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Coronavirus briefs: Religion in the time of pandemic

By Mark A. Bonta / March 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

Religious practice is as much about community as it is about faith. In this brief, The Daylighter conducts a short survey of how spiritual communities around the world are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Islam: Keep it clean Cleanliness is an important part of Islamic belief and practice, and its importance is resurgent in Muslim […]

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A global ceasefire as the pandemic rages: Who will heed the call?

By Mark A. Bonta / March 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

As wars and low-intensity conflicts in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and many other countries drag on amidst the coronavirus pandemic, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sparked hopes for a global ceasefire. On Monday, March 23, Guterres issued a call for “a global ceasefire in all corners of the world … The fury of the […]

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Tell us about our crisis coverage

By Josh Wilson / March 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

We’re now at the end of our second week of crisis-style coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been covering stories expediently, delving deep into local and regional media around the world, and keeping focused on our core beats of human rights, environment, democracy, and related public-interest issues. This includes shorter news briefs, plus deeper dives […]

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Briefs: Expert mocked on Twitter; Maine homesteaders (mostly) are prepared

By Josh Wilson / March 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

Expert mocked for alarmist tweetstorm The data were in before the pandemic began, and one scientist tried to sound the alarm. A Harvard epidemiologist using Twitter tried to warn society back in January about the global threat COVID-19 represented. He was ignored, ridiculed, or asked to tone it down, in one case by the elite […]

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The pandemic is not going to stop immigration

By Mark A. Bonta / March 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, immigration is not going to stop, especially from Central America. That’s because what migrants and refugees are leaving behind is worse than what lies ahead. Central America is home to the most intractable poverty in the Americas, and the highest rates of violence. Whether they’re headed to the United States or […]

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How coronavirus threatens animals

By Mark A. Bonta / March 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

Humans are not the only species that is threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Animals are also endangered by both the disease and the way people respond to it. The problem of bear bile China’s National Health Commission is recommending the use of bear bile for treatment of COVID-19, and conservationists are concerned. One of the […]

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