Bill Gates, a Danger to Humanity

Apr 20, 2021

Bill Gates had his first extended moment in history at the end of the 20th century. He regularly appeared as the richest, but also the nerdiest, man on earth. His rarely eclipsed top ranking lasted for at least two decades. Perhaps bored by the idea of holding wealth, he eventually decided to...

Bill Gates and the Zero-Sum Vaccination Game
Apr 19, 2021

Bill Gates and the Zero-Sum Vaccination Game

What Led to Europe’s Vaccine Disaster?
Apr 15, 2021

What Led to Europe’s Vaccine Disaster?

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?
Apr 02, 2021

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?

Is Travel Now a Game of Russian Roulette?

Is Travel Now a Game of Russian Roulette?

Mar 29, 2021

Almost one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, in mid-January, circumstances forced me to take a trip to Chennai, India, from my home in the Bay Area, California. I was apprehensive about traveling abroad during the pandemic. I suspected the rapid spread of the coronavirus globally had to do with...

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

Mar 24, 2021

In an AP article last December, Maria Cheng and Aniruddha Ghosal noted that, despite official optimism concerning the capacity of emerging vaccines to provoke the definitive decline of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the chances that coronavirus shots will be shared fairly between rich nations and the...

The Sports Pages of Death

The Sports Pages of Death

Mar 24, 2021

Here’s one of the things I now do every morning. I go to the online Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and check out the figures there — global coronavirus cases and deaths, US coronavirus cases and deaths. And I do so the way that, not so long ago, I would have opened the...

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Mar 18, 2021

In compliance with major statements made repeatedly during his electoral campaign, US President Joe Biden, on his first day in office on January 20, signed two important executive orders — among 15 others, a record number — signaling the United States’ return to the international arena, to...

The Privileged Path in America

The Privileged Path in America

Mar 17, 2021

It is hard to figure out how anything as important as access to COVID-19 vaccines could be left to chance and uncertainty. Welcome to America’s vaccine rollout, where privilege only works some of the time. And some of the privileged just can’t seem to get it to work for them like it almost...

Germany’s Handling of the Pandemic: A Model of Incompetence?

Germany’s Handling of the Pandemic: A Model of Incompetence?

Mar 15, 2021

There is an unwritten rule in politics: If you are incompetent, at least you should not be corrupt. It seems nobody ever informed the German Christian Democrats that this was the way of things. How else to explain why Christian Democratic MPs thought it was perfectly fine to take advantage of...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Mar 14, 2021

A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international...

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?

Mar 05, 2021

The deadly impact of COVID-19 has been felt in every corner of the globe. On February 22, the United States reached a tragic landmark of 500,000 deaths. Across the Atlantic, nine of the top 10 nations in deaths per million are in Europe, with tiny enclaves of Gibraltar and San Marino topping the...

Is Dutch Exceptionalism Equipped to Cope With the Pandemic?

Is Dutch Exceptionalism Equipped to Cope With the Pandemic?

Mar 04, 2021

In late January, protests and riots against COVID-19 lockdown measures in the Netherlands drew attention from international audiences, taking many by surprise. Described by the Dutch police as the “worst rioting in 40 years,” it was a response to the first curfew the country has seen since the...

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?

Feb 24, 2021

Donald Trump might have left the White House. His nefarious legacy, however, lingers on. A prominent case in point is the dramatic rise in the number of attacks on Asian Americans, ranging from verbal insults and harassment to physical assault to deadly acts of violence that has gone hand in hand...

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