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05.08.2020

Hungary: Health Care Failures Endanger Lives

Hungary: Health Care Failures Endanger Lives

Ensure Access to Adequate, Quality Health Care, Provide Sufficient Resources Longstanding neglect by the government has left the Hungarian public healthcare system under-prepared to handle the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch found poor conditions in hospitals, including a lack of hand soap, sanitizer,… »

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… »

02.08.2020

Why Bitcoin Is Not a Socialist’s Ally – Reply to Ben Arc

Why Bitcoin Is Not a Socialist’s Ally – Reply to Ben Arc

By Yanis Varoufakis* On 15th July, Ben Arc published in Bitcoin Magazine an open letter addressed to me in a bid to convince me that I should re-assess my rejection of Bitcoin as a force for good; as a bulwark for democratising capitalism and paving the ground for socialism. Here… »

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… »

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… »

17.07.2020

Celebrating International Criminal Justice Day

Celebrating International Criminal Justice Day

Pursuit of Justice for Serious Crimes Continues Amidst Challenges July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is a moment to reflect on the importance of obtaining justice for victims of… »

13.07.2020

Oh No! Mexico!

Oh No! Mexico!

As the world moves ahead, Mexico lurches backward. Viewpoint by Bill Dahl  In June 2020, Mexico dropped out of the top 25 countries for foreign investment for the second time in over 20 years. For the second largest economy in Latin America, this is bad news. What has precipitated this… »

12.07.2020

Top court orders adoption of anti-COVID-19 plans for indigenous groups

Top court orders adoption of anti-COVID-19 plans for indigenous groups

A motion had been filed by an indigenous group and political parties By Felipe Pontes Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, of Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must adopt a set of measures of curb the spread of, and the deaths from, COVID-19 among the indigenous population. Barroso thus… »

12.07.2020

Covid recovery and radical social change

Covid recovery and radical social change

A post-Covid world must genuinely value care, embrace vulnerability, and attack the existing structures of privilege. The view that radical societal change has been taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic has been expressed by progressive figures and organisations. For example, George Monbiot has recorded a series of solidarity, bottom-up community… »

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