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Mark A. Bonta

Cultural geographer and educator Mark A. Bonta covers ecology, democracy, local self-reliance and community-based solutions to global problems.

When #BlackLivesMatter came to Tyrone, Pennsylvania

By Mark A. Bonta / June 12, 2020 / 0 Comments

TYRONE, Pa. — The massive pickup truck slows down for the obligatory four-way stop out front of the Tyrone, Pa., municipal building, as the Black Lives Matter protestors stand expectant. It’s Friday, June 5, and they are clutching signs with slogans in black magic marker — “I understand that I will never understand, but I […]

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Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

By Mark A. Bonta / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

The killing of George Floyd has sparked angry protests and violent repression not just in the United States, but around the world, where pandemic lockdowns have also mixed with authoritarian abuses. • Related: “A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world” India: Brutality day by day India, a multiparty […]

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A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world

By Mark A. Bonta / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world

Days of protests and violence following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer have shaken cities across the United States, with nightly curfews locking down populations already reeling from months of COVID-19 restrictions. And this deadly convergence of disease, violence and racism are mirrored in other nations around the world. • Related: […]

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How COVID-19 preys upon poverty — and will make it worse

By Mark A. Bonta / May 15, 2020 / Comments Off on How COVID-19 preys upon poverty — and will make it worse

In the wake of COVID-19, the world economy is set to contract 3 percent in 2020, according to recent estimates from the International Monetary Fund.  As devastating as this may be, the long-term economic prospects are even worse, as a research analysis by IMF economists found that five years after a pandemic, economic inequities will […]

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May 9 is Global Migratory Bird Day, and you can join in from your own backyard

By Mark A. Bonta / May 8, 2020 / Comments Off on May 9 is Global Migratory Bird Day, and you can join in from your own backyard

Thanks to the pandemic, Americans are rediscovering birds at time that birds need to be noticed more than ever. Although a recent Audubon Society report shows that bird numbers have plummeted in North America over the last 50 years, millions of the feathered flyers are still migrating north to their seasonal breeding grounds. America’s newest […]

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Lithuania is surviving COVID-19 — in style

By Mark A. Bonta / May 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Lithuania is surviving COVID-19 — in style

As of May 2020, the Baltic nation of Lithuania has 2.9 million citizens, less than 1,500 coronavirus cases, around 50 deaths — and an excess of style, culture and good eating. The country has distinguished itself by being able to combine the best practices of pandemic mitigation — social distancing, for example — with innovative […]

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