Six Feet.

[Peer Zumbansen] Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 The Moon’s white beam is reflectedin the moist wooden boards of the fenceIt is night, stars only dimly cast theirLight.Who ever said that tipping a cow was a pastime?

From ‘Six Nations’ to ‘One Nation’, and What’s Next? Chronicles from Rome – 22 February-22 May

[Ada Fama] Friday, May 22, 2020 One day you find yourself in the middle of thousands of people, all packed in a stadium to watch a match, all screaming, all cheering. Next day a roaring silence. In a few words, this is the summary of the start of my quarantine, twice as long as theContinue reading “From ‘Six Nations’ to ‘One Nation’, and What’s Next? Chronicles from Rome – 22 February-22 May”

Collateral Damage: Relaxing Environmental and Labour Standards During the Pandemic

[Vanisha H. Sukdeo & Benjamin J. Richardson] Friday, May 8, 2020 In the name of “saving the economy”, the pandemic emergency has given governments unprecedented leverage to relax environmental protections as well as labour standards perceived as hindering the survival of business or revival of economic activity. The notion that emergencies give rise to exceptionsContinue reading “Collateral Damage: Relaxing Environmental and Labour Standards During the Pandemic”

The Corona versus Hatred: Loss of Language and the triumph of hatred in India

[Abdullah Azzam] Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 This pandemic reminds me of a very intriguing concept of ‘world risk society’ discussed by Ulrich Beck where he illuminates on the nature of ‘risk’ the 21st century world is facing, and how these uncontrollable risks transcends the spatial and temporal boundaries. Unlike pre-modern dangers which were attributed toContinue reading “The Corona versus Hatred: Loss of Language and the triumph of hatred in India”

Corona Pandemic Policy: Options and Conflicts

[Claus Offe] Thursday, April 30th, 2020 Six Categories of People. Demographic and epidemiological models divide the population precisely and fully into up to six categories, such as: (1) Those in the resident population not infected with the Corona virus (2) Those actually infected, though not diagnosed. The quantity of this category is a major unknownContinue reading “Corona Pandemic Policy: Options and Conflicts”

Before the plague.

[Saptarishi Bandopadhyay] Saturday/Sunday, April 25th-26th, 2020 Introduction Virtually no one is happy about the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Many are calling for and convening formal investigations. This is a wise and necessary venture. But exactly what is it to be investigated remains an open question. A public inquiry that limits itself toContinue reading “Before the plague.”

Agency

[Simon Archer] Monday, 13 April 2020 Statistics. It is Easter Sunday in Toronto; in our COVID timeline, we’re about four weeks into the “lockdown”. The last time I posted was April 1, about two weeks ago. The experience of time has slowed down considerably as the lockdown conditions continue, now into week five.