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COVID-19 Vaccines: Is equity between North and South still possible?

The global supply of COVID-19 vaccines has been controlled by countries with financial and political means, leaving behind most of the world’s developing regions, including the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Almost 75 percent of the approximately 5 billion vaccine doses administered globally have been used by just 10 countries.[1]

Tunisia’s “Al-Ahyaa Al-Sha’Biya”: Socioeconomic Grievances, Mobilisation, and Repression

In 2021, Tunisia witnessed several political and socio-economic crises, which were further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country had already been facing an acute economic contraction – described by the International Monetary Fund as the worst crisis since Tunisia’s independence in 1956 (IMF, 2021). In 2020, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi indicated that the country had a negative growth rate of 6.5 percent and a public debt amounting to 86 percent of GDP (Chomiak, 2021).

موجز: الإقتصاد السياسي لإدارة أزمة جائحة كوفيد-١٩ في تونس: هل هي أزمة حُكم أم فشلٌ على مستوى المنظومة الصحّية؟

تصدَّرَ عناوين الأخبار التصريحُ الذي أدلت به الناطقة الرسمية لوزارة الصحّة، في منتصف عام ٢٠٢١، وتحدّثت فيه عن انهيار النظام الصحّي التونسي وعجزه عن توفير الخدمات العلاجية للعديد من المرضى، إلى جانب الارتفاع الكبير الذي سجَّله عدّاد الإصابات والوفيات إثر تفشّي الموجة الرابعة للجائحة. وكانَ لهذا التصريح غير الدقيق والمستعجل تداعياتٌ واسعة على المستويَيْن الداخلي والخارجي، إذ استنكرت الجمعيات هذا التصريح الذي فنّدته الحكومة في اليوم نفسه.

Crafting the good citizen, streaming the good king: Notes on press freedom, hegemony and social contention in King Abdallah II’s Jordan

Introduction 

In recent years, press freedom in Jordan has undergone a significant contraction (Alnajjar 2021). The repressive shift arrived concurrently with the steady rise in contentious mobilizations that the country has been experiencing since 2011, as a result of the progressive degradation of the average living conditions and the state reiteration of tight IMF-backed neoliberal reforms.

Towards Universality: The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Voluntary Health Insurance نحو الشمولية: التأمين الصحي الاختياري التابع للصندوق الوطني للضمان الإجتماعي

The NSSF Voluntary Health Insurance scheme allows categories of the uninsured segment of the population to voluntarily enroll in the NSSF and benefit from healthcare coverage. This visual provides an overview about this scheme, access to it, application process, and benefits it offers. It also features data based on a survey, conducted between October and December 2020, of 1000 randomly selected residents in Lebanon (including Lebanese and non-Lebanese).

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