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29 March 2020

Kenyan star runner Eliud Kipchoge says 2020 Olympics postponement is ‘shocking but noble’

Olympic superstar Eliud Kipchoge was looking forward to competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But the postponement makes sense to him. "We live in a world of uncertainties," he...

Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization

The Bridge

“The State doesn’t take care of me, my female friends do."

28 March 2020

Market mayhem in Uganda as COVID-19 measures upend women’s lives

In Uganda, sudden COVID-19 restrictions have led to increased violence against women in the informal sector, who continue to work as vendors to feed their families.

Papua New Guinea nurses strike over lack of protection against COVID-19

"Staff safety is paramount and those in authority must put themselves into our shoes and understand exactly why we are doing this."

Hundreds of Croatians left homeless by earthquake amid COVID-19 crisis

The quake hit shortly after the city had implemented restriction measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, bringing additional stress to Croatians.

27 March 2020

Forty years on, a locked-down El Salvador remembers the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero online

The archbishop was shot by a death squad at the start of El Salvador's civil war, becoming an iconic figure in the struggle against human rights violations in Latin America.

26 March 2020

Kosovo government first to fall in worldwide coronavirus crisis

Recent emergency measures against COVID-19 exposed tensions in the fragile ruling coalition, culminating in its demise.

No coronavirus cases in Donetsk and Luhansk, say separatist authorities

RuNet Echo

As usual, much is unclear in eastern Ukraine. Can separatist officials' claims that there are no confirmed cases be believed? Have they really acquired coronavirus testing kits, and from whom?

Can Zimbabwe handle the coronavirus amid a collapsing health care system?

Zimbabweans brace for the coronavirus amid chronic health system struggles and expensive internet data. "Sadly, in the remote parts of our country, some are clueless of this pandemic."

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Looking for human connection in isolation

Global Voices will publish Ai and Guo's diaries from Wuhan in a series. The following words were written in the second week of the lockdown between January 29-Feburary 4, 2020.

Tunes in the time of corona: A playlist from Trinidad & Tobago hits all the right notes

Two Trinidadian podcasters seek to virtually unite people amidst the COVID-19 outbreak by asking listeners to pick their favourite tunes — and explain why the songs are meaningful to them.

Outrage after Indonesian politicians among first in line to get tested for COVID-19

"A lot of people are angry with parliamentarians as even doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers - the people on the front lines - are not being tested."

Digital activism, paintings, and a national strike—how Mexican women protest gender-based violence

The staggering levels of violence against women are front and center in Mexico's feminist movements.

Maldives: Can a country so dependent on tourism afford a lockdown?

The President of Maldives banned all tourist arrivals in the country from March 27, 2020. This will impact the country's economy due to a serious shortfall in foreign currency earnings.

25 March 2020

Across Africa, COVID-19 heightens tension between faith and science

While many African governments have taken stringent measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, not all leaders agree with banning faith-based gatherings. 

Grief, alienation, trauma: Kashmir under lockdown

The Bridge

"The removal of Article 370 may or may not impact the people of the Kashmir valley, but the treatment meted out only reminds us about the brutal occupation of our...

The Mexican engraver reviving the magical imagery of Chiapas

Mexico has a prolific tradition of printmaking, its defining visual characteristics having endured from pre-Hispanic times into modernity

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

Advox

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

Calculating the hidden costs of breakaway borders in Georgia

The boundaries between breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Georgian government controlled territory are hardening. For locals on both sides of the divide, that brings huge social and economic costs.

24 March 2020

Azerbaijan signals a lockdown and a crackdown in fight against coronavirus

Attempting to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Azerbaijan's president has closed the country's borders, emptied its streets, cancelled large public gatherings, and given a fiery speech against the opposition.