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Don’t Touch Your Face: Our Cities May Never Be the Same Again
On this week's podcast: How the coronavirus could transform urban life.
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.
The Pandemic Has Triggered Dramatic Shifts in the Global Criminal Underworld
Drug cartels are facing broken supply chains, shrinking revenues, and shifting markets. Rising violence is just one effect.
Tales From the Lockdown: How COVID-19 Has Changed Lives Around the World
In South Africa, people are brewing beer at home. Muslims in India are celebrating Ramadan alone. And city streets everywhere are vacant.
Sorry, Americans, You Haven’t Even Had a Real Lockdown Yet
Here in Spain, even easing measures leaves them stricter than in most of the United States.
In the Coronavirus Era, Trump’s ‘America First’ Means ‘Latin America Alone’
The Trump administration’s response to the pandemic in Latin America perfectly illustrates why U.S. relations with the region are on life support.
Singapore Is Trying to Forget Migrant Workers Are People
The outbreak in crowded dorms has brought out the city-state’s prejudices.
Want to Avoid the Next Pandemic? Hire a Devil’s Advocate.
Forcing governments and businesses to institutionalize doubt—by putting hackers and red teams on the payroll—would stop groupthink and could prevent catastrophes.
China Has a Playbook for Managing Coronavirus Chaos
Convincing the world that freedom is worth it will be a hard struggle if Beijing sells its message right.
Coronavirus Disproportionately Affects Health Workers. Here Are the Countries Most at Risk.
COVID-19 has strained medical systems worldwide, but some countries already lacked capacity long before the pandemic struck.
Key U.S. Allies Skeptical of Trump’s Coronavirus Lab Leak Claims
Five Eyes members and intelligence analysts push back against attempts to pin the virus on Chinese biosafety mistakes.
The Coronavirus Is Cutting Off Africa’s Abortion Access
The collapse of medical supply chains has been a catastrophe for women in developing countries. Lockdowns have made matters worse.
How Life in Our Cities Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic
The pandemic is transforming urban life. We asked 12 leading global experts in urban planning, policy, history, and health for their predictions.
U.S. Military’s Hub in Africa Fights to Keep the Coronavirus Out
Contractors who work at the only permanent U.S. base in Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus as officials and experts fear the pandemic’s spread could allow terrorist groups to wrest away more territory.
WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria
But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.
In Myanmar, the Coronavirus Gives Nationalists an Opening
In its delayed response to the pandemic, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government prioritizes the country’s ethnic majority.
The Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis on Europe’s Borders
European countries have suffered from the pandemic, but their southern and eastern neighbors are faring even worse—setting the stage for financial ruin, political instability, and a surge of refugees.
Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation
A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe. Trump needs to let the intelligence professionals do their work.
Can a Small Lebanese Town Become a Model for Conquering COVID-19?
The coronavirus hit Lebanon in the middle of an economic crisis. Unless the country can overcome rampant corruption and provide adequate social services, it won’t stop the pandemic.
WHO Becomes Battleground as Trump Chooses Pandemic Confrontation Over Cooperation
Critics say fighting the coronavirus has become secondary as U.S. seeks to hamstring the World Health Organization, turning it into a 2020 election issue along with Chinese trade.
Navy Delays Reinstating Captain of Infected Carrier
U.S. Navy says it will extend the investigation into the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, suggesting questions persist about the actions of the ship’s fired skipper.
After the Coronavirus, Don’t Repeat 9/11’s Mistakes
Americans are still living with the botched response to terrorism in 2001. The post-pandemic world needs better.
Generosity Is an Easy Win for China After the Coronavirus Pandemic
Electrifying rural health care facilities would burnish Beijing’s reputation in poor countries throughout Africa and Asia and cost next to nothing.
Forget Washington and Beijing. These Days Global Leadership Comes From Berlin.
People love to hate Germany—but the country is doing far more than most nations to help its European neighbors fight the coronavirus.
Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Coronavirus. Democracies Must Not Follow Suit.
Democracies are far more effective at combating national crises, but that hasn’t stopped despots across the world from trying to tighten their grip.
India Cracks Down on Chinese Investment as Mood Turns Against Beijing
Like many countries angered by Beijing’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak, India has turned skeptical of economic dependence on China.
Not Even the Coronavirus Can Overcome Northern Ireland’s Divisions
Even in the face of an existential crisis, the country’s political leaders default to battles over culture and identity.
Pyongyang Might Be Ready for a Helping Hand From Seoul
Pride may get in the way, but mutual success against the coronavirus offers a strong foundation for cooperation.
Pakistan’s Government Is Caught Between a Mosque and a Hard Place
The authorities are struggling to enforce social distancing rules during Ramadan.
To Fast or Not to Fast—That Is the Coronavirus Question for Ramadan
With Ramadan services sharply curtailed due to the pandemic, many Muslims are wondering if the required fasting might also pose a health risk.