Baba Aye

How can we stop another deadly global pandemic?

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Baba Aye reviews two books that tackle the origins of Covid-19, the part played by government failures, as well as the social and environmental degradation underlying the spread of the Coronavirus.

Two new books have placed the pandemic in perspective as the crisis unfolded. Richard Horton’s The Covid-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again, and Debora Mackenzie’s Covid-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened contextualise why it is taking place and proposals on how to stop the world from going through a similar experience again. Both authors realise that preventing another such catastrophe requires changes which address social and economic conditions such as inequality and poverty. But they stop short of envisioning a post-capitalist world.

Grim prospects for African workers

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Socialist Review reports from a continent facing an unprecedented economic collapse

Despite the comparatively limited impact of Covid-19 on Africa, the continent as a whole is on the verge of its first recession in a quarter of a century. GDP growth is projected to fall from 2.4 percent in 2019 to between -2.1 percent and an eye-watering -5.1 percent this year. According to the IMF, this will be the sharpest contraction of the continent’s economy on record.

Letter from Nigeria

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Baba Aye reports on the millions who took to the streets in the largest and most intense strikes that Nigeria has ever seen

Eight days of a general strike and street protests in January awakened a new belief across Nigeria that ordinary people could bring about change in society.

The strike paralysed Nigeria for eight days. Across the country workers downed tools in the public and private sectors as well as in the informal economy.

It was not just the strike that was a resounding success. Millions of people took over the streets in at least 47 cities and towns.

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