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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

National Health Service

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

Nuovo coronavirus

Ufficio federale della sanità pubblica

L’OMS dichiara la diffusione del nuovo coronavirus un’emergenza sanitaria internazionale. Informatevi qui sulla situazione attuale – a livello internazionale e in Svizzera – sulle raccomandazioni per i viaggiatori e risposte a domande frequenti.

Coronavirus in Lombardia, tutti gli aggiornamenti in diretta

Regione Lombardia

Nuovo coronavirus

Ministero della Salute

COVID-19

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

World Health Organisation

On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.

18 February 2020

Binging Less Netflix Isn’t Going to Stop Climate Change

Jake Pitre – Motherboard

Not watching ‘The Witcher’ is not going to save the planet.

How China Targets Muslims for ‘Re-Education’ Camps — and Spies on Their Families

VICE News

The goal of China’s so-called re-education camps in the region of Xinjiang is to assimilate long-marginalized Muslim minorities, mostly Uighurs and Kazakhs, into Han Chinese culture. The government says the centers have expanded development and helped prevent terrorism. But the internee records reviewed by VICE News reveal that the vast majority of people sent to the camps were detained for mundane and legal behavior, including wearing a hijab, having “thick beards,” visiting a foreign website, applying for a passport, traveling abroad to a “sensitive country” or having family members living in one, or being part of a “religious family.”

17 February 2020

How to Steal an Election

Gary Short – NDC Conferences

In this session I’ll demonstrate some of the data science techniques that can be used to influence a population to a particular way of thinking, or to vote in a particular way.

With all the talk of collusion in the American, and other, elections I think it’s about time we explore the art of the possible in this field, and see just how they might have done it.

Documenting During Internet Shutdowns

Witness

A blog series with practical tips.

15 February 2020

Bloomberg and The Legacy of Stop-and-Frisk – Between the Scenes

The Daily Show

Unpacking the legacy of stop-and-frisk in New York under Mike Bloomberg.

13 February 2020

Besnate, sulla piazza del paese compare la bandiera fascista

VareseNews

Il vessillo tricolore con aquila e fascio littorio sventola da un balcone nel punto centrale del paese. “La Polizia Locale si è già attivata, avvertiti i carabinieri”.

China Doesn’t Like That I’m a Single Woman, Here’s Why

The New York Times

“Sheng nu” (“leftover women”) is a term used to describe single women who are 27 or older in China. Most of these women live in cities and lead rewarding professional lives. The term was coined in 2007 by a government organization responsible for the protection and promotion of women’s rights and policies. That same year, the Ministry of Education added “sheng nu” to the official lexicon.

In this Op-Doc, based on the Independent Lens feature documentary “Leftover Women,” we follow one of those women — Qiu Huamei, contending with the stigma and social pressure forcing her to go on a grueling quest in search of a husband. She grew up in a small village five hours south of Beijing and is the second youngest of five sisters. Ms. Qiu is a successful lawyer, fluent in English and opinionated — but those qualities do not outweigh one key flaw: She is not married.

12 February 2020

Matteo Salvini trial for kidnapping authorised by Italian senate

Lorenzo Tondo – The Guardian

When he was interior minister, Salvini prevented 131 migrants from disembarking in Italy.

11 February 2020

What I learned from parents who don’t vaccinate their kids | Jennifer Reich

TEDx

Why do some parents reject vaccines, despite evidence that they’ve helped generations of children stay healthy? When sociologist Jennifer Reich started interviewing parents about this growing trend, she realized it wasn’t as simple as being ignorant or anti-science. In this fascinating talk, she explains why this movement is the symptom of a much bigger problem — our broken beliefs about parenting & health. Jennifer Reich is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research examines how individuals and families weigh information and strategize their interactions with the state and service providers, particularly as they relate to healthcare and welfare. Over the last decade, she has examined how parents come to reject vaccines for their children, in dialog with physicians, complementary healthcare providers, activists, and researchers. She wrote Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines. She & her husband have three children.

