Health

03.08.2020

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

North Macedonia has opened its borders to tourists from the European Union (EU) and other European countries, but measures related to COVID-19 prevention are discouraging visitors from choosing the country as a travel destination. A big factor is that some EU countries, Hungary for example, require their citizens returning from… »

31.07.2020

Coronavirus: Germany puts Spain’s Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon on high-risk list

Coronavirus: Germany puts Spain’s Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon on high-risk list

Holidaymakers returning from Catalonia, home to Barcelona, will have to present a negative coronavirus test or go into quarantine upon arriving in Germany. It’s one of three Spanish regions newly designated high risk. Germany’s disease control agency on Friday added Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon to a list of places considered… »

28.07.2020

WHO: COVID-19 “Most Severe Global Health Emergency” as Global Death Toll Tops 654,000

WHO: COVID-19 “Most Severe Global Health Emergency” as Global Death Toll Tops 654,000

The global COVID-19 death toll has topped 654,000. On Monday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak the most severe global health emergency the WHO has ever faced. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the international health regulations, but it’s… »

28.07.2020

World Must Crunch Not Flatten the Pandemic Curve

World Must Crunch Not Flatten the Pandemic Curve

Covid Naysayers V. Saners By: Jerome Irwin Who are these naysayers & what are they saying? Call these naysayer’s what you will: anarchists, obstructionists, right-wingers, libertarians, pro-lifers, religious fundamentalists, anti-maskers, anti-vaccine proponents, Trump-nutters or government-conspiratorial-flat-earther-global warming-lunar-landing dis-believers of one lunatic persuasion or another. They’re the same ones who will argue… »

27.07.2020

Serbia protests point to crisis of legitimacy for Vučić government

Serbia protests point to crisis of legitimacy for Vučić government

Over the past several years, Belgrade has been the setting for mass protests demanding transparency and accountability from the government led by President Aleksander Vučić of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). Protests against gentrification and non-transparent development such as the initiative Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own (Ne da(vi)mo… »

26.07.2020

South Africa after Mandela: between Covid-19 and inequality

South Africa after Mandela: between Covid-19 and inequality

Under lockdown, electricity rationing, a curfew from 9 pm to 4 am and a ban on alcohol sales: this is how South Africa celebrated Mandela Day 2020 (18th July), the day that marks the birth of the man who freed the country. A day devoted to doing 67 minutes of… »

25.07.2020

U.S. Cities Need Masks and Tests, Mr. President, Not Shock Troops

U.S. Cities Need Masks and Tests, Mr. President, Not Shock Troops

Camouflage-clad paramilitary vigilantes have been terrorizing Portland, Oregon, grabbing people protesting racism and police brutality, pulling them into unmarked minivans and driving off. These roving shock troops, with no insignia or badges, proved to be federal agents from a slew of agencies, ordered to Portland after President Donald Trump issued… »

22.07.2020

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Uganda’s COVID-19 experience underscores the seemingly universal opportunism of authoritarians amidst crisis, as well as opportunities for resistance. Phil Wilmot Eight young Ugandan men swarmed the streets of a bustling-yet-militarized Kampala. They were banging empty saucepans to demand food, which the government had promised… »

18.07.2020

Don a Mask, Mr. Trump. It Won’t Kill You to Do It; It’ll Kill Thousands More If You Don’t

Don a Mask, Mr. Trump. It Won’t Kill You to Do It; It’ll Kill Thousands More If You Don’t

President Donald Trump broke the law Wednesday, landing at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and greeting people without wearing a mask. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told MSNBC, “Donald Trump is actually violating the law, as he stands on our tarmac without a mask.” The Mayor, her husband and one… »

14.07.2020

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance

By Vijay Prashad On June 11, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)—a country of 7 million in Southeast Asia—said it had temporarily prevailed over COVID-19. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said that his country had “gained an important victory in the first campaign against this vicious enemy.” The first… »

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