Zambia: Amnesty International welcomes the abolishment of the death penalty

Responding to an announcement by Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema on Friday 23 December 2022, that he had assented to a law banning the death penalty and the offence of criminal defamation of the president, Tigere Chagutah Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa said: “Amnesty International welcomes the announcement by President Hichilema that […] The post Zambia: Amnesty International welcomes the abolishment of the death penalty appeared first on Amnesty International.

Investigation: Older people’s experience of war in Ukraine

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Lawmakers Set to Propose Record $847B for Defense, $45B Over Biden’s Request

The United States’s already colossal and record-breaking defense budget is about to get even bigger, with congressional negotiators slated to propose a staggering $847 billion for defense for 2023, new reporting finds — a $45 billion increase over President Joe Biden’s already massive defense budget request. Four people familiar with negotiations told Politico that House and Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come to a “compromise” on the budget, which could balloon as high as $858 billion when programs outside of the congressional armed services committees are included. $847 billion is equal to the Senate Armed Services…

Jurassic World Dominion: a palaeontologist on what the film gets wrong about dinosaurs

The biggest crime of the film was exaggerating the size of dinosaurs.

A Hunger Within the US Left for “Action” on Ukraine Is Driving Us Astray

As the global news media continue to document the Russian military’s indiscriminate shelling of civilians in Ukraine, many in the U.S. have been voicing support for action. Even those with the best of intentions want to “do something” and do it immediately. But we want to suggest that this can lead to a disastrous and self-defeating strategy. “Doing something” has tended to mean demanding increased action from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to protect Ukraine, which, we insist, will only reproduce the conditions that helped produce the current conflict in the first place. To be clear, this is no…