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COVID-19 Updates

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, close to four billion people in over 90 countries are under mandatory lockdowns. The virus has in its wake taken both tens of thousands of lives and millions of livelihoods. Countries continue to grapple with the challenges of testing, quarantines and lack of medical facilities and equipment. It is also evident that global trade and national economies will take a much worse battering than expected. Focus created this special section of the website to capture some of the impacts of COVID-19 in Asia

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Corporate-Controlled Global Food Supply Chains Must Go

The global food system has been very much front and center in the COVID-19 story. Everyone, of course, is aware that hunger is closely tracking the virus as its wreaks havoc in both the global North and global South. Indeed, one can say that, unlike in East Asia,...
COVID Bulletin 05: The autocrats are failing

COVID Bulletin 05: The autocrats are failing

View this email in your browser Bulletin Issue 05: August 26, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic will soon enter its seventh month with more than 23 million detected infections globally. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Philippines are currently the worst affected in...

Postscript to Independence

Postscript to Independence

By Galileo de Guzman Castillo WHAT FREEDOM? We shall find / We shall discover / What is ours we shall recover — Cynthia Alexander, “Malaya”. Is it freedom when some are more equal than others? In all dimensions of life and its discontents Violence of a broken system...

Why the Duterte regime could fall victim to COVID-19

Why the Duterte regime could fall victim to COVID-19

By Walden Bello People expected a message of hope from his State of the Nation Address, but the Philippine president instead self-destructed against the background of a public health disaster, a collapsing economy, and a generational rebellion. In his fifth State of...