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Top-down or bottom-up to battle COVID-19?

Top-down or bottom-up to battle COVID-19?

Many pundits have speculated that authoritarian regimes have an edge in dealing with a pandemic like COVID-19.  Around the world, however, a handful of smaller democratic governments have done well in combatting the virus and securing popular support. The Guardian...

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Volunteers Battling Covid South of the Border

Volunteers Battling Covid South of the Border

Despite tough headlines, let’s visit some volunteers making a difference “south of the border.” First, let us fly to beautiful Medellín, Colombia, the land of “eternal spring,” nestled in the Andean mountains, served by its funicular tram. Partners of the Americas’ volunteers have begun a campaign to help feed their neighborhoods suffering under Covid’s lockdown. It’s called “Si todos ayudamos? Toma o dona.” (“What if everyone helps? Take or donate.”) Compañeros have set up food stands in popular barrios. With the help of donations, volunteers purchased food for the elderly and low-income families in 300 popular apartment buildings. Massachusetts volunteers are in partnership with their counterparts in Medellín.

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Covid Waves from South of the Border

Covid Waves from South of the Border

When I lived in Copacabana, I often jogged through the surf and dove under the Atlantic’s rolling waves. Afterwards, I’d join “beach friends” for an impromptu volleyball. A cool cerveja was our just reward. Today, Rio’s famous beach lies empty, save the gulls pecking...

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