Category: Global News

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19

Maya Tuckman, journalist

While the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic appear to be the most urgent issues in current global society, mental health risks during quarantine isolation, loss of loved ones, and other financial, social, and familial struggles exemplify a rising personal conflict. Stress and isolation evoke unusually harmful psychological consequences that, since the start of lockdown, have progressively exacerbated the condition of nationwide mental health and intensified negative circumstances for those already struggling with mental illnesses like anxiety, addiction, depression, and more.

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Brexit: What’s happening now?

Nyma E., Global News Editor

Brexit: Britain bows out of EU as Bank of England downgrades outlook |  Financial Times

Earlier this year, I wrote an article explaining Brexit. If you would like to read that article, click here

The United Kingdom formally left the European Union on January 31, 2020. Currently, the UK is in a transition period where it still has to follow the EU rules. This transition period expires on December 31, 2020. The UK is scrambling to get a trade deal in place before this date; if they don’t, the UK will crash out of the EU without a trade deal.  

The UK and EU have been struggling to negotiate a trade deal since January; however, some progress has been made after weeks of slow-moving talks. Fishing rights, competition rules, and how a deal would be enforced are the three main issues that still need to be negotiated. The UK and EU are also negotiating how closely the UK will have to follow EU standards after the transition. 

If the UK and EU manage to strike up a trade deal, trade between the two will continue to be cheaper and easier because no taxes will have to be paid. However, if no trade deal is reached, there will be significant consequences. At this rate, likely, the UK and EU will not agree on a trade deal before December 31. 

The EU is the UK’s largest trading partner; the trading relationship between the two is worth $900 million. In addition to that, the UK is already suffering its worst recession in 300 years; disagreeing on a trade deal could prolong this recession and make it even harder. In fact, economic destruction caused by a no-deal Brexit could be worse than the destruction caused by the pandemic. Unemployment is expected to rise dramatically. Businesses will also have to pay taxes on imports and exports, making UK goods harder to sell abroad, consequently increasing British shops’ prices for goods made in the EU. 

Even if a trade deal is reached, there will still be a bad economic situation, with GDP expected to drop 11.3% this year. Also, the costs companies face would still be higher because of border checks and customs. 

One industry that will be hit particularly hard if there is a no-deal Brexit is the motor industry. The British motor industry has already been hit very hard by the pandemic; the industry is the slowest it has been since 1995. A no-deal Brexit could lead to a £100 billion dent in the car industry over the next five years, damaging it even further. The motor industry is very interconnected between the UK and EU; parts cross many countries’ borders, so it is necessary to have a trade deal. 

One of these negotiations’ most critical parts is the border between Northern and Southern Ireland and whether it will remain open or return back into a hard border. The return of a hard border would be a major consequence of a no-deal Brexit. A hard border between the two would lead to vandalization and border guards being attacked. This could lead back to the sectarian violence that lasted more than three decades and claimed more than 3500 lives. 

President-elect Biden tweeted back in September, saying, “Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border.” One of Brexit’s main benefits was a trade deal with the US, so many are hoping that Boris Johnson will be able to strike up a trade deal with Brussels. 

#EndSARS: The Fight for a Better Nigeria

Adaora O., journalist

Lagos–A rallying cry emerges from the citizens of Nigeria as they march along the streets in protest of the Nigerian government and the police unit SARS that has been terrorizing citizens. This movement known on social media as #EndSARS has been gaining attention on social media and media from around the world. And it’s just getting started.

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Pro-Democracy Protests in Thailand Turn Violent

Nyma E., Global News Department Co-Editor

BANGKOK–Protests in Thailand have been escalating since they began on October 6. More violence has been breaking out between opposing groups, which has led to very grim consequences. Many believe that if violence and rioting ensue, the future of Thailand could be very dark. 

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Closed Doors and Global Lockdowns Raise Domestic Violence Cases

By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, editor

Thu April 16, 2020

(GWUOHS) — Schools are dismissed, work is postponed, and doors are closed. As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads globally, another public crisis arises – domestic abuse. The intentions of the mandatory stay-at-home court orders and lockdowns work in the interest of public health; however, leave a vast majority in danger. Victims of physical, domestic, sexual, and psychological abuse are now trapped at home with their abusers. The mandatory regulations implemented worldwide aberrantly affect those who face domestic abuse and seclude them from outside resources that would ordinarily provide them relief and safety.

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How COVID-19 has affected students

Lily McLean, editor

This article was completed on April 16th and many of the students polled submitted their answers as early as mid-March. Some information will not be current due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation.

On March 16th, 2020, it was announced that millions of Californians, spread across several counties, would be required to shelter in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the drop of a hat, everything changed. Businesses closed, people lost their jobs, and everywhere, citizens were contemplating the prospect of being trapped within their homes for an indefinite period of time. Governor Gavin Newsom extended this order three days later to cover the entire state. Since then, 45 states have announced at least partial shelter-in-place orders, putting normal American life on hold. As the coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, news outlets have covered the myriad of ways it affects citizens, from record numbers of people filing for unemployment to a dangerous shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). In this article, we give students the chance to explain how they have been affected by the coronavirus in their own words.

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Creating Art Together- Figuratively

Francesca R., journalist

As is common knowledge, COVID-19 was officially characterized as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.  Following this, emails and news stories announcing the cancellations of various performances, classes, and even the closing of studios as a whole flooded into artist’s inboxes. Before we all knew it, everyone’s calendar was emptier than a grocery store’s toilet paper aisle. However, rather than being excited and looking at this as an extended spring break, this brought about significant panic. Artists already get paid very little, would they be paid during this time? And as it is so difficult to “make it,” in a career in the art industry, every minute of practice is of the essence for students. How would they receive proper instruction and training? Fortunately, because of modern technology, continuity in training and a continuation of practice in the arts has been made possible.

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