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Time Magazine International Edition June 15, 2020

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3 Min.
behind the cover

For this week’s cover on the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, we turned to artist Titus Kaphar. He wrote the following piece in response to this moment. I cannot sell you this painting, 2020 Icannotsellyouthispainting. In her expression, I see the Black motherswho are unseen, and rendered helpless inthis fury against their babies. As I listlessly wade through another cycleof violence against Black people, I paint a Black mother …eyes closed,furrowed brow,holding the contour of her loss. Is this what it means for us?Are black and lossanalogous colors in America?If Malcolm could not fix it,if Martin could not fix it,if Michael,Sandra,Trayvon,Tamir,Breonna andNow George Floyd …can be murderedand nothing changes …wouldn’t it be foolish to remain hopeful?Must I accept that this is what it means tobe Black in America? Donotaskmeto behopeful. I have given up trying to…

1 Min.
for the record

‘To suggest that there aren’t racial challenges and patterns is for someone to be blind.’TIM SCOTT, the only black Republican U.S. Senator, in a June 1 interview on CBS; a day before, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien denied the existence of systemic racism in the nation’s law enforcement‘The first aim is to break these infection chains throughout the whole population.’PAUL WILMES, spokesperson for Luxembourg’s coronavirus task force, as the country on May 27 initiated a nine-week effort to test every single one of its roughly 625,000 residents, plus cross-border workers, for COVID-19 2,700 Age, in years, of a temple in Israel in which researchers discovered evidence of ancient cannabis use, according to a paper published May 28 $146,000 Sale price of a bottle of vintage cognac from 1762, at an online auction May 28 ‘DONALD…

5 Min.
america’s innovative return to orbit

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT TILL IT’S gone. If you don’t believe that, consider the jubilation in Cape Canaveral at 3:22 p.m. E.T. on May 30, when an American rocket carrying an American crew lifted off from American soil for the first time since 2011, carrying astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station (ISS). The last time there was this kind of U.S. hoopla for a mere flight to low Earth orbit might have been the first time, on Feb. 20, 1962, when John Glenn became the first American to orbit the planet. Orbital flight has become routine, but after the last space shuttle was retired in 2011, the U.S. was reduced to hitching rides on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft at a cool $80 million a seat.…

2 Min.
why peru’s covid-19 problem spiraled—despite a strict lockdown

MANY GOVERNMENTS RESISTED TOUGH social-distancing measures and then saw their countries’ COVID-19 cases explode. In Peru, it’s a different story. The nation entered a strict lockdown on March 15, when it had just 71 confirmed cases—earlier than some European countries. But now this nation of 32 million has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of new infections per day, with more than 4,500 reported daily in the week leading up to June 2. Experts say socioeconomic conditions undermined the quarantine. That’s a bad omen for the rest of Latin America, the new center of the pandemic. LOCKDOWN LIMITS Whatever quarantine rules say, it’s hard for many Peruvians to stay home. Roughly 70% work in the informal employment sector, with little job security and no sick pay. Nearly 44% of…

2 Min.
news ticker

Powerful cyclone hits near Mumbai Cyclone Nisarga made landfall on the coast of India on June 3, with 75 m.p.h. winds and heavy rains forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people to shelters. The cyclone’s eye narrowly missed Mumbai, India’s most densely populated city and home to 20 million people. EPA cuts state ability to block pipelines The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule on June 1 that will limit states’ ability to use the Clean Water Act to review and stop new fossil-fuel infrastructure projects. Oil and gas industry groups lauded the change, while environmental organizations said it illegally undermines the law it modifies. Rain-forest loss increases worldwide Satellite analysis released June 2 by the Global Forest Watch network showed that a soccer-field-size area of tropical rain forest was lost…

3 Min.
what could the u.s. withdrawal actually mean for the who?

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS driven some of the greatest public-health triumphs of the modern era, and throughout its 72-year history, the U.S. has been its biggest sponsor. During the WHO’s latest funding cycle, the U.S. contributed $893 million—15% of the entire budget and more than twice as much as any other country. That has been the norm for decades and put the U.S. at the center of the world’s most important public-health apparatus. Then came President Donald Trump and COVID-19. “I am instructing my Administration to halt funding of the WHO while a review is conducted to assess the WHO’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” Trump said on April 14. In a subsequent letter to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Trump threatened…