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Time Magazine International March 16, 2020

Time Magazine International Edition is the go-to news magazine for what is happening around the globe. You can rely on TIME's award winning journalists for analysis and insight into the latest developments in politics, business, health, science, society and entertainment.

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Meredith Corporation
44 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
women of influence

JUDITH HEUMANN KNEW WHAT IT MEANT TO BE SEEN. IN 1977, after regulations for the first federal disability-rights law stalled, Heumann, an activist and wheelchair user, organized a sit-in, crowding more than 100 disabled protesters into a San Francisco federal building. “We demonstrated to the entire nation that disabled people could take control over our own lives,” she said. A month later, the regulations were signed, ushering in a new era of accessibility for millions of Americans. Heumann’s stirring story is just one example of the 100 in this issue. Also featured are chemist Rosalind Franklin, whose role in identifying the structure of DNA was overlooked in favor of her male colleagues, and environmental activist Wangari Maathai, who spent International Women’s Day in 2001 in jail for planting trees. Inspired by…

5 min.

DOCUMENTING THE PROCESS EACH GENERATION INHERITS A HISTORY, FOCUSED through the lens of those who came before it—but time tends to reveal a greater depth of field. In the words of Edith P. Mayo, a curator emeritus at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, “When you’re invisible, people assume that you’ve done nothing.” I was born in Tel Aviv, in a country where God-worshipping men wake at dawn to say their morning Tefillah, or prayer. Among meditations of thankfulness for gifts like sight and freedom, they thank the ruler of their universe for one more thing: not making them a woman. As a daughter of secular parents, I asked why. An Orthodox rabbi might say, Because a man’s role in the world is celebrated while a woman’s role is only acknowledged behind…

1 min.
for the record

‘I kind of dominated the match if I’m being honest.’HEAVEN FITCH, high school wrestler, who on Feb. 22 became the first girl to win an individual North Carolina state championship in the sport, after beating seven boys in her bracket‘Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were O.K. were never O.K.’CHRIS MATTHEWS, political commentator, announcing his abrupt retirement from MSNBC’s Hardball on March 2; he was accused of making inappropriate comments to women who appeared on his show $208 MILLION FCC fines potentially facing U.S. wireless carriers for secretly selling customers’ location data, the agency announced on Feb. 28 ‘DO NOT DEPORT YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR PROBLEMS.’JACINDA ARDERN, New Zealand Prime Minister, in a Feb. 28 joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison,…

9 min.
as coronavirus spreads, so do questions

THOUGH IT MAY FEEL AS IF WE’VE BEEN living with COVID-19 for a lifetime, that’s partly because things are moving so fast. It took about a week from when the World Health Organization (WHO) received reports of a novel coronavirus for Chinese scientists to sequence its genetic blueprint and just weeks more for labs to develop a test that could accurately identify it. Yet scientists are still scrambling for basic information that will be key to designing an effective public-health plan—including how fast the virus spreads and how often infections are deadly. Here’s some of what we know so far. How is COVID-19 actually transmitted—and how can I protect myself? First, definitions: a coronavirus is called novel because it’s new and the human body has no immunity to it. SARS-CoV-2 is the…

3 min.
the time for containment is over

THERE COMES A POINT IN the unfolding of every epidemic when public-health officials acknowledge that despite their best efforts, an invisible microbial foe has managed to outwit them. That time has come. As cases of COVID-19 began to wane in early March in China, there was a surge in new infections around the globe, from Iran to Italy, South Korea to the U.S. Deaths also rose—the U.S. recorded its first coronavirus-related mortalities—and health officials warned that the disease has “pandemic potential.” There are now more than 80,000 cases of COVID-19 infection in mainland China and nearly 13,000 outside the country, with the latter tally growing daily. When the Chinese government took the unprecedented steps of quarantining first the city of Wuhan, where COVID-19 emerged, and then 60 million people living in the…

7 min.
the party comes to biden

ON THE BIGGEST DAY OF VOTING IN THE 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden’s presidential hopes came roaring back to life. “They don’t call it Super Tuesday for nothing!” Biden exulted as he rallied supporters in Los Angeles on the evening of March 3, flanked by his wife and sister. “People are talking about a revolution? We started a movement!” It was a not-so-subtle jab at Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-styled revolutionary who looked like he was on his way to the nomination before everything turned topsy-turvy. The Super Tuesday voting in 14 states, which awarded about one-third of the total delegates in the Democratic primary, capped a whirlwind few days that reordered the campaign and catapulted Biden to the front of the pack. Biden’s resurrection sets up a fight for the…