Shallow Dive #7: CORONAVIRUS PANIC EPISODE

It could be put off no longer: we finally talk about coronavirus (and other things…)

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Further reading

The UK is attempting a novel and controversial strategy to combat the coronavirus, putting behavioural science front and centre

The US has not been testing enough people, so nobody knows how big its outbreak is.

Andrew Cuomo has been criticised for using prison labour to produce hand sanitiser cheaply for residents of New York State

Italy’s economy is doing very badly.

But will we have a global recession? Nobody really knows.

One thing’s for sure: the stock market isn’t doing well.

And the global economy was already fragile due to Trump’s trade war.

There are various options to deal with the economic fallout. (Trump wants tax cuts.)

Coronavirus has had a dramatic impact on small businesses in Rome.

OPEC wanted to slash oil production, but Russia wasn’t having it.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched yet another crackdown against senior royals in a bid to consolidate power. Bin Salman has undertaken reforms in Saudi Arabia, but his leadership has been questioned after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Guyana elections are disputed as huge oil kitty awaits next President

Two men were sworn in as president of Afghanistan, simultaneously. (The political chaos comes only weeks after a preliminary peace deal was signed between the Taliban and the US and at the same time as coronavirus begins to spread through the country.)

Canada is pushing forward with the criminalisation of gay conversion therapy – here’s how. It’s still a common practice in many places around the world.

Lebanon has defaulted on its debts for the first time.

Shallow Dive #4: Immigration Talking Points

 

 

The government brings out its plan for a points-based immigration system, the Democratic Party holds yet another debate in its quest to find a nominee to take on Donald Trump, and we ask: is every billionaire a policy failure?

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Further reading

UCU university strikes.

The government has unveiled its new plans for post-Brexit immigration.

The Economist’s analysis of the effects of the new plans.

The plan will be “points-based” but will be tougher than Australia’s.

There are probably fewer people looking for a job than the government is claiming.

Average wages (adjusted for inflation) have only just returned to the level they were at pre-2008.

Wage growth is still stagnant even so many years after the financial crash.

The Brexit vote was highest in areas where immigration was low.

The government has long struggled to cut migration levels – and that has little to do with our EU membership.

The SNP, rather than the Labour Party, has been the most vocal political opponent of the government’s new policy.

reckless decision on the coronavirus in Cambodia?

proposed pipeline in Canada has sparked major protests.

A Reuters investigation into Venezuelan special police.

The New York Times’s investigation on child sexual-abuse material online, part 1.

The New York Times’s investigation on child sexual-abuse material online , part 2.

Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos on what can be done to combat the problem of child sexual-abuse material online, interviewed on the Lawfare podcast.

The Albanian president urges an uprising.

The Democratic debate was fiery.