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For pregnant women, getting the COVID-19 jab is a challenging choice
The World May 12, 2021
Information on vaccines for pregnant women differs, depending on the country. Making the choice to get the shot while pregnant can get complicated, explains Valerie Fernández, who faced the decision herself in Arizona.
Books
'Pathways to possibility’: New book argues optimism is key to endurance through tough times
Living on Earth October 29, 2020
2020 has been a challenging year, to put it mildly. A new book by family therapist Rosamund Zander suggests ways we can all overcome stress, fear and danger by acting out of optimism rather than despair.
On China's New Silk Road
Italy is caught in the middle of the EU's tussle with its 'systemic rival,' China
The World September 21, 2020
Italian populists—skeptical of the value of EU membership—drove Italy to become the first G7 country to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Then the pandemic brought generous EU aid, leaving Italy to reassess who its real friends are and how best to help its economy.
COVID-19
Semi-quarantined: Living with the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong
Global Voices Online February 12, 2020
"The park is half-empty, but we have decided to let our daughter enjoy a few hours of daily sunshine. We are determined not to let ourselves be overwhelmed by fear."
Immigration Rewind
I'm an American. But my family came to the US fraudulently.
The World November 06, 2019
The Trump administration's immigration policies harken back to the origins of immigration restriction a century ago that sought to keep “undesirables” — like my family — out. 
Commentary
Analysis: Trump's reversal in Syria was a play to keep his base intact
The World October 30, 2019
When the White House withdrew US troops from Syria, it unwittingly sacrificed one of its core constituencies’ dearest causes — Christians in the Middle East. US actions in the region since the early October withdrawal have been a response to their ire. It’s working — for now.
Immigration
Cuccinelli’s ‘bootstraps’ line reflects historical amnesia of ‘public charge’
The World August 15, 2019
The "likely to become a public charge" clause originally targeted southern and eastern European immigrants. It has since become a tool to exclude "undesirable" immigrants du jour.
Commentary
Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it?
The Conversation August 14, 2019
Cancun, on the Yucatan peninsula, is one of Mexico's most visited cities, while nearby Mayan villages struggle with poverty and lack of economic opportunities. A newly proposed train line could help fix that, but at what cost to the people and ecosystem?
Conflict
Modern Slavery Act is having unintended consequences for women's freedom in Sri Lanka
The Conversation July 15, 2019
Rather than requiring companies to ensure a living wage for their global supply chain workforce, the Modern Slavery Act ends up punishing them.
Immigration
The long, bipartisan history of dealing with immigrants harshly
The Conversation July 09, 2019
Trump has expanded and escalated the most punitive policies he inherited from his predecessors.
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