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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.
Indigenous Nations Battle to Secure Borders, Funds Amid Pandemic
Health inequalities and government indifference are hitting communities hard.
A New Comic Exposes Racism Amid the Pandemic in Brazil
“Confinada” critiques the disproportionate toll the coronavirus has taken on poor and Black Brazilians—on top of ongoing systemic inequality in the country.
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.
Was China’s Houston Consulate Trying to Steal the Coronavirus Vaccine?
China’s efforts to use the Houston consulate to steal science and technology secrets were “particularly aggressive and particularly successful,” Trump administration indicates.
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.
Peru’s Civil War Left It Vulnerable to the Pandemic
The country should address the worsening coronavirus crisis with policies that will also repair long-standing inequality.
Japan’s Halfhearted Coronavirus Measures Are Working Anyway
Despite indifferent lockdowns and poor testing, Japan seems to be skipping the worst of the pandemic.
China’s Coronavirus Success Is Made Possible by Xi’s Brutality
Beijing’s advocates whitewash an increasingly oppressive regime.
As Rohingya Boats Keep Sailing, Southeast Asia Turns a Blind Eye
With the coronavirus now an excuse for inaction, the threat to the embattled minority is growing ever sharper.
Stop Blaming Trump—the U.S. Coronavirus Health Care Crisis Runs So Much Deeper
In the U.S. health care system, failure is institutionalized. Getting rid of Trump in November would not solve the problem.
Facing Pandemic, Latvia Follows the Lead of Its Experts
The country has taken a unified, middle-of-the-road approach to the coronavirus, rooted in respect for science. It’s working.
Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia
A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.
Family Planning Efforts Upended by the Coronavirus
In India and around the world, community health workers are being rerouted to deal with the pandemic—with dangerous results.
Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria
With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus.
Leaked Chinese Virus Database Covers 230 Cities, 640,000 Updates
New information may offer insight into the honesty of China’s coronavirus numbers.
Trump’s State Department Doesn’t Appear to Share His Optimism on Reopening
Despite Pompeo’s push for more active diplomacy, his senior deputies want to go slow.
Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression
The Communist Party’s tools of control made for effective virus-fighting weapons.
It’s Too Soon to Call Coronavirus Winners and Losers
Given how much remains unknown about the virus, talk of success may be premature.
This Is What a War Economy Would Actually Look Like
Leaders in the United States and Europe insist they’re at war with the coronavirus. Here’s what they would do if they meant it.
We Can’t Stop the Coronavirus Unless We Stop Corruption
The world is pouring trillions of dollars into coronavirus vaccines and economic stimulus efforts. But without strict measures, graft will prevent funds from reaching the right recipients.
Why the U.S. Health Care System Failed the Coronavirus Test
America needs a medical microgrid focused on treating patients where they are. Without locally focused care, doctors will continue to fail those who need them most.
Countries Rolling Out Coronavirus Tracking Apps Show Why They Can’t Work
If you think tracking apps will keep people safe as economies reopen, look to South Korea, Singapore, and Australia to see why you’re mistaken.
South Korea Tries a Tentative Reopening—and Pays for It
After a new spurt of coronavirus cases in Seoul and with a second wave deemed “inevitable,” South Korea is bracing itself for a new normal.
On the Coronavirus, Pakistan’s Government Is Missing in Action
As the pandemic threatens livelihoods, the country’s poor are relying almost exclusively on the charity of fellow citizens.
How Are Countries Reopening? Firsthand Reports From Around the World
A snapshot of life on Earth under COVID-19 in early May.