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When #BlackLivesMatter came to Tyrone, Pennsylvania

June 12, 2020

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

June 3, 2020

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: Racism, brutality, disease

June 3, 2020

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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Libraries are in demand as the pandemic spreads — but are they prepared?

May 5, 2020

Public libraries are community institutions essential to the free flow of information in American society — and they were shuttered abruptly at the beginning of the pandemic. Now, however, libraries across the country have become more essential than ever thanks to the multitude of online services they offer. Yet in most cases, they’re struggling. In […]

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Rent strike! How COVID-19 is disrupting rent, evictions and the housing market

April 13, 2020

The story is the same across the United States. Millions of households — one third of renters nationwide — have been unable to make rent payments in April, due to the pandemic lockdowns that have swept the country. Real estate prognosticators fear this could lead to a catastrophic “domino effect” of missed rent, late mortgage, and […]

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It’s a pandemic — let’s deregulate!

April 8, 2020

A common response to COVID-19 by governments worldwide is deregulation. Advocates assert that rolling back health, safety and environmental rules is an economic necessity amid a virus-driven economic crisis, but critics say it’s nothing more than raw opportunism that brings profound long-term risks. Scotland: Save the … salmon farms? The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has […]

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