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19.05.2020

Coronavirus: is the R number still useful?

Coronavirus: is the R number still useful?

A few months ago, most people had never heard of the R number. Now, thanks to the novel coronavirus, we all know – or think we know – what it means. R is the reproduction number of an infectious disease – basically how many people one infected person will transmit… »

17.05.2020

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

As one ‘liberator’ vanishes from sight, another is on the rise The buildup to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, marked earlier this month, has exacerbated a longstanding row about how contested historical figures should be perceived in both the Czech Republic and Russia. In Prague,… »

16.05.2020

Indigenous Shuar People at risk of coronavirus

Indigenous Shuar People at risk of coronavirus

Hannibal Rhoades More than 100 organisations have signed a letter repudiating mining companies for putting Indigenous Shuar communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon at risk. More than 100 organisations from around the world have signed onto an open-letter to show their support for the Shuar Arutam People (PSHA)… »

16.05.2020

We are all Homeland

We are all Homeland

In my country, Argentina, Kirchnerism has made a sentence famous: “Home is the other”, which I paraphrased in the title. I have always considered it the vernacular synthesis of the concept “the human being as a central value” and of the Golden Rule (treat others as you would like them… »

13.05.2020

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

A propaganda video addressing the country’s “back wave” triggered a backlash Chinese officials are keen to make the country’s younger generation feel fortunate for what it has, and it isn’t difficult to see why. The post-90s generation is the least happy among all age groups in… »

12.05.2020

Women Taking Charge during COVID-19

Women Taking Charge during COVID-19

By Fairuz Ahmed As the COVID-19 mayhem carries on in most countries, the role of mothers, daughters, and female caregivers have been affected the most. Besides looking after the household and home schooling children, they are also working on the front lines, actively or… »

11.05.2020

25 Years After the Indefinite Extension of The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: A Field of Broken Promises and Shattered Visions

25 Years After the Indefinite Extension of The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: A Field of Broken Promises and Shattered Visions

“I long ago took to heart the words of Omar Bradley, spoken virtually a half century ago, when he observed, having seen the aftermath of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thus: ‘We live in an age of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We live in a world that has… »

10.05.2020

Climate change has already made parts of the world too hot for humans

Climate change has already made parts of the world too hot for humans

By Adam Vaughan Global warming has already made parts of the world hotter than the human body can withstand, decades earlier than climate models expected this to happen. Jacobabad in Pakistan and Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates have both repeatedly crossed a… »

10.05.2020

Isolation and Interconnectedness: A Common Experience

Isolation and Interconnectedness: A Common Experience

     Do not imagine that you are alone in your village, in your city, on the Earth or among the infinite worlds.      –From the Path, Message of Silo.      Once upon a while back, in the month of May, I found myself with some time… »

09.05.2020

Trump Can’t Mask His Message to Indian Country: ‘Live and Let Die’

Trump Can’t Mask His Message to Indian Country: ‘Live and Let Die’

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Diné/Navajo people hard, inflicting the highest per capita infection rate in the country after New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the country, larger than West Virginia, straddling Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Half of… »

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