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To be sure, the world will no longer be the same on the other side of Covid- 19, but some challenges won’t change. Almost all of the old security threats will continue to dog us, and there will be new, and even more potent, strategic threats that will emerge out of the tectonic changes in the global order that will unfold once the immediate crisis is over....

 

The inevitably long state of national emergency, while creating a war-like political climate, may account for deep fissures in Western democracies. Meanwhile, the case of Chinese containment only makes it more difficult for liberal paraphernalia to hail democracy as the beau idéal. ...

 

Enough is enough. Not only are Italy, as a nation, and Italians as a people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but we also have to face – the frankly disgusting, given the situation – Chinese ‘propaganda’....

Planet Earth will still be the same, birds will chirp, flowers will bloom, and the grass will be green. However, our world – the world we live in, the world that we conduct our daily lives in, the world that we know so well – will change significantly. We are now entering a new era, call it the Pandemic Period….

Since the beginning of the 21st century, we have seen the emergence and outbreaks of multiple zoonotic diseases – infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses that jump from animals to humans. Some of them are new to humans, and hence ….

 

These trends are a cause of concern for India, which, despite its extensive goodwill and developmental projects in Afghanistan, remains an outlier in the US-Taliban withdrawal agreement, and the possible future political architecture of the country...

India’s internal security is heavily affected by the external stimulus and, with the recent Islamic State terror attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, the imperative of tracking jihadi modules remains a 24*7 task. Furthermore, the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh on March 23 that killed 17 security personnel points to the spectrum of national security challenges that have to be kept on the policy radar. Mobilising volunteers from every institution to manage the 21-day national curfew and containing mass social disorder is imperative. It may be prudent to direct the armed forces to step in and provide aid to civil power as mandated by the Constitution....

The announcement regarding all military personnel to contribute a day’s worth of pay for coronavirus emergency will soften hearts. It would definitely make people overlook the fact that troops deployed during emergencies get a special allowance, the amount for which is higher than the contribution itself....

 

I met a coronavirus-enlightened Uber driver in Lahore. He was wearing a face mask, regularly using hand sanitiser, encouraging his passengers to also do the same. He made rather compelling points on why people should stay home and how social distancing is the key to not catching the virus. At the end of the ride, he asked me which is the closest mosque where he could offer his Friday prayers....

 

Middle Eastern and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies are heading toward a recession in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, collapsing oil prices, and the unfolding global financial crisis....

 

As mainstream Protestant denominations have declined over the past half century, there has been a hollowing out of the centre among white Christians of all faiths. New generations of Americans have joined the ranks of evangelical churches, while others, in larger numbers, have forsaken religion altogether....

 

Love “in the time of Cholera” was possible, but in the time of coronas, its existence seems imponderable. “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalion,” and the majority loses the sense of collectivity....

 

Another brick in the wall. Or, better, another way to complete the genocide of Baloch. This is how people from the region describe the situation on the field. Pilgrims coming back from Iran, and other people from the region who might have tested positive have been taken and locked up into a so-called ‘quarantine facility’ near Quetta, in Taftan…

With the exception of Iran, the Middle East has so far avoided the huge number of infections seen in East Asia and Europe. But that may yet change. So much about this outbreak has been unexpected and has altered almost overnight....

The Big One is approaching, whether now or later, whether we’re prepared or not. Dr. Ferguson, the infectious disease modeller who predicted deaths in the United States might reach 2.2 million, came down with a cough and fever a few days ago. He tested positive for the coronavirus….

 

In this context, the great Iranian poet, Saadi, reminds us: Human beings are members of a whole; in creation of one essence and soul; If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain; If you have no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain....

 

The affected are all people on the margins – even the small business owners would be in the city’s bottom 25 percent. These are not people with insurance, or safety nets of any sort. ...

 

Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran have banned group prayers in mosques. But in Pakistan, the Friday Jumma prayers will likely continue. Despite the warning that Pakistan could be following in Italy’s footsteps...

 

“The Ministry of Health has declared that reinforcements are coming! After the hiring of 10,000 new doctors—who are yet to take their qualifying examination—it is now the turn of the Calabrian grandmothers. Old women who are experts in rites against the evil eye, affascino and iettatura, will now be in the trenches against coronavirus....

 

The year was 1918 when the first case of the Spanish flu was reported from Kansas, United States. By the time it ended about two years later, the Spanish flu pandemic was believed to have infected at least 500 million people — a staggering one-third of the population of the whole world. The death toll was said to be around 50m...

The coronavirus pandemic is in its early days. But the scale and force of the economic and medical crisis that is about to hit the United States may turn out to be as formidable as Perry’s famous voyage was....

 

Public Health Experts Say That If The COVID-19 Epidemic Is Not Successfully Contained, It Could Become A Global Pandemic, Perhaps Spreading To 80% Of The World's Population. With A 1% Mortality Rate, This Would Mean That 70 Million People Would Die Of The Disease. With A 2% Mortality Rate, The Total Number Of Deaths Would Be Twice That Number, 140 Million People. Comparable Numbers of People Have Died In The Tragic Wars And Pandemics Of The Past…

Social security is also neglected, with the Central government’s contribution to old-age pensions frozen at a measly Rs 200 per month since 2006 and maternity benefits restricted to Rs 5,000 for one child per family in violation of the National Food Security Act....

It has taken a virus to make us realise that the world is connected in ways that are inextricable, but it is true. No nation in the world is fully sovereign to do what it wants to do in the face of opposition from others....

We take today’s India for granted. Almost everyone has a car and a house. People have access to good hospitals and colleges. The roads are good, public transport is even better than private cars. Our per capita income, they told us in economics class, is $60,000. This allows most Indians to have a good life. But did you know, in 2020, we were only at $2,000 a person annually?...



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