[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: Focus on COVID-19 Bulletin 01 - April 21 2020 (Focus on the Global South, India)

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Tue Apr 21 17:50:58 CEST 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Viruses in movement…, India in movement…, Studies in movement…, Resistance in movement…

[With apologies for any duplication, some / many on this list might be interested in knowing about this new bulletin, coming out of India… in the midst of everything else that is happening there, and as part of the resistance and of another way to do things…

[With congratulations to all at Focus on the Global South in India ! :

Focus on COVID-19

Bulletin 01, April 21 2020

Focus on the Global South, India



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Bulletin Issue 01 - April 21, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, close to four billion people in over 90 countries are under mandatory lockdowns. The virus has in its wake taken both tens of thousands of lives and millions of livelihoods. Countries continue to grapple with the challenges of testing, quarantines and lack of medical facilities and equipment. It is also evident that global trade and national economies will take a much worse battering than expected.

Focus’ first bulletin captures some of the impacts of COVID-19 in Asia. Shalmali Guttal argues that many governments in Asia have taken advantage of the pandemic to cement authoritarian rule and erode human rights, while at the same time showing utter callousness for the working class. Updates from the ground from Joseph Purugganan, Supatsak Pobsuk and Fabio Carrasco show how informal workers and migrants, who were suddenly rendered jobless, faced acute hunger and homelessness with little support from the state. We also carry an update from our allies at the Indonesian Traditional Fisherfolk Union (KNTI) based on a rapid survey that they conducted in early April. The KNTI has demanded that the Indonesian Government urgently announce a special scheme for fisherfolk which will enable them to regain lost livelihoods.

Focus co-hosted two webinars with our allies at the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) in early April at which our senior analyst Walden Bello and Benny Kuruvilla spoke about an internationalist response to COVID-19. 

We also feature a music video by our allies in Cambodia, the Messenger Band that is a moving tribute to the role of health workers who are in the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus.

For more updates, please visit our microsite dedicated to COVID-19 updates here <https://focusweb.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0f47da10675ae0867f879c8ed&id=380133ef8e&e=fe839b8f65>

Signing off with a message from our allies at Via Campesina.


Focus on the Global South

How have Asian Governments responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
By Shalmali Guttal

The COVID-19 pandemic has made visible the stark realities of social, economic and political inequality in Asia. Class and social privilege, race/ethnicity, gender, occupation and age determine who are most vulnerable to the virus and disease. They also determine who suffer the worst impacts of the pandemic which include infection itself, as well as the economic, social, and political impacts of the measures that many governments are taking to contain the disease...

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Philippines: Informal Workers face brunt of COVID-19 Lockdown
by Joseph Purugganan
The Luzon-wide lockdown implemented by the Duterte administration has been in place for over a month now. On April 7, with the number of cases and deaths rising, the government extended the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until the end of the month.As of April 16 the Department of Health has reported the number of confirmed Covid-19-positive cases at5,662 with the death toll at 362.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts on Migrant Workers in Thailand
by Supatsak Pobsuk
Thailand has more than three million migrant workers, mostly from the neighbouring countries of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. These workers are engaged in labour-intensive sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, food processing, textile, construction, domestic work retail and tourism.

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Corona: A View from Below
by  Fabio Braun Carrasco

The novel Corona virus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, has ushered many parts of the world in a state of disarray. Within the span of a few weeks countries found themselves implementing measures that would otherwise be unthinkable. Italy and Spain have imposed a halt on all “non-essential” activities in order to slow the spread of the virus...

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Covid-19 Outbreak: Socio-economic Impact on Small-scale Fisher and Aquaculture in Indonesia
by Indonesian Traditional Fisherfolk Union (DPP KNTI)
Small-scale fishers and aquaculture have an important role and become a mainstay in sustaining national food sovereignty. In Indonesia, fishery products provide 54% of all animal protein consumed. Its contribution to job creation is also very important as the number of fishery businesses both directly and indirectly are huge...

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Webinar: The coming global recession: building an internationalist response
Recording of a TNI-hosted webinar on Wednesday, 8 April with Professor Jayati Ghosh, Quinn Slobodian, Walden Bello and Lebohang Pheko on the likely global impacts of the economic fallout from the Coronavirus and how we might be better prepared than the 2008 economic crisis to put forward progressive solutions. 

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Webinar: Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus
Recording of a webinar TNI organised on 1 April at 4pm (CET) on the global dimensions of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how social movements could respond. The panel featured the following guests: -Sonia Shah, author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017) – Luis Ortiz Hernandez, public health professor in UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico. Expert on social and economic health inequities. – Benny Kuruvilla, Head of India Office, Focus on the Global South, working closely with Forum For Trade Justice. – Mazibuko Jara, Deputy Director, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, helping to coordinate a national platform of civic organisations in South Africa to confront COVID-19. – Umyra Ahmad, Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Associate, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Malaysia This webinar was co-sponsored by Alternative Information and Development Centre, South Africa and Focus on the Global South/Asia.

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Music Video by Messenger Band: Thanks for the Dedication
A music video by Focus on the Global South's allies in Cambodia, the Messenger Band brings a moving tribute to the role of health workers who are in the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus.

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