But where some saw abstraction others saw the truth.
Albert Camus, The Plague
In the concluding chapter of this book, some considerations will be given to what social, political, and economic changes need to be made, domestically and globally, after this pandemic crisis is over. The rhetoric of war, often used to describe our struggle with COVID-19, suggests that we must start thinking in terms of jus post bellum : if life resumes as if this COVID-19 episode was only a temporary glitch, and everything post COVID-19 goes back to being essentially
misfortunes. An injustice, on the other hand, is caused by fellow humans, not nature. An injustice, unlike a misfortune, is intentional, controllable, and therefore not blameless. Poverty is an injustice, not a misfortune. The impact of COVID-19 has a lot more to do with injustice than misfortune.
At an intuitive level this distinction between an injustice and a misfortune makes sense, and yet actually distinguishing between the two can be profoundly problematic. 1 In her still relevant book The Faces of Injustice , first published thirty years ago, Judith Shklar
distancing, they may now be inclined not to trust them on the face mask issue. Other COVID-19 issues where experts disagree include the best time to enforce measures to restrict movement, whether there is significant COVID-19 airborne transmission, or how to flatten the curve of infections rather than merely delaying the peak.
When experts disagree, politicians take centre stage, for better or worse. In Ireland in early October 2020 the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) recommended that the whole country move to Level 5, the highest alert level in the
There always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that 2 + 2 = 4 is punished by death
Albert Camus, The Plague
In crises, we rely desperately on the truth, and there is no room for ‘post-truth’. Or at least, there shouldn’t be. But that’s not what we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the previous chapter we saw how populism tends to have a relaxed relationship with truth. In this chapter, the focus will switch to the phenomenon of fake news and post-truth, and how COVID-19 is not immune from this aspect of the global
The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.
Albert Camus, The Plague .
Before we had COVID-19 we had populism. Until recently the popularity of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in the UK, Matteo Salvini in Italy, and Marine Le Pen in France was unequivocal, but almost insignificant compared to that of Jarosław Kaczyński in Poland and Viktor Orbán in Hungary. And that’s only in Europe. Modern-day populism is founded on a specific but crude and somewhat
The case of the management of the dead related to COVID-19
This article studies one of the humanitarian challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis: the dignified handling of the mortal remains of individuals that have died from COVID-19 in Muslim contexts. It illustrates the discussion with examples from Sunni Muslim-majority states when relevant, such as Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and Pakistan, and examples from English-speaking non-Muslim majority states such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and Australia as well as Sri Lanka. The article finds that the case of the management of dead bodies of people who have died from COVID-19 has shown that the creativity and flexibility enshrined in the Islamic law-making logic and methodology, on the one hand, and the cooperation between Muslim jurists and specialised medical and forensic experts, on the other, have contributed to saving people’s lives and mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Muslim contexts.
Recounting the failures of the United States to adequately address the COVID-19
pandemic, reflecting on the parade of mendacity that has encapsulated the 45th
presidency, and interpreting Baldwin’s call to be responsible to our
children, Justin A. Joyce introduces the sixth volume of James Baldwin
The subject of this volume is situated at the point of intersection of the
studies of medicalisation and border studies. The authors discuss borders as
sites where human mobility has been and is being controlled by biomedical means,
both historically and in the present. Three types of border control technologies
for preventing the spread of disease are considered: quarantine, containment and
the biomedical selection of migrants and refugees. These different types of
border control technologies are not exclusive of one another, nor do they
necessarily lead to total restrictions on movement. Instead of a simplifying
logic of exclusion–inclusion, this volume turns the focus towards the
multilayered entanglement of medical regimes in attempts at managing the
porosity of the borders. State and institutional responses to the COVID-19
pandemic provide evidence for the topicality of such attempts. Using
interdisciplinary approaches, the chapters scrutinise ways in which concerns and
policies of disease prevention shift or multiply borders, as well as connecting
or disconnecting places. The authors address several questions: to what degree
has containment for medical reasons operated as a bordering process in different
historical periods including the classical quarantine in the Mediterranean and
south-eastern Europe, in the Nazi-era, and in postcolonial UK? Moreover, do
understandings of disease and the policies for selecting migrants and refugees
draw on both border regimes and humanitarianism, and what factors put limits on
the technologies of selection?
Backed by Brazil’s wealthy agribusiness groups, a growing evangelical movement,
and an emboldened military and police force, Jair Bolsonaro took office as
Brazil’s president in 2019. Driven by the former army captain’s brand of
controversial, aggressive rhetoric, the divisive presidential campaign saw fake
news and misinformation shared with Bolsonaro’s tens of millions of social media
followers. Bolsonaro promised simple solutions to Brazil’s rising violent crime,
falling living standards and widespread corruption, but what has emerged is
Latin America's most right-wing president since the military dictatorships of
the 1970s. Famous for his racist, homophobic and sexist beliefs and his
disregard for human rights, the so-called ‘Trump of the Tropics’ has established
a reputation based on his polemical, sensationalist statements. Written by a
journalist with decades of experience in the field, Beef, Bible and bullets is a
compelling account of the origins of Brazil's unique brand of right-wing
populism. Lapper offers the first major assessment of the Bolsonaro government
and the growing tensions between extremist and moderate conservatives.
A Belated but Welcome Theory of Change on Mental Health and
healthcare and comorbidities’.
Intersectionality, Social Determinants and COVID-19
To achieve DfID’s vision and measure impact effectively, the document urges
NGOs to advocate for and create programmes to ‘address structural conditions
and root causes’ of mental ill-health. Yet, the ToC self-admittedly only
‘touches on’ how mental health is inextricably linked to other
developmental goals – regrettable, given its clear intersectionality