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  • 6 countries, 6 curves: how nations that moved fast against COVID-19 avoided disaster0

    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University 1 May 2020 To understand the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic is more usefully viewed as a series of distinct local epidemics. The way the virus has spread in different countries, and even in particular states or regions within them, has been quite varied. A New Zealand study has mapped

  • How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has eerie similarities to today’s pandemic0

    Kathryn McKinley, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 26 April 2020 The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role, with a combination of job security, access to health care and mobility widening the gap in infection and mortality rates between rich and poor. The wealthy work

  • India’s lockdown threatens millions with hardship0

    India’s poor ask: ‘If we can’t go to work, how will we get money? And if we don’t have money, how will we eat? by Craig Jeffrey, Febe De Geest and Jane Dyson April 2, 2020 Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown for India’s 1.3 billion people. With only four hours’

  • India’s coronavirus lockdown will hit women and migrant workers hardest0

    Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia 27 March 2020 In Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, I woke up to an eerie silence yesterday. The night before, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced a 21-day national lockdown would start at midnight. The next morning there was no one on the street and the local tea

  • What Islamic hygienic practices can teach when coronavirus is spreading0

    Rose S. Aslan, California Lutheran University As outbreaks of the coronavirus spread throughout the world, people are reminded over and again to limit physical contact, wash hands and avoid touching their face. The recent Netflix docuseries “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” illustrates how the Islamic ritual washing, known as “wudu,” may help spread a

  • There’s no easy exit for the US in Afghanistan0

    Madhav Joshi, University of Notre Dame After 18 months of negotiations, the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal on Feb. 29. It is expected that the deal will provide a plan for a comprehensive Afghan peace process. The deal addresses the security of foreign troops; the Taliban’s commitments to sever ties with terrorist

  • Indian citizenship has now been reduced to ‘us’ versus ‘them’0

    Rahul Sambaraju, Trinity College Dublin and Suryapratim Roy, Trinity College Dublin 4 March 2020 The fallout from two controversial changes to citizenship laws continues to rock India. At least 35 people have died in sectarian violence in New Delhi which began on February 23. Muslims homes and businesses have been attacked and mosques vandalised by


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