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COVID-19: The Capitalist Emperor Has No Clothes

2020 Apr 20

The systemic failure of the capitalist order triggered by the coronavirus has reinforced the growing awareness that extreme wealth inequality...

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The Moral Crisis of the Pandemic

2020 Apr 20

COVID-19 has intensified our dependence on local communities, and we are riveted by stories of community resilience in the face of an unseen peril.

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I Can’t Stop Thinking About Patient One

2020 Apr 16

Italy shows us that controlling the pandemic will require reshaping family life in much of the world.

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Will COVID-19 Remake the World?

2020 Apr 13

No one should expect the pandemic to alter – much less reverse – tendencies that were evident before the crisis. Neoliberalism will continue its slow death, populist autocrats will become even more authoritarian, and the left will continue to struggle to

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Iraq Goes from Zurfi to Kadhimi: U.S. Policy Implications

2020 Apr 12

If Kadhimis nomination goes through, it would be good news for Iraq, but Washingtons troubled relationship with Baghdad still needs a radical strategic reset.

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Can Liberal Democracy Survive COVID-19?

2020 Apr 12

Even if Western leaders manage to limit the COVID-19 outbreaks immediate fallout, it will mean little without forward-looking efforts to strengthen liberal-democratic systems from within. Such a failure would could well amount to handing China victory in

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Beware Viral Enabling Acts

2020 Apr 05

It is crucial that opposition parties are broadly on board with measures taken to address what seems like a once-in-a-century public-health crisis.

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Face Masks Are In

2020 Apr 02

The West has long stigmatized mask-wearing, unlike in many Asian countries, where those who do not wear masks during public-health crises are the ones who are stigmatized.

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Iran cannot fight covid-19 with conspiracy theories

2020 Apr 01

As covid-19 began spreading across Iran in February, the regime held a rigged election. Weeks later, when nearly 10% of Iranian mps were infected and it was clear the country had a problem, the ruling clerics refused to close crowded holy spots.

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China Is Not the Hero of the Pandemic

2020 Apr 01

You can criticize Trump without parroting Beijings propaganda.

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Welcome to the Post-Virus World

2020 Apr 01

Just two months ago, most people believed that random mass death no longer stalked the Earth. Reconciling ourselves with the reality that it does clarifies much, including how to....

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Post-uprising Iraq: New Players and New Realities

2020 Mar 29

The past several days have witnessed a great deal of political movement in Iraq as a result of the countrys remarkable current situation. As usual, the actions of Iraq

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