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“Freedom” Failed to Set Americans Free

“Freedom” Failed to Set Americans Free

A little over a month ago, those who were fully COVID-19 vaccinated in America were feeling pretty good about themselves and their prospects for a summer of wining, dining and a bit of travel. The kiddies, even though unvaccinated, could for some unexplained reason do camp, amusement parks and...

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

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...

Making the “Now Normal” Work

Making the “Now Normal” Work

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated lockdowns, it seemed like things would never wholly go back to how they were. We discovered that people could work efficiently from home without being monitored in the office. Students, some of whom had previously moved across the world...

Making the Right Decisions to Combat the Coronavirus

Making the Right Decisions to Combat the Coronavirus

If the current pandemic is a test of the global emergency response system, the international community is flunking big time. It has done just about everything wrong, from the failure to contain the coronavirus early on to the lack of effective coordination thereafter. As the predicted second wave...

Pandemic Voting Needs America’s Full Attention

Pandemic Voting Needs America’s Full Attention

There is an increasing din in America that this self-congratulatory cradle of democracy is not up to the primal task of planning and implementing a free and fair presidential election in a couple of months. So sullied are we by the institutional failure to hold Trump’s government...

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

It is hard to think of impending natural hazard-related disasters in the middle of a global pandemic. But it is absolutely essential that policymakers do so. This year, due in part to climate change, scientists predict one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record. In fact, nine...

COVID-19: Balancing Health Emergencies and Human Rights

COVID-19: Balancing Health Emergencies and Human Rights

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to governments around the world imposing state emergencies under the pretext of protecting public health. Such measures, which have included both partial and full lockdowns to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, have had an...

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

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

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...

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