NI 527 - Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic - September, 2020

NI 527 - September, 2020

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Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic

A note from the editor

Vanessa Baird

Out of the turmoil

When, back in March, we first discussed doing this issue on ‘the world after Covid-19’, there was some concern that the pandemic might have passed by the time we published. If only!

Today, as some countries see the infection rate rising in their populations for the first time, others are bracing themselves for a renewed surge. Or not. Social-media platforms like Facebook and Twitter remain abuzz with conspiracy theories – born in the US but gaining traction from Peru to Pakistan – that this is all an elaborate hoax.

Misinformation could rarely be so lethal, which makes the work of serious news media more essential than ever. Hope is also vital. In this edition’s Big Story we not only analyse what we have learned from the pandemic, but also share positive ideas of how to create a better, fairer future out of this world in turmoil.

Elsewhere in the issue, we interview Flavia Mutamutega, Rwanda’s only agony aunt for teenage girls. Meanwhile, our cartoon historian ILYA turns his attention to a history that is often ignored, that of indigenous people, in his poignant retelling of the story of the Inuit Minik Wallace’s fight to have the bones of his father returned from a showcase in a New York museum.

We are excited to announce that this edition also sees the launch of Food Justice, our year-long reporting series – funded by the European Journalism Centre – which will explore how to up-end our food systems in favour of the least-nourished people worldwide.

Vanessa Baird for the New Internationalist co-operative.
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The big story

Young Rio favela residents, part of the grassroots Marcha das Favelas group, organize mutual aid to make up for the absence of the Brazilian state in tackling the crisis.

Young Rio favela residents, part of the grassroots Marcha das Favelas group, organize mutual aid to make up for the absence of the Brazilian state in tackling the crisis.

Photo: Ellan Lustosa / Zuma / Alamy

Lessons from the pandemic

How can we transform the calamity that has befallen us and create healing? Vanessa Baird on the change we can be.

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The Big Story

Action and Information

Action and Information

Covid-19 related research and advocacy groups to support.

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Coronaman: Delhi Police get creative with this cut-out poster warning residents to stay at home – a tough ask for daily wage earners.Photo: Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto/PA Images

Beyond borders

Can we rescue the notion of global health from the jaws of the pandemic? asks Dinyar Godrej.

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A man sells ice cream from an Ola cart in Bloubergstrand, South Africa. Ola is owned by Unilever. Rather than giving transnational corporations more power, a Global Green New Deal could be partly financed through climate reparations.Photo: Louis Smit/Unsplash

Green and just

How to finance a Green New Deal that is truly global? Fadhel Kaboub has a proposal that builds in colonial and climate reparations.

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Plastic has made a comeback thanks to Covid-19.Photo: Edward Howell/Unsplash

5 polluters making the pandemic pay

As Covid-19 spread across the world, greenhouse-gas emissions plummeted, thanks to a reduction in human activity. But meanwhile, writes Amy Hall, some of the world’s most polluting companies and industries have been using the pandemic to maintain and even ramp up their environmentally ruinous activities.

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Illustration: Pete Reynolds

Death by Covid-19 – or hunger?

The pandemic has left millions of people on the brink of starvation. Hazel Healy asks why our food system is failing the poorest so badly – and offers a glimpse of a more equitable path. With extra reporting by Mohamed Camara.

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Hunger - The Facts

Hunger - The Facts

Our dysfunctional food system was failing before Covid-19.

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The packed huddle of Rocinha favela, clumped just beyond the skyscrapers in Rio De Janeiro’s South Zone, Brazil. An astounding 100,000 people are crammed into an 1.4 square-kilometre area.Photo: Thomas Haensgen/Alamy

A human story

According to the old adage, ‘the economy is a subset of society’. Now, more than ever, we need to act like we believe it, says Dinyar Godrej.

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Photo: World bank photo collection

Can workers reset the system?

Coronavirus has closed factories and workshops across the world, spelling disaster for millions of people who subsist on poverty wages. Tansy Hoskins reimagines a garment industry where workers are better protected.

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Photo: VincentDrago/Alamy

Safeguarding without snooping

A public-health emergency requires a degree of monitoring people. All the more reason to be especially vigilant on privacy, argues Nick Dowson.

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Images from Algiers of the demonstrations marking the first anniversary of the Hirak, 22 February 2020, before the pandemic brought a halt to such mass gatherings. The cake proclaims that the regime (système) has to move (dégage), a popular slogan of the protests.Photos: Riad Kaced

‘The people want independence!’

