Topic: Current Affairs

The Neighborhood Feud Between Billionaire Bill Gross and Entrepreneur Mark Towfiq

What started as a dispute over an art installation between two famous neighbors escalated into blasting the theme song of Gilligan's Island and has now wound its way into the courts.

Geopolitics of COVID: The Unprecedented Challenge of Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

In order to prevent the theft of the coveted vaccines, pharmaceutical companies are also considering equipping shipments with GPS trackers or sending out empty trucks to deceive possible thieves

Return of the Anti-Vaxers

To those who think vaccines are harmful, COVID-19 is just another conspiracy

Democratic Source Code for a New U.S.-EU Tech Alliance

The incoming Biden administration should seek to build a U.S.-EU alliance that will hardwire democratic governance into everything digital.

Where Are Americans Staying Home for Thanksgiving?

What Do Biden Cabinet Nominees Mean for US Middle East Policy?

Joe Biden’s foreign policy nominees say they will prioritise human rights in relations with Middle East governments.

We Have No Idea What Happens Next

The Caribbean Islands Poisoned by a Carcinogenic Pesticide

On Martinique and Guadeloupe a pesticide has poisoned the soil and water and caused many cases of prostate cancer.

Essay: How Do You Describe TikTok?

The automatic culture of the world's favorite new social network.

Returning to China’s Walled Garden

China’s tightening control over its internet is narrowing the divide between online and offline identity.

Mao Zedong's Lesson for Trump's America

Beware of leaders willing to set their own country on fire.

Darwin's Notebooks Stolen From Cambridge University

Library staff believed manuscripts were ‘mis-shelved’ in 2000 but now think theft likely

Fresh: Harper's Index December

Hypothetical median income of full-time U.S. workers if income were distributed as evenly as it was in 1975

In Fallout Over Polls, 'Margin of Error' Gets New Scrutiny

Polling experts are questioning whether the margin of error is a useful metric, with some saying it should be banished.

Obama’s (Not So) Promising Land [Op.]

I took a look at Obama’s new memoir and found the man in the middle, who promised hope but chose pragmatism.

Four Reasons the Stay-At-Home Economy Is Here to Stay

Even after a Covid-19 vaccine, changes to how we shop, dine, work out and entertain ourselves are likely to endure.

The Age of the Middle Class Is Over

Rising inequality, and widespread celibacy — the new medieval age awaits

John Fetterman, National Hero

John Fetterman has become a symbol of Pennsylvania’s resistance to Trump’s anti-democratic moves, writes Richard Hall

China Pushes for QR Code Based Global Travel System

QR codes - bar codes that can be read by mobile phones - have been used in China during the pandemic.

What the U.S. Election Meltdown Looks Like to Other Countries

Observers with a view from abroad tell us how dysfunctional the U.S. political system looks to everyone else.

Taiwan Protesters March Against US Pork Imports

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei in Taiwan.

The Guardian: 20 Photographs of the Week

The aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Rudy Giuliani at that press conference, the continuing conflict in Idlib and the enduring impact of Covid-19: the most striking images from...

Why the Race to Find Covid-19 Vaccines Is Far From Over

Despite the promising news from Pfizer and Moderna, other efforts – which may be even more effective – continue around the world

Photo Journalist Andrew Skowron: Disturbing Animal Cruelty

How Steve Bannon and a Chinese Billionaire Created a Right-Wing Coronavirus Media Sensation

Increasingly allied, the American far right and members of the Chinese diaspora tapped into social media to give a Hong Kong researcher a vast audience for peddling unsubstantiated pandemic claims.

How Can Society Thrive Post-Pandemic?

As society looks to rebound from Covid-19, the ideas and resources we need to cope and succeed will look different than before.

What Does Democracy Mean in the 21st Century?

Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursać “They ate, they drank, behind they left nothing for us.” –Roma fairy tale * The Slovenian pop group Zaklonišče prepeva [Air-Raid Shelter Singing] recorded the song …

Twitter Will Hand @POTUS to Biden on Inauguration Day, Even if Trump Doesn’t Concede

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

Inside the UK’s Illegal Rave Scene, Flourishing in Lockdown

Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

As the country heads into a dangerous new phase of the pandemic, the government’s management of the P.P.E. crisis has left the private sector still straining to meet anticipated demand.

The President's Daily Brief and Presidents-Elect: A Primer

Why isn't the intelligence community sharing the President's Daily Brief with Biden?

Cruise Ship 2.0: Setting Sail Into the New Normal

Drugs for the People

What many people who head out to fill a prescription at their local pharmacy might not realize is how much their treatment depends these days on events in India and China.

How America's Global Image Has Peaked and Waned Through History

America has proudly clung to its pioneer identity, which for a long time provided a unique spirit of hope to the world. But—is that now holding it back?

YouGov Voter Fraud Survey

We asked our YouGov Chat users to dig deeper and tell us how much fraud they think occurred in the election – and why. You can join the conversation here.

Investigated: Suicide Solution Forum

How much is the site to blame?

Rape, Abuses in Palm Oil Fields Linked to Top Beauty Brands

Photos Binsar Bakkara | Text Margie Mason and Robin McDowell

Will Davos Become the Next COVID Casualty?

Swapping Swiss Alps soirees for virtual “greenrooms” presents a serious challenge to the World Economic Forum, as it tries to keep its power broker members—and the media—from jumping ship. Still,...

Boeing Played Russian Roulette With People’s Lives

After being grounded for more than a year and a half, Boeing’s 737 Max has been cleared to fly once again. Boeing insists it has learned hard lessons from two deadly crashes - but families of...

Beirut Port Explosion Forensic Report

The explosions that ripped through the port of Beirut in 2020 devastated the city, leaving as many as 300,000 homeless. Following calls by city residents and survivors for an independent...