States. Increased calls for a general strike as Trump pushes for people to return to work amidst global pandemic
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42This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Colorado. Colorado abolishes the death penalty
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2This issue affects the United States. The EPA suspends its enforcement of environmental laws, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.
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21This issue affects the United States. Republican-controlled Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill is expected to be approved by the House of Representives when it votes on the bill on Friday.UPDATE: Vague language in the bill means that the bill could become a $4.5 trillion bailout for corporations, with purely cosmetic oversight and the promised basic income only applies to people that filed their 2019 tax returns, which could leave up to 30 million working class Americans out of the program
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24This issue affects New Zealand. Some good news for a change. White supremacist who carried out Christchurch terrorist attacks suddenly pleads guilty to all charges: 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism.
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19This issue affects the United States. The Department of Justice asks Congress to suspend various constitutional rights which would include suspending habeas corpus which would allow the government to detain people indefinitely without trial, suspending the statute of limitations on criminal investigations and deny the right of asylum to immigrants who test positive for Covid-19. This policy is being pursued in spite of the fact that Donald Trump already possesses extreme emergency powers
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32This issue affects the United States. Conservatives are jumping on the bizarre "sacrifice the elderly to the Dow" bandwagon. First Fox News' Brit Hume (76) said - on air - that it's an “entirely reasonable viewpoint” to expect that grandparents would be willing to die to protect the economy, then Glenn Beck boldly claimed "I would rather die than kill the country." We assume they'll lead by example.
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13This issue affects the World. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Russia. Falling demand due to COVID-19, a supply war between Saudi Arabia and Russia and now capacity problems as storage space gets full means that experts are pointing to oil markets falling as low as $10 per barrel.
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23This issue affects Poland. This issue affects Ukraine. Three Polish men have been convicted of arson in a Kraków court on a Hungarian community centre in western Ukraine. The men who had links to Russian-backed far-right groups, were trying to create a false flag operation to cause ethnic strife between noted Hungarian minority and the Ukrainian majority.
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20This issue affects Netherlands. The Dutch government is investigating closing all the Netherlands’ coal-fired power stations earlier than the planned date of 2030. This was after being told that it was the most effective way for the country to meet its climate goals.
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13This issue affects Spain. This issue affects the European Union. Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, calls on the European Union for a Marshall Plan to revitalize the continent's economy
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17This issue affects the United States. Democrat Senators block the Republican stimulus bill and Nancy Pelosi introduces her own stimulus bill that would cost $2.5 trillion which would include a $1,500 basic income for all Americans, billions in zero-interest loans to small business, and hundreds of billions to health centers, hospitals, schools, unemployment insurance, food stamps and early voting for primary elections.
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30This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the District of Columbia. Purported fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display at the Museum of the Bible are all clever forgeries.
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13This issue affects North Macedonia. This issue affects NATO With the last country Spain voting yes to the the deciding vote in a special parliamentary session, North Macedonia has unofficially become the 30th member of NATO.
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12This issue affects Croatia. If things cannot get any worst for Croatia with nationwide lockdown over COVID-19, this morning the capital Zargeb received an 5.3 Richter scale earthquake. Update: a 15-year-old has died.
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21This issue affects the World. World’s intact tropical forests reached ‘peak carbon uptake’ in 1990s
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36This issue affects the United States. In today's episode of "We're all going die, aren't we?"

Peter Alexander: “What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?”

Trump: "I say that you are a terrible reporter, that’s what I say. It’s a very nasty question."
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23This issue affects the United States. Republican Senators Richard Burr (Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman), James Inhofe and Kelly Loeffler, as well the Democrats' Dianne Feinstein sold off millions of dollars' worth of stocks, after receiving confidential briefings on the coronavirus epidemic, and whilst telling constituents to have faith in the Trump administration’s efforts to prepare the nation.
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15This issue affects the United States. Republican Senators unveil a massive stimulus bill to aid the economy and workers slammed by the crisis. The bill provides a minimum of $1,200 basic income per individual, as well hundreds of billions in loans to small business and large scale industries.