The Covid-19 pandemic may have put Algeria’s revolutionary uprising temporarily on hold, but, as Hamza Hamouchene observes, the will to topple the military regime remains strong.

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Jalila Khamis Kuku.Illustration: Yasmin el-Nour and Duha Mohammed

Mothers of the Revolution

In 2019, Sudanese strongman Omar al-Bashir was brought down in a revolution orchestrated largely by women. But while the dictator might have gone, the divisions wrought by his 30-year rule endure. Lucy Provan and Alice Rowsome meet the women who helped bring down Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir and discover a movement for change in full swing.

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Nicolle takes a break on the terrace of the Arcoiris office.Photo: Frauke Decoodt

On the pink corridor

How trans women in Honduras are helping their imprisoned sisters. Frauke Decoodt reports from Tegucigalpa.

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Opinion

View from Africa

View from Africa

Nanjala Nyabola on the mask mandate and personal freedom.

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View from Brazil

View from Brazil

You shall live; and you shall die. Leonardo Sakamoto examines his country’s necropolitics in the light of Black Lives Matter.

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View from India

View from India

Nilanjana Bhowmick despairs of India’s new religion; why Indian outrage over Black Lives Matter rings hollow.

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Currents

Illustration: Emma Peer

Introducing... Lazarus Chakwera

Richard Swift introduces us to Malawi’s president.

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What's in a name

What's in a name

Update from Uganda by Liam Taylor.

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Heavyweight battle

Heavyweight battle

Update on the Los Cedros Protected Forest by Jan Goodey.

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Down time at the Stow-on-the-Wold horse fair in the UK. Many Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have been left without basic services during the Covid-19 pandemic.Photo: Adrian Sherratt / Alamy

National disgrace

Update on Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in Britain by Hannah Vickers.

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Photo: Fifaliana-joy/Pixabay

Kids locked up

Update from Australia by Amy Hall.

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Illustration: Emma Peer

Reasons to be cheerful

Practical Parenting; Municipal Clean-up; Hands-free Washing.

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Regulars

Letters

Letters

Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.

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Illustration: Sarah John

Green medicine

Yewande Omotoso’s apartment is slowly being taken over by plants, much to her delight.

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Seriously?

Seriously?

Consumerism and social protest.

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Inequality Watch

Inequality Watch

Black boys and police violence.

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Sign of the times

Sign of the times

Protesting in Rome, Italy, against Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territories.

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Illustration: Thiago Lucas

Open Window

Police violence by Thiago Lucas (Brazil).

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Country profile: Palestine

Country profile: Palestine

The photos, facts and politics of Palestine

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Illustrations: ILYA

Cartoon History: Minik Wallace

Nowhere Man. The eventful life – and ultimate betrayal – of an Inuit boy brought to New York City in 1897, as told by ILYA.

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Photo: Liliana Merizalde Gonzalez

Southern Exposure: Liliana Merizalde Gonzalez

A striking portrait of inner strength by Colombian photographer Liliana Merizalde Gonzalez.

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Photo: Enrique Shore/Alamy

Hall of Infamy: Iván Duque Márquez

Colombian technocrat Iván Duque Márquez is not exactly a fan of peace.

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Photo: Craven Mupenda/Girl Effect

The Interview: Flavia Mutamutega

Flavia Mutamutega, Rwanda’s sole agony aunt for adolescent girls, tells Veronique Mistiaen about the problems that preoccupy them.

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Illustration: Marc Roberts

Only Planet

Human personality types, by Marc Roberts.

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Calling for a green economic recovery from Covid-19 near the British Parliament.Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

Temperature check

Jake Woodier on the climate activists challenging corporate bailouts for the world’s polluters.

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Big Bad World

Big Bad World

World Wide Web, by P J Polyp.

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Can I criticize fast fashion without sounding ‘out of touch’?

Can I criticize fast fashion without sounding ‘out of touch’?

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter stage: Agony Uncle.

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Illustration: Andy Carter

What if…

We abolished landlords? fantasizes Amy Hall.

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The Puzzler

The Puzzler

Crossword Puzzle, Association Words and Wordsearch

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Film, Book & Music Reviews

Mixed Media: Books

Mixed Media: Books

The Bitch by Pilar Quintana; The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé; Between Light and Storm by Esther Woolfson; Eat the Buddha by Barbara Demick.

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Mixed Media: Music

Mixed Media: Music

A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean: Global Control/Invisible Invasion

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Photo: Michelle Kinney

Spotlight: Maysoon Zayid

US-Palestinian stand-up comedian Maysoon Zayid talks to Subi Shah about acting, politics, race and breaking through as a disabled performer.

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