opinion / analysis


How Pandemic Shutdowns Can Turn Into A Political Weapon

The pandemic, and especially the fears whipped up by states and the media, may be pushing society...

United States

Chinese-American Trump Supporters Explain Themselves

A mix of love and hate mirrors their own feelings about Beijing.


Society v. The State: Pandemic Undermines AMLO's Power Grab In Mexico

President López Obrador has failed spectacularly to manage the pandemic and its economic r...


Vaccine Nationalism: The Global Race For A COVID-19 Cure

There's a whole lot of money and prestige at stake as researchers across the globe scramble to de...


That Virus Of French Arrogance, Striking At Home And Abroad

Beyond public support for medical workers, the French are very critical of the management of the ...


Preserving Nature Is The Only Path To Preserving You And Me

Viruses spread, mutate and then become deadly because humans destroy the areas where wild animals...


The Social Alienation And Ambiguity Of Face Masks

As COVID-19 lingers, protective masks are recommended and even mandatory in certain places. But o...


China, Venezuela And The Limits Of Pandemic Diplomacy

Latin American countries are, for the most part, appreciative of Beijing's donations of much need...


Dissecting China's Failed Experiment At Face Mask Diplomacy

After weeks of denial and manipulation, China wanted to play the role of a caring superpower. But...


COVID-19 And The Fault Lines of India's Unequal Society

The pandemic and the response to it threaten to exacerbate entrenched economic and social dispari...


Hard Questions On Civil Liberties In The Time Of Coronavirus

Forced confinement may be necessary to combat COVID-19. But that doesn't mean people should blind...


Why The World Needs More Angela Merkel Right Now

The coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated tensions between Beijing and Washington. It's time ...


Why The Mexican Economy Won't Make It On Its Own

Given its reliance on both oil and tourism, the Mexican economy is in major trouble. So far, thou...


China 1976, And My Hunt For The Coronavirus Origin Story

Our Slovenian writer's bygone trip through a China still not plugged into the global economy reve...


Why France Is Moving Too Slowly To End The Lockdown

The health crisis is real. But so too are the economic costs of an extended lockdown, which will ...


COVID-19 And The Cruel Side Effects Of Trying To "Ban Death"

The COVID-19 outbreak is a scourge like no other, but not because of the dangers that this partic...


Zoonoses And Us: The Fatal Risks Of Our Food Production System

Mass-scale meat production is not only a key agent of environmental destruction but a main culpri...


Coronavirus Profiteers: With The Virus Come The Vultures

While we see a general boost in solidarity, a small minority is looking to profit from the COVID-...


Coronavirus: What Unites And Divides Us

Communities across the globe are all grappling with the same scourge. And yet, the pandemic is al...


Latin America And The Economic Consequences Of COVID-19

Governments around the region are taking measures to contain the outbreak. But they also need to ...


Bolsonaro, The Political Cost Of Downplaying Coronavirus

The Brazilian president may be risking his political future by taking the viral pandemic lightly.


Sartre, Phil Collins And My Quarantined Neighbors In Mexico City

-Essay- MEXICO CITY — I notice some are still touching surfaces, grabbing a pole to hold onto on the bus or the handrails on escalators. With reckless abandon. For me, no sniffle nor sneeze ...