The City on the Hill Has Lost Its Shine and Its Bounce

Jul 08, 2020

In a dramatic headline, Yahoo News expresses its surprise if not dismay that a “staggering 62 percent of Americans no longer see America as Ronald Reagan's 'shining city on a hill.'” Yahoo and YouGov published their poll to give an idea of the mood of the nation on this year’s Fourth of July...

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?
Jul 07, 2020

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse
Jul 06, 2020

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse

Herd Immunity May Be Our Best Hope

Herd Immunity May Be Our Best Hope

Jul 06, 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, analysts have been opining about when a vaccine may be discovered and become widely available. Many suggest that it is simply a matter of time, given how many organizations around the world are busy racing to find a cure. But that assumption could well be...

The Lockdown in India Reveals the Nation Has Lost Its Soul

The Lockdown in India Reveals the Nation Has Lost Its Soul

Jul 03, 2020

This is not yet another article on the sorry exodus of millions of Indians from cities that played out on primetime TV when the coronavirus pandemic led to a lockdown. It is not a piece about the government, or about politics or economics. It is neither critical nor sacerdotal. It is not about...

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Jul 03, 2020

If the United States had quick-thinking and efficient leadership, the pandemic would have infected about 100,000 people and killed only a couple thousand. That’s the experience of South Korea, times seven to account for the difference in population. If the United States had overwhelmed but...

Instagram Is a Strategic Communication Channel

Instagram Is a Strategic Communication Channel

Jul 02, 2020

Communication between governments and citizens has changed over the years. The digital era has provided state actors with new channels to spread their messages. Different channels offer different types of outreach. Nevertheless, successful communication requires consistency and...

What Lies Behind East Asia’s Mask Culture?

What Lies Behind East Asia’s Mask Culture?

Jul 01, 2020

In East Asia, face masks are accessories akin to hats and scarves, a civilian, not a medical, accessory. People wear them for a variety of reasons: the smog, the cold, the sun, hay fever, unruly acne or to send a message usually transmitted via earbuds in North America: Don’t talk to me unless...

Who’s the Dealer and What’s the Deal?

Who’s the Dealer and What’s the Deal?

Jul 01, 2020

The verdict is in. Contrary to what some have maintained, what COVID-19 has provoked is not just another recession in the eternally recurring cycles of capitalism. Not even a Great Recession, like the one the world began wading through 12 years ago. This time, it is clearly our second Great...

America Can’t Afford to Sideline Domestic Abuse

America Can’t Afford to Sideline Domestic Abuse

Jun 30, 2020

As the United States is engulfed in a pandemic of unmatched proportions, the country has seen increased levels of domestic violence. This is not a conditional issue but instead presents a series of long-standing, negative impacts on victims of domestic violence, particularly women and children. In...

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

Jun 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 disease began to spread in Europe, France and Germany prohibited the export of medical equipment, while Italy asked in vain for supplies of protective equipment under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Neither the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) nor the...

How Tech Innovation Can Revive the US Economy

How Tech Innovation Can Revive the US Economy

Jun 29, 2020

As groundbreaking as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is in its scope, sticker-price and level of bipartisan endorsement, the global pandemic it was rightly drafted to combat remains even more historic. Economists will be measuring the impact of the novel coronavirus...

The Heroes and the Martyrs of New York’s Battle With COVID-19

The Heroes and the Martyrs of New York’s Battle With COVID-19

Jun 27, 2020

“I dreamed of my patient’s face, so hopeless, and as I tried to wake him, I saw his head flopping back and forth, his eyes rolling, his jaw clenching up and down.” Nikhil Bamarajpet, a 21-year-old volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) and president-elect of Stony Brook University...

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