The COVID-19 pandemic raised questions about reconciling health priorities with the exercise of certain liberties and rights. Public safety has come into conflict with matters of mobility, freedom of expression, and the right to protest. How can the threat of viral transmission be reconciled with the urgency of political protests, such as in the Black Lives Matter movement? This article discusses various approaches, referring to debates in the United States and Australia, where law enforcement authorities and politicians warned against protest marches, generally citing the protection of public health as a qualifying exception. Numerous epidemiologists, while acknowledging risks, argued that a calculus of risk be deployed, citing public health as a variegated, multilayered concept. A similar balancing act was deployed in Australian courts. Such reasoning led to accusations that public health science had been politicized. Striking the balance remains a pragmatic approach to holding such gatherings during times of pandemic.
COVID-19, Public Health, and Black Lives Matter
2015 will repeat itself in times of COVID-19: after an initial surge of solidarity, where people in receiving countries related to newcomers through a shared collective memory of war and conflict, refugees started to be seen as “the other”: Muslims
Holding Our Lives in Their Hands
Nancy L. Rosenblum
neither a felt reality nor a force for political unity in emergency. On one side state and local government closings of workplaces and social events provoke ferocious resistance to shut-downs and conflict over what activities are essential and exempt
What Type of Freedom is at Stake?
Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar
debate over the political response to COVID-19 concerns the stakes of how we navigate the conflict between, on the one hand, the need to act decisively in the face of the threat that the virus poses to life (and other rights, such as health), and, on the
Organization 2019). 2 The conflict over both strategy and values between King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Selma episode of the Civil Rights movement is explored in Garrow 1986: 396
Intergenerational Democracy and the Political Epidemiology of COVID-19
continue to be the primary victims of global famine and starvation, human trafficking, and forced migration, as well as infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Millions of children die each year from preventable conflicts, conditions, and
Which Governance Systems are Having a “Good” Pandemic?
Jennifer Gaskell and Gerry Stoker
characterized by a lack of trust, conflict and competition. The asymmetrical devolution which has seen powers taken by Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland also suffers from a lack of engagement and the tendency for Whitehall and Westminster to act without
The Case of Germany
showing a greater appreciation for bans rather than offers during the crisis. This might change once the phase of acute crisis is over and deeper distributive conflicts set in, turning the Finance and Labor and Social Affairs Ministries into central
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regional development between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments. On the contrary, this historical socio-spatial interdependence is affected and cut by conflicts over geographical boundaries, the transit of armed groups, and the illegal trafficking of
An open reflection on leadership, solidarity, and contemporary regional integration
Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda
have exposed many to economic disaster as quarantines have paralyzed economies. Insufficient public services have made washing hands the most effective way to prevent illness, a challenge in many places. Inadequate responses to conflict and migration