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Hong Kongers, Don’t Idolize the U.K.

During this uncertain and unstable year, I’ve learned not to take Hong Kong’s freedom for granted. Prodemocracy protests consumed the city for months starting in early 2019, but the political climate changed abruptly in the spring, when Beijing passed a wide-ranging security law that many…

HK’s Joshua Wong arrested over 2019 protest

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested on Thursday in relation to a protest at the height of the city’s pro-democracy unrest last year, his lawyer said. The detention of the city’s most high-profile dissident is the latest in a string of arrests of government…

Is This Really the End of Abortion?

Friday was a perfect early-autumn evening in Washington, D.C., less than 50 days away from the election. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, arguably the most powerful anti-abortion group in Washington, had wrapped up her day on Capitol Hill. She and…

Trump Is a Feudal Lord

The Trump administration named New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, “anarchist jurisdictions” on Sunday, threatening to slash federal funding due to protests against police brutality and property damage. The announcement built on an earlier order that accused several cities of “permitting anarchy, violence, and…

Biden Speaks on Mask Mandate and Vaccination

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has laid out his plans for a safe CCP virus vaccine. It includes a national mask mandate. Biden said he will use an executive order to enforce it if it is legal to do so. 0…

The Slow-Fingered President

President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers three times as often about the threat from mail-in ballots as he has urged them to protect themselves from the threat of COVID-19. Since March, when the stay-at-home orders started, he has written a little over a…

The American Government Gave Up on Reality

Alexander Hamilton and his colleagues wrote 85 separate essays to make their case that Americans should take a risk and ratify the 1787 Constitution. Three sentences into the very first of those Federalist Papers, Hamilton made clear that he knew full well the stakes of…

There Won’t Be a Clear End to the Pandemic

(Gueorgui Pinkhassov / Magnum) The pandemic has rendered many activities unsafe, but thankfully it can’t stop us from fantasizing about them. A common balm that people reach for is the sentence construction “When this is over, I’m going to ____.” It seems to help, if…

Ontario Covid-19 Hits Over 300, Second Wave ‘Coming’ Warns Ford

Ontario is amid an upswing in COVID-19 cases that signals the second wave is coming, warned Premier Doug Ford in a press conference today with senior members of his cabinet. The Ontario Ministry of Health confirmed 313 new COVID-19 cases Monday, making it the fourth…

The Evidence Against Mask Mandates

Commentary Starting Monday, Sept. 14, New York will begin issuing $50 fines to people who refuse to wear a mask on subways, buses, and railroads. Despite the fact that 90 percent of public transit customers already wear masks, the executive order issued by Gov. Andrew…

Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his…

Listen: Is Faster Better?

The federal government is telling states to prepare for a vaccine as early as November. But a major trial has been put on hold. On this episode of Social Distance, James Hamblin and Katherine Wells look to staff writer Sarah Zhang for answers—and updates on…

Virus-Infected West Australian Nurse Always Wore Mask, PPE

A West Australian nurse infected with COVID-19 while helping in Victoria’s virus-ravaged aged care sector says she always wore a mask and doesn’t know how she contracted the illness. Renee Freeman, 44, travelled to Melbourne to help but instead became a patient. “I always wore…

College Leaders Should Have Seen This Coming

On August 16, dozens upon dozens of students wrap around the barrier in front of Gallettes, a local haunt in Tuscaloosa. It’s the end of formal sorority recruitment at the University of Alabama. One student smirks; his eyes are covered by sunglasses, but no mask…

Why China is ill-prepared if next Covid wave hits

Mainland China is perhaps the only major country in the world where life has, by and large, moved back to normalcy. Expect full houses when you step into upmarket hotels and cinemas in many Chinese cities, and malls and commercial precincts are also teeming with…

Mask Up and Shut Up

COVID-19 researchers have rightly extolled the virtues of masks, hailed the necessity of ventilation, and praised the salutary nature of outdoor activities. But another behavioral tactic hasn’t received enough attention, in part because it makes itself known by its absence. That tactic is silence. Yes,…

Chadwick Boseman Was Our Superhero

Getty / Arsh Raziuddin / The Atlantic What I’ll always remember about the first time I saw the film Black Panther are the costumes that people wore. It was a chilly night in Washington, D.C., and almost everyone in the theater was Black. Children dressed…

American Theaters Are Back in Business. Sort Of.

The pandemic has suspended moviegoing in the U.S. for so long that it makes sense to bring it back with a work as crude as Unhinged. The first film to get a national release in theaters since mid-March, Derrick Borte’s thriller does not demand much…

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