Top-down or bottom-up to battle COVID-19?

Top-down or bottom-up to battle COVID-19? Many pundits have speculated that authoritarian regimes have an edge in dealing with a pandemic like COVID-19.  Around the world, however, a handful of smaller democratic governments have done well in combatting the virus and...

Volunteers Battling Covid South of the Border

Volunteers Battling Covid South of the Border Despite tough headlines, let’s visit some volunteers making a difference “south of the border.” First, let us fly to beautiful Medellín, Colombia, the land of “eternal spring,” nestled in the Andean mountains, served by...

Covid Waves from South of the Border

Covid Waves from South of the Border When I lived in Copacabana, I often jogged through the surf and dove under the Atlantic’s rolling waves. Afterwards, I’d join “beach friends” for an impromptu volleyball. A cool cerveja was our just reward. Today, Rio’s famous...

YET AGAIN, INDIA DELAYS U.S. TARIFF RETALIATION AT THE LAST MINUTE

YET AGAIN, INDIA DELAYS U.S. TARIFF RETALIATION AT THE LAST MINUTE Retaliation would have affected Washington apples. New date is May 16. In June India was one of seven countries and the EU to announce retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports in response to new US...

ONCE AGAIN, THE LARGEST ELECTION IN HUMAN HISTORY

ONCE AGAIN, THE LARGEST ELECTION IN HUMAN HISTORY 900 million Indians, including 84 million who weren’t yet old enough to vote in the last election in 2014, are eligible. The elections are all electronic, with a paper trail. A typical turnout means more than 600...