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Ben Jones: Estonian birthing restrictions have expecting parents fighting new fears

Ben Jones, an Australian expat living in Kuressaare, Saaremaa, writes that forcing mothers to give birth alone due to the safety measures instituted by the coronavirus crisis is clashing with basic human instincts. One of the greatest threats coronavirus brings to the wider global population is the mental stress triggered …

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Open letter: the Chinese Communist Party’s rule by fear endangers Chinese citizens – and the world

More than one hundred China experts and senior political figures, including an Estonian MP, Yoko Alender, and Marcus Kolga, an Estonian Canadian journalist and a former president of the Estonian Central Council in Canada, have signed an open letter describing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government’s cover up of COVID-19 …

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Evelin Kallisaar from Spain: Caveman’s diary, week three. Locked up by the virus

Evelin Kallisaar, an Estonian expat living in Spain, describes her family’s new routine under the strict stay-at-home rules the government had instituted due to the rapid and deadly spread of the novel coronavirus. We have been confined in our little apartment for over three weeks by now – my four-year-old …

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Katharina Sowa: A global Easter egg hunt for solutions, born in Estonia

Instead of searching for Easter eggs, more than 12,000 hackers from 98 countries came together over the Easter weekend for 48 hours to search for solutions to tackle the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Katharina Sowa, a German expat living in Tallinn, Estonia, writes. A few weeks ago, my colleague asked me …

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Tiina Aleman Iannoti from NYC: strength in the face of adversity

Tiina Aleman Iannoti, a descendant of Estonians living in Jersey City, NJ, writes about the coronavirus crisis in New York City, describing the horror of refrigeration trucks outside the city hospitals for the bodies of those who have died from the novel coronavirus; but there has also been much kindness …

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Benjamin Klasche: Why the coronavirus crisis is a wicked problem and how to govern it

The coronavirus crisis is a wicked problem and we need to govern it as such – thoughts from political science. Without a doubt, virologist, epidemiologist and medical doctors are the most critical voices of the scientific community that need to be heard today. However, some of them have also stressed …

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