Book Review: ‘Bland Fanatics,’ by Pankaj Mishra

Mishra’s “Bland Fanatics” argues that many of liberalism’s exalted ideas have collapsed.

#bland-fanatics-essays-book, #books-and-literature, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #liberalism-us-politics, #mishra-pankaj, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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Huge Study of Coronavirus Cases in India Offers Some Surprises to Scientists

The rate of death went down in patients over 65. Researchers also found that children of all ages became infected and spread the virus to others.

#andhra-pradesh-india, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #india, #lewnard-joseph, #research, #science-journal, #tamil-nadu-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #university-of-california-berkeley, #your-feed-science

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A Cataclysm of Hunger, Disease and Illiteracy

A pandemic of suffering follows on the heels of Covid-19 in poor countries, and children suffer most.

#brac-bangladesh, #camfed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #illiteracy, #malnutrition, #poverty, #shutdowns-institutional, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unemployment, #women-and-girls

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Bill Gates on Coronavirus, Vaccines and Global Health

The Covid-19 pandemic has set back public health efforts by years. But in an interview, the tech philanthropist expressed hope about new avenues for foreign aid

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #humanitarian-aid, #philanthropy, #stimulus-economic, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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‘We’re No. 28! And Dropping!’

A measure of social progress finds that the quality of life has dropped in America over the last decade, even as it has risen almost everywhere else.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #education, #mental-health-and-disorders, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Struggling Under Lockdown, Schools Worldwide Relearn the Value of TV

Poor regions where internet access is scarce are turning to an older technology to reach students. That strategy could also help in wealthy countries that have focused on online classes.

#brazil, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #indonesia, #new-jersey, #njtv, #peru, #tanzania, #teachers-and-school-employees, #television, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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Indian Billionaires Bet Big on Head Start in Coronavirus Vaccine Race

The world’s largest vaccine producer, the Serum Institute, announced a plan to make hundreds of millions of doses of an unproven inoculation. It’s a gamble with a huge upside. And huge risks.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #family-business, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #horses, #india, #pune-india, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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One in Three Children Have Unacceptably High Lead Levels, Study Says

“Children around the world are being poisoned by lead on a massive and previously unrecognized scale,” according to the study, a collaboration of UNICEF and Pure Earth, an advocacy group.

#batteries, #children-and-childhood, #institute-for-health-metrics-and-evaluation, #lead, #occupational-knowledge-international, #poisoning-and-poisons, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-childrens-fund

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They Crossed Oceans to Lift Their Families Out of Poverty. Now, They Need Help.

As the pandemic destroys paychecks, migrant workers are sending less money home, threatening an increase in poverty from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to Eastern Europe and Latin America.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #guatemala, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #poverty, #remittances, #romania, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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Borders Won’t Protect Your Country From Coronavirus

Rich nations need to help poor ones now. It’s morally right — and in everyone’s self-interest.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria, #international-trade-and-world-market, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy

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The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus?

Even with more than 500,000 dead worldwide, scientists are struggling to learn how often the virus kills. Here’s why.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #university-of-minnesota, #world-health-organization

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

Aid agencies are scrambling to get oxygen equipment to low-income countries where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.

#africa, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hospitals, #latin-america, #lungs, #nigeria, #oxygen, #philanthropy, #poverty, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #rural-areas, #south-asia, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unaids, #united-nations, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization

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Poor Countries Face a Debt Crisis ‘Unlike Anything We Have Seen’

Dozens of countries that borrowed from private investors have debt payments coming due as their economies have crashed because of the coronavirus.

#angola, #argentina, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #currency, #group-of-twenty, #institute-of-international-finance, #international-monetary-fund, #latin-america, #shutdowns-institutional, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #world-bank

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The ‘Cradle Catholic’ Promoting Family Planning in Ghana

Dr. Leticia Adelaide Appiah is determined to slow her conservative country’s birthrate by any means, including contraception. Not everyone is pleased.

#appiah-leticia-adelaide, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #ghana, #roman-catholic-church, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #women-and-girls

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Polio and Measles Could Surge After Disruption of Vaccine Programs

A new study of 129 countries found that the interruption of inoculation efforts could put 80 million babies at risk of getting deadly, preventable diseases.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gavi-the-vaccine-alliance, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #poliomyelitis, #preventive-medicine, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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The Coronavirus Threatens China’s Belt and Road Loans

Nations want Beijing to forgive or renegotiate loans as their economies suffer. Doing so would be costly. Saying no could hurt China’s global image.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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A Gap Year During the Coronavirus? Do It Here

Taking a gap year at home can be as meaningful as doing one abroad.

#americorps, #colleges-and-universities, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #middlebury-college, #newton-mass, #obama-malia, #portland-ore, #rural-areas, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

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Coronavirus Brings Migrant Labor to a Near Halt

Laborers have not just stopped traveling in search of work. Many have also headed back to their home countries.

#asylum-right-of, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #quarantines, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #remittances, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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Millions Had Risen Out of Poverty. Coronavirus Is Pulling Them Back.

Experts say that for the first time since 1998, global poverty will increase. At least a half a billion people could slip into destitution by the end of the year.

#africa, #banerjee-abhijit, #bangladesh, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food, #food-aid, #harvard-university, #income-inequality, #india, #international-monetary-fund, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #remittances, #south-asia, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unemployment, #united-nations, #world-bank

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Poor Countries Need a Coronavirus Vaccine, or Rich Ones Will Also Suffer

The pandemic is global, so access to a vaccine should be available to every nation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #gavi-the-vaccine-alliance, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Here’s How You Can Help People During the Coronavirus

These causes will make great use of your money or your time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #medical-devices, #native-americans, #philanthropy, #poverty, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #water

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Covid-19 Threatens Global Safety Net

Developing nations will need help with the economic and public health disruptions from coronavirus. But institutions designed to help are being hobbled.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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This Pandemic Is Bringing Another With It

More suffering is ahead for the developing world.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #medical-devices, #poverty, #quarantines, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #world-bank, #world-food-program

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The World Has a $2.5 Trillion Problem. Here’s How to Solve It.

Poor countries are going to be decimated by the coronavirus. They need a serious rescue package.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #epidemics, #foreign-aid, #global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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‘There’s No More Water’: Climate Change on a Drying Island

A delicate ecosystem was disrupted in the Comoros, off East Africa, when forests were cleared to make way for farmland. The consequences offer lessons for other parts of the developing world.

#agriculture-and-farming, #comoros, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #population, #rivers, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-environment-program, #water

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In Scramble for Coronavirus Supplies, Rich Countries Push Poor Aside

Developing nations in Latin America and Africa cannot find enough materials and equipment to test for coronavirus, partly because the United States and Europe are outspending them.

#brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #international-trade-and-world-market, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #senegal, #shortages, #south-africa, #tests-medical, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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