Law & Justice

For the poor, COVID-19 also means debt and slavery

April 15, 2020

The world’s impoverished people already shoulder heavy burdens of personal debt. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and jobs everywhere evaporated. Although this pandemic-driven wave of unemployment is temporary, the financial position of poor people has become even more precarious, making them prey for debt collectors, loan sharks — and slavery. The scourge of debt collection […]

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What does the pandemic mean for human rights?

April 3, 2020

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

April 2, 2020

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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For decades, San Francisco has failed to house the homeless. Will the pandemic change all that?

March 23, 2020

Additional writing by Josh Wilson Although San Francisco prides itself as “the City that Knows How,” it has also largely failed to provide housing for thousands of people and families living on its streets. But the coronavirus pandemic may be changing all that. Search for safe space San Francisco is an enormously wealthy town, and […]

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Never mind the neo-fascists — democracy is the big winner in Slovakia’s latest election

March 19, 2020

The neo-fascists are down in Slovakia, as are the progressives, and the former ruling party.  But the anti-corruption campaigners of the upstart OLANO party have ridden a wave of popularity to a resounding victory in February’s parliamentary elections.  It all started with the murder of a journalist.  The 2018 killing of Ján Kuciak, a 28-year-old […]

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A deadly orphanage fire in Haiti has been linked to this U.S. Christian group

March 5, 2020

A self-described church that was once parodied on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” has been implicated in an orphanage fire in Haiti in which as many as 16 children died.  An investigation by journalists and condemnation by the Haitian government in 2012 and 2013 called out the abhorrent conditions of the children’s home.  But for years […]

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