Day: October 13, 2020

Heroes Of The Slums: India’s Grassroots Pandemic Beaters

With more than 2 million confirmed cases, India now has the third-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world. A hasty lockdown, followed by a disorderly reopening, failed to slow the pandemic but has thrown the country’s economy into a tailspin. Even so, amidst the chaos there have been some bright spots. Early in the …

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Making Density Less Deadly. Covid Can Catalyze Healthier Housing Policies

“There is a density level in NYC that is destructive. It has to stop and it has to stop now,” tweeted Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, on March 22nd. In the three weeks since New York City’s first confirmed case of covid-19, the coronavirus had ripped through the metropolis. By April 9, New York would …

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Multilateralism’s Main Man: Shinzo Abe’s Foreign Policy Legacy

In what turned out to be two of his last public appearances before resigning, on August 6th in Hiroshima and three days later in Nagasaki, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister for the past 12 years, commemorated the 75th anniversary of the two devastating nuclear attacks that were the beginning of the end of the Second …

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Is Office Work Over? Why City Planners Should Not Rush To Judgment

Of all the global companies that might come to the rescue of the traditional corporate office, Facebook was not expected to be at the front of the line. As Covid-19 turns cities into ghost towns and monuments of corporate pride into empty tower blocks and planners and policymakers grapple with what might be the ‘new …

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Taiwan’s Conservative Anarchist. Audrey Tang Is Open Sourcing Democracy

From teens on Tik Tok and bankers in beach houses to rural kids climbing rooftops to get a signal strong enough for school, the pandemic has shown up the economic, social and educational chasm that reliable internet access – or the lack of it – creates. The haves can (fairly) comfortably get on with life …

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Plenty More Fish. Can Underwater Innovation Help End Hunger?

Stephane Farouze has an even more improbable story than Alfred Jones, Ewan McGregor’s scientist in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. While that $35m-grossing romantic comedy about efforts to populate desert wadis with Scottish salmon focused on a single, inhospitable nation, Farouze’s start-up, Pure Salmon, aims to rear the fish on the biggest scale ever attempted on …

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Taming The Violence Virus. Q&A: Gary Slutkin

This year has highlighted important similarities between how a virus spreads within a community and the spread of violence, says Gary Slutkin, a former World Health Organization physician and Founder and CEO of Cure Violence, a leading non-governmental organization. In both cases, he argues that deploying proven techniques to deliver behavioural change, rather than viewing …

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