Beyond the everyday headlines, the United States seems to be heading towards a new wave of labour militancy. Almost every major industry in the US seems to have been hit by the recent mobilization of workers, who are no longer willing to work for poverty wages. While the labour shortage triggered by the restrictions due to COVID-19 is seen as the immediate cause, the roots of the problem lie deep within the economy itself.
Facebook is once again at the center of controversy, this time due to accusations by a whistleblower of prioritizing profit over monitoring hate-groups and hate-speech. The lack of transparency over content moderation has often been flagged as one of the key issues with the social media giant that also owns Instagram and WhatsApp. The Intercept published a 100 page list of ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organizations’, which Facebook circulates among its employees for moderation of contents on its sites .
The arrest of former President Jacob Zuma on the charges of corruption has resulted in a wave of violence and unrest in South Africa. What is even more concerning is the fact that the violence has resulted in increased ethnic tensions in a country where apartheid was ended less than 30 years ago. This has led to divisions regarding the fundamental cause of the violence as well as what responses should be given to it.
Data from Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has pointed out that unemployment in India has risen from 6.5% in March to 13% in June. Urban unemployment increased to as much as 9.78%. These figures demonstrate that despite the Modi government’s repeated claims to the contrary, the rapid rate of job losses have not stopped. The evidence was corroborated by a survey released by IHS Markit that demonstrated the rapid rate of loss of jobs in key sectors like manufacturing.
The G7 Summit, held between 11th and 13th June in Cornwall, UK in the backdrop of the ongoing COVID19 crisis and the deadly ‘second wave’ of infections in India. Key issues on the agenda were to ensure effective and rapid vaccination, climate change, and an end to tax havens. India was invited by the UK along with Australia, South Korea, and South Africa to be a part of the summit.
The recent events in the union territory of Lakshadweep are a matter of deep concern. All signs point towards a deeply disturbing plot that is unfolding on this archipelago in the Indian Ocean under the administration of Praful Patel, the former home minister of Gujarat, who took over after the former administrator Dineshwar Sharma passed away from lung disease.
“There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
- Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, on being asked why he did not patent his vaccine