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Coronavirus

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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Tourism, a global economic force, is beaten down by COVID-19

By Mark A. Bonta / July 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Tourism, a global economic force, is beaten down by COVID-19

Additional writing by Joshua Wilson Tourism, a critical segment of the global economy, accounts for 10 percent of economic activity worldwide, and provides 330 million jobs. That’s at least 15 percent of all the jobs in more than a quarter of the world’s nations.  Now, with the world in the grips of the ever-expanding COVID-19 […]

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Summer travel in America: High hopes, false starts, no end of pain

By Mark A. Bonta / July 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Summer travel in America: High hopes, false starts, no end of pain

[The tourism industry, an economic powerhouse and major employer worldwide, is on the ropes as COVID-19 shuts down economies and closes borders. This week The Daylighter looks at the economic and social impacts of the pandemic on tourism across the United States and around the world.] Camping, biking and hiking are on the rise, as […]

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Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

By Mark A. Bonta / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

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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A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world

By Mark A. Bonta / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world

Days of protests and violence following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer have shaken cities across the United States, with nightly curfews locking down populations already reeling from months of COVID-19 restrictions. And this deadly convergence of disease, violence and racism are mirrored in other nations around the world. • Related: […]

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How COVID-19 preys upon poverty — and will make it worse

By Mark A. Bonta / May 15, 2020 / Comments Off on How COVID-19 preys upon poverty — and will make it worse

In the wake of COVID-19, the world economy is set to contract 3 percent in 2020, according to recent estimates from the International Monetary Fund.  As devastating as this may be, the long-term economic prospects are even worse, as a research analysis by IMF economists found that five years after a pandemic, economic inequities will […]

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May 9 is Global Migratory Bird Day, and you can join in from your own backyard

By Mark A. Bonta / May 8, 2020 / Comments Off on May 9 is Global Migratory Bird Day, and you can join in from your own backyard

Thanks to the pandemic, Americans are rediscovering birds at time that birds need to be noticed more than ever. Although a recent Audubon Society report shows that bird numbers have plummeted in North America over the last 50 years, millions of the feathered flyers are still migrating north to their seasonal breeding grounds. America’s newest […]

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