The Statistic

8th August, 2022
Number of nuclear weapons tests conducted between 1945 and 1996 compared to after that date (when the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty opened for signatures): More than 2,000 compared to fewer than 12
Source: Robert Floyd, executive secretary of the body that oversees the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty

 

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Moments

8th August, 2022
PASSED: By the US Senate on Sunday afternoon, the Democrats' $US750 billion healthcare, tax and climate bill, in what is being seen as a significant victory for President Joe Biden and his party.
STRANDED: More than 80,000 tourists at the popular Chinese resort of Sanya, known as "China's Hawaii", after a coronavirus outbreak sparked a lockdown.
RETURNING: Some 72 artefacts, including 12 brass plaques known as Benin Bronzes, looted from Benin City by British soldiers in 1897, by London's Horniman Museum to the Nigerian Government.

 

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Essays

CLARE STEELE, CEO of Compassion Australia, says we must act now to tackle the "devastating" impacts of the global food crisis...

US-based professor of geography, JOSEPH NEVINS - in an article first published on The Conversation, explores the reasons behind the growing number of deaths on the US-Mexico border...

In an article first published on Religion News Service, BRIDGET MOIX, general secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, says the tragedy of slavery can never be erased or undone, but it must be addressed and atoned for on a national level...

They Said It

"Time is against us."
- Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaking to families outside a mine in the northern border state of Coahuila on Saturday where 10 miners became trapped on Wednesday afternoon when their excavation work caused a tunnel wall to collapse, triggering flooding in three wells (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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This Week on the Web

8th August, 2022
As Japan - and the world - marked the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Tomoko Kurita, the daughter of a survivor, played the violin as part of a church service aimed at calling for peace and nuclear disarmament. Read a report on UCANews...

 

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The Word Explained

8th August, 2022
Mammon: Wealth personified as a powerful force. 

 

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