America lost an icon of hope and possibility last week.  John Lewis, activist, organizer, fighter for equality, and a long-serving representative known as the “soul” of the US Congress, died of pancreatic cancer on July 17.

Shutting off water services when people can’t pay their bills violates the human right to water—is particularly dangerous in a pandemic, writes Amanda Klasing. In Detroit, Michigan, water shutoffs are correlated with more COVID-19 cases. Some families—particularly Black…

Failing to comply with pandemic lockdowns in Colombia could get you killed, as armed groups take matters into their own hands, a new 

It didn’t take long to debunk early claims that COVID-19 pandemic was a “great equalizer,” write Mireille Evagora-Campbell and Zahra Zeinali, researchers at 

When researchers were invited inside California’s San Quentin prison, they found an ideal breeding ground for COVID-19, Nature’s Amy Maxmen reports.  

Frontline health workers report a frustrating return to shortages of protective gear.

In a win for abortion rights advocates, the US Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law barring facilities from performing abortions unless they had admitting privileges at a nearby hospital—which many abortion clinics do not.   Critics say the law would have ultimately…

A Mexican health worker beaten at a bus stop. A Yemeni doctor threatened for not having a ventilator available. In Afghanistan, quarantined patients attack hospital staff in an effort to escape.   Amid COVID-19, death threats and violence are part of health workers’ daily…

The Chinese government has sustained a draconian forced birth control campaign aimed at limiting Muslim minority populations—such as Uighurs—while encouraging members of the Han majority to have larger families, an AP investigation found.   Over the past 4 years, the…

COVID-19 lockdowns have posed a difficult dilemma for rape crisis centers.   When lockdowns began in Lagos, Women at Risk International Foundation initially closed its doors. But its 24-hour helpline saw a 64% rise in calls from victims forced to quarantine with their…