The Conversation

COVID-19 Is Deadlier for Black Brazilians, a Legacy of Structural Racism That Dates Back to Slavery

The United States and Brazil have much in common when it comes to the coronavirus.

  • Jun 11, 2020
  • 3:41 PM

In Brazil’s Raging Pandemic, Domestic Workers Fear for Their Lives—and Their Jobs

Domestic workers are central figures in Brazil, a hidden workforce that keeps society running.

  • Jun 3, 2020
  • 2:47 PM

Native American Tribes’ Pandemic Response Is Hamstrung by Many Inequities

Native communities in North America have been disrupted and displaced for centuries. Many face long-standing food and water inequities that are further complicated by this pandemic.

  • Jun 1, 2020
  • 1:27 PM

Mass Arrests and Overcrowded Prisons in El Salvador Spark Fear of Coronavirus Crisis

Even before COVID-19, infectious disease spread rapidly among Salvadoran prisoners.

  • May 13, 2020
  • 3:59 PM

The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery Highlights the Danger of Jogging While Black

Moreover, black men’s physical bodies are viewed as potential weapons that could invoke bodily harm, even when they are not holding anything in their hands or attacking.

  • May 11, 2020
  • 5:32 PM

COVID-19, Isolated Indigenous Peoples and the History of the Amazon

The current situation of a global pandemic invites reconsideration of similar situations that happened in the past, such as the great plague in Europe in the 14th century, or the successive and devastating influenza and measles epidemics (amongst others) which decimated indigenous populations in the post-Columbian era in Latin America, and especially in the Amazon.

  • Apr 28, 2020
  • 5:05 PM

Deaths and Desperation Mount in Ecuador, Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Latin America

Dead bodies are lying at home and in the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city so hard-hit by coronavirus that overfilled hospitals are turning away even very ill patients and funeral homes are unavailable for burial.

  • Apr 27, 2020
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Coronavirus Pandemic Could Hit the Billions Migrant Workers Send Home in Cash

Remittances shelter a large number of poor and vulnerable households, underpinning the survival strategies of over 1 billion people.

  • Apr 20, 2020
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The Long History of US Racism Against Asian Americans, From ‘Yellow Peril’ to ‘Model Minority’ to the ‘Chinese Virus’

In the United States, Asian Americans have long been considered as a threat to a nation that promoted a whites-only immigration policy.

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • 11:40 AM

Coronavirus: A Warning to Latin America and the Caribbean to Dramatically Increase COVID-19 Testing

We are among 250 population scientists and health specialists from around the globe who have issued a stark warning to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: governments must increase COVID-19 testing in the region before it is too late.

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • 11:07 AM

Why Latino Citizens Are Worrying More About Deportations

In a study published on April 6, I found Latino U.S. citizens’ deportation fears to be on the rise. Whereas 41% worried about deportation in 2007, 48% did in 2018. This amounts to about 13.6 million Latino U.S. citizens fearing deportation.

  • Apr 6, 2020
  • 6:25 PM

How Coronavirus Threatens the Seasonal Farmworkers at the Heart of the American Food Supply

Most of these workers are employed seasonally to perform the hard manual labor of cultivating and harvesting crops. One-half to three-quarters of them were born outside of the United States, with the majority holding Mexican citizenship.

  • Apr 6, 2020
  • 3:50 PM

Coronavirus: Europeans Introduced Devastating Novel Diseases to the Indigenous Americas—Here’s What the Survivors Learned

Many Indigenous groups are now blockading access to their communities, fearing COVID-19 infection.

  • Apr 2, 2020
  • 4:53 PM

By Sending Doctors to Italy, Cuba Continues Its Long Campaign of Medical Diplomacy

Cuba has sent more than 400,000 healthcare professionals to work in 164 countries, according to statistics published by the state media.

  • Mar 31, 2020
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All Latinos Don’t Vote the Same Way: Their Place of Origin Matters

For many Latinos, political events that affect their places of origin significantly influence their electoral preferences.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • 1:22 PM

3 Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing Who We Are

The pandemic affects our psyches three ways: It influences how we think, how we relate to others and what we value.

  • Mar 23, 2020
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How to Talk to Someone You Believe Is Misinformed About the Coronavirus

Instead of treating the conversation as a corrective lecture, treat the other person as an equal partner in the discussion.

  • Mar 17, 2020
  • 3:49 PM

Fear Can Spread From Person to Person Faster Than the Coronavirus, But There Are Ways to Slow It Down

As cases of COVID-19 proliferate, there’s a pandemic of fear unfolding alongside the pandemic of the coronavirus.

  • Mar 16, 2020
  • 11:24 AM

Slim and Skinny: How Access to TV Is Changing Beauty Ideals in Rural Nicaragua

The more television people watch the more they prefer a thinner female body type.

  • Mar 9, 2020
  • 5:10 PM

Indigenous People May Be the Amazon’s Last Hope

Brazil’s divisive President Jair Bolsonaro has taken another step in his bold plans to develop the Amazon rainforest.

  • Mar 4, 2020
  • 2:04 PM

Fringe Religious Party Gains Power in Crisis-Stricken Peru

After 40 years of failing to qualify for a national election, the political party of the Israelites —called the Agricultural People’s Front of Peru, or Frepap— won 15 congressional seats. In a fragmented Congress with nine parties, that makes the Israelites the third-largest legislative bloc.

  • Mar 3, 2020
  • 10:06 AM

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