“Take It Back!” Indonesia to Send Waste Back to Four Nations

Officials in Indonesia announced that the country will be sending 79 containers of hazardous materials back to the UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand at the end of January this year. The Foreign Ministry had already called the envoys of the four nations to notify them about the plan and that Indonesia will doContinue reading ““Take It Back!” Indonesia to Send Waste Back to Four Nations”

Jokowi Announces End-of-Year Cabinet Reshuffle

The recent corruption cases involving the previous two ministers, (the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) left the mentioned positions vacant. This forced President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to find replacements as the country’s covid-19 cases reached a critical point. Addition to the cabinet’s underperformance, it proved to be aContinue reading “Jokowi Announces End-of-Year Cabinet Reshuffle”

Lockdown 2.0: A Not-So Merry Christmas for Some European Countries

A number of European countries have recently toughened their restrictions as the holidays approaches. These measures vary from strict lockdowns to night-time curfews as the countries plan a strategy that allows some extent of freedom for the Christmas period. Germany has reintroduced a strict lockdown as COVID-19 related deaths hit a new record high. AsContinue reading “Lockdown 2.0: A Not-So Merry Christmas for Some European Countries”

GET THE ZUCC

Earlier in November, two of tech’s most highest profiles were grilled (once again) by the US Congress. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter faced questions from both Democrats and Republicans in an intense hearing (answered through Zoom). In the few weeks leading up to the hearing, Facebook announced that it would be takingContinue reading “GET THE ZUCC”

Don’t be a Dic(k)tator, Man

In the first few weeks of September, the country of Belarus has seen violent clashes between thousands of protesters and police after a rigged election resulted in another victory for Alexander Lukashenko. Otherwise known as Europe’s last dictator, Lukashenko has been in charge for 26 years now. (Wtf) As European Union leaders and a majorityContinue reading “Don’t be a Dic(k)tator, Man”

Facemask or Play Dead

Authorities in Jakarta asked people who violate mask-wearing rules (apparently super hard to follow for some people 🤷🏻‍♂️) to lay inside a mock-up coffin and contemplate where their actions went wrong. The media reported that people caught without a facemask in certain districts were told to spend some time in mock-up coffins as passers-by takeContinue reading “Facemask or Play Dead”

Gender Reveal [GONE WRONG], For Real

In the early weeks of September, at least 3.5 million acres of land had been destroyed in a forest fire that’s devastated parts of California. The cause of it? A gender reveal stunt that went terribly wrong. What was described as a “smoke generating pyrotechnic device” had been used and sparked the El Dorado fire, spreadingContinue reading “Gender Reveal [GONE WRONG], For Real”

Thai in Thousands

The people of Thailand have taken to the streets of Bangkok and other major cities in the country to defy a harsh crackdown against the pro-democracy movement that is currently challenging both the Thai king and the prime minister.  As the people continue to stand against the police water cannons, rallies have started to spread across Thailand in the past few months asContinue reading “Thai in Thousands”

Indonesia’s ‘Jurassic Park’

This viral photo showing a Komodo dragon facing a construction truck sparked concerns about a “Jurassic Park themed” attraction being built on an Indonesian island. The much talked about multi-million dollar site is a part of the government’s plans to boost tourism in Komodo National Park. However, the viral image left many people to questionContinue reading “Indonesia’s ‘Jurassic Park’”

Trump and TikTok: Now What?

In early September, The Trump administration announced that it would be banning the Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat from US app stores. This was an escalated move in the US’ tech clash with China. The restrictions were scheduled to go into effect on TikTok within the first weeks of November unless the company couldContinue reading “Trump and TikTok: Now What?”

Biden Wins US Presidential Elections

Joe Biden wins the US presidential elections. Donald Trump still isn’t fully convinced. By the numbers, Biden’s victory was not really a landslide to say the least. However, as far as the numbers are concerned, Joe may go down as a transitional figure in the shift from Republican to Democrat. An important one to addContinue reading “Biden Wins US Presidential Elections”

Happy Retirement, Palmerston!

Last week, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office resident cat, Palmerston announced his retirement from his duties so that he could spend more time away from the things going on in the world. He also promised to still remain as an ambassador for the UK and the Foreign Office also published “his” resignation letter. This letterContinue reading “Happy Retirement, Palmerston!”