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26This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Wisconsin. Republican Senator Ron Johnson says it's not worth shutting down the economy over the risk of 11 million Americans dying.
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17This issue affects the World. Flag of Mars.svg Organic compounds discovered on Mars by the Curiosity rover consistent with the presence of early life on Mars.
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14This issue affects the World. Life may very well be common in the universe - just not in our neighborhood, new study says.
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25This issue affects France. This issue affects Italy. This issue affects the United States. In the United States, Amazon is hiring a 100,000 new employees and raising pay by a groundbreaking amount of two dollars to keep up with demand. In Italy, workers go on strike against Amazon for the company failing to implement proper hygiene and social distancing measures. In France, workers go on strike to protest the company endangering workers by refusing to close its warehouses
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16This issue affects France. As the economy slides towards a recession, the French government rejects its own austerity measures and promises billions of euros in economic aid and even nationalization to save its largest companies from the market turmoil
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55This issue affects the United States. Trump 28 Feb 2020: "The coronavirus is the Democrats' new hoax."

Trump 17 Mar 2020: "I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."

UPDATE Trump 18 Mar 2020: "The coronavirus snuck up on us."
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Arizona. Arizona pastor claims his flock are willing to "lick the floor" to prove coronavirus a hoax.
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32This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. Megachurch cancels faith healing service... because of the coronavirus.
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13This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Spain. In order to stop the coronavirus outbreak, the European Union will close its borders to all non-essential travel. Spain has also closed its frontiers.
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11This issue affects the United States. To ease market fears, the Fed cuts interest rates to zero and launches a $700 billion quantitative easing program but the stock market continues to plunge. In response, the Fed decided to offer a $500 billion repurchase of financial assets
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28This issue affects Australia. Fraser Anning, an Australian MP who blamed the Christchurch fascist terror attack on the murdered victims, declares bankrupcy
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17This issue affects Israel. Didn't they get the memo? While everybody preaches social distancing. thousands of Jewish believers will gather at the Western Wall to pray the coronavirus away.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. Epidemiologist on the UK's "herd immunity" plan to battle Covid-19: "I thought it was satire."
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13This issue affects Ghana. This issue affects Kenya. This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This issue affects South Africa. This issue affects Senegal. Even though they have the fewest reported cases worldwide, African nations such as Kenya, Senegal, the DRC, South Africa and Ghana have enacted drastic measures to fight the spread of Covid-19, including school closures; increased quarantine measures for new arrivals; travel bans to and from Europe, China, Iran and the US; deportations;closure of borders and restrictions on non-essential travel and gatherings.
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16This issue affects the United States. Amazon is banning the sale of most editions of Mein Kampf and some other Nazi and antisemitic texts, although some scholarly editions are still on sale.
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19This issue affects the United States. Not one to let a crisis go to waste, the US Congress is trying to pass a bill to end encrypted messages online
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7This issue affects the United States. The House of Representatives passes a bipartisan relief bill which includes a limited paid leave, but this bill exempts big business leaving out millions of workers
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34This issue affects the United Kingdom. Second patient cured of HIV, having remained free of the virus for more than thirty months after stopping treatment
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25This issue affects the World. This issue affects Brazil. This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Portugal. Coronavirus Update: Death toll surpasses 5,000. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus(though Jair claims it's fake news). Meanwhile the Portuguese and Spanish governments declare a state of alert.
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27This issue affects the United States. Federal judge orders Chelsea Manning's release from jail
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the District of Columbia. Due to the coronavirus the U.S capitol building is closing.
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12This issue affects the United States. The Federal Reserve injects US$1.5 trillion of cash into markets to quell growing uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. UPDATE:A second market crash called Black Thursday (2020)Wikipedia's W.svg causes the US to officially enter a bear market (warning: adblock complaint from Forbes)
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18This issue affects the World. Amidst coronavirus outbreak, the super-rich jet off to disaster bunkers
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28This issue affects the United States. This issue affects South Carolina. Good news: Judge strikes down South Carolina law prohibiting discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in sex ed. Better news: the state's Republican superintendent of education didn't even try to defend it, but agreed it should go.
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27This issue affects the United States. The GOP Senate blocks emergency paid sick leave, because fuck you, your employer needs you to work during a pandemic.
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26This issue affects the World. This issue affects the United States. Trump shuts down all Europe-US travel..... except to UK, 'cos it's not part of Europe any more and its coronavirus isn't dangerous....???
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24This issue affects the World. The World Health Organization (WHO)Wikipedia's W.svg has officially declared the new coronavirus strain a pandemic.
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19This issue affects Italy. NOBODY PANIC! Italy has effectively shut down due to coronavirus fears.
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40This issue affects the United States. Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years after sexual assault conviction.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, a court of appeal rules that it's still legal to require all those applying for a British passport to choose either M or F as their gender and deny them the third option of choosing X. The judges did, however, say that refusing to issue gender neutral passports might be considered a breach of human rights one day.
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10This issue affects the United States. In response to Black Monday (2020)Wikipedia's W.svg President Trump proposes cuts to the payroll tax that funds Social Security and a bailout to the heavily indebted fracking industry
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with Coronavirus. At present, 382 in the UK have tested positive for the illness.
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17This issue affects the United States. The NAIJ, the union representing US immigration judges, has revealed that CDC-issued posters in English and Spanish regarding limiting the spread of COVID-19 were ordered to be removed on sight from immigration courts. After backlash, the DoJ has backpedaled, stating, "the signs shouldn’t have been removed. It’s now being rectified."
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8This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the World. After failing to negotiate production cuts to increase oil prices in the face of Covid-19, Russia and Saudi Arabia engage in a price war that flooded the market with oil and led to the largest drop in prices since the 1991 Gulf War. As of March 9, WTI Crude was trading close to $30 compared to $60 at the start of the year.
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39This issue affects China. Quarantined Wuhan kids hacked their way out of an app assigning them homework by spamming it with 1-star reviews until it got removed from the app store
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20This issue affects Italy. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Missouri. In an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Italy, the worst hit European country, the government essentially puts the entire country on lockdown. Meanwhile, in the US, people break quarantine to attend a school dance.
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23This issue affects the United States. This issue affects South Carolina. Tom Turnipseed, perhaps South Carolina's most prominent progressive activist, passed away at the age of 83, after fifty years fighting the good fight.
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25This issue affects China. A 36-year old coronavirus patient died of respiratory failure five days after being discharged from hospital, as China continues to report repeat cases of COVID-19 from people thought to have recovered.
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40This issue affects the United Kingdom. After the publication of yet another transphobic article published by The Guardian, written by TERF writer Suzanne Moore, over two hundred British feminists have signed a letter calling out institutional transphobia within the publication, specifically rejecting the transphobic narrative that trans rights infringe on women's rights. Signatories include Guardian staff, as well as politicians, including Green Party co-leader Sian Berry.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Washington. This issue affects California. This issue affects the World. Coronavirus: Sixth US death recognized in Washington state while the global casualities surpass 3,000. UPDATE: California declares a state of emergency
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41This issue affects South Korea. The religious cult known as ShincheonjiWikipedia's W.svg, at the heart of the South Korean 2019-20 COVID-19 outbreak required that members come to Sunday services even if they were sick, or to make up time the following week if they were too sick to come in. Church rituals include sitting on the "floor during hours-long services 'packed together like sardines.'" Reportedly, the initial South Korean government official in charge of dealing with the virus was a Shincheonji member who tried to quell the view that the church was responsible; church members have been doxxed en masse and have faced job firings and threats.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. In conditions reminiscent of ICE detention centers in America, a Jamaican man with a broken ankle was left in "excruciating agony" in a deportation cell for four days, forced to wet himself as he could not move. He will not be able to walk properly for over a year.
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25This issue affects Israel. Israeli Supreme Court rules in favor of prisoners' rights to unlimited time phone calls.
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37This issue affects Luxembourg. All standard-class public transport (trains, buses and the tram) throughout the 2 586km² Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is now completely free. So you can literately hop-on and hop-off to your heart's content.