It didn’t have to be this way

A bioethicist at the heart of the Italian coronavirus crisis asks: why won’t we talk about the trade-offs of the lockdown? Silvia Camporesi is an associate professor in bioethics and society at King’s College London, where she is also director of the master’s programme. She is interested in everything related to emerging biotechnologies, genetics, ethics, gender and sport. Edited by Sally Davies What ‘home’ means isn’t an abstract question in a pandemic. It becomes a concrete matter of where, and with whom, you wish to be confined – if you’re lucky enough to have the choice, that is. I flew from … Continue reading It didn’t have to be this way

Finally Free

Celebrating Buddhism’s early women masters By Dan Zigmond Imagine all of Buddhist history condensed into a single day: Buddha’s enlightenment occurs at dawn, and our present moment falls at dusk. The great teacher Bodhidharma would arrive in China comfortably before lunch, while Eihei Dogen would bring his vision of Zen to Japan just in time for afternoon tea. There would be less than an hour of daylight left when Buddhism finally reached America. The first Westerners would not ordain until the sun had begun to dip well below the horizon. Women, on the other hand, would have joined the sangha somewhere … Continue reading Finally Free

The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History

By Dennis Prager The idea that the worldwide lockdown of virtually every country other than Sweden may have been an enormous mistake strikes many — including world leaders; most scientists, especially health officials, doctors and epidemiologists; those who work in major news media; opinion writers in those media; and the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people who put their faith in these people — as so preposterous as to be immoral. Timothy Egan of The New York Times described Republicans who wish to enable their states to open up as “the party of death.” That’s the way it is … Continue reading The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History

This Doctor Is Suggesting COVID-19 Lockdowns Are A Conspiracy To Take Away Your Freedom

A viral video in which Dr. Annie Bukacek questions the severity of COVID-19 has given anti-lockdown activists across the country a sense of validation. by Anne Helen Petersen On Sunday, April 5, Dr. Annie Bukacek, wearing a white doctor’s coat and a pink stethoscope draped around her neck, stood behind a makeshift pulpit against the plain backdrop of a Hilton Garden Inn conference room in Kalispell, Montana. She was there to deliver a sermon of sorts to members of the Liberty Fellowship, an anti-government, anti-globalism church led by a pastor named Chuck Baldwin that serves as a beacon for the extreme political right … Continue reading This Doctor Is Suggesting COVID-19 Lockdowns Are A Conspiracy To Take Away Your Freedom

Against humanity

What the Lord’s Resistance Army can teach us about flaws in the ideal of human rights and the fight for justice Sam Dubal is a medical anthropologist and a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine at the University of California, Berkeley. His latest book is Against Humanity: Lessons from the Lord’s Resistance Army (2018).  Edited by Sam Haselby For more than a generation, the idea of human rights has served as a guiding star of the liberal West. Faced with atrocities and injustices around the world, some of the most prominent and powerful institutions and individuals in the West responded … Continue reading Against humanity

CANCER PATIENTS ARE GOING TO DIE BECAUSE CORONAVIRUS IS KEEPING THEM FROM TREATMENT

by Lauren Vinopal  In the midst of the pandemic, cancer patients are faced with an unimaginable choice: Risk coronavirus infection by going to the hospital for chemotherapy and clinical trials, or forego it and let the cancer consume them Ellen, a 33-year-old caretaker for cancer patients in New Jersey and New York, has dealt with a lot of death. In her four-year career, counseling families, facilitating end-of-life care and staying by a person’s side as they take their last breath has always been a part of the job. This is what she signed up for, and though it’s devastating, she … Continue reading CANCER PATIENTS ARE GOING TO DIE BECAUSE CORONAVIRUS IS KEEPING THEM FROM TREATMENT

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IS SHARPLY ON THE RISE AS AMERICANS ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME

by Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed Waking Times As the United States and the entire world become enveloped in the worst pandemic in a century, many have embraced self-isolating and sheltering in place as a basic responsibility to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. However, for many of the most vulnerable—such as children—home can be the most unsafe place due to domestic violence and abuse Nothing is more important for the development of children into well-functioning, responsible, and healthy adults than a secure and nurturing home. But the crisis unleashed by CoViD-19 has posed an acute risk of sexual abuse … Continue reading CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IS SHARPLY ON THE RISE AS AMERICANS ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME