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Don’t Touch Your Face: What the AIDS Epidemic Tells Us About COVID-19
On our final episode (for now), we examine an older public health crisis and the lessons it offers.
Democrats Push for Foreign Aid in Coronavirus Stimulus Fight
While Congress and the White House remain far apart on COVID-19 stimulus talks, some Democrats hope to restore lost U.S. prestige by adding foreign aid to the bill.
The Government Can’t Save Ultra-Orthodox Jews From COVID-19. Religious Leaders Can.
The coronavirus has hit Haredi enclaves hard, but without clear directives from rabbis, isolated communities from Jerusalem to New York will continue to suffer.
Bolsonaro’s Brush With the Coronavirus Empowered Him
Will the same be true for Trump?
The Dangerous Foreign-Policy Fallout of Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
The four ways the president’s illness can complicate national security decision-making—or invite foreign attacks.
Sweden and the World-Historical Power of Conformity
From socialism to the coronavirus, a unified theory for why everyone thinks Swedes have all the answers.
What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?
Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.
Only State-of-the-Art Medicine—and Luck—Can Save Trump Now
The president has treatment options for his coronavirus infection. None are very good.
Will Trump’s Case of COVID-19 Endanger U.S. National Security?
Officials are warily watching for adversaries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea to exploit the moment.
Syria’s Forgotten Displaced Aren’t Equipped to Fight the Pandemic
The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.
How Politics Are Compounding Israel’s COVID-19 Crisis
Bibi succumbs to pressure from religious factions even as he imposes a second nationwide lockdown.
After COVID-19, Latin America Braces for ‘Lost Decade’
Already one of the most unequal regions in the world, it may face an unprecedented rise in inequality and poverty due to the economic carnage of the pandemic.
To Fight the Coronavirus, Myanmar Needs a Cease-Fire in Rakhine
With humanitarian aid and internet services restricted, the conflict-torn state could soon face a public health disaster.
Argentina’s Economy Crumbles as Buenos Aires Lockdown Continues
The nation was already on the economic brink before COVID-19 hit.
South Korea’s COVID-19 Church Scapegoat Is Fighting Back
As mainstream denominations see their own outbreaks, Shincheonji members say they were unfairly targeted.
COVID-19 Heats Up the New Great Game in Central Asia
Washington has a golden opportunity to counter China’s gains.
Latin America Can’t Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Alone
Countries are too rich to access conventional aid, but they can’t cope by themselves.
The Sociologist Who Could Save Us From Coronavirus
Ulrich Beck was a prophet of uncertainty—and the most important intellectual for the pandemic and its aftermath.
America’s Schools Are a Moral and Medical Catastrophe
A guide to understanding the science, and the politics, preventing U.S. children from being educated this year.
How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression
A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.
Uruguay Emerges as a Rare Pandemic Winner in Latin America
Despite the border with hard-hit Brazil, the coronavirus is well under control in the country.
It Is Too Late to Save These Victims of the Pandemic
The COVID-19 catastrophe is shrinking remittances from the United States and creating a looming humanitarian disaster.
As the U.S. Exports Coronavirus, Trump Is Blaming Mexicans
As his poll numbers fall and coronavirus cases rise, the U.S. president needs a scapegoat—and he’s turning to his usual target, Mexico.
China’s Second Wave of Coronavirus Censorship Is Here
After a brief period of praising whistleblowers, Beijing is targeting medical staff and COVID-19 victims again.
In Syria, a Grim Trade-Off Between Tackling Pandemic and Famine
The pandemic-fueled food shortage in Syria suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.
Egypt’s Social Media Discovered Its Coronavirus Crisis
The government tried to bury evidence of a national outbreak—until Egyptians forced it to confess.
The Coronavirus Is Hastening Modi’s Transformation of India
New Delhi is invoking the pandemic to accelerate its suppression of the press.
This Is What the Future of Globalization Will Look Like
The pandemic proved, once and for all, that the world can’t be flat. But global trade can recover—if we rewrite the rules.
The Pandemic Is the World’s Long Overdue Reality Check
Populists came to power peddling political fantasies—but the coronavirus has broken the fever.
Poland Needs Migrant Workers. The Pandemic Has Kept Them Away.
Despite the government’s anti-immigration rhetoric, many Polish businesses rely on workers from other parts of Eastern Europe.
Politicians Are Writing Off Disabled Lives Amid the Pandemic
Ableism has pervaded the failed response to the coronavirus.
Ex-Soviet Bioweapons Labs Are Fighting COVID-19. Moscow Doesn’t Like It.
One of the greatest achievements of U.S. foreign policy has been targeted by a vicious disinformation campaign.
Sweden’s Coronavirus Failure Started Long Before the Pandemic
Many countries have criticized the Swedish government’s lax lockdown, but the deadly mistakes of defunding elder care and decentralizing public health oversight were made before anyone had heard of COVID-19.
Navy Upholds Ouster of Virus-Racked Carrier’s Captain
The fired commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt failed to “take charge” in responding to the coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship, the Navy found in an investigation.
Religious Leaders Must Not Be Tempted to Jump on the Reopening Bandwagon
After months of lockdown, believers of all faiths are clamoring for houses of worship to fully open their doors to group prayer. Doing it too soon could be disastrous.
In Cambodia, a Spiritual Army Battles an Earthly Pandemic
With little faith in the government’s coronavirus response, many rural Cambodians are turning to the divine.
In South Africa, Racial Tensions Simmer Amid a Pandemic
A swift government response has kept the coronavirus at bay, for now, but stark inequalities, heavy-handed security forces, and racist rhetoric are threatening the country’s hard-won unity.
Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Globally—and Poor Countries Are Worst Off
Experts have long said extensive testing is the key to mitigating the pandemic. But an analysis of testing data shows low-income countries have few resources.
The United States Will Learn Nothing From the Pandemic
It’s the country’s biggest crisis in decades—and all signs suggest Americans will absorb all the wrong lessons from it.
As Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers
Governments and companies are returning to business at many different speeds. All worry that something might go wrong.
Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus
“Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said.
How Taiwan Can Turn Coronavirus Victory Into Economic Success
Taiwan beat the virus with efficient government and advanced technology—the same ingredients that power the economy.
Trump Scapegoats China and WHO—and Americans Will Suffer
The White House’s official narrative about the pandemic is contradicted by the facts—and creates new obstacles to stopping the virus.
Trump Cuts U.S. Ties With World Health Organization Amid Pandemic
Democrats and NGOs slammed the White House decision, saying the U.S. president was ceding influence to China and further undercutting the coronavirus response.
Yes, Blame WHO for Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response
A step-by-step reconstruction of events reveals a long series of mistakes and missteps.
No, the Pandemic Will Not Bring Jobs Back From China
The Trump administration says manufacturing jobs are coming home. The facts tell another story.
Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.
Congress Has Been AWOL on U.S. Coronavirus Diplomacy
The invisibility and silence of Congress is another reason for America’s shocking abdication of global leadership.
Food Price Spikes and Social Unrest: The Dark Side of the Fed’s Crisis-Fighting
Emergency monetary policies produce an unintended consequence: rising food prices around the world.
Trump’s Epic Coronavirus Fail Follows Bush’s 9/11 Playbook
The nostalgia for George W. Bush inspired by his rousing coronavirus video message is misplaced.
Coronavirus Conspiracies Give Boost to Canada’s Far-Right
Anti-Chinese sentiment and a public health backlash have vaulted Hong Kong-born Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam into the firing line for Canada’s extremists.