Can the Word “Solidarity” Have Any Meaning in the Consumer Society?

Jun 08, 2021

Recent events across the globe have confirmed that the two institutions most people think of as the pillars of our evolved consumer society — capitalism and democracy — are undergoing an existential crisis whose evolution no one can predict. The sustainability of both has been called into...

The World Needs a People’s Vaccine
Jun 07, 2021

The World Needs a People’s Vaccine

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia
May 20, 2021

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

Pandemic Family Life: The Struggles Behind Closed Doors
May 14, 2021

Pandemic Family Life: The Struggles Behind Closed Doors

Why the US Will Not Achieve Herd Immunity

Why the US Will Not Achieve Herd Immunity

May 14, 2021

The problem with the COVID-19 pandemic is that we don’t know if we’re coming or going. It’s as if we’re swimming far from shore, overwhelmed by one wave after another, and we’re unsure if we’re heading toward land or away from it. China was the early face of COVID-19, but it...

Big Pharma’s Big Free Lunch

Big Pharma’s Big Free Lunch

May 10, 2021

A vast majority of the planet’s population had every reason to welcome the Biden administration’s belated backing of a proposed patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. To anyone not invested in the pharmaceutical industry or not named Bill Gates, it was a no-brainer. Economist David Adler and Dr....

After Long Wavering, a Waiver

After Long Wavering, a Waiver

May 07, 2021

During last year’s presidential election campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised “absolutely” and “positively” to support the waiver of US patents to permit the unencumbered manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in the rest of the world. Once Biden was elected, the words “absolutely” and...

Where India Went Wrong

Where India Went Wrong

May 05, 2021

In just over a month, India has gone from boasting about its vaccine distribution to becoming the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. As this author explained in a previous article, many have questioned whether India’s vaccine diplomacy was a bold masterstroke or an unwise...

For a Few Billion Dollars More

For a Few Billion Dollars More

May 05, 2021

The Guardian’s wealth correspondent, Rupert Neate, is an unrelenting fan of philanthropist Bill Gates. On April 11, he effusively praised the fact that “billionaires — including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey — have committed huge amounts of their money to...

It’s Time to Invest in Curiosity

It’s Time to Invest in Curiosity

Apr 29, 2021

After a year of enduring barriers imposed by the pandemic, scientists have good reason to welcome the Biden administration's first budget request, which includes significant increases in funding for technology and innovation. Scientific progress requires this investment — indeed, it requires...

Will Big Pharma Continue to Own the World’s Health?

Will Big Pharma Continue to Own the World’s Health?

Apr 28, 2021

The news from India concerning the ravages of COVID-19 is now beyond alarming. New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman describes a nation stricken by “the fear of living amid a disease spreading at such scale and speed.” In what sounds like the screenplay of a sci-fi catastrophe film,...

The Case of Forced Cremations in Sri Lanka

The Case of Forced Cremations in Sri Lanka

Apr 25, 2021

From 1983 to 2009, Sri Lanka saw a bloody civil war between the majority Buddhist Sinhalese and the minority Tamils. The conflict led to invaluable losses both economically and politically. To this day, the deep socio-religious wounds have yet to heal on the island in South Asia. Since the war...

Is Bill Gates a Danger to Humanity?

Is 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

Bill Gates and the Zero-Sum Vaccination Game

Apr 19, 2021

The debate is raging once again about the true origin of COVID-19. Was it zoonotic, originating in a bat cave and then infecting exotic meat in Wuhan’s wet market as the majority of scientists claimed throughout 2020? At the approach of the November election, US President Donald Trump preferred...

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