World

norway

Norway health chief: lockdown was not needed to tame COVID

May 27, 2020 11:56 pm

A country should only enforce this draconian measure if it is sure that the academic foundation for lockdown was sound

hong kong

How Xi is using fear of COVID to crush Hong Kong’s autonomy

May 27, 2020 11:31 pm

The leader believes freedom is another dangerous virus

japan

The mystery of Japan’s COVID success

May 27, 2020 8:38 am

Yes, there was a lockdown, of sorts, but it was all a bit phony

lufthansa eu

Britain should demand a level playing field from the EU

May 26, 2020 12:02 pm

Lufthansa will now be able to undercut British airlines on fares

cummings

Dominic Cummings: Why I traveled to Durham

May 25, 2020 2:21 pm

‘I believe that in all circumstances I behaved reasonably and legally’

putin xi

Putin needs Xi more than China needs Russia

May 25, 2020 10:37 am

A special relationship

dominic cummings

Why should Dominic Cummings be sacked for protecting his family?

May 25, 2020 10:16 am

This is about whether an individual has the right to do what he believes to be right for his family or not

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hong kong

Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ is over

May 23, 2020 10:56 am

For too long we have betrayed the people of Hong Kong, our promises and our values

taiwan

Taiwan’s balancing act is becoming ever more precarious

May 22, 2020 2:57 pm

China has not ruled out taking back Taiwan by military force if necessary

vox spexit

Coronavirus, Spexit and the remarkable rise of Vox

May 22, 2020 2:31 pm

Vox’s defense of conservative values appeals to the many in a traditionally Catholic country who resent political correctness

pakistan

Pakistan’s ‘Islamophobia’ problem

May 22, 2020 2:07 pm

Public messages like ‘Ahmadis and dogs not allowed’ appear in store windows

brexit deal

Boris is convinced he’ll still get a Brexit deal

May 22, 2020 1:50 pm

His optimism is based on both sides being pragmatic in the end

ontario

Ontario and Germany’s simple alternative to the R number

May 22, 2020 9:37 am

Link the lifting of lockdown measures to the number of infections per 100,000 population

covid

Lockdowns are as contagious as COVID

May 21, 2020 9:23 pm

Once short-term deaths become the yardstick by which policies are judged, it is difficult to steer a different course

eu virus

Can the EU survive this virus?

May 21, 2020 9:06 pm

If Merkel fails, then it’s far from clear that anyone else has a Plan B

gender

Why is the United Nations trying to police our language on gender?

May 21, 2020 6:43 pm

Whether we like it or not, gendered language has a purpose

brexit

Brexit is back — and COVID has transformed negotiations

May 21, 2020 6:18 pm

Coronavirus has dwarfed any changes Brexit might bring. We are over that cliff edge already

tanzania

Why is the WHO so worried about Tanzania?

May 21, 2020 6:08 pm

For a start there is inadequate testing and almost no sharing of data

eu covid fund

How Macron gamed the EU COVID fund

May 21, 2020 4:01 pm

The ‘transfer union’, it turns out, will largely be a transfer to France

young

Are young people more likely to catch COVID?

May 21, 2020 6:31 am

Young people tend to indulge in the highest amount of social mixing

cambridge

Cambridge University is kowtowing to China

May 20, 2020 11:21 pm

Further investigation of Jesus College’s China Centre site suggests all is not well

libya libyans

How the Libyan conflict became the Middle East’s most important proxy war

May 20, 2020 2:46 pm

The Libyan civil war is an example of what happens when western governments walk away from a conflict

useful idiots

Xi’s useful idiots against free speech

May 20, 2020 9:50 am

Free-thinking people everywhere should condemn those among us who facilitate China’s lies

flu

Stanford study suggests coronavirus might not be as deadly as flu

May 20, 2020 6:53 am

All their estimates for IFR are markedly lower than the figures thrown about a couple of months ago