After the pandemic, the good and the less good

Après la pandémie, le bon et le moins bon

It means the world will never be quite the same. The international trade has been interrupted and no one dares to extol the virtues of globalization. The local trade has been disrupted to the point where some restaurants and shops that we knew won’t come back. To protect their population, the States will adjust. For better and for worse.

The coronavirus since three months, this is Taz, the Tasmanian devil from Bugs Bunny : a whirlwind that took everything away (or almost) on its passage, lives, jobs, hopes of a better future.

The international monetary Fund, analyzing the stimulus programs adopted throughout the world to counter the effect of the beast, concludes that the public debt of the world will be higher this year than the GDP of a planet. More debt than economic activities must be done !

Concretely, it is known, in the United States in particular, that it is the minorities who will be hardest and the most extensively affected by the closure of shops and businesses. The women, meanwhile, have been disproportionately targeted by the layoffs.

ALL IS NOT LOST

In other words, it is an evil for a good. The pandemic has highlighted huge gaps in health systems : the United States, of course, but with us as with the carnage in the residences of long-term care.

The inequality came to a head : the person can no longer deny the fragile state of health of many African-Americans, the availability is often limited to high-quality food and difficult access to preventive health care affordable.

Fortunately, in the face of crisis, the medical research has gone to great lengths. And it is necessary, as pointed out in The Economist, to keep hope alive during this famous “disruption creative” that pushes us, in the midst of our afflictions, to exercise imagination delusional. As the German Karl von Drais, inventor of the bicycle in response to the terrible famine of 1815 which resulted in the deaths of thousands of horses.

It’S FOR YOUR own GOOD

We must not be naive, the pandemic has made the game of dictators, autocrats and other ” control freaks “. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, was given a grant of emergency powers to combat the sars coronavirus. In Hungary, Viktor Orban can do now is stop anyone who is suspected of peddling “lies” about the COVID. And Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used the crisis to tighten its control on the media, Turkey is already, according to Reporters without borders, ” the world’s biggest prison for journalists professionals “.

We monitors to protect us, assure-t-on. The rapidity with which the contagion is made, and the appalling balance sheet of the victims to justify certainly tighter controls. A little like, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, we agreed that we would no longer leave up anyone with anything in the aircraft.

The trouble is that, in addition to undermining the charm of the air transport, the measures against terrorism have stimulated the development of methods for surveillance and security agencies, which interfere a little more in our private life. And when I hear that China is the model to follow for its way to trace effectively to the sick of the Covid… frankly, I the bitch.

The coronavirus, the excuse by excellence

Everywhere, plans were served to strengthen their authority

China

  • Arrest of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong

Algeria

  • Prohibition of the manifestations of the Hirak, the movement of protest against the power in place

Turkey

  • Arrest of at least 8 journalists, accused of “disinformation”

Uganda

  • Repression, anti-gay, justified by the ban to come together as a group

Cambodia

  • The emergency law allows the monitoring of unlimited citizens

Azerbaijan

  • President Ilham Aliyev justified by distancing physical the need to” isolate ” the members of the opposition

Hungary

  • The Parliament gave president Viktor Orban unlimited powers… and without end

(Source : The Economist, April 2020)

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