Politics this week

May 2nd 2020Spain announced a complicated four-phase, eight-week return to a “new normality”, which will vary in speed between provinces. If all goes well, Spaniards will be able to return to beaches and bars by the end of June, and in some places before then. France also outlined its own “deconfinement” strategy. Most businesses will…

Politics this week

May 2nd 2020Spain announced a complicated four-phase, eight-week return to a “new normality”, which will vary in speed between provinces. If all goes well, Spaniards will be able to return to beaches and bars by the end of June, and in some places before then. France also outlined its own “deconfinement” strategy. Most businesses will…

Politics this week

Apr 23rd 2020Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has dismissed covid-19 as “sniffles”, spoke outside the army’s headquarters at a rally against lockdowns. Some of the protesters called for a shutdown of Congress and the Supreme Court and urged the army to take control of the pandemic response. Mr Bolsonaro has said: “Really, I am the…

Pandemic Protests and Politics

Illustration by João FazendaIn late March, it became evident in the states holding Democratic primaries and other elections in April that, because of the coronavirus, it could be irresponsible to have voters cast ballots in person. Some states announced that they would postpone their elections, while Ohio (which had already done so) joined Alaska and…

Tori Amos Believes the Muses Can Support

At age five, the singer and pianist Tori Amos was the youngest student ever accepted into the Peabody Institute, a music and dance conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. By eleven, she’d been dismissed, mostly for her disinclination to sight-read sheet music. Instead, she came of age performing show tunes and standards in the piano bars…

Politics this week

Apr 25th 2020Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has dismissed covid-19 as “sniffles”, spoke outside the army’s headquarters at a rally against lockdowns. Some of the protesters called for a shutdown of Congress and the Supreme Court and urged the army to take control of the pandemic response. Mr Bolsonaro has said: “Really, I am the…

‘We Don’t Blindly Settle for Files.’ Top WHO Legit Defends the Group’s Response to COVID-19

As the standoff between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Trump Administration continues, a top WHO official is defending the organization’s efforts to gather and share information about COVID-19 with the world, despite “the politics in the way right now.” In an interview with TIME, Maria Van Kerkhove, the American infectious-disease epidemiologist serving as…

Will Asia Rewrite Human Historical past?

Please note that this article includes images of human remains. The Nefud Desert is a desolate area of orange and yellow sand dunes. It covers approximately 25,000 square miles of the Arabian Peninsula. But tens of thousands of years ago, this area was a lush land of lakes, with a climate that may have been…

Politics this week

Apr 18th 2020Donald Trump said that data suggested America was past the peak of the covid-19 outbreak, as he mooted guidelines to reopen the economy. The president created a council to look at the options, some of whose members were surprised to be included. Earlier he started a row with state governors who are trying…

The place Does the Bernie Sanders Movement Drag Now?

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is over. And while it remains to be seen exactly what happens to the movement he built, it’s clear how much of a stamp he’s left on the Democratic Party. Sanders helped usher in a new era of progressive politics in America, pushing the issues of income inequality, universal…

Remembering Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson was incapable of speaking a dull sentence. For more than 60 years, he was one of the world’s most accomplished living mathematical physicists, and in his later decades he earned a literary reputation as one of the few great scientists who wrote as clearly as he thought. Before I first met him 16…

The Energy and Politics of Excessive Type Twitter

High Fashion Twitter would like to inform you that it is stylized as ‘hf twitter,’ because lowercase is chic.As a whole, this online subculture of fashion fanatics is easily identifiable: mood boards of “It” girls, threads on threads of niche fashion knowledge, endless commentary about the inner workings of the industry. No one loves —…

Surrender the Coronavirus Company Coup

Hi,Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. This is a special edition. I need you to take this newsletter and repost it, forward it, and contact anyone you know in politics. Here’s why.Congressional leaders are likely to put a very ugly deal in front of the American people, and if it passes,…

Politics this week

Apr 8th 2020Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, who has contracted covid-19, was admitted to intensive care after a deterioration in his breathing. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, is to stand in for him chairing cabinet meetings “where necessary”. See article.America braced itself for a surge in deaths related to the new coronavirus. There were some…

Politics this week

Apr 11th 2020Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, who has contracted covid-19, was admitted to intensive care after a deterioration in his breathing. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, is to stand in for him chairing cabinet meetings “where necessary”. See article.America braced itself for a surge in deaths related to the new coronavirus. There were some…

Politics this week

Apr 2nd 2020Scientists advising the American government about the covid-19 outbreak predicted that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die, even with partial lockdowns and social-distancing measures in place. Donald Trump warned his compatriots “to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead”. The United States now has more reported infections than any other…

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

For decades, the idea of a carbon tax has been stuck in the waiting room of American politics: Familiar to everyone who comes and goes, it has sat there long enough to grow cobwebs from its ears. For the vast majority of Republicans, the idea is anathema, and for Democrats it’s one among several policies…

Politics this week

Apr 2nd 2020Scientists advising the American government about the covid-19 outbreak predicted that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die, even with partial lockdowns and social-distancing measures in place. Donald Trump warned his compatriots “to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead”. The United States now has more reported infections than any other…

The Coronavirus Is Reworking Politics and Economics

In early March, when health experts warned that the United States risked running short of vital medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators, Donald Trump resisted calls to invoke the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law that gives the President broad powers to prioritize the production of certain items when they become important for national…

Idlib earlier than the war: Carpets, olives and handcrafts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Idlib was especially famous for its olive groves The last rebel-held province in Syria – Idlib – has been devastated by years of war and the displacement of millions of people.Here two residents recall what Idlib was like as a place to live when Syria was at peace.SaadBefore the revolution,…