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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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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Just what, exactly, is a ‘wet market,’ and should they be illegal in China?

April 17, 2020

The conventional wisdom is that the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic jumped to human beings from animals sold for food in an open-air “wet market” in Wuhan, China. China has subsequently been widely criticized for permitted wet markets to remain open. Yet it turns out that these types of marketplaces are not the problem — […]

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Is Singapore’s success at coronavirus prevention a global model?

March 23, 2020

The southeast Asian city-state of Singapore, one of the world’s most developed nations, has been recognized for setting the “gold standard” in COVID-19 detection and prevention. It achieves this in part through an aggressive “contact tracing” effort in which every individual who’s come in contact with an infected person is tracked down. The process is […]

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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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A fire that killed more than a thousand garment workers has spurred global reforms

March 4, 2020

Seven years after a factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed over a thousand garment makers, both union organizing and legal reforms are changing the fashion industry and worker safety worldwide.  But substantial challenges remain, including the repression of union organizing in Bangladesh, and a legal battle that may pull the teeth of a French worker-safety […]

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