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Virulent Protests Engulfing China

China witnessed unprecedented protests last month, a first since the massive protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989. The current upsurge — against the excessive intrusion of the party-state in the lives of hundreds of millions of people who are subjected to arbitrary lockdowns, strict border controls, food shortages, unemployment, debilitating quarantine procedures, intensive surveillance, misuse of authority, and enormous hardships — is spontaneous, rapid and inclusive. Stringent Covid policies benefited certain business interests of the pharmaceutical and health industry at the cost of the social sector.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and the COVID-19 Pandemic: 4 Case Studies from Tamil Nadu, India

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) describe a government infrastructure and or service or private business venture funded and operated through a partnership between one or more governments, one or more private sector companies and civil service organizations. These could be at any level of government and cover the construction, operations, and maintenance phases.