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[l] at 6/2/20 10:34am

Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) was one of colonialism's most virulent critics. In this text from 1950, he wrote that the necessary modernisation of Africa was hampered by the policies of European empires. It has come to my attention that in some circles they pretend to have discovered in me an ‘enemy of Europe' and a prophet of the return to a pre-European past. For my part, I search in vain for the place I might have expressed such positions; where I might have been seen to underestimate the importance of (...)

- 2009/11 / Newly translated, Exclusive
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[l] at 6/1/20 3:22am

What questions will the next US census ask, especially on race? They're being fought over in the courts as they reflect social attitudes, and determine how the government is administered and for whom.

- 2019/07 / article
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[l] at 5/29/20 4:11am

Montesquieu should have paid more attention to the relationship between trading and infection — where goods go, disease follows — because as a young man he lived through Europe's last major outbreak of plague, in Marseilles in 1720.

- 2020/04 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Map sources: NOAA Digital Coast, Sea Level Rise data; Miami-Dade County; databasin.org

- North America / 2020/06 miami, Map

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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Texas relies on sales and oil taxes, and now oil has lost most of its value. Its Republican politicians, urged on by impatient donors, pushed for reopening even as Covid-19 cases were increasing.

- 2020/06 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Covid-19 brought economic chaos to the US, and with that a possibility for huge political policy changes. But if Joe Biden wins the presidential election, he's promised nothing will change.

- 2020/06 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Even without the health crisis, Florida is in trouble. With sea levels rising, Miami will be underwater by the end of the century. ‘Climate gentrification' is driving up prices of homes on higher ground or ‘resilient' waterfront condos.

- 2020/06 / article, 2020/06 miami
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Oman seeks to maintain its influence in the Gulf by extending aid to Yemen. The Saudi-UAE coalition views this as complaisance with the Houthi rebellion.

- 2020/06 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Syria's war reaches its endgame with Bashar al-Assad still in power and neighbouring Arab states negotiating bilateral rapprochements with Damascus. Even a return to the Arab League is in sight.

- 2020/06 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Unequal pre-viral social and economic conditions affected how people spent their lockdown, and could continue into a future in which we have to learn to live with Covid-19.

- 2020/06 / article, 2020/06 UK
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Ten years ago the Marmot review warned that policies of public austerity after the 2008 financial crash would lead to a chasm in life expectancy between rich and poor. And that's exactly what happened.

- 2020/06 / article, 2020/06 UK
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Keir Starmer doesn't intend to move away from Jeremy Corbyn's main economic and social policies in the next four years. He faces a Conservative government that has already bungled its response to Covid-19.

- 2020/06 / article, 2020/06 UK
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

The country shut down when it had only 205 Covid-19 cases, and began to come out of it at 1,440 cases and just 12 deaths. The cost of that may be 300,000 jobs and a huge level of government debt.

- 2020/06 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Russia inherited enough hospital beds from the old Soviet health system to cope with Covid-19 patients, though not the medical personnel or critical supplies now needed. With the private sector growing, is state healthcare being dangerously hollowed out?

- 2020/06 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Covid-19 has sharply slowed the global economy, forcing the great powers to review industrial and trade strategies. The US and many other countries are trying to reduce their supply dependence on China.

- 2020/06 / article
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

Pandemic lockdowns around the world forced much online: work, healthcare, banking, education, public services, and more shopping. But there was already a move to computers and especially smartphones, to the profit and glee of tech giants.

- 2020/06 / article, 2020/06 Smartphones
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

The architects of the EU have always been enemies of protectionism and sovereignty, since the creation of its forerunner, the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951. They remained so through the era of the Treaty of Rome and the Common Market. So it's unsurprising that, even with the global economy collapsing and unemployment soaring, the EU is imperturbably dreaming of further enlargement (Albania, North Macedonia) and negotiating new free trade agreements (Mexico, Vietnam). The UK may (...)

- 2020/06 / editorial
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[l] at 5/27/20 7:01am

The UK government invested huge hopes in a National Health Service app to be installed on smartphones, and trialled on the Isle of Wight. Users inform the system if they have Covid-19 symptoms; via Bluetooth technology and a central database, it will warn anyone who has been in contact with the infected person to get tested and/or isolate for 14 days. The trial had ethical problems, since centralisation breached privacy; similar Apple and Google apps, and a second version being developed by (...)

- 2020/06 / box, 2020/06 Smartphones
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[l] at 5/26/20 4:43am

Chinese money for raw materials has ebbed from Latin America, revealing corruption and inequality that already existed under progressive governments. And the rightwing politicians who succeeded them face protests from the new middle classes.

- 2020/03 / article
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[l] at 5/25/20 4:16am

In our May podcast, Julien Mercille of University College, Dublin, discusses how Ireland has coped with Covid-19 and the prospects for progressive politics in Ireland on the other side of it. Are nationalist-leftist Sinn Féin a government in waiting?

- 2020/05 / Podcasts

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[l] at 5/25/20 2:52am

The mighty global chain operates according to highly efficient, constantly reactive, yet long-term plans, which leftwing governments can only envy.

- 2020/03 / article

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