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(Africa) Vaccine Geopolitics Could Derail Africa’s Post-Pandemic Recovery (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

ZAINAB USMAN

If 2020 was the year of the coronavirus pandemic, then 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the vaccine.

https://carnegieendowment.org/2021/02/24/vaccine-geopolitics-could-derail-africa-s-post-pandemic-recovery-pub-83928

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(Europe) COVID-19 credit-support programmes in Europe’s five largest economies (Bruegel)

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In 2020, European governments mitigated the economic impact of COVID-19 lockdowns and other pandemic-fighting programmes through a host of initiatives.

https://www.bruegel.org/2021/02/covid-19-credit-support-programmes-in-europes-five-largest-economies/

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(G20/Poorest Countries) How is the G20 tackling debt problems of the poorest countries? (Bruegel)

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In April 2020, the G20, at the urging of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, launched the Debt Service Standstill Initiative (DSSI) to mitigate the negative financial impact of COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries at a time when the pandemic’s medical and economic consequences were highly uncertain.

https://www.bruegel.org/2021/02/how-is-the-g20-tackling-debt-problems-of-the-poorest-countries/

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(European Central Bank) A brown or a green European Central Bank? (Bruegel)

 

Climate change is a hotly debated issue in the European Central Bank’s ongoing strategy review.

https://www.bruegel.org/2021/02/a-brown-or-a-green-european-central-bank/

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(Africa) Africa in the news: Sudan, COVID-19 vaccine, and political updates (Brookings)

Chris Heitzig and Leo Holtz

On Wednesday, the Central Bank of Sudan steeply devalued its currency to appeal to foreign donors and access debt relief.

Africa in the news: Sudan, COVID-19 vaccine, and political updates

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(USA) Progress on Restoring Voting Rights (Brennan Center for Justice)

This has been a big week for the movement to restore voting rights to people who have been convicted of a crime. Legislative chambers in New York and Washington State both passed bills that would automatically restore voting rights to all people with criminal convictions who are on probation or parole. And a newly introduced U.S. Senate bill would do the same for all federal elections across the country.

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/progress-restoring-voting-rights

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(USA) The Supreme Court Case Challenging Voting Restrictions in Arizona, Explained (Brennan Center for Justice)

On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a challenge to a pair of Arizona voting policies that make it harder for people to vote, especially in communities of color and Native American communities. The case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, is significant because it likely won’t just affect voters in the state. It could have broad implications for the fairness of our democracy across the country because of what the decision might mean for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, known as the VRA.

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/supreme-court-case-challenging-voting-restrictions-arizona-explained

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(Britain) A war is being waged against academic freedom in Britain (Al Jazeera)

Malia Bouattia

Over the past few weeks, David Miller, a professor of political sociology at Bristol University in the United Kingdom, has been the subject of a vicious smear campaign, alleging he has made anti-Semitic comments.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/2/28/a-war-is-being-waged-against-academic-freedom-in-britain

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(USA/Saudi Arabia) Khashoggi’s murder: It is time for accountability (Al Jazeera)

Amrit Singh

In 2018, Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi went to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents he needed for his wedding. He never walked out.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/2/27/khashoggis-murder-it-is-time-for-accountability

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