Will COVID-19 Be Another Pearl Harbor Moment for America?

May 26, 2020

Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general of the United States, made an announcement on March 23 warning Americans of the mounting death rate likely to occur over the next few weeks as COVID-19 spreads throughout the country. He remarked that “this is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11...

The Indian Shrimp Industry Needs Support to Survive COVID-19
May 26, 2020

The Indian Shrimp Industry Needs Support to Survive COVID-19

Can a Happiness Index Bring Back the World’s Smile?
May 25, 2020

Can a Happiness Index Bring Back the World’s Smile?

It’s Time to Rethink Our Approach to Medicine
May 22, 2020

It's Time to Rethink Our Approach to Medicine

The Dangers of Facing COVID-19 at Sea

The Dangers of Facing COVID-19 at Sea

May 22, 2020

Ships can be some of the most dangerous places for a viral epidemic to flourish, and even more so in the cramped, communal quarters of a naval vessel. Thus far, the COVID-19 pandemic has counted 18 warships from five countries amongst its victims. In terms of the total number of infections and...

Central Europe Tiptoes Into the New World After Coronavirus

Central Europe Tiptoes Into the New World After Coronavirus

May 21, 2020

Classic textbooks teach us that economic shocks typically hit either the demand or the supply sides of the economy. They usually stem from domestic developments, but sometimes they emerge from abroad. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has...

COVID-19 Casts a Shadow Over Swedish Exceptionalism

COVID-19 Casts a Shadow Over Swedish Exceptionalism

May 21, 2020

Sweden has dealt with the global COVID-19 pandemic very differently from the other Nordic countries. All but Sweden are led by women. The female prime ministers in Denmark, Norway and Finland closed down their countries in the middle of March and have dealt with the pandemic in an open, inclusive...

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

May 20, 2020

On April 6, it was reported that the Commission on Human Rights was calling for stronger measures to tackle the increased rates of domestic violence incidents in the Philippines due to the lockdown measures that were implemented on March 16. The quarantine is worsening the problem of...

Indonesia’s Policy Over Travel Leads to Confusion for Eid

Indonesia’s Policy Over Travel Leads to Confusion for Eid

May 20, 2020

Indonesia has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of publishing, there have been more than 19,000 confirmed cases and over 1,200 deaths. Due to a lack of testing — just 776 people per 1 million in a country with a population of 268 million — the number of infections is...

The Culling of the Herd

The Culling of the Herd

May 19, 2020

You don't have to be within an eyeshot of the great plains to know about the “culling” of the herd. Where I grew up, near a small farm in New England, we kids knew all about “culling.” Across the road, on the far side of the cornfield, near the tree line, there would be a...

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

May 19, 2020

There are many theories as to how COVID-19 began. Some of them are plausible, others are nonsensical. US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have done their bit to fan such theories. Many in the world believe that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was either released...

Vladimir Putin Keeps a Tight Grip on Power

Vladimir Putin Keeps a Tight Grip on Power

May 19, 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years. From February to March, Putin’s favorability dropped from 69% to 63%, and his disapproval ratings rose from 30% to 36%. While the Russian president continues to have a net...

COVID-19 Arrives in Refugee Camps

COVID-19 Arrives in Refugee Camps

May 18, 2020

The news on May 14 that two Rohingya refugees have tested positive for the coronavirus in the densely-populated camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, is chilling for those who have been drawing attention to the vulnerability of refugees and other displaced people to the COVID-19 pandemic. It...

Dr. Bright Warns of Darkness in America

Dr. Bright Warns of Darkness in America

May 15, 2020

Immunologist Dr. Rick Bright has the job title of the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). He is the author of the phrase “the darkest winter in modern history,” which may one day become the title of a Hollywood movie that recounts the invasion in...

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