Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest

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      COVID-19 threatens to accelerate longer-term rebellion, violence, and political upheaval.

      By Elise Labott, a columnist at Foreign Policy and an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service.
      Protesters gather in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to show their support for Cuba's protesters.

      Protesters gather in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood to show their support for Cuba’s protesters on July 14. JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

      To call 2021 the summer of discontent would be a severe understatement. From Cuba to South Africa to Colombia to Haiti, often violent protests are sweeping every corner of the globe as angry citizens are taking to the streets.

      Each country has different histories and realities on the ground, particularly in Haiti, where years of violence and government corruption culminated two weeks ago in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. But they all faced a perfect storm of preexisting social, economic, and political hardships, which fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic only inflamed further. And they are merely a foreshadowing of the post-coronavirus global tinderbox that’s looming as existing tensions in countries across the world morph into broader civil unrest and uprisings against economic hardships and inequality deepened by the pandemic.

      The coronavirus pandemic was a once-in-a-century crisis that not only shocked countries’ existing health systems but also demanded a response that impacted—and was itself shaped by—economic, political, and security considerations. The efforts to contain it may have curbed fatalities in the short term but have inadvertently deepened vulnerabilities that laid the groundwork for longer-term violence, conflict, and political upheaval and should serve as a danger sign to world leaders as countries reopen—including in the United States.

      History is full of examples of pandemics being incubators of social unrest, from the Black Death to the Spanish flu to the great cholera outbreak in Paris, immortalized in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Underlying it all this time around is a pervasive inequality. COVID-19 has ripped open economic divides and made life harder for already vulnerable groups, including women and girls and minority communities.


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    • #436601
      Ohio Barbarian
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      The author says there is a global vaccine shortage, which is a bald-faced lie for her patrons in the oligarchy(American University is a center of the establishment). There is no shortage, but there is a distribution problem because pharmaceutical corporations refuse to provide it unless they make mega-profits off of it.

      IOW, the Third World vaccine shortage is as much of a shortage as food in Ireland during the Potato Famine was–all the grain was being sold to England and other countries, and the oligarchs of the time refused to provide for the Irish people. The famine was completely avoidable.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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      • #436608
        retired liberal
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        To say nothing of their several private jets.
        The rich and substantial ego centered meat sacks want us to think of them and their problems and not our petty little ones, such as having to have 2 or more low paying, part time jobs, too little food, moldy shelters, raising our children on less than 50% of what is needed to survive, because we are too lazy to work hard enough to get ahead.
        Now where did I put those guillotine plans?

        We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
        If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
        The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
        Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

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      It’s hard to argue with the headline — Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest.

      I think the article got it right when they mentioned “longstanding and deep-seated grievances”.

      I believe it was the World Bank who recently said countries must deal with income inequality or risk political turmoil.
      The way I see it, it’s a combination of income inequality, the pandemic draining economies, the internet (social media), loss of jobs through technology, and yes, the lack of vaccines not reaching those in need will contribute to unrest in some countries. They say the pandemic will be the “first domino in a chain of events”, but those dominos are already lined up and ready to fall.

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