OPINION: Democracy is Almost Over in Hong Kong And Trump Might Save The Day

Opinion By: Political Expert Dr Ian Cook Perhaps the Chinese leaders are following the basic rule of politics: that governments should never waste a crisis. People are usually panicking, which means they’ll accept, even support, government controls that they wouldn’t normally accept. They’re also distracted by dealing with the crisis in their daily lives. It…

US Congress passes biggest economic rescue package

By Helene Fung The Democrats managed to push through the Heroes Act – a US$3 trillion rescue package which is set to be the US’s biggest ever – by a narrow margin of 208 to 199 in the House of Representatives. More than 36 million Americans have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 related catastrophe…

Five COVID-19 vaccines in human trial in China

By Helene Fung Deputy Director of China’s National Health Commission, Yixin Zeng, told reporters on Friday that a fifth potential COVID-19 vaccine is currently in a human trial, and more are in the pipeline awaiting human trial approval. He added that so far none of the 2,575 volunteers participating in the trial have reported any…

Two White House staff tests positive for COVID-19 this week

By Helene Fung Two White House staff have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, but US President Donald Trump has still opted not to wear a mask at a WWII commemoration events also attended by veterans in their 90s. On Thursday (local time), it was announced that Mr Trump’s valet – a military serviceman who…

WA experiences no new COVID-19 cases for a week

WA has recorded a week without a case of coronavirus, following another day of no new cases. The McGowan Government reported the result on Wednesday, which came seven days since the last positive COVID-19 case. WA currently has only 14 active cases in WA, including seven people in hospital and three in an intensive care…

Kim Jong-un public appearance photo released amid health speculations

By Helene Fung North Korean state media Korean central News Agency reported that their leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance in 20 days, following intense speculations that Mr Kim was gravely ill, in a vegetative state, or dead, following an operation. Mr Kim is reported to have attended the opening of a…

China officially reclassifies dogs as pets rather than livestock

By Helene Fung China’s Agricultural Ministry has drawn up new guidelines reclassifying dogs as pets rather than livestock as part of its response to the Coronavirus outbreak. “As far as dogs are concerned, along with the progress of human civilisation and the public concern and love for animal protection, dogs have been specialised to become…

Californian Governor declares “independence” from Federal Government

By Helene Fung Tension runs high in the not-so-United States of America earlier this week, as Californian Governor Gavin Newsom seemed to have run out of patience and declared independence from the federal government’s anti-COVID-19 efforts. In a TV interview on MSNBC on Thursday (local time), Mr Newsom said that he’s signed deals for 200…