In episode 89, Kim and Rachel discuss recent news from the continent. Due to changes from the increasing severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will resume interview portions of our episodes next week. We are, however, still happy to be producing, at the very least, news content for our loyal listeners.
This weekend Rachel and Kim tackled Guinean voters’ approval of changes to the country’s constitution, South Africa’s mobile testing response to COVID, and articles about different democracies’ responses to the global pandemic sweeping the world.
Here are the links to the news pieces from today’s newswrap:
- Read an article from Aljazeera and an article from Reuters about the changes and its effects from Guinean voters approving changes to the country’s constitution.
- Learn about South Africa’s mobile testing response to COVID-19 from Agence-France Presse.
- Take a look at the details of door-to-door COVID-19 screening from VOA news.
- Read about the argument in South Africa about the use of medical masks by non-healthcare workers to protect against the novel coronavirus by Rebecca Davis (@becsplanb).
- Learn about multiple country’s differing responses to coronavirus based on their politics.
- Take a look at an essay about how the coronavirus sheds light on the fraility of individualistic societies, defining our era.
- Read up on the link between marginalization and compliance in public-health emergencies by UC Berkeley professor Allison Namias Grossman (@allisonnamias) and Leonardo Arriola (@ArriolaLR).
- Catch up on Ethiopia’s move to postpone elections amid fears of the coronavirus by Samuel Getachew (@GetachewSS).
- Take a look at the daily Africa COVID-19 update produced by the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Judd Devermont (@JDevermont).
- Anna Kapambwe (@annakapambwe) wrote a piece about the response to COVID-19 on a continental level.
- Look at Emmanuel Balogun’s research dealing with the ECOWAS survelliance of regional health.
- Read more of Adia Benton (@Ethnography911) on “racialized geography of blame” here.
- Learn more about Africa’s journalists and their efforts, as critiqued in this article, to cover the pandemic on the continent by George Ogola (@Ogolah).
- For more on Africa’s crackdown on the virus, take a look at Elliot Smith (@ElliotSmithCNBC) and his article.
- Take a look at the postponement of Zimbabwe’s 10-year census on hold.
- Here is a list of current trackers of the COVID-19 situation on the continent: The Elephant, BBC, African Arguments, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and the COVID bar chart.