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In The Coronavirus Era, The Force Is Still With Jack Dorsey

For the past four and a half years, Jack Dorsey has been living his best life. While the 43-year-old multibillionaire is one of the only CEOs on the S&P 500 who oversees two public companies, Twitter and Square, with more than 8,000 employees, and is an angel investor or adviser to start-ups, until coronavirus recently obliterated the global economy, he might have been one of the least stressed-out people in America.

Read Here – Vanity Fair

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Will The IMF Pass The Pandemic Stress Test?

The novel coronavirus plunged emerging markets into crisis. As investors rushed to safety, major emerging economies lost more than $100 billion in foreign currency reserves in the month of March alone. Trade flows shrank. New capital inflows dried up. In many ways, the pandemic has been harder on emerging economies than the 2008 global financial crisis.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Yes, Blame WHO For Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response

From its founding in 1948 until the first decade of this century, WHO was mainly known for defeating smallpox, fighting polio and tuberculosis, and providing support to poor countries that lacked sufficient health infrastructure. However, under the leadership of Margaret Chan, appointed director-general in 2006, and her successor since 2017, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO has bounced from scandal to scandal.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

WHO Warns That First Wave Of Pandemic Not Over, Dampens Hopes

As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still in the very middle of the outbreak, dampening hopes for a speedy global economic rebound and renewed international travel. “Right now, we’re not in the second wave. We’re right in the middle of the first wave globally,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s executive director.

Read Here – APNews

What Real Wars Do (And Don’t) Teach Us About The Economic Impact Of The Pandemic

The past is not prologue, and the comparisons to war have limits and detractors. Still, wartime analogies can be useful for an understanding of the potential economic consequences of this crisis. Wars last longer than downturns, and the economic cycle in which we suddenly find ourselves is unlike any peacetime cycle we have experienced in the past half century—including during the Vietnam War and in the aftermath of 9/11.

Read Here – McKinsey

China Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Had Chinese President Xi Jinping’s communist regime been wise, it would have sought to repair the pandemic-inflicted damage to China’s image by showing empathy and compassion to other countries. Instead, China has acted in ways that undermine its long-term interests.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

How Pandemics End

According to historians, pandemics typically have two types of endings: the medical, which occurs when the incidence and death rates plummet, and the social, when the epidemic of fear about the disease wanes…In other words, an end can occur not because a disease has been vanquished but because people grow tired of panic mode and learn to live with a disease.

Read Here – The New York Times

China Supports Investigation Of WHO And Coronavirus Pandemic

Member states of the World Health Organisation, including China, backed a call on Tuesday for an independent investigation into  the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 318,000 people around the world. The resolution, which was drafted and promoted by the European Union but did not identify any country by name, called for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the pandemic, including the actions of the WHO.

In The Post-Pandemic Cold War, America Is Losing Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the world’s eyes to the true nature of the Chinese regime, countless articles have told us in recent weeks. And perhaps they are right. But in Europe, it is the U.S. response to the virus, even more so than China’s, that is deeply unsettling politicians and the wider public.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Can India Stay Focused As China, US Set To Clash At World Health Assembly?

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With China and the United States locked in conflict, tensions running high between Beijing and Taipei, and calls growing for an inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic, India is set for a baptism of fire as it takes up a new leadership role at the World Health Organisation (WHO) this week.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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