This article is devoted to the upheaval that swept Kazakhstan in the first week of January and its subsequent suppression. The peaceful workers' protests and strikes in most of the country are contrasted with the armed insurgency in and around Almaty.
In a guest post from India, Pramod Ranjan of Assam Central University reflects on the new annual budget of the Indian government and how it ignores the plight of the country's poor in the wake of Covid-19.
Did the coronavirus leap from bat to man at a wildlife market or inside a scientific laboratory? We may never know for sure, but the lab-leak hypothesis is plausible. What are the implications?