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 #6: Refugees, Mali & Old Man Joe

 

 

Turkey is encouraging refugees to head to Greece and the EU aren’t happy. Meanwhile climate change is only going to make the problem worse, on a global scale. Also British troops are heading to Mali.

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Further reading

Turkey turns a blind eye as refugees head for border.

The EU’s morality is facing a severe test when it comes to refugees. Greece aren’t helping.

It’s all part of a geopolitical balancing act regarding Turkey’s intervention in Syria, on the opposite side to Russia.

Turkey-US relations have been strained by the case of an evangelical pastor and Turkey’s buying of Russian weapons.

The EU and Turkey agreed a deal in 2016, but Turkey says the EU hasn’t held up its side.

Accession talks for Turkey to join the EU have been stalled for years.

The climate crisis will intensify the migrant crisis over the next few decades.

The US judiciary has ruled against the ‘Remain in Mexico’ strategy but allowed it continue, for now.

Here’s what it could mean for the 60,000 migrants in terrible conditions at the border.

British troops are back on the front line, fighting troops in Mali. Here’s what’s at stake.

France bypassed the national assembly to get through controversial pension reforms.

Australian news is changing forever.

Trump tells Colombia to keep using potentially carcinogenic herbicide to destroy coca plants.

Peace with the Taliban isn’t so peaceful.

Authoritarian uses crisis to punish vulnerable minority – in Hungary. 

SUPER TUESDAY WASN’T SO SUPER FOR WARREN

Shallow Dive #2: Chaos in Iowa, and the case for regulating Facebook

 

The Iowa Caucuses descended into chaos, Russian police have been convicted of busting their own drug den, and we ask: should the government step in to save Facebook from itself?

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Further reading

The Iowa caucuses were utter chaos.

Doing well in Iowa is important, but only if you can get media attention out of it.

Pete Buttigieg: who he is.

Buttigieg controversially fired South Bend’s first African-American police chief.

Buttigieg’s town-regeneration project has also come under criticism from minority communities in South Bend.

Partly as a result, Buttigeg has a major problem with nonwhite voters.

Buttigieg started off with a fairly left-wing campaign, but has pivoted to the centre recently, leading to accusations of opportunism from leftists.

Bernie Sanders: who he is.

Sanders’s healthcare proposals are maybe half as left-wing as what the UK currently has.

Romney voted to convict Trump.

Nancy Pelosi tore up a copy of Trump’s speech.

State election fiasco in Germany.

Land grab in Vietnam.

Iraqi protests shaken up.

Irish elections.

Chile protests.

murder mystery in Lesotho.

Iceland says you can’t name your child after the devil, apparently.

Russian police convicted of busting their own drug den.