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January 26, 2021  Africa/Global: Distant Horizon for Vaccine Equity
    “I need to be blunt: the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure – and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries. Even as they speak the language of equitable access [to Covid vaccines], some countries and companies continue to prioritize bilateral deals, driving up prices and attempting to jump to the front of the queue. This is wrong. … The situation is compounded by the fact that most manufacturers have prioritized regulatory approval in rich countries where the profits are highest, rather than submitting full dossiers to WHO.” - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

December 14, 2020  Africa/Global: State of Tax Justice 2020
    “Of the $427 billion in tax lost each year globally to tax havens, the State of Tax Justice 2020 reports that $245 billion is directly lost to corporate tax abuse by multinational corporations and $182 billion to private tax evasion. Multinational corporations paid billions less in tax than they should have by shifting $1.38 trillion worth of profit out of the countries where they were generated and into tax havens, where corporate tax rates are extremely low or non-existent. Private tax evaders paid less tax than they should have by storing a total of over $10 trillion in financial assets offshore.” - Tax Justice Network, November 2020.

November 30, 2020  USA/Africa: Build Back Better on Africa Policy
    “President Trump's overt contempt for Africans is encapsulated in his famously crass remark about African countries. But the principal damage to Africa has stemmed from his administration’s broader policy choices, such as the disastrous rejection of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris climate accords; harsh curbs on legal immigration and asylum; and gutting of gender equality programs. … Nevertheless, the Biden administration should not merely go back to the pre-Trump status quo. … We argue that an even more fundamental questioning of U.S. Africa-related policy is needed.” - Imani Countess and William Minter

November 30, 2020  USA/Global: On Climate, How Much Will Be New?
    “One of the most powerful pieces of climate change legislation the Biden administration will need has already been passed: the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. This legislation, known for creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other public safeguards against financial wrongdoing, also empowers key agencies including the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission to limit systemic risks to financial stability.” - Justin Guay, Sunrise Project

November 18, 2020  Ethiopia: Not Too Late to Step Back from War?
    “We, the undersigned citizens of countries of the Horn of Africa, condemn in the strongest possible terms the outbreak and escalation of open warfare in Ethiopia. We are saddened by the attendant losses of life, property, infrastructure and opportunities. We deplore in equally strong terms further stoking of the conflict. … This conflict will not have winners; the only winners in war are those who are wise and courageous enough to avoid it.”

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October 23, 2020  
    Nigeria: A New Generation Steps Up
October 13, 2020  
    Africa/Global: The Future's Not in Plastics
September 28, 2020  
    USA/Global: Millions Displaced by US Post-9/11 Wars
September 23, 2020  
    USA/Global: Overhauling U.S. Foreign Policy
September 14, 2020  
    India/Africa: Common Threads of Kanga and Vitenge
August 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part Two
August 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part One
August 3, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Preventing the Next Pandemic
July 20, 2020  
    South Africa: Covid-19 Response Failing; How to Do Better
July 6, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Not Pessimism or Optimism but Possibilism
June 22, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Fossil Fuel Viability to Decline Sharply
June 8, 2020  
    USA/Global: Racial Pandemic and Viral Pandemic
June 8, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Thinking Post-Covid-19
May 25, 2020  
    Africa: Remote Learning with African Storybooks
May 12, 2020  
    USA/Global: Contesting Health and Workers' Rights
April 27, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Pandemic Mobilization amid High Vulnerability
April 13, 2020  
    Mozambique: Cumulative Shocks, Local and Global
April 2, 2020  
    Africa: Covid-19, New Africa-Specific Links
March 26, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Coronavirus Reflections and Updates
March 16, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Coronavirus Updates
March 9, 2020  
    USA/Africa: Transnational Lives in Kentucky
February 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: National and Global Inequalities Are Intertwined

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