Dubai turns world's tallest building into coronavirus charity box

KONFRONTASI-The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa, has become a glowing charity donation box, raising money for food for United Arab Emirates residents suffering the economic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Each of the tower’s 1.2 million external lights was ‘sold’ for 10 dirhams ($2.70), enough to buy one meal. As donations came in, the tower ‘filled up’, and people could also bid to claim the light at the very top.

Millions more Americans join the unemployment line

KONFRONTASI -  Millions more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, suggesting layoffs broadened from consumer-facing industries to other segments of the economy and could remain elevated even as many parts of the country start to reopen.

The US Labor Department’s weekly jobless claims report on Thursday showed initial jobless claims for state unemployment benefits totaled a seasonally adjusted 3.169 million for the week ended May 2, down from a revised 3.846 million in the prior week.

Politics of pandemics: How online 'buzzers' infect Indonesia's democracy, jeopardize its citizens

KONFRONTASI -   This is how I imagine Indonesia will end; not with a bang of an atomic bomb launched by a formidable adversary, but with a “buzz” created by social media influencers—locally known as “buzzers”—that prevent us from making informed decisions in a global health emergency.

The End of Emerging Markets?

KONFRONTASI -  he story of the coronavirus has so far been told mostly from the perspective of rich countries, but its harshest effects will still likely be felt by the world’s poor. Africa’s cases rose by nearly half in a single week in April, while India’s numbers continue to tick up. Some of the world’s worst outbreaks are taking place in nations such as Brazil, Ecuador, and Turkey. The pandemic’s epicenter could easily return to Asia or move onward to Latin America.


Coronavirus taking heavy toll on US prison population

KONFRONTASI - The prison population in the United States, the largest in the world, is being badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic even as officials are saying the disease has plateaued.

More than 80 percent of the nearly 2,500 inmates at a prison in Marion, Ohio as well as 175 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, making it the most heavily infected institution across the country.

Coronavirus and narcotics: Can drug cartels survive COVID-19?

OPINION-The year 2020 has been terrible for people across the world, but it has been particularly bad for Latin America. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis caused further suffering in a region already plagued by political uncertainty, corruption, and violence. The pandemic, coupled with sudden slumps in oil prices, significant regional currencies, and imports from China and the United States, created a perfect storm which devastated both the general population and the private sector.

Ignorance, fear, whispers: North Korean defectors say contacts in the dark about Kim

KONFRONTASI-Defectors from North Korea say many of their relatives and contacts were unaware of the international speculation over leader Kim Jong Un’s health or were unwilling to discuss the issue in clandestine calls made from the South.

Two defectors told Reuters their relatives in North Korea did not know that Kim has been missing from public view for almost two weeks, said they didn’t want to discuss the issue, or abruptly hung up when the supreme leader was mentioned.

Will US-Taliban deal limit India's leverage in Afghanistan?

KONFRONTASI - A week after a US-led invasion overthrew the Taliban regime in November 2001, a plane carrying a small delegation of Indian diplomats landed in Bagram airbase, north of Kabul, the born-again capital of the newly-liberated country.

It marked New Delhi's re-entry in Afghanistan - five years after it was forced to escape the country - after Taliban assumed power in Kabul on September 26, 1996.

Tsunami risk identified near future Indonesian capital

KONFRONTASI -  Scientists have identified a potential tsunami risk in the region chosen by Indonesia for its new capital.

The researchers mapped evidence of multiple ancient underwater landslides in the Makassar Strait between the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi.

If the largest of these were repeated today, it would generate tsunami capable of inundating Balikpapan Bay - an area close to the proposed capital.

Six killed by Kenyan police enforcing coronavirus curfew: HRW

KONFRONTASI-At least six people have died in Kenya from police violence during the enforcement of a dusk-to-dawn curfew implemented to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The measure, which came to power on March 27, prohibits people from moving outside between 7pm (16:00 GMT) and 5am (02:00 GMT).

The six deaths investigated by HRW happened during its first 10 days, the US-based group said in a statement on Wednesday.