The Plight of the Tibetans

Tibet has tended to disappear from the media for some time now. The Covid-19 pandemic has relegated the plight of the Tibetans to the background and has turned our attention to China, and to Wuhan in particular, which has become as famous as Beijing or Shanghai. One would have thought that the Chinese President Xi Jinping would remain busy solving the terrible crisis created by this virus, which has now spread around the world. But, while the...

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Social distancing…

Many government-run liquor shops which opened after over 40 days in many cities of India had to be shut as people who gathered outside the outlets did not follow social distancing norms, forcing the police to use mild force to disperse the unruly crowd. People queued up in large numbers in the morning at the liquor shops….

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In search of the Coronavirus

The genetic identity of a new virus has never been deciphered so quickly. On 29 December 2019, the first cases of an epidemic caused by a new virus were made public in China; seven days later, a team from Fudan University in Shanghai released the complete sequence of the CoV family of viruses. Since then, the sequencing of its variants has accumulated on the nextstrain.org site with more than 146 identifications by teams from 20 countries....

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Revolts and Rebellions

News reports and images of protests and rebellions from all over the world frequent the print media these days.  From Santiago to Beirut, Algiers to Hong Kong, a wave of popular protests is shaking the world. In all the latitudes, people have gone into revolt against their rulers.  The contexts are obviously very different. Authoritarian regimes as well as neoliberal democracies are targeted. In Algiers and Cairo, the revolt is aimed against a...

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Endless turmoil

The ‘Foreign’ page of every Indian newspaper is replete with images and reports of protests and revolts these days. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, democracy is facing its deepest crisis since the 1930s. On the external front, it is on the defensive, facing a strange combination of democracy and dictatorship on the one hand and the jihadists on the other. It is undermined by a paralysis of institutions that makes it ungovernable...

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