Politics this week

May 30th 2020Protests erupted in Hong Kong after an announcement that the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, would impose a national-security law on the territory. The demonstrations were also fuelled by a proposal in the city’s legislature to make insulting China’s national anthem a crime. Mike Pompeo, America’s secretary of state, said that the…

The legacy of Alberto Alesina

May 28th 2020A DECADE AFTER the last global downturn, the economics establishment’s U-turn on austerity is complete. In 2010 the IMF praised Britain’s tough deficit-reduction plan. Now it recommends a big fiscal expansion to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Politicians were once fond of citing research co-authored by Kenneth Rogoff, an economist, to warn that…

British researchers plot to immunize higher than 10000 as stories into experimental COVID-19 vaccine advance – The Globe and Mail

A scientist cleans vaccine vials at the Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility, in Oxford, Britain, on April 2, 2020. SEAN ELIAS/Reuters British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works. Friday’s announcement came as Chinese scientists who…

Scurry by science, zigzag by politics: At some point soon of the FDA’s reversals and walkbacks as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic

Washington (CNN)Dr. Stephen Hahn repeatedly pledged in a CNN interview Tuesday that science and data would be his “north star” while leading the Food and Drug Administration through the coronavirus pandemic. Then, a few hours later, President Donald Trump went on national television and politicized medical research and brazenly flouted FDA warnings.The FDA had already…

Politics this week

May 21st 2020At the World Health Organisation’s annual summit (held remotely), China accepted an Australian-led motion calling for an inquiry into the origins of covid-19. This marked a climbdown by the Chinese government in the face of widespread demands for such a probe. Earlier, Donald Trump once again threatened to pull America out of the…

The Politics of Counting Issues Is About to Explode

“There’s nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” snapped U.S. coronavirus task-force leader Deborah Birx at a White House meeting earlier this month. According to news reports, Birx was frustrated at the agency’s tally of coronavirus deaths, as she and colleagues worried that reported numbers were up to 25 percent too high. However, if…

The Sense of Shame

No emotion stands nearer to the foundational myths of the human social order than shame. In the beginning, Adam and Eve stood together ‘both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed’. And then they ate of the tree of knowledge; their eyes opened; they knew they were naked; they covered themselves with…

Politics this week

May 16th 2020Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, set out a path for easing lockdown in England. His message has changed from “stay at home” to “stay alert”. Restrictions will be eased in phases, depending on how quickly infections fall. Those who can’t work from home are urged to return cautiously to their jobs. Northern Ireland,…

Younger activists sustain the key to an even bigger future

Samuel J. Abrams is professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Jeremi Suri is Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs and Professor of Public Affairs and History at the University of Texas at Austin. The views expressed here are theirs. Read more opinion…

Sergio Moro: Brazil prosecutor requests Bolsonaro ‘meddling’ probe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sergio Moro was seen as a key figure in the government Brazil’s top public prosecutor has requested clearance to investigate allegations of political interference by President Jair Bolsonaro.It comes after Justice Minister Sergio Moro resigned on Friday, accusing the president of wanting to install a new federal police chief who…

Politics this week

May 9th 2020Reversing course, Donald Trump said that America’s coronavirus task-force would continue, but also focus on rebooting the economy. More states began easing their lockdowns. Florida allowed shops to trade if they limit customers, except in the heavily populated corridor between Miami and Palm Beach. In Michigan, the scene of rowdy anti-lockdown protests, the…

A high US scientist who changed into pushed out of his job says he changed into ‘forced to let politics and cronyism power selections’ in the nation’s coronavirus response

Rick Bright, one of the leading US vaccine scientists, said he was abruptly ousted from his post as the head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) last month for sticking to science, and refusing to tout “unproven” coronavirus treatments. Bright is now asking for his job back, while also accusing federal public health…

Is Joe Biden out of the woods?

(CNN)There are just 184 days — 6 months exactly! — until the 2020 election. Every Sunday, I will outline the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they’re ranked — so the No. 1 story is the most important of the coming week.5. Veepstakes!: Former…