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Corona Pandemic and the Workers

M Zahidul Haque DURING this Corona pandemic if one asks a worker-“How are you doing in this corona pandemic?” One would get a common reply with a set of problems—“Not so well; not yet received salary, under landlord’s pressure for paying the house rent, having difficulties to make ends meet!” Read More »

Freedom of religion and the Covid-19 pandemic

By Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi Any place on earth can be a mosque and prayer can be offered wherever there is the presence of God. The movement restriction order is preventing us from going outside but it does not prevent us from going within the recesses of our soul to discover the untapped spiritual force within. Read More »

The pandemic and the recolonisation of time

by Çiğdem Boz and Ayça Tekin-Koru on 8th May 2020 @Ayca_TekinKoru The expansion of free time during the crisis could lead to a reassessment of leisure and a revalorised public sphere. The Covid-19 crisis has engendered an unparalleled self-evaluation of time. As more and more found themselves confined to their homes, an unprecedented effort to fill suddenly abundant free time ... Read More »

Overconsumption, globalised supply chain and Covid-19 crisis

by Meadhbh Bolger on 6th May 2020 @MeadhbhBolger We must build back more resilient, just societies that consume within ecological limits. The immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis must continue to be saving lives, preventing the further spread of the virus and showing human solidarity and compassion—in particular with the most vulnerable and with essential workers. Read More »

Global impact of new corona virus and population issues

By Osamu Kusumoto TOKYO, May 5 2020 (IPS) – The new coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to wreak havoc across the world, as the number of infections and deaths rapidly rise. It has the potential to infect anybody regardless of age or gender. There are grave concerns that the economic fallout from Covid-19 may be comparable to that of the Great Depression. ... Read More »

Public health and epidemics

By Jan Lundius STOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 30 2020 (IPS) – For some time Wuhan in China and Lombardy in Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 virus, something that has changed when the contagion is spreading fast in the US. A Lombardy in the grip of a deadly epidemic might among several Italians give rise to memories of their school ... Read More »

Valuing life differently: migrants and the coronavirus crisis

by Felix Bender and Magdalena Ulceluse on 1st May 2020 @FEHBender The coronavirus crisis has led many to revalue human life. But not, it seems, when the lives are of migrants. A lot has been said and written on the trade-off between health and economic performance during the lockdown. The idea of sacrificing the health of the population so the ... Read More »

Address stigma and prejudices against coronavirus victims

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Narayanganj Sadar Upazila administration is campaigning to persuade the residents of a mahalla of the district town not to disturb the family of a doctor for contracting coronavirus. Shilpi Aktar, the doctor who has been seeing Covid-19 patients at the 300-bed hospital in the town for months finds 17 members of her family proving coronavirus positive. Read More »

People not in safety net count need to be seen and supported

Mostafa Kamal Majumder As the duration of the coronavirus lockdown is in the fourth week in Bangladesh beginning on March 26, new categories of people vulnerable to hunger are emerging. They are normally not the people to ask for support from the society or the government to feed them. With economic activities coming to a halt, scope of earning livelihood ... Read More »

UN faces financial & liquidity crisis as pandemic rages

By Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury NEW YORK, Apr 17 2020 (IPS) – The current financial crisis, triggered as a result of withholding or delaying payment of assessed contributions by Member States, is nothing new to the United Nations. We have travelled that road quite a few times in recent decades. No reason to panic. The past crises have been somehow ... Read More »

COVID-19 and the Crisis in Food Systems

“Under-valued and under-protected, the vulnerabilities of health and food systems are laid bare by COVID-19” Brussels, 14 April 2020 –The COVID-19 pandemic shows that health and food systems, and the people underpinning them, have been “under-valued and under-protected” for years – according to the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Read More »

Signs missed and steps slowed in Trump’s pandemic response

Washington, April 13 – By the time President Donald Trump first spoke publicly about the coronavirus, it may already have been too late. Interviewed at Davos, a gathering of global elites in the Swiss Alps, the president on Jan. 22 played down the threat posed by the respiratory virus from China, which had just reached American shores in the form ... Read More »

Human rights and compassion must guide COVID-19 mitigation

By Siddharth Chatterjee NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 2020 (IPS) – Covid-19 infections continue to rise, bringing normal life to a virtual standstill and causing countries to shut themselves off from the rest of the world. Increasingly, governments are turning to ever more stringent measures including curfews and lockdowns, with police and military being used to enforce those measures. Read More »

Coronavirus & early lessons from China

By Helge Berger, Kenneth Kang, & Changyong Rhee, International Monetary Fund (IMF) WASHINGTON DC, Mar 27 2020 (IPS) – The coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. China’s experience so far shows that the right policies make a difference in fighting the disease and mitigating its ... Read More »

AI and predictive justice in our courts

By Dr Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Talking to Strangers, wrote of the difficulty faced by a judge whether to allow bail to an accused. Gladwell, in essence, highlights that being human, there is a propensity for judges to make a wrong judgment of the accused’s character when faced with strangers in a courtroom. Gladwell then ... Read More »

US Mideast Peace Plan: From a paper Pharaoh and a fake Moses

By Ameen Izzadeen COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb 3 2020 (IPS) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu was slapped corruption charges last week while he was hobnobbing with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Bibi has, apparently, done his homework in psychology. He knew the quickest way to get around Trump was to flatter him. Read More »