10 February 2020

Is it Wrong to Fly? – Glad You Asked S1

Vox

Air travel is a quintessential product of the fossil fuel era: It’s both highly convenient and difficult to replace with alternatives. Now as the impacts of climate change are becoming more urgent, a growing “flight shame” movement is prompting consumers to question their air travel. Glad You Asked host Joss Fong explores the ethical implications of flying in a world on the brink of crisis.

Everything is designed for this man, even drugs

Vox

Most things in society are built for, and designed around, a specific “reference man.” This “standard human” is usually a white male in his 30s who weighs around 155 pounds. When we design everything from cars, to air-conditioned offices, to city streets, reference man is the default user. And when it comes to healthcare, that can mean deadly effects for women.

How Florida legally terrorized gay students

Vox

Starting in the 1950s, a Florida state committee spent years stalking, intimidating, and outing hundreds of LGBTQ people. And they got away with it. Amid a national witch hunt for communists and an ascendant civil rights movement, a group of Florida politicians with a mission to preserve racial segregation in the state created a powerful group called the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee.

Commonly called the “Johns Committee” for the influential state senator Charley Johns who spearheaded it, the Committee went after civil rights activists by arguing they were backed by communists. But when those investigations failed, they turned to a new group to target: LGBTQ people. Today, over 50 years later, some Florida legislators are calling for the state to finally come to terms with this part of its history.

Vox Atlas: The Amazon: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Vox

Vox Atlas: The Amazon is a three-part series about the world’s largest rainforest, why it’s in jeopardy, and the people trying to save it.

After Brexit: ‘Should we go home?’

The Guardian

In the 24 hours after Brexit, the Guardian visited members of the Polish community in Plymouth, an area that voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU in 2016. Margaret, who works full time in a children’s home and runs a Polish school at the weekends, says she feels confusion and despair – but also defiance. About 3.6 million EU citizens live in the UK, and Poland is the most common country of origin for foreign nationals. Polish is the second most widely spoken language in Britain, according to the last census.

The coronavirus shows how badly China handles public health crises

Quartz

In two months, the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China has spread to every province of China and at least 23 countries around the world. Journalists, scholars, and public health experts point to the lack of data and public communication in the initial and critical stage of the virus’s spread.

This pattern is not new. In 2019, a deadly pig virus called African swine fever started out as a local problem but eventually grew into a national crisis and a global threat. During the 2003 SARS epidemic, China was accused of hiding critical information and exacerbating the spread of the virus.

This special episode of Because China dives deep into why China keeps making the same mistake over and over again in addressing public health crises.

What Trans Teens Are Saying About Jules on ‘Euphoria’

Serena Sonoma – Teen Vogue

“Before the show started I was worried because a lot of transgender characters in the media are represented horribly.”

How scientists are fighting the coronavirus: A three minute guide

Nature

Scientists across the world are working together to fight the novel coronavirus. Nature looks at three fields of research which are vital to keeping this outbreak under control: epidemiology, virology and biomedical science. Research in these areas will be key, alongside collaboration and the open sharing of data and results.

9 February 2020

Per una domenica alle urne

RSI News

I due temi a livello federale, ma anche votazioni in Ticino, nei Grigioni e in diversi altri cantoni. Risultati, con RSInews, a partire dalle 12.00.

8 February 2020

Top 10 Stigma-Busting Myths About HIV

Demetre C. Daskalakis – them

Don’t fall for fake news; here are true facts.

Netflix has removed nine titles, including Night of the Living Dead, to comply with government requests

Julia Alexander – The Verge

Full Metal Jacket and The Last Hangover, too.

4 febbraio 2020

Mediterranea: il Tribunale di Palermo ordina dissequestro Mare Jonio. La nave è finalmente libera: smontiamo dal basso i Decreti Sicurezza

Mediterranea

Appello alle artist* e donne dello spettacolo: Non un passo indietro a Sanremo!

