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Corona testing priorities

Covid-19 has generated many urban myths. One very apt one is about the health minister of a certain third world country who was asked why his country didn’t have any…

New world disorder

After the demise of the Soviet Union and the US intervention that crushed Saddam Hussein’s attack on Kuwait in 1991, President George H W Bush pronounced a new world order.…

Our attention problem

We live in strange times. Not very long ago, corruption, and the need to recover money whisked away overseas, was the focal theme of government. We heard endless stories about…

Learning from Ratodero

A year ago, Pakistan was put under the international spotlight because of the HIV outbreak in Ratodero, Larkana in Sindh that infected over =a thousand children under 15 years of…

Our food system

At its best, each day lately is full of some degree of uncertainty. Stay-at-home orders. Lockdowns. Economic plunges. None of this is normal. Yet, it oddly shares commonality with a…

Women in power

The role of female leaders during the pandemic has received a great deal of attention in the global media. The prime minister of New Zealand has received the most praise…

Pushing forward

Covid-19 has set the US economy on fire. More than 30.3 million unemployment insurance claims were made over the last six weeks – the equivalent of roughly 19 percent of…

The US-China row

It seemed that tempers were cooling down when the US and China agreed to suspend their trade war in early January 2020. Suddenly the world scenario changed and the trading…

Private schools and you

Much applause and many complaints are on display for the government’s response to Covid-19 thus far. This is to be expected. But an area that is not being focused on…