Coronavirus impact on world’s indigenous, goes well beyond health threat, 05/20/20


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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the world’s indigenous peoples that stretches well beyond the immediate threat to their health, the new UN independent expert on the rights of indigenous peoples said on Monday.

“I am receiving more reports every day from all corners of the globe about how indigenous communities are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it deeply worries me to see it is not always about health issues”, said José Francisco Cali Tzay.

In a statement Monday, the Special Rapporteur – a Maya Kaqchikel from Guatemala who took up his post on 1 May – urged Governments worldwide to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to information about COVID–19 in their languages.

Universal basic income the right prescription for Latin America and Caribbean – UN report 05/14/20

Income, Corona Virus, New York

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A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) unveiled on Tuesday, proposes that governments ensure immediate temporary cash transfers to help millions of people struggling to meet basic needs, as the massive fallout from COVID–19 ripples across the region’s economies.

Executive–Secretary, Alecia Bárcena, launching the “The Social Challenge in Times of COVID-19” report, at a virtual press conference in Santiago, Chile – said these transfers should then be made permanent and extend to those who are at risk of being caught in the poverty trap. Such a step would pave the way towards a universal basic income, guaranteeing the basic right to survival, she said.

Freedom to Write Index 2019 by PEN America, 5/20/20


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Amid global retrenchment on human rights and fundamental freedoms–deepening authoritarianism in Russia, China, and much of the Middle East; democratic retreat in parts of Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia; and new threats in established democracies in North America and Western Europe—the brave individuals who speak out, challenge tyranny, and make the intellectual case for freedom are on the front line of the battle to keep societies open, defend the truth, and resist repression.

Writers and intellectuals are often among the canaries in the coal mine who, alongside journalists and human rights activists, are first targeted when a country takes a more authoritarian turn. The unjust detention and imprisonment of writers and intellectuals impacts both the individuals themselves and the broader public, who are deprived of innovative and influential voices of dissent, criticism, creativity, and conscience. For this reason, the targeting of writers and public intellectuals for exercising their freedom of expression should be a source of grave concern to all.

Children not immune to coronavirus; new study describes severe COVID–19 response in children by Albert Einstein College of Medicine 5/20/20

Corona Virus, New York

While most children infected with the novel coronavirus have mild symptoms, a subset requires hospitalization and a small number require intensive care. A new report from pediatric anesthesiologists, infectious disease specialists and pediatricians at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, describes the clinical characteristics and outcomes of children hospitalized with COVID–19, during the early days of the pandemic.

Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the report compares 46 children between one month and 21 years old, who received care either on a general unit, or in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) at CHAM. This is the largest single-center study from the United States to date to describe in detail the full spectrum of COVID–19 disease in hospitalized children.

Researchers found that children requiring intensive care had higher levels of inflammation and needed additional breathing support, compared to those who were treated on a general unit.

New York tallies as of 5/20/20:

 NYS Confirmed: 352,845.
 NYS deaths: 22,843.
 NYC confirmed: 193,821.
 Brooklyn confirmed: 52,681.


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