From the monthly archives: September 2020

As President Magufuli’s repeated pronouncements that God has removed the coronavirus from Tanzania have grabbed international attention, and the WHO is left wondering about the rates of infection in the country, for the average Tanzanian any news about the disease is getting harder and harder to come by. At the same time, for […]

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The podcast series “African Voices, African Arguments” features African scholars, writers, policy makers and activists on issues of peace, justice and democracy, and is produced by World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with African Arguments and

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UPDATE Sept. 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.: DOC contacted me directly to provide additional details on cause of death related to those who died in April 2020. The below essay was updated to reflect this additional information.

Writing on September 1 on this blog, I presented previously unreleased data from the Massachusetts Department of […]

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is this month’s Employee of the Month, earned in the last week of August on two counts.

First, Secretary Pompeo shamelessly and quite possibly illegally used the U.S. Embassy in Israel as the stage for a partisan political intervention at the Republican National Convention. The Hatch Act of 1939, […]

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See update published on September 8, 2020.

In April 2020, more people died while incarcerated by the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) than in any month over the past five years. On average, between 2015 and July 2020, 3.1 people died per month in MADOC prisons. Before this year, the highest number of deaths […]

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