Bergamo Postcard: The Emotional Rubble Of A COVID-19 Epicenter

Grief and catastrophe in and around the Italian city that became a symbol of the swiftness of the pandemic's death and destruction.

Xi Jinping Risks All And Nothing In Hong Kong Crackdown

-OpEd- Chinese tanks have not rolled through the streets of Hong Kong, but Beijing's legislative coup Tuesday, on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the territory's handover to China, is ...

Bad To Worse: The Homeless And COVID-19

Like so many before him, João took a bus to Rio de Janeiro in search of the kind of hope and economic opportunity that only big cities promise. "I came looking for something better, then the worst ...

Why It's Far Too Soon To Start Betting On Biden

The protests, pandemic and poor U.S. jobs numbers all seem to spell trouble for President Donald Trump. But his challenger has a few disadvantages of his own.


Food Or Safety? Lockdown And Migrant Laborers In Italy

Even as the total number of cases of COVID-19 decreased In Italy, an outbreak flared up in the southern province of Caserta among migrant agricultural laborers. Writing in the Italian daily La ...


Angela Merkel, Last Act For Europe's Super Middle Manager

"The nation-state on its own has no future... " Angela Merkel's apparently ominous declaration in late May was actually part of what might be the strongest vote of confidence in recent memory ...


Deng To Xi, The Troubling "Sovietization" Of China

Beijing seems to be abandoning the very strategy that allowed it to not only survive the collapse of the USSR, but also prosper.


Work → In Progress: Designing A Post-Pandemic Future

Let's not forget that well before COVID-19, we often referred to the "revolution" underway in the workplace. Automation, digitalization, climate change and other seismic shifts were bringing upon ...


Far From Alabama: Quebec Must Face Its Own Systemic Racism

-OpEd- Let's talk about the words that are at the center of this wake-up-call of a debate. There's the word "racism," for starters. It's a garbage dump of a word, one that embodies a ...


The Pure Folly Of "Food Nationalism" In Argentina

Argentine food production is doing fine and needs no "progressive" state intervention to assure supplies.


Angela, Christine & Ursula: Three Wise Women Saving Europe

Which leaders will be remembered from this moment in history? So asks Catherine Chatignoux.

Czech Republic

Paris To Prague: A Czech Homecoming And Quarantine Au Revoir

PRAGUE — As I walked down Avenue René Coty on a sunny day in late May, everything was like a Paris postcard — except that my glasses were fogging up over my facemask. But I knew the ...


The India-China Conflict And The Ghosts Of 1962

For some, anti-Chinese rhetoric following the killing of 20 Indian soldiers is conjuring up memories of a dark and mostly forgotten chapter in India's history.


In Germany, University Profs Line Up Against Online Teaching

In an open letter, more than 2,000 academics made the case recently for bringing students back into real, brick-and-mortar lecture halls.


COVID-19 Culprits? Seeking Justice For Pandemic's Toll

Here in the Italian region of Lombardy, which has been one of the pandemic's deadliest epicenters, months of grief have now turned to anger. It began as relatives of COVID-19 victims formed a ...


How The Pandemic Hooked A Nation On Teleworking

In France more than anywhere else, employees seem to find it difficult to give up teleworking to come back to the office. They have more or less valid reasons to hesitate. But employers also have their own.


Black Lives Matter In The Arab World: Fighting A Multidimensional Racism

In Arab countries, the death of George Floyd has reignited the debate about racism against Blacks, a discrimination that worsens as it descends the social ladder.


A Tale Of Three Pandemics: Tracing Mexico's Evolving Ties With China

Unlike the SARS and H1N1/09 outbreaks, which caused friction between the two countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has, if anything, improved Chinese-Mexican relations.

United States

The Vaccine Sprint Accelerates

The global death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic has passed 475,000, and the confirmed cases are now more than nine million worldwide. But there's another number that looms: fear of the pandemic's ...