Non una di meno

31 January 2020

Brexit is here. But what happens next?

Jen Kirby – Vox

Brexit, and why it’s not actually over, explained.

30 January 2020

Olocausto, sondaggio shock: sempre più italiani lo negano. E Mussolini è un “grande leader”

Annalisa Girardi – Fanpage

Se nel 2004 ‘solo’ il 2,7% di italiani negava che la Shoah fosse effettivamente avvenuta, oggi nel nostro Paese c’è un 15,6% di cittadini secondo cui l’Olocausto non sarebbe altro che un’invenzione. Lo afferma il rapporto Eurispes 2020. Inoltre, per la maggioranza degli intervistati i recenti episodi di antisemitismo sarebbero semplicemente dei casi isolati. E Mussolini? Per il 20% è un grande leader che ha solo commesso qualche errore.

28 January 2020

La spallata di Matteo Salvini contro il governo è fallita

Internazionale

25 January 2020

While Microsoft Was Making Its Climate Pledge, It Was Sponsoring an Oil Conference

Maddie Stone – Motherboard

“Microsoft is delighted to announce we are the digital transformation partner of the International Petroleum Technology conference.”

Every American should watch @RepAdamSchiff’s closing at Thursday’s session.

Justin Amash

Turkish activists oppose amnesties for child rapists

Bethan McKernan – The Guardian

Draft law could see release of men jailed for child abuse if they marry their victim.

24 January 2020

UN experts call for investigation into allegations that Saudi Crown Prince involved in hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone

UN Human Rights Office

13 January 2020

Amazon’s New Rationale For Working With Big Oil: Saving the Planet

Maddie Stone – Motherboard

Amazon has a new justification for forging controversial partnerships with fossil fuel companies.

7 January 2020

Canceling

ContraPoints

Australia Will Lose to Climate Change

Robinson Meyer – The Atlantic

Even as the country fights bushfires, it can’t stop dumping planet-warming pollution into the atmosphere.

Number Of Animals Feared Dead In Australia’s Wildfires Soars To Over 1 Billion

Josephine Harvey – HuffPost

Ecologists at the University of Sydney and WWF Australia estimate that a billion is a conservative figure.

‘A tipping point is playing out right now’ says climate scientist Michael Mann

ABC News (Australia)

Climatologist Michael Mann has been one of the leading voices over the past two decades in the effort by scientists to raise the alarm about climate change.

He was a lead author in the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and has written four books on climate change.

Michael Mann spoke to ABC News channel about Australia’s unprecedented bushfire disaster and what he calls climate inaction by the Morrison government.

Attivisti climatici a processo

RSI News

In aula a Renens 12 giovani che occuparono il Credit Suisse di Losanna nel novembre 2018 – Tredici avvocati li difendono gratis.

Le polveri sottili assediano il Nord, stop alle auto in Piemonte, Lombardia e Veneto

Corrado Zunino – la Repubblica

Blocchi ai diesel (fino a Euro 4) a Milano, Como e Cremona, dove si supera la soglia da dieci giorni consecutivi. Torino verso il divieto a Euro 5. Nuove limitazioni a Lodi, Mantova e Padova. A Venezia e Treviso Pm10 nove volte sopra la media anche per la tradizione dei falò nella notte della Befana.

6 January 2020

Everest

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Climbing Mount Everest has become dangerously popular. John Oliver explains why.

(From July 2019) Boris Johnson

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver explains how Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, has succeeded – not despite his bumbling persona, but often because of it.

Bias In Medicine

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the roles that gender and racial bias can play in medical treatment.

One Child Policy

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, intended and not.

4 January 2020

Google and Amazon are now in the oil business

Vox

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are teaming up with Big Oil to squeeze more oil and gas out of the ground using machine learning technology.

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