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Dozens killed in Uganda political violence; WHO chief accused of supporting Tigray rebels; Mexico passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

At least 37 people have been killed in Uganda’s worst election-related violence in decades. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus denied accusations made by his own Ethiopian government that he is working with neighboring countries to provide weapons and other assistance for Tigray rebels. And, Mexico has surpassed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the fourth nation to do so after the US, Brazil and India.

Critical State

Disinformation wars: Part I

Disinformation has been a part of regular political communication for as long as there have been politics. This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into the dreaded "disinformation threat" and the effect of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election tweets on American voters.

Critical State

Getting at the vote: Part II

Incumbent regimes often act to restrict media access for their opponents in the same way that they restrict access to the vote itself. This week, Critical State looks into Kyong Mazzaro's new research on where and when Venezuela restricted media during election periods.

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Biden moves quickly on the coronavirus; Pfizer announces encouraging vaccine results; Harris' ancestral village in India celebrates

President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to begin building his government and take on the most pressing issue of the day: the pandemic. And, Pfizer and German partner BioNTech announced Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective. Also, in Kamala Harris' ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram, in southern India, there were firecrackers and prayers of gratitude at the Hindu temple over the weekend.

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