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Time Magazine International Edition

Time Magazine International Edition June 1, 2020

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the next world

MY GRANDFATHER’S LIFE, LIKE THOSE OF SO many of his generation, was shaped by war. He was 11 when World War I broke out in his native Germany and often recounted the lasting effects of that period on his future, beginning with the disruption in his schooling. “Our young and energetic teachers followed the call to the army,” he wrote in a detailed account of his life. “Our education naturally suffered, and I went from an excellent student to a borderline one.” I’ve thought of him frequently these past weeks, watching my own kids—the oldest of them 11 and the youngest named for him—adjust to this strange new reality. The crisis we find ourselves in is of course quite different from the wars he lived through (although I now regret never…

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AUSTRALIA’S EXAMPLE IN “TURNING THE CORNER” [May 11], you failed to mention an ideal country for comparison: Australia. Australia is similar to the U.S. in many ways. However, it will have suffered much less than the U.S. during this pandemic. Why? The big difference is culture. Too many U.S. citizens focus on rights (a right to bear arms; a right to travel and congregate) whereas Australians (similar to the people of South Korea and Taiwan, which both did even better than Australia) focus on obligations (an obligation to isolate when necessary). When the virus arrived, Australian governments quickly cooperated and agreed on what freedoms needed to be temporarily curtailed, and Australians immediately accepted their obligations and thus avoided catastrophe. Robert Salmond,CANBERRA GOVERNORS STEP UP AS I READ “STATE OF Emergence” [May 11], I couldn’t…

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for the record

‘WHAT WILL YOUR ESSENTIAL SERVICE BE?’OPRAH WINFREY, speaking to 2020 graduates in a virtual commencement address on May 15‘The question that I have in my heart and in my spirit is, When is this going to end?’BOBBY RUSH, Congressman who introduced the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, speaking with NPR on May 15; the Illinois Democrat drew a line from Till’s 1955 murder to the February death of African-American jogger Ahmaud Arbery 50,000 Approximate expected attendance at the 2020 Republican National Convention, set to be held in late August in Charlotte, N.C., according to a May 16 press release; Democrats have been weighing options for a possible virtual convention ‘Our people will have the opportunity once and for all to define our future.’WANDA VÁZQUEZ, Puerto Rico governor, announcing on May 16 a nonbinding referendum…

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trump’s war on watchdogs

WHEN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FIRED State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on May 15, it wasn’t the first time he had taken aim at a government watchdog in recent weeks. It wasn’t even the second. Since April, Trump has fired or replaced four inspectors general, part of a broader campaign that rolls back post-Watergate government-accountability measures. In Linick’s case, Trump acted on the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as Pompeo himself later confirmed. But congressional Democrats are questioning the reasons behind that recommendation: they say Linick’s office was in the middle of investigations that involved Pompeo personally. Inspectors general operate independently inside federal agencies to investigate allegations of political interference, wasteful spending and other abuses of power. Not long ago, such allegations would have sent a bolt through the political…

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a covid-19 vaccine shows promise in early study

IN MARCH, THE BIOTECH COMPANY Moderna became one of the first to begin testing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in healthy human volunteers. Now, the company has reported positive results from a small Phase 1 study: Moderna said on May 18 that there are encouraging early signs that the vaccine, which researchers have tested in three different doses, generates antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in levels that are similar to or higher than those seen in the plasma of people who actually recovered from infections. IMMUNE RESPONSE The Phase 1 study was actually designed to measure the safety, not the effectiveness, of the vaccine, but the level of antibodies seen in the participants shows that the vaccine can awaken the body’s immune response to mount a defense against SARS-CoV-2.…

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news ticker

China pledges $2 billion to virus response Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the World Health Organization assembly on May 18 that China would donate $2 billion over two years to fight COVID-19. The Trump Administration, which threatened on the same day to permanently halt U.S. funding for the WHO, called the donation a distraction from China’s early failures. House adopts distance voting The Democratic-controlled House approved a rule change along party lines on May 15 to temporarily allow remote committee work and proxy votes in response to the pandemic. The Republican-controlled Senate already allows remote committee hearings but requires legislators to attend roll-call votes. Genocide suspect arrested A man accused of funding the 1994 Rwandan genocide that left at least 800,000 dead was arrested in Paris on May 16 after more than two decades…