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The plastic pandemic

There is no denying that single-use plastic has been a lifesaver in the fight against COVID-19, especially for frontline health workers. It has also facilitated adherence to social-distancing rules, by enabling home delivery of basic goods, especially food. And it may have helped to curb transmission, by replacing reusable coffee cups and shopping bags in many cities over fears that the virus could stick to them.

From farming to women empowerment

South Asia’s record on gender equality is weak, to say the least. The region has the world’s highest rate of child marriage, and domestic violence against women is pervasive. Women are over-represented in unpaid work, and under-represented in the labor force, even in countries like Sri Lanka, which has invested heavily in girls’ schooling. Yet there is one sector where women are taking over: agriculture.

The COVID-19 pandemic explained  

With its controversial genesis and limited adverse impact in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019, the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic is, in less than half a year, ravaging the entire planet with its unprecedented velocity and spread of toxicity.

The challenges of demography and democracy in Ethiopia

Do not ask me why former President Lemma Megersa’s trip to Bahir Dar and his declaration of Ethiopian-ness as an addiction became the launching pad – a time-stamp – for my near-compulsive tracking of the travails of Ethiopian politics.