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Internationalizing the Crisis

As it spread from one country to another, the novel coronavirus paid no attention to national frontiers or “big, beautiful” border walls. Nor were the ensuing economic effects contained. As has been obvious since the outset, the COVID-19 pandemic is a global problem that demands a global..

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Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy Sunday, April 5th, 2020

When capitalism screeches to a halt and starts its old business of killing off the adventurous but weakened, the enterprising but foolish, those who initially benefited, shed tears. Losses mount, accountants tally up current and future losses. Huge profits somehow do not matter now, as the..

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University Bailouts, Funding and Coronavirus

In a set of stable circumstances, funding higher education should be a matter of automatic persuasion. If you want an educated populace, the tax payer should muck in. In some countries, however, this venture is uneven. In the United Kingdom, the system remains divided, an echo of class..

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How Democracies Can Beat the Pandemic Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Europe is experiencing one of its worst crises since World War II. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its countries should turn to a classic democratictool for dealing with existential challenges: national unity governments supported by broad parliamentary coalitions. As it stands, many..

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What Trump Needs To Say Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Recently, a reporter at the daily White House coronavirus briefing asked US President Donald Trump what he would say to his fearful fellow citizens. Here is what America still needs to hear from its leader. “My fellow citizens, this is a terrible time for our country and for the world. We are..

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Witnessing Wuhan

Dr. Li, a heart specialist at Wuhan No. 4 Hospital, spent the third week of March preparing for the reopening of the hospital’s general clinics, which closed on January 22, when No. 4 became a key facility for treating COVID-19 patients. After working for two months on the front lines of the..

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Dangerous Gifts: Coronavirus and Trump’s Sanctions Regime Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The global effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic has been one of stutters and staggers. There are go-it-alone instances of severity, and cases of blasé indifference. State ministers and leaders have not escaped the chance to demonise and point accusing fingers. Each crisis will garner its..

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The Trump Presidency Turns Deadly

For the first three years of his administration, US President Donald Trump focused on consolidating power. And yet, as the United States approached its greatest domestic peril in a century, he refused to use that power. Instead, as a deadly coronavirus was poised to invade the country, the..

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OVID 19–LET NOT CHINA LIFT LOCKDOWN IN HOTSPOTS Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

It is now recognized all over the world that COVID 19 originated from Wuhan region in China and China did not forewarn the world in right time about what is now known as China virus disaster. While the world is suffering due to the spread of virus enormously, China now claims that it has..

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The Priority for the Social-Distancing Period

The coronavirus has a chokehold on the global economy. Like many friends and colleagues in China, I, too, have been locked down, along with the rest of Italy. Many of my fellow citizens in the United States are now in the same situation; others around the world will follow suit soon..

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Why America Is Losing to COVID-19 Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s behavior over the past two weeks is exactly what’s wrong with America’s response to COVID-19. Paul has a compromised lung, so he decided that he should be tested for the disease out of an abundance of caution. From the time of his test until he was confirmed..

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The Spirit of Milan

The headlines are horrifying. Shortages of vital equipment forcing doctors to make battlefield decisions about who lives and who dies. Long lines of sick people waiting in vain for a test or a hospital bed. Empty businesses, stores, bars, and restaurants bringing local economies the world over to a..

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Capitalism’s Triple Crisis Monday, March 30th, 2020

Capitalism is facing at least three major crises. A pandemic-induced health crisis has rapidly ignited an economic crisiswith yet unknown consequences for financial stability, and all of this is playing out against the backdrop of a climate crisis that cannot be addressed by “business as..

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Four Priorities for a Global Pandemic Strategy

The contrast between the silence of Europe’s streets and squares and the tumultuous, painful reality in many of its hospitals is heartbreaking. COVID-19 has not only Europe but the entire global community in its grip. It is already clear that the pandemic will reshape our world. But precisely how..

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An Inglorious Opportunity: Coronavirus and Emergency Powers Sunday, March 29th, 2020

There has been a hurried spate of cancellations and suspensions of elections across the globe because of the risk posed by COVID-19. The trend is unsurprising. In the age of post-democratic process, suspending the procedure should only induce a cough of recognition. But it is troubling for those..

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Viral Inequality

Not everyone experiences pandemics in the same way. A tiny sliver of the world’s population has access to high-quality health care should they succumb to infection. Most of those performing low-paying shift work or agricultural jobs do not. People suffering from chronic disease such as obesity,..

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Our Finest Hour Saturday, March 28th, 2020

As many readers may know, I am currently hospitalized in Madrid after having tested positive for COVID-19. My recovery has been slow, but the prospects are encouraging. Although remaining isolated from my loved ones has been unpleasant, it is a relief that these hardships are befalling us in the..

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G20 MEETON COVID 19 IN VACUUM Friday, March 27th, 2020

G20, which has membership of “rich” countries, held a virtual conference to discuss about the impact of the COVID 19 crisis on them and the world. The immediate impression that one gains is that this conference should have been organized by the U N Secretary General under the auspices of UNO,..

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Foreseeable Unforeseeables

Events like the COVID-19 pandemic, the US housing-market crash of 2007-2009, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, are often called “black swans.” The term is meant to suggest that no one could have seen them coming. But, in fact, these episodes each involved known unknowns, rather..

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COVID 19 CRISIS – LET NOT AMERICA LOSE IT’S CONFIDENCE Monday, April 6th, 2020

COVID 19 has turned the world upside down in just three months. While the world community remain shell shocked and governments are grappling with the problems, the..

Internationalizing the Crisis Monday, April 6th, 2020

Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy Sunday, April 5th, 2020

How Democracies Can Beat the Pandemic Saturday, April 4th, 2020