This page is updated each weekday, and collects The Daylighter’s up-to-the-minute briefs on local and regional responses to the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, as seen through the lens of our beat coverage of human rights, democracy, environment, etc.

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COVID-19 is disrupting addiction and recovery, but communities are adapting

By Mark A. Bonta / April 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

Americans who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, or who are in recovery, are grappling with a new kind of struggle in the age of pandemic. One key question: Where to turn for fellowship and support when lockdowns and social isolation are the de facto law of the land? Another challenge for public health officials: […]

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What does the pandemic mean for human rights?

By Mark A. Bonta / April 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

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

By Mark A. Bonta / April 2, 2020 / 0 Comments

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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Coronavirus briefs: Religion in the time of pandemic

By Mark A. Bonta / March 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

Religious practice is as much about community as it is about faith. In this brief, The Daylighter conducts a short survey of how spiritual communities around the world are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Islam: Keep it clean Cleanliness is an important part of Islamic belief and practice, and its importance is resurgent in Muslim […]

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

By Mark A. Bonta / March 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

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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Tell us about our crisis coverage

By Josh Wilson / March 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

We’re now at the end of our second week of crisis-style coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been covering stories expediently, delving deep into local and regional media around the world, and keeping focused on our core beats of human rights, environment, democracy, and related public-interest issues. This includes shorter news briefs, plus deeper dives […]

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