Pandemics

Protesters gather in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to show their support for Cuba's protesters.

Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest

COVID-19 threatens to accelerate longer-term rebellion, violence, and political upheaval.

Armed people gather around a fire to keep warm at a road block set up to prevent looters from reaching the community in Phoenix Township, North Durban, South Africa, on July 15.

Is South Africa’s Unrest an Insurrection?

President Cyril Ramaphosa believes the violence is politically motivated, but it looks more like an uprising of the poor and unemployed.

Members of the South African Police Service line up to receive their dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the vaccination drive at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

South Africa’s Twin Crises Are Feeding Each Other

Political chaos is worsening the third wave of the coronavirus.

Military personnel offload COVID-19 doses.

U.S. Blunts China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America

The Biden administration ships millions of vaccines to the region as its public health crisis worsens.

Fort Detrick Army Lab in Maryland

China Fires Back at Biden with Conspiracy Theories About Maryland Lab

Since Washington launched the Wuhan lab leak investigation, Beijing has been pushing bizarre narratives.

A man, woman, and child in the doorway of a Syrian hospital

Why Was Syria Just Elected to the WHO’s Executive Board?

A regime that bombs hospitals and blocks convoys of baby formula does not deserve a leading role in global health.

A Russian healthcare worker administers a dose of Sputnik V vaccine at a vaccination center in the GUM department store in Moscow on July 2.

The Shocking Enormity of Russia’s Botched Pandemic Response

A massive third wave is spreading unchecked, anti-vaxxers are rampant, and the Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy has failed.

Relatives carry the body of a person who died of COVID-19 amid burning pyres of other victims at a cremation ground in New Delhi on April 26.

We Still Don’t Know India’s True COVID-19 Death Toll

Journalists are only now discovering the extent of the government’s underreporting.

Empty security gates to the U.S. check-in area at Pearson International Airport in Toronto

As Europe Reopens for Travel, North America Is Staying Shut

Scientists say it’s safe for vaccinated people to travel, but the politics of fear is keeping borders closed.

Anthony Fauci briefs the press on COVID-19.

The Pandemic Proves Only Technocrats Can Save Us

Populist politicians love to belittle experts, but when it’s a matter of life and death, the precautionary principle and expertise are what counts.

A shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines arrives at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport in Tunis, Tunisia, on March 9.

With Sputnik V, Russia Shot Itself in the Foot

High prices, delayed deliveries, and questions about efficacy raise suspicions about Russia’s vaccine diplomacy in Africa.

Women wearing masks walk under an overpass in Addis Ababa on June 17.

Pandemic’s Third Wave Hits Africa

With just 1 percent of the continent’s population fully vaccinated and a higher death rate than the rest of the world, Africa is facing a dangerous surge in infections.

Syrians walk past a mural bearing instructions on protection from COVID-19 in Qamishli in  northeastern Syria on Aug. 16, 2020.

America’s Syrian Allies Deserve the COVID-19 Vaccine

They vanquished the Islamic State and are now in desperate need of aid.

Load 10 More Articles