An “autopsy of the corpse of neoliberal policy,” National Highway 1, and Parle-G Biscuits

[Priya Gupta with Kunal Chaudhury] Wednesday, May 27, 2020

As India entered into lockdown at the end of March, millions of people lost their jobs. In April 2020 alone, 122 million jobs were lost. Millions of people working as domestic help, as drivers, as day laborers, began a long journey back to their hometowns. Trains were stopped, buses were stopped, and for most people there was no choice but to walk. Anywhere between 300 and 1,000 miles, in 103 to upwards of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, 39 – 43 degrees Celsius.

The images from their journeys recall those of Partition in 1947.

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Turkey Amidst Crisis: What’s New?

[Defne Sökmen] Sunday, May 24, 2020

Where Were We When The Clock Struck Midnight?

Two and a half months after the first case of Covid-19 reported in Turkey (11 March 2020, relatively late considering its neighbours on both sides were already recording Covid-19 related deaths), and as the month of fasting for Ramadan comes to an end with the holiday today, we are more confused than ever about what to think about life in Turkey. As was said elsewhere, every country was at a different point when the chaos and crisis of this pandemic came. Turkey’s economy was already in a tough spot, with unemployment at a worrying 13.4%, speculative currency attacks and a depreciating lira, combined with repeated attempts at slashing interest rates to revive economic activity.

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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 the forty days that the name would suggest.

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Lived Experiences in the Era of Corona Virus Pandemic in Nigeria

[Caroline Okumdi Muoghalu] Wednesday April 22 / Saturday, May 16, 2020

INTRODUCTION

The first case of corona virus pandemic in Nigeria was recorded in February, 2020. Ever since, the number of cases has been rising, that as at now- 22 April, 2020, Nigeria has about 700 cases and has recorded 22 deaths. Owing to the contagious nature of the virus, certain measures have been put in place by the federal government of Nigeria in order to contain the infection. These are restriction of movements, stay at home order, social distancing, frequent washing of hands, greeting each other with elbows and legs and the total lockdown of the economy. All these have resulted in untold hardships for Nigerians and there is need to document these experiences so that the nation may be better prepared for future occurrences of such events.

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Evening in Bhopal

Dhruva Desai | Tuesdays April 14/ May 12, 2020

For the two weeks of lockdown that we have seen so far, a group of us here in Bhopal have been trying to get supplies to some of the most vulnerable and hardest hit communities – dalits, adivasis, DNT (De-Notified Tribal) groups, migrant labourers, rag-pickers, certain muslim communities, and many more in the bastis of Bhopal.

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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 exceptions to the rule of law is uncontroversial, as scholars have acknowledged for years, and as seen in recent decades in the “war of terror” for instance. Whilst in previous emergencies during our era the collateral damage typically hit human rights, the covid-19 plague has had significant economic ramifications as well from travel bans to lockdowns of nonessential businesses.

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