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Don’t Touch Your Face: Iceland
On today’s episode: What the world can learn from Iceland’s strategy of widespread testing.
The U.S. Government Must Prepare Now for the Next Pandemic
Trump botched the coronavirus response. The United States cannot make the same mistake again.
Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines
Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”
A Desperate Scramble to Prevent the Pandemic at a U.S.-Mexico Border Camp
With 2,500 asylum-seekers packed in tightly and no coronavirus tests available, doctors and volunteers are doubtful that education will be enough to prevent the spread of the virus.
Narendra Modi’s Sisyphean Quest for Global Coronavirus Cooperation
India’s prime minister is pushing for a regional response while facing a growing crisis at home.
Google Wants Your Data in Exchange for a Coronavirus Test
Public health shouldn’t mean surrendering privacy to Silicon Valley.
China Will Do Anything to Deflect Coronavirus Blame
Don’t mistake different messages for division within the party.
It’s Up to Israel to Stop a Coronavirus Catastrophe Among Palestinians
The Palestinian health care system has been held back by military occupation and is unprepared for the coronavirus onslaught. Israel must act swiftly.
How an Iranian Airline Tied to Terrorism Likely Spread the Virus (and Lied About It)
Why is Iran the flaming epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East? One of the primary suspects is Mahan Air.
In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.
For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.
The Coronavirus Is the Biggest Emerging Markets Crisis Ever
The pandemic is starting to topple one of the pillars of the globalization era.
Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat
Hun Sen needs somebody to blame for the impending disaster.
Today’s Coronavirus Anger Can Revive Tomorrow’s Welfare State
Under the right conditions, social frustration can herald the dawn of new political solidarity.
Sorry, but the Virus Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change
Extreme measures to fight the coronavirus have raised activists’ hopes for similarly drastic action on global warming. Here’s why they’re wrong.
Democrats Push Back on Sanctions, Citing Coronavirus Fears
They want waivers to speed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Iran and other sanctioned nations hit hard by the pandemic.
U.N. Security Council Paralyzed as Contagion Rages
A major player in the Ebola outbreak, the council has turned into the site of a U.S.-China showdown over the coronavirus.
Amid Coronavirus Spread, Host Countries Ignore Refugee Health at Their Own Peril
Refugees are particularly vulnerable to a pandemic—which is why their needs must be taken into account.
In Germany, Coronavirus Is No Longer a Distant Threat
Germans used to be happy they were far away from China, but as COVID-19 ravages Europe, they no longer feel safely removed.
Self-Isolation Might Stop Coronavirus, but It Will Speed the Spread of Extremism
Millions of people stuck at home will turn to social media, where disinformation is rife. Radical Islamists and far-right groups are exploiting widespread confusion and fear to spread hate.
Syria’s Revenge on the World Will Be a Second Wave of Coronavirus
The pandemic will soon magnify the threats festering in the Middle East’s longest-running war.
Amid Pandemic, State Department Halts Incoming Classes of New Diplomats
Health concerns deal another blow to the U.S. foreign service, which is already overstretched following a 2017 hiring freeze.
Palestinians Brace for an Outbreak in One of the World’s Most Densely Populated Territories
The first coronavirus cases in the Gaza Strip portend a calamity.
Africa Is Bracing for a Head-On Collision With Coronavirus
As the pandemic reaches the continent, countries from Morocco to Malawi are facing a health crisis and an economic shock.
How China is Exploiting the Coronavirus to Weaken Democracies
Beijing is using the pandemic to drive wedges between members of the European Union, and to advance its propaganda war against the United States.
Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic
Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.
Can Europe and the U.S. Follow China’s Lead on Economic Recovery?
China may be getting something close to a V-shaped bounceback from the coronavirus. The question is whether it can last—and whether the rest of the world can achieve anything like it.
The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History
It’s more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11—and it’s all the fault of Donald Trump’s leadership.
As if Afghans Didn’t Have Enough Trouble, Now Comes the Pandemic
Thousands have crossed over the border from badly afflicted Iran, and authorities in the neighboring province of Herat say they’re not close to ready.
Sweden Is Open for Business During Its Coronavirus Outbreak
The Scandinavian country believes its distinctive high-trust culture will protect it from needing to shut down for the pandemic.
U.N. Calls for Rolling Back Sanctions to Battle Pandemic
Secretary-General Guterres says it’s time for “solidarity not exclusion.”
This Vaccine Could Save Health Care Workers’ Lives Now
Clinical evidence suggests the BCG vaccine may provide vital protection against the coronavirus.
The Untold Story of How Iran Botched the Coronavirus Pandemic
The government learned early on about the outbreak—but, from a combination of cynicism and ideology, decided not to do anything about it.
Fed Fails to Stem Market Bloodbath as Congress Stumbles on Aid Package
Economists say the sudden slowdown in economic activity from the coronavirus has no precedent in U.S. history.
Without Mass Testing, the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Keep Spreading
Countries such as South Korea that test thousands of people per day have slowed the outbreak. Other nations must adopt Seoul’s model before it’s too late.
China’s Debt Diplomacy Will Get a Coronavirus Boost
The United States needs a generous policy—and a different leader—to counter Beijing.
