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  • Every country in the United Nations agreed to a global ceasefire during the pandemic — except the United States

    After six weeks of negotiating, the UN Security Council was close to agreeing on a resolution for a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. Seems fair, right? Let's agree to stop killing each other for a while, so we can focus on the virus that's killing us instead? China proposed that the text explicitly mention a commitment by member nations to support the efforts of the World Health Organization — who Donald Trump has blamed (without evidence) for withholding information on the...

    Boing Boing
  • How the United States can effectively contain China

    During his Senate confirmation hearing last week to be the next director of national intelligence, Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe emphasized China is this country’s “greatest threat actor,” a status only confirmed by rising acrimony over Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But though tensions are rising in the South

    The Washington Times
  • How to avoid a W-shaped global coronavirus recession

    As previous crises have shown, prematurely halting economic stimulus would be very unwise “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana famously quipped in 1905. It is a phrase that has been repeated for over a century, but rarely heeded. As Covid-19 decimates the global economy, our understanding of history could be the difference between a V- or U-shaped recession and a W-shaped one, in which incipient recovery is followed by successive relapses. As recently...

    the Guardian
  • Commentary: How Chicago can avoid the looming global traffic crisis

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic patterns in Chicago are likely to be disfigured for a long time. Here are creative ways Chicago can adapt.