For the first time since 2004, the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) has recorded more autocratic states than democracies around the world. Civil society activists often represent the last bastion of resistance. Autocracies such as Russia and China on the one hand; democracies like the USA or Germany on the other. Is that the great conflictContinue reading “Democracy in decline worldwide”
Hungary will in March host right-wing participants from the United States and Europe including the leader of Spain’s Vox party at a conference linked to U.S. conservatives, a leading pro-government think-tank said on Wednesday. The gathering of American conservatives along with leaders and activists from Europe and Latin America will feature Prime Minister Viktor OrbanContinue reading “Hungary to host global right-wing populists in support of PM Orban”
Global heating continued unabated with extreme weather rife and greenhouse gases hitting new highs The last seven years were the world’s hottest on record, with the first analysis of global temperature in 2021 showing it was 1.2C above pre-industrial levels. The assessment of the year, by the European climate agency Copernicus, also found carbon dioxideContinue reading “Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows”
India has reported its biggest surge since June 2021. The Omicron fuelled surge added 10 million new cases worldwide last week. The UK is restricting testing. Lockdown in China’s Xi’an has led to chaos. Palki Sharma brings you the 10 big developments.
The Omicron variant is causing skyrocketing rates of COVID-19 infections in countries around the world. The Director-General of the World Health Organization says he is extremely worried about the massive spike in cases driven by the simultaneous spread of Delta and Omicron.
The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Omicron infections no less severe based on early UK data Infections caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus do not appear toContinue reading “Omicron infections appear no less severe than Delta; COVID-19 lowers sperm count, motility”
The omicron variant of the coronavirus is “raging” around the world, the White House’s top medical advisor Anthony Fauci said on Sunday. Fauci said in a TV interview for NBC that the “real problem” for the US hospital system is that “we have so many people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinatedContinue reading “World braces for ‘raging’ omicrin infection wave – DW News”
The omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired abroad, the World Health Organization said Saturday. Omicron’s “substantial growth advantage” over the delta variant means it is likely toContinue reading “WHO: Omicron detected in 89 countries, cases doubling fast”