How the World Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic
The pandemic will change the world forever. We asked 12 leading global thinkers for their predictions.
This Time, Can We Finally Turn a Financial Crisis Into an Opportunity?
Once again, markets are crashing and taxpayers are bailing out wealthy insiders. It's time we reform this perverse social contract.
You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee
Around 70 million people are suffering displacement in crowded camps, awaiting the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.
Central Asian States Can’t Hide the Coronavirus Any Longer
Authoritarian states have been downplaying numbers. That won’t last.
Virus Competition Is Wrecking China-U.S. Cooperation Hopes
Coronavirus efforts are a new battlefront—and Beijing is the only one in the game.
How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Reshape the U.S. Election?
A major outbreak and looming recession in the United States has transformed the 2020 campaign—and could have major consequences for the future of great power politics.
China Is Fighting the Coronavirus Propaganda War to Win
Beijing isn’t interested in a tit-for-tat media feud with the United States—it’s going for escalation dominance.
Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction
China’s poor rural neighbor says it has no cases. That’s unlikely to be true.
China Casts Itself as Global Savior While U.S. and EU Focus on Virus at Home
As Western countries battle with their own domestic epidemic, a newly stabilized China seizes a chance to portray itself as the emerging superpower. Will it work?
Amazon Workers Struggle to Stay Safe as Company Swells
The delivery giant is likely to come out of the coronavirus crisis even more powerful.
Iran Knows Who to Blame for the Virus: America and Israel
The regime’s ideological army is spinning conspiracy theories even as it helps spread the virus among Iran’s long-suffering people.
The Coronavirus Shutdown Slashed China’s Household Finances
Xi Jinping is desperate to get the economy back to life.
U.S. Citizens Abroad Frustrated by Lack of Help From Embassies Amid Pandemic
Democratic lawmakers express “urgent concern” to Pompeo about failure to assist with flights and information.
Fortress Russia Begins to Show Cracks as Coronavirus Spreads
Russian officials once touted their success in holding off the virus. Now cases are rising as their statistics are being questioned.
Is the Coronavirus Crash Worse Than the 2008 Financial Crisis?
The last global economic crisis was a financial heart attack. This one might be a full-body seizure.
The Virus Has Exposed the Recklessness of Trump’s “America First”
The world needs to cooperate to beat the coronavirus pandemic. That includes you, President Trump.
Life Under Lockdown: Here’s a Glimpse of What’s Coming for You, America
It’s only day three, but it feels like day 30.
Pompeo Criticized for Failure to Communicate on Coronavirus
Diplomats, lawmakers say the State Department hasn’t been transparent in responding.
Britain Drops Its Go-It-Alone Approach to Coronavirus
Johnson government admits its strategy of allowing the virus to spread and build up immunity was a failure but stops short of mandatory controls.
Trump’s Big Turnaround: Cash Payments Instead of a Payroll Tax Cut
Parsing the latest economic fixes to the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.
Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus
By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march.
The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Diplomatic Opportunity for the United States and Iran
Washington and Tehran could use the public health emergency to show goodwill, dial down tensions while saving face, and avoid a dangerous confrontation.
The Coronavirus Is Reducing Merkel’s EU Legacy to Ashes
Preventing a total European meltdown will require the German chancellor to fully abandon her cherished vision for the continent.
Another Big Market Collapse Heightens Fears of Global Recession
Fed fails to avert panic over coronavirus impact with no concrete U.S. fiscal stimulus in the offing and little government handle on the outbreak.
Transparency and Testing Work Better Than Coercion in Coronavirus Battle
Headlines focus on restrictions, but the East Asian experience shows other methods are critical, too.
Fear of China Made Taiwan a Coronavirus Success Story
Taiwan has 10 million masks a day, widespread tracking, and just 1 death despite being close to the outbreak.
In Historic First, Peace Corps to Evacuate Volunteers Worldwide Amid Pandemic
The U.S. agency announced it was suspending operations globally and recalling volunteers for their safety as the outbreak spread.
What the West Can Learn From Africa’s Ebola Response
A poor country succeeded in fighting off Ebola. Wealthier countries should replicate Liberia’s strategy in combating the coronavirus.
New York Officials Tell U.N. Coronavirus Has Spread Throughout City
Foreign diplomats claim briefers from the mayor’s office say no specific measures are planned to protect them.
Coronavirus Lockdown Launches Manila Into Pandemonium
Duterte announced unprecedented measures, but nobody knows what they mean.
Who Needs a Coronavirus Quarantine When You Can Party in Thailand?
Australian universities are so dependent on money from Chinese students that they’re helping them circumvent travel bans and quarantines. The United States shows a better way.
Disasters Like The Coronavirus Don’t Happen In a Vacuum
The pandemic is the result of many bad choices.
Global Diplomacy Grinds to a Halt on Infection Fears
One by one, the U.N., WTO, and other major international players are canceling regular gatherings.
Japan and Korea Won’t Let A Pandemic Stop Them Fighting
Existing quarrels are being pushed forward as the virus spreads.
Venezuela’s Health Care Crisis Now Poses a Global Threat
The collapsing medical system can’t handle a coronavirus outbreak on its own. It’s time for the international community to step in.