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Africa

Africans are fleeing racism in China

April 24, 2020

Thousands of African migrants living in Guangzhou in southern China are being targeted by racist attacks and policies. The problem has become so bad that one African nation has even begun evacuating its citizens from China. The reason? Besides simple prejudice, Africans are being blamed for exposing Chinese people to COVID-19. African students in Chinese […]

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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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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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What can the U.S. pandemic response learn from Nigeria, and Native Americans?

March 20, 2020

A recurring theme in the United States is our lack of preparedness, from the disbanding of the federal pandemic response team, which is fraught with controversy, to the lack of safety gear, ventilators and hospital beds around the nation. Elsewhere in the world, and even within the U.S. borders, other governments appear to be more […]

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Just in case it isn’t apocalyptic enough: Locusts

March 2, 2020

Spurred by climate change, civil war and poverty, a new plague of locusts is sweeping though northeastern Africa. And experts say the out-of-control insect swarms are going to get worse before they get better. Previously, locusts — also known as short-horned grasshoppers — haven’t appeared in such numbers in the region since the 1950s.  Tens […]

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