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

April 7, 2020

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

March 30, 2020

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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The pandemic is not going to stop immigration

March 27, 2020

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

March 27, 2020

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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Poverty makes indigenous communities all the more vulnerable to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Historically, indigenous peoples the world over have been devastated by diseases imported into their communities by outsiders. Today, rampant poverty and lack of investment in public health, housing, food and water services only increases the risks they face from the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia: Overcrowded and at-risk Aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory and elsewhere are […]

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Missionaries and industry bring disease to Brazil’s indigenous communities

March 26, 2020

Centuries of epidemic disease, from smallpox and malaria to measles and influenza, have been imported into Brazil’s native communities by missionaries, colonists, and the mining, logging and ranching industries. Now, these same invasive forces appear ready to bring the coronavirus pandemic to the deep reaches of the Amazon. The missionaries are coming One religious organization, Ethnos360, […]

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