Asian century began in May 2020 – Asia Times

Asian economic recovery is consistent with success in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore have Covid-19 death rates a tenth of Germany’s and a hundredth of the rate in the US, UK, France or Spain. Asia’s short-term surge followed its success in disease prevention. But the long-term driver [...]

When it comes to coronavirus response, superpowers may need to study smaller nations – The Washington Post

... smaller countries have gained newfound recognition as the world takes note of their early, and still tentative, successes. Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, put it this way: The largest and most powerful nations will need to study what went right among smaller and less powerful ones. “I’d like [...]

Why conspiracy theories are dangerous – Asia Times

Conspiracy theories offer an easily digestible worldview that helps to make sense of our perplexing circumstances. But they are destructive and antithetical to constructive political organizing. Imagine if the energy wasted on believing that “9/11 was an inside job” had instead been poured into fixing American foreign policy in the Middle East. Claiming that the [...]

Importance of Institutional Power: Taiwan’s Response to Covid Case Study

Why are some nation-states able to handle situations of crisis better than others? The answer lies in the Institutional Power capabilities which successful nation-states create over time. In this presentation we develop a theory of Institutional Power and apply it to Taiwan's response in containing the Covid pandemic. A comprehensive list of news