EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 07/07/2020

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Financial Times – Aime Williams / US says foreign students must leave if classes go fully online

  • Foreign students at US universities and schools will no longer be eligible to stay in the country if their courses move fully online due to coronavirus, US immigration authorities said on Monday.
  • Students holding visas for either academic or vocational courses that have moved fully online should either depart the country or transfer to a school with in-person teaching to “remain in lawful status”.
  • Failure to do this could result in deportation proceedings. The tightening of visa restrictions for foreign national students comes after the Trump administration suspended a range of different guest worker visas.
  • According to the Institute of International Education, there were nearly 1.1m international students in the US in the 2018-19 academic year, making up 5.5 per cent of the higher education population.
  • Project Syndicate – Kenneth Rogoff / Will universities learn from lockdowns?

Foreign Policy – Amy MacKinnon / Global poverty rampant despite sunny talk, U.N. finds

  • A scathing new report published on Monday by Philip Alston in his parting shot as the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights paints a world where poverty is rampant—yet undercounted.
  • The report comes at a critical juncture, as the coronavirus pandemic is set to push half a billion people into poverty and is expected to double the number of people facing acute hunger to 265 million. 
  • The number of people living below the $1.90 threshold is down from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 734 million in 2015, but even those who eke their way past the extreme poverty line may still struggle to secure basic necessities, such as food and housing.
  • Alston described the threshold of $1.90 per day as “scandalously unambitious”. In 2018, almost half of the world’s population lived on less than $5.50 per day, the World Bank’s poverty line for upper-middle-income countries.
  • Financial Times – Martin Wolf / ‘Democracy will fail if we don’t think as citizens’

Politico – David M. Herszenhorn and Cristina González / Von der Leyen admits ‘mistakes’ in Croatian campaign video

  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s soundbite for a Croatian political campaign video lasted all of two seconds. But the repercussions have already lasted much longer and won’t be over anytime soon.
  • Questions about code-of-conduct violations took up nearly half an hour during the midday news conference on Monday and are certain to persist, after an ethics complaint and demand for an investigation over her use of official resources for political purposes.
  • The Commission’s spokesperson said mistakes had been made. It was not quite clear who made the mistakes, or even how many mistakes there had been, or whether those mistakes indeed reflected a “breach” of the conduct code.
  • Nor was it clear precisely what the Commission had done, or would do in response — though it was certain that von der Leyen does not want whatever happened to ever happen again.
  • Euractiv – Sam Morgan / The Brief, powered by BSEF – Ursulala Land

The Economist / A musician’s murder sparks mayhem in Ethiopia

  • Across Addis Ababa, cars and petrol stations were burnt; shops and businesses were looted and vandalised; homes and banks were robbed. At least ten people were killed in clashes between rioters and the police in the city. Many more were injured.
  • Similar confrontations took place in towns throughout Oromia. In the country as a whole at least 166 people were killed, making this one of the deadliest episodes in Ethiopia’s already bloody transition from authoritarian rule.
  • The spark was the murder on June 29th of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular Oromo musician and activist. Oromos, who make up roughly a third of the population, are the largest and recently the most rebellious of Ethiopia’s many ethnic groups.
  • The violence escalated after a dispute with officials over where the singer’s body should be buried, as demonstrators tried to prevent its being removed from the capital and taken to Ambo, his home town.
  • The Wall Street Journal – Jared Malsin / As Ethiopia prepares to fill Nile dam, Egypt appeals for international help

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