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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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Coronavirus casts shadow over Everest

KHUMJUNG, (AFP): The Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling ahead of Everest's climbing season, but the coronavirus has forced the shut down of the world's tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas. While there are no reported cases in the town -- home to..

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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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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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LESSON FROM COVID 19 – REDUCE GLOBAL POPULATION GROWTH

Like so many miseries and crisis faced by the world in the past, COVID 19 crisis will also go away sooner or later; perhaps, sooner than later. Sadly, such miseries of the past and the present COVID 19 crisis have caused huge sufferings to the people with loss of innocent lives and miseries in..

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The Race Between Economics and COVID-19

With the coronavirus devastating one economy after another, the economics profession – and thus the analytical underpinnings for sound policymaking and crisis management – is having to play catch-up. Of particular concern now are the economics of viral contagion, of fear, and of “circuit..

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Will the US Pandemic Response Strengthen Workers? Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Despite the deep polarization of American politics, there appears to be more agreement than disagreement over how to deal with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Federal Reserve is already pursing bold monetary-policy measures, and Congress is quickly working toward a large..

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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..