An Afghan toddler whose family has been internally displaced sleeps in a hammock at a refugee camp in Herat on April 21, 2018.

In Afghanistan, Bringing New Life Into the World Is Deadly

Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.

Dionicio Ortega, 55, and Juana Maldonado, 50, the parents of Claudio Ortega Maldonado, a Mexican immigrant who died of COVID-19 while living in New York City on April 22, look out over the village of Tlapa de Comonfort, Mexico, on Aug. 29.

The Coronavirus Is Now Another Risk of U.S. Migration

At least 2,500 Mexicans in the United States, many of them essential workers, have died from COVID-19. Back home in Mexico, their grieving families are left without support.

A person is vaccinated during a national campaign in Caracas on March 14.

Vaccine Inequality Fuels Suspicion and Division

The world can’t repeat the mistakes of polio, tuberculosis, and measles.

An employee wearing protective equipment is seen at the headquarters of Russia's biotech company, BIOCAD, which is developing its own COVID-19 vaccine, in Siberia, Vektor on May 20.

Kremlin Spin Doctors are Leading Russia’s Vaccine Development

With Sputnik V, the country is conflating good headlines with good health.

An aerial view shows graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on July 20.

Brazil’s First Wave Isn’t Over Yet

Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the country’s north, threatening to increase strain on public hospitals. This time, local governments face even more political pressure to lift restrictions.

Cardboard figures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, wearing a face mask, and U.S. President Donald Trump stand in front of a souvenir shop in Moscow on June 3.

The Rise of the COVID Dictatorships

Around the world, emergency powers are chipping away at democracy—sometimes with public support.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows (right) watches as U.S. President Donald Trump walks off Marine One upon arrival at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 2 following the president's COVID-19 diagnosis.

What Happens When Presidents Get Sick?

Just when the U.S. public needs clarity about Trump’s health, tradition and the president’s proclivities make that unlikely.


When the Coronavirus Reaches the Top

Trump is far from the first world leader to face the political implications of his own positive COVID-19 test. What happens next?

Refugees displaced from Afrin line up to receive bread from the Syrian Red Crescent in Ahras, Syria, on March 25, 2018.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

The United States Needs a New Strategic Mindset

For decades, U.S. strategists were thinking short-term. Its leaders should start taking an infinite perspective.

A demonstrator wears a bee mask during a demonstration for biodiversity called by the World Wide Fund for Nature in Paris on May 4, 2019.

Repairing Humanity’s Relationship With the Planet Will Be Cheaper Than Continuing to Let It Slide

The choice is simple: accept devastating wildfires, extreme weather, species loss, and disease outbreaks or secure a sustainable future at a fraction of the cost.

New Yorkers hold a memorial march marking 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction

It doesn’t matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.

Laboratory technicians handle capped vials as part of filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, in Anagni, Italy, on Sept. 11.

Joining COVAX Could Save American Lives

The vaccine partnership would help ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine—including in the United States—but Trump won’t participate.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 8 at which he vowed to withold funding to the World Health Organization.

Document of the Week: U.S. Plan for World Health Organization Has Few Followers

After announcing its decision to withdraw from the U.N. health agency, the United States still seeks to shape the organization’s reform. It is struggling to find takers.

A woman reacts as a medical worker collects a swab sample for a Rapid Antigen Test for the novel coronavirus in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sept. 11.

Don’t Let Health Hold Women Back

A focus on women’s health care should be the basis of any plan for equality.

A street vendor wearing a face mask sells cigarettes on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 12.

The Developing World Could Come Out of the Pandemic Ahead

Thanks to favorable demographics, digitization efforts, and quicker health responses, many countries of the global south are faring better than their wealthy counterparts.

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