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Yahoo! BooksAug 09, 2020
'We failed': one scientist's despair as Brazil Covid-19 deaths hit 100,000
Natalia Pasternak has waged a tireless media campaign to counter Bolsonaro's chaotic, anti-science pandemic responseFor months Natalia Pasternak has implored Brazilians to take science and coronavirus seriously, in a marathon of TV appearances, newspaper columns, live streams and podcasts."I've given interviews at 2am," said the microbiologist and broadcaster who runs a civil society group called the Question of Science Institute.As the epidemic has raged, Pasternak has condemned President Jair Bolsonaro's chaotic, anti-scientific response; denounced fake news and unproven treatments such as chloroquine and ozone therapy; and urged her country's 210 million citizens to respect quarantine measures aimed at controlling coronavirus."Reopening … is a recipe for disaster," the 43-year-old scientist warned on a recent talkshow, as lockdown efforts withered despite the soaring number of infections and deaths.Yet five months after Brazil's first confirmed fatality, Pasternak is despondent and fears her work has been in vain.On Saturday the official death toll hit 100,000 - up from 10,000 in early May. A similar number of lives were lost during Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war or the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Brazil has recorded more than 3m infections - second only to the US."We failed - as a country, as a government, as a society - to get the message out in a clear, transparent and educative way," she admitted.Like many Brazilians, Pasternak blames Bolsonaro - a Trump-smitten populist who cal

Yahoo! ArtsAug 09, 2020
How Leander Perez's Vicious Racism Backfired and Saved Jury Trials
All Gary Duncan wanted to do was prevent a fight between some Black and white kids. But when the 19-year old African-American lightly touched the arm of a 14-year-old white boy named Herman Landry in what he felt was a paternal, conciliatory gesture, Landry's response was, "My people can put you in jail for that."This was in October 1966, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, at the height of the civil rights era. Plaquemines was, thanks to the oil and fishing industries, one of the wealthiest rural counties in the country. But it was ruled by Leander Perez, a Democratic political boss and one of the shrewdest, most virulent segregationists in the history of American apartheid. Which is one reason why Duncan, despite his innocent gesture, was arrested on the charge of  "Cruelty to Juveniles," and why his case eventually culminated in Duncan v. Louisiana, a Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed the right to a jury trial for any and all serious crimes."The significance of Duncan v. Louisiana is less about the immediate impact of the Court's ruling than about the foundation that ruling laid," says Matthew Van Meter, author of Deep Delta Justice, a new book about the Duncan case and the Plaquemines milieu in which it originated. "Duncan v. Louisiana is the basis of five decades of jurisprudence that protects juries from racial discrimination, ensures that they come to fair decisions, and forces the prosecution to prove every relevant fact to them. These cases are still coming down: just this spring, in Ra

Yahoo! ArtsAug 08, 2020
12 months, 12 lives: Kashmiris in limbo and lockdown
The BBC speaks to 12 Kashmiris from different walks of life about an unprecedented year for the region.

AV Club FilmsAug 08, 2020
Daniel Dae Kim launches fundraising campaign to get James Hong a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Look: We're not saying that Big Trouble In Little China and Kung Fu Panda (and Blader Runner. And Wayne's World 2. And Tango & Cash. And…) star James Hong works a lot, but the last time we tried to check his IMDB page (439 credits, and no sign of slowing down), our Chrome tab exploded. Hong is one of the most prolific…


Yahoo! ArtsAug 08, 2020
Kim Jong-un sends aid to North Korean border city in lockdown
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the distribution of aid to the border city of Kaesong after the area was locked down last month to fight the coronavirus, state media said on Sunday. Authorities raised the state of emergency to the maximum level for the city in July, saying they had discovered the country's first suspected virus case. A train carrying goods arrived in the "totally blocked" city of Kaesong on Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported. "The Supreme Leader has made sure that emergency measures were taken for supplying food and medicines right after the city was totally blocked and this time he saw to it that lots of rice and subsidy were sent to the city," it said. Mr Kim had been concerned "day and night" about people in Kaesong as they continue their "campaign for checking the spread of the malignant virus", the report added. Last month, Pyongyang said a defector who had left for South Korea three years ago returned on July 19 by "illegally crossing" the heavily fortified border dividing the two countries. The man showed symptoms of coronavirus and was put under "strict quarantine", authorities said, but the North has yet to confirm whether he tested positive. If confirmed, it would be the first officially recognised case of Covid-19 in North Korea, where medical infrastructure is seen as woefully inadequate to deal with any epidemic. The nuclear-armed North closed its borders in late January as the virus spread in neighbouring China. It imposed tough restrictions that put thousands of peopl
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