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medicine covid

COVID-19 and the end of clinical medicine as we know it

September 8, 2020 9:12 am

Governments are producing a series of contradictory and confusing policies which have a brief shelf life as the next crisis emerges

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Disney’s Mulan is everything Xi Jinping could wish for

September 8, 2020 9:02 am

Profit can trump principle because the Chinese market is big and Western consumers are apathetic

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Why is the UN preaching about COVID and the patriarchy?

September 8, 2020 8:49 am

In reality, COVID-19 shows us nothing other than that a very nasty virus can be fatal to old and sick people

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It’s time for the West to ditch its Russian playbook

September 7, 2020 9:12 am

Western values and interests are not reconcilable with those of the Russian state

covid trap open

The COVID trap: will society ever open up again?

September 7, 2020 8:56 am

A ‘temporary’ expansion of government power is hard to reverse

french

Macron’s battle against the forces of French anarchy

September 5, 2020 11:02 am

Deep feelings of insecurity, a loss of identity and a tradition of rebellion all make for a powerful cocktail

german

Navalny’s poisoning has shown the emptiness of German diplomacy

September 4, 2020 12:19 pm

Merkel was quick to decouple the status of Nord Stream 2 from the attack on Navalny

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Europe’s ‘second wave’ has fizzled out

September 4, 2020 9:19 am

New cases are now declining in Germany, and Sweden, and remaining flat in Italy, Ireland and Belgium

herd immunity

We may be closer to herd immunity than previously thought

September 3, 2020 8:38 am

Are we fearing a ‘second wave’ which our immune systems already have well in hand?

vaccines

The problem with fast-tracking vaccines

September 2, 2020 11:52 pm

It can have disastrous effects — even if the shots work

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Award the Nobel Peace Prize to Jared Kushner. Seriously!

September 2, 2020 1:30 pm

He disrupted the old Middle East paradigm to get results

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Did Erdogan order his generals to sink a Greek warship?

September 2, 2020 10:42 am

One day you’re competing for gas at the bottom of the sea, the next day you’re sending each other’s soldiers there

putin culture war

Putin’s culture war

September 2, 2020 10:34 am

Putin is trying to mobilize the so-called Great Patriotic War in his drive to assert his country’s greatness

cases

Coronavirus cases are mounting in Europe but deaths remain stable. Why?

September 2, 2020 9:27 am

We appear to have the reality of viral circulation

navalny

Why Navalny may not be a friend of the West

August 31, 2020 9:23 am

He has never made any attempt to hide his Russian nationalist sympathies

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Germany’s far-right and the rise of the anti-corona protests

August 31, 2020 9:07 am

The founder of the group that organized Saturday’s protest has sought to distance himself from extremists

france masks

France has partly seen sense on face masks

August 28, 2020 3:42 pm

But to see someone on the streets in Paris without a mask has become increasingly rare in recent weeks

abe

Who could replace Shinzo Abe as Japanese PM?

August 28, 2020 11:57 am

Abe had hoped that 2020 would be his year

putin

Putin prepares to send in the troops

August 28, 2020 8:29 am

Putin has no affection for Lukashenko, a man who for years played Russia against the EU

iran sanctions

Leaked letter: Boris Johnson rejects Trump on Iran sanctions

August 27, 2020 4:46 pm

The UK is siding with France and Germany at the UN

greece

Greece vs Turkey: tensions are rising in the Mediterranean

August 27, 2020 9:39 am

The two countries are locked in a battle for hegemony

immunity coronavirus

The coronavirus immunity riddle

August 27, 2020 9:32 am

Our bodies’ defenses work in ways we still don’t understand

manaus brazil

Has this Brazilian city reached herd immunity without lockdown?

August 26, 2020 11:02 am

Perhaps it is time for governments to start looking at real world evidence, rather than just models

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The paradox of Israeli peace

August 25, 2020 11:31 am

UAE-Israel relations are a process, not the start of a revolution

covid deaths

Dying of COVID vs dying with COVID

August 25, 2020 11:17 am

Swedish authorities are trying to find the answer