Our report today comes from the Talagante region of Chile. This entry highlights the negative effects of the pandemic in the country and describes the structural inequalities that fuel the crisis. Although the country has experienced a strong economic upswing since the end of the dictatorship, inequality and thus poverty are still very prevalent. This is also shown by the fact that since the pandemic began, there has been an increased need for charitable food supplies, as many people cannot afford enough for themselves.
Today's blog entry comes from Spain, the capital Madrid. Andrea's story makes it clear how differently people deal with the quarantine situation and social distancing, and how this can change over time. Especially in social contexts, the pandemic confronts us with completely new experiences. For example, friendships develop which might not have existed in normal times.
Valentin Sagvosdkin ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Ökonomie der Cusanus Hochschule für Gesellschaftsgestaltung und Hauptorganisator der neuen Ringvorlesung. Grund genug ihm ihm ein paar Fragen zu stellen.
Während das Kurzarbeiter*innengeld die Rücklagen der Unternehmen und die Privatvermögen der Eigentümer*innen schützt, reichen die Zahlungen für Geringverdiener*innen nicht zur Sicherung des Lebensunterhalts. Für prekär Beschäftigte und Solo-Selbständige bietet die Maßnahme keine Absicherung. Anstatt eines Blankoschecks für Großvermögen sollten diese für die Bewältigung der Krise genutzt, und existenzsichernde Einkommen garantiert werden.
Today with a report from the "eternal city" of Rome. In the beginning, when the disease started to spread, the city was severely affected by the pandemic, resulting in a strict lockdown and strict curfews. Marlis Malignino describes this situation as one that took a lot of getting used to and tells how she was cheered up by little funny stories and images from her friends during this difficult and lonely time.
Today's story is from Qiryat Tiv'on, a local association from Galilee in northern Israel. Gili Waldmann shares her experiences during the lockdown. For Gili, the interruption of her daily life led her to think about her life in ways she would not have been able to do in the normal stress of everyday life. It was a time for personal reflection and informed decision making.
Today Rudolf is reporting from Party Island, more precisely the island of Ko Pha Ngan. This island, located in the Gulf of Thailand, has had very few infections, but inhabitants are still suffering from the consequences of the pandemic: Thailand is heavily dependent on tourism and the pandemic has caused it to collapse. Rudolf also talks about the differences between countries in dealing with the pandemic.
Our report today is from Oğuzeli, a city in southeast Anatolia, Turkey. Dunja shares a story about her last semester, which she had expected to be very different. Due to the pandemic it was not possible to take part in the traditional graduation ceremony, neither could she celebrate her success with friends.
In today's post, Margarete from New York reports on developments and related experiences during the Corona Crisis. She has not been directly affected by the pandemic and yet she and the entire urban population are suffering from the consequences of the state of emergency. It has led to a continuous sense of nervous strain and anxiety, caused, for example, by hearing constant siren wailing from emergency vehicles, which places maximum psychological strain on everyone. In addition, there is a strong feeling of isolation due to the social distancing measures, i.e. from having to work at home and take care of children at the same time.
Today with a story from Mauritius that shows how close joy and suffering can be. Lilian describes the world trip she took with her children and her husband when the Corona pandemic struck. When the outbreak occurred, the family decided to visit the man's stepfather in Mauritius, where they spent three months in lockdown. They had not seen his stepfather for more than 10 years and were now able to spend some very intense time with him.