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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,...
Peace and Courage in the Time of COVID-19

Peace and Courage in the Time of COVID-19

Solidarity Message from the Global South to the 2020 Japan Peace March[i] By Galileo de Guzman Castillo[ii] 2020 June 5 It is a great honour and privilege to be taking part in the Heiwa Koshin, the International Youth Relay, and the Virtual Peace March this year...

What next for the Anti –CAA protests in India?

What next for the Anti –CAA protests in India?

28 June 2020 Interview with Professor Manisha Sethi (NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India) by Mansi Sharma* (With the adoption of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on 12 December, 2019, a faith based criteria for Indian citizenship was introduced for the first...

The Far Right: Formidable but not Unbeatable

The Far Right: Formidable but not Unbeatable

By Walden Bello* The Covid-19 pandemic has frozen much social and economic life throughout the world, but it has not stopped political polarization.  In the US, there has been a welcome push-back from the left as millions of people throughout the country went to the...

The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism

The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism

The world’s prevailing socio-political models aren’t going to survive this pandemic. What’s going to replace them? By Walden Bello, May 13, 2020 The morning will come When the world is mine. Tomorrow belongs to me! From Cabaret In response to the cataclysm occasioned...