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Vittorio Bufacchi

inescapably on my mind, and probably on the mind of many readers. The reason, needless to say, is COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus or more colloquially coronavirus; whatever its name, this highly infectious disease caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome is the most devastating and lethal pandemic in living memory. At present, 47 million cases of the virus have been reported, causing the deaths of more than 1.2 million people worldwide. 2 By the time you read these pages these numbers will be even more frightening, and the pain and fear left in the virus

in Everything must change
Vittorio Bufacchi

deaths caused by the virus; the fact that infected hospital patients were allowed to return to care homes, even though they had tested positive for COVID-19, and the lack of access to testing and personal protective equipment in care homes, were two significant contributing factors. 8 In Ireland, the UK, and across Europe thousands of people lost their lives prematurely because care homes lacked the protective equipment and financial resources to cope with the coronavirus outbreak. Society’s relationship to people living in old age has never been under closer

in Everything must change
Philosophical lessons from lockdown

French philosopher Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) famously said that facing our mortality is the only way to properly learn the ‘art of living’. He was right. This book is about what we can learn from COVID-19 about the art of living, as individuals but also collectively as a society: this crisis could potentially change our lives for the better, ushering in a more just society. The book will explore a number of key themes through philosophical lenses. Chapter 2 asks whether coronavirus is a misfortune, or an injustice. Chapter 3 focuses on the largest cohort of victims of coronavirus: people in old age. Chapter 4 asks whether life under coronavirus is comparable to life in the so-called ‘state of nature’. Chapter 5 explores the likely impact of coronavirus on the global phenomenon of populism. Chapter 6 investigates the relationship between post-truth and coronavirus. Chapter 7 focuses on the role of experts during this crisis. Chapter 8 looks at the spike of incidents of domestic violence during the lockdown via an analysis of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Chapter 9 explores four key lessons that must be learned from the COVID-19 crisis: that politics matters; that central states are necessary; that taxation is important; and that radical reforms, including the introduction of a universal basic income, are crucial. Chapter 10 considers what philosophy can contribute to the debate on COVID-19, and why we have a moral duty not to become ill.

Open Access (free)
Fernando Espada

of coronavirus cases in real time were not long ago scanning Twitter feeds in dread of the moment when US President Donald Trump would make good on his promise to unleash ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’. Fortunately for life on earth, two summits, a ‘very beautiful letter’ to Trump from Kim Jong Un and a brief encounter between the two leaders in the Korean Demilitarised Zone appear to have delayed the moment of truth. However, as Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings and Lauren Harris explain in ‘The Impact of Sanctions against North Korea on Humanitarian Aid’, the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Humanity and Solidarity
Tanja R. Müller and Róisín Read

Coronavirus Vaccines ’, Foreign Policy , 29 December , https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/12/29/its-time-to-use-eminent-domain-on-the-coronavirus-vaccines/ (accessed 1 June 2021 ). Chouliaraki , L. ( 2011 ), ‘ “Improper Distance”: Towards a Critical Account of Solidarity as Irony

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A Belated but Welcome Theory of Change on Mental Health and Development
Laura Davidson

disability and vice versa. 7 Neglect of underlying social and economic determinants reduces all healthcare service impact. The interconnection has become painfully apparent during the current COVID-19 pandemic, with the novel coronavirus compounding and complicating the disease burden among the poor. For example, UK research revealed that people with hypertension, diabetes and obesity are at higher risk of poor virus outcomes ( The Health Foundation, 2020 ; Public Health England, 2020

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Gender Equality and Culture in Humanitarian Action
Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos

). Ritholtz , S. ( 2020 ), ' LGBTQ+ People Left Out by Exclusionary COVID-19 Aid Practices ', The New Humanitarian , 24 June , www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2020/06/24/LGBTQ-gender-coronavirus-discrimination-aid (accessed 30 August 2020 ). Roth , S. ( 2015 ), The

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Northern Ireland’s paralysis in a world of uncertainty

‘This virus knows no borders, no nationality’ 1 It was unusual to see her walk alone across the Great Hall in Stormont towards the waiting press. Without any other Executive ministers or Sinn Féin party colleagues beside her, Michelle O’Neill approached the cameras and made a short statement. As a tour group of nonplussed students looked on, the deputy First Minister called on schools and universities in Northern Ireland to close in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. A ‘global health pandemic’ had

in Northern Ireland a generation after Good Friday
Richard Lapper

more from the auxílio than they had before coronavirus struck. But the broader macro-economic and social impact of the payment has been hugely significant. Overall 67.2 million people and 44.1 per cent of Brazilian households received the benefit. By far the most generous COVID-19 assistance provided by any developing country, the grant helped 13.1 million people escape poverty, a reduction of 20.7 per cent compared to July 2019. At the other end of the spectrum, many better-off Brazilians were hit by the negative economic impact of the pandemic. As a result, the

in Beef, Bible and Bullets
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Medicalising borders
Sevasti Trubeta, Christian Promitzer, and Paul Weindling

restrictionists now. In the coronavirus crisis, everyone realizes the importance of borders, even the people who not long ago were ideologically hostile toward them’. 3 The worldwide ‘state of emergency’ has increased not necessarily the importance of the borders, but certainly their visibility and the imposed restrictions on movement have effected their multiplication. Starting with shutdowns of state borders, notably those between the EU member states, restrictions on mobility were extended to regions of a single country and started to paralyse public life as soon as

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