Zambia is on the Verge of a Pandemic-Related Debt Default

“The government has asked investors for relief on interest payments, a potential sign of a wider debt crisis among developing countries.”

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It’s Time to Help Africa Fight the Virus

“If COVID-19 spreads across Africa, it would not only be a human catastrophe for the continent, but one that threatens the Northern Hemisphere with future outbreaks and further human and economic losses. What is true in the United States, where people in poor and minority neighborhoods are dying in disproportionate numbers, is true for the world as a whole: No one will be safe so long as anyone is at risk.”

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Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Coronavirus. Democracies Must Not Follow Suit.

“Democrats today can successfully fight the pandemic head-on while also protecting basic human rights—these tasks are not mutually exclusive, as the world’s authoritarians would like people to believe. Indeed, they are complementary and mutually reinforcing, and the long-term health of the world’s inhabitants depends on it.”

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China’s racism is wrecking its success in Africa

“Over the past week, hundreds of African migrant workers, traders, and students in the southern city of Guangzhou, home to Asia’s largest African diaspora, were tossed out onto the street—some by their landlords, some by hotel managers, and some by local officials. Those evicted, mostly Igbo Nigerians, insisted that they had paid their rent, had valid visas and the right paperwork, and had no contact with anybody infected with COVID-19.”

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Kenya’s Labor Market Wasn’t Made for a Pandemic

“Kenya’s informal sector employs nearly 15 million Kenyans, according to 2018 estimates, compared to the 2.9 million who work in the formal sector. These 15 million Kenyans are the domestic workers, cleaners, beauticians, mechanics, and street vendors, among many more, who prop up the country, and yet they have few legal protections.”

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The Coronavirus Could Heal Libya

“The pandemic might prompt the kind of cooperation needed to end the country’s civil war, after years of fighting and foreign intervention failed… Backed by direct U.N. support, the NCDC would quickly become the central coordinator of efforts to identify critical deficits, allocate distribution of supplies, and set standardized, pandemic-related regulation.”

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The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World

“The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.”

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