In the middle of August 1918, the H.M.S. Mantua was only two days into its familiar route from the Royal Navy Base in Devonport, England, to Sierra Leone when influenza broke out on board. By the time the vessel arrived in Freetown on August 15th, more than 200 of its crew were sick.
Pandemic, it seems, is not a word to be used lightly.
For several weeks now, the novel coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan in December has been spreading steadily from person-to-person and from country to country.
The history of the Latvian people begins some four and a half millennia ago with the arrival of the proto-Baltic Indo-Europeans to northern Europe. A ‘Singing Revolution’ and the achievement of independence took place on 18 November 1989, 30 years ago today.
Less than three months ago, on 20th July 2019, Benjamin Netanyahu marked a total of thirteen years and four months in power, overtaking the record of Israel’s founder, David Ben-Gurion, as its longest serving prime minister. In two weeks, he will reach another milestone while still in office: his seventieth birthday.
While the Brexit referendum was won by a slim majority, it demonstrated that no consensus existed in the United Kingdom, with entire regions like Scotland voting against it. Today opinion polls have anti-Brexiters in an equally slim majority, revealing yet again the loss of national unity that resulted from the referendum.
On the 5th August 2019, when Modi revoked the constitutional clauses that recognised Indian Held Kashmir’s special status, the Prime Minister not only disrupted the status quo, but also alienated the Kashmiris beyond the point of redemption.
With the Trump administration’s May 2018 withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with six major powers, and its imposition of secondary sanctions on Iran’s oil sales, tensions in the region have escalated sharply.
Boris Johnson has gone for the nuclear option. The prime minister’s request to the Queen to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks frustrates anti-Brexit legislation and sends a clear message to Brussels: the current government is serious about leaving the EU, deal or no deal.
One hundred and eighty-six years ago the House of Commons finally agreed to abolish slavery in the West Indies. The decision was a long time coming, and many since have wondered what it meant.