Inspired by U.S. protests, some Belgians want colonial king statues removed
Thursday, 4 June 2020 Inspired by global protests at the death of unarmed black AmericanGeorge Floyd, some 30,000 people in Belgium have signed two petitions to remove statues of the country's colonial-era King Leopold II, whose troops decimated Congo in the late 1800s.
Australia has renamed its King Leopold mountain ranges Wunaamin Miliwundi, replacing the name of a Belgian ruler known for his brutal colonization of Africa with traditional names used by indigenous people. Emer McCarthy reports.
From 1999 to 2000, just under 9% of Americans reported experiencing 'food insecurity.' Now, UPI reports a new study reveals that in 2015-16, that percentage more than doubled to over 18%. In addition, nearly 23% of obese adults across the country reported a lack of access to healthy food in 2015-16. The findings highlight how food insecurity can lead not only to reduced food intake, but also a less healthy diet and poor eating habits.
The number of Americans who signed up for first-time jobless benefits remained stuck above 1 million for the 20th straight week, in the clearest signal yet of a stalled economic rebound. Conway G. Gittens dives into the numbers.
If Americans cut down on visits to non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak it could help control the spread. According to a new study published by JAMA Network Open, transmission of the disease could be reduced by 45%. UPI reports that decreasing non-essential activities by 75% would cut transmission by 60%. Researchers say that even these major lifestyle changes may not be enough to completely contain the outbreak.
US president Donald Trump said he's done more for "black Americans than anybody with the possible of exception of Abraham Lincoln" when asked to respond to his Democratic rival Joe Biden's comments that he is the first "racist" president.
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