Thursday, April 22

Trump’s Threat of Force – The New York Times

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More than half of Bali’s economy relies on tourism, and the coronavirus has hit it like no other disaster in recent memory. When hotels started laying off workers, many returned to their home villages and took up traditional ways of earning a living, including fishing and harvesting crops.

“I feel hollow,” said a former hotel steward who has been digging for clams. “There is no job. I can only survive by depending on the sea.”

It’s not just Bali: Other tourism-dependent locales are facing similar struggles. Reuters has reported on the struggle in Jamaica, and Politico has looked at Greece.

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