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08.07.2020

¿Madness or inspiration?: Great Celebration in Prague’s Charles Bridge

¿Madness or inspiration?: Great Celebration in Prague’s Charles Bridge

Yesterday, Prague celebrated both the end of the pandemic and the arrival of the longed-for summer holidays. The organizer, Ondřej Kobza, highlighted the importance of socializing and connecting with others. He chose the Karlsbrücke (Charles Bridge) particularly because, unlike walls, bridges are an allegory for connection: connection between people, cultures… »

04.07.2020

Trump, Mt. Rushmore, COVID and the KKK

Trump, Mt. Rushmore, COVID and the KKK

Paha Sapa is the traditional name the Lakota people give the sacred center of their universe. The region is also known as The Black Hills, in South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore, itself named after a gold rush lawyer and speculator. The Mount Rushmore Monument features the sculpted heads of… »

26.06.2020

COVID-19 crisis threatens democracy, leading world figures warn

COVID-19 crisis threatens democracy, leading world figures warn

More than 500 political, civil leaders, Nobel Laureates and pro-democracy institutions have signed an open letter to defend democracy, warning that the freedoms we cherish are under threat from governments that are using the crisis to tighten their grip on power. The coronavirus pandemic poses serious threats to democracy. Many… »

25.06.2020

Latin America Tops 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths as Brazilian President Ordered to Wear Mask in Public

Latin America Tops 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths as Brazilian President Ordered to Wear Mask in Public

Global confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 9.2 million, with nearly half a million deaths from COVID-19. Latin America’s regional death toll officially surpassed 100,000 Tuesday. In Brazil, a judge has ordered far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public, or he’ll face a fine of nearly $400 per… »

23.06.2020

The Humans and the Viruses: The World Economic Forum and the Coronaviruses

The Humans and the Viruses: The World Economic Forum and the Coronaviruses

The humans and the viruses are two forms of life with parallel but different adaptive strategies. According to the abbreviated story I am offering you, our pre-hominid ancestors crossed the line separating non-human from human and became homo sapiens when they became the cultural animals. It culminated a long process. »

20.06.2020

Trump Rally in Tulsa Inflames Racism Amidst Coronavirus Surge

Trump Rally in Tulsa Inflames Racism Amidst Coronavirus Surge

The weight of history is bearing down on the United States, as mass protests confront the enduring impact of systemic racism. Millions have been moved to action by the police murders of African Americans George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, Rayshard Brooks in… »

20.06.2020

U.S. Trails World in Coronavirus Response and Almost Everything Else

U.S. Trails World in Coronavirus Response and Almost Everything Else

Data from around the world on how nations are handling Coronavirus makes clear that, as in most things (this claim is documented below), the United States is exceptionally awful. Among wealthy countries, only Sweden, which has chosen to intentionally allow the disease to spread, has done worse. A handful of countries… »

20.06.2020

More U.S Deaths in COVID-19 Pandemic Than in World War I

More U.S Deaths in COVID-19 Pandemic Than in World War I

By Marc Norton More people have now died during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States than American soldiers died on the battlefields of World War I.  The acknowledged death toll of U.S. soldiers in the “Great War” is 116,516.  As of this writing, … »

16.06.2020

Who Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize in a Time of Pandemic?

Who Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize in a Time of Pandemic?

By Vijay Prashad A few weeks ago, I was talking to Noam Chomsky about the state of the world. At one point, Noam smiled and said that he is not aware of any German doctors in Italy, even though both countries are in the European Union; instead, Cuban and Chinese doctors… »

13.06.2020

Loosing my color in NYC

Loosing my color in NYC

SHORT STORY Oh great, just when there’s a hair dye shortage my grey starts to show! As if getting fatter from sitting all day at the computer wasn’t enough. I should have stock piled hair dye. But, how would I have known there would be a shortage? Well, at… »

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