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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.

Across Africa, musicians (and the occasional president) battle COVID-19 with song

By Mark A. Bonta / April 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

Across a continent where Internet access isn’t always easy to come by, messages about the COVID-19 pandemic are passed along through pop music. Popular musicians in Africa are recording new songs with public-health messages, as well as videos for Youtube, for those who can access it. Liberia’s singing president And a surprising number of presidents […]

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COVID-19 is disrupting addiction and recovery, but communities are adapting

By Mark A. Bonta / April 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

Americans who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, or who are in recovery, are grappling with a new kind of struggle in the age of pandemic. One key question: Where to turn for fellowship and support when lockdowns and social isolation are the de facto law of the land? Another challenge for public health officials: […]

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What does the pandemic mean for human rights?

By Mark A. Bonta / April 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

Across the world, governments are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with widespread lockdowns to prevent the spread of the disease. While these restrictions have clear public-health benefits, human rights advocates fear the pandemic may erode privacy protections, and enable repressive regimes to consolidate power. Sweden: Plenty of freedom, but what’s the risk? Sweden, one of […]

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The pandemic vs. freedom of the press

By Mark A. Bonta / April 2, 2020 / 0 Comments

The free flow of information, and the responsible practice of journalism, are critical for the preservation of democratic society at a time of global pandemic. Both public health and public accountability are at stake. The Daylighter’s latest coronavirus brief takes a look at how press freedoms, and the public interest, are under pressure the world […]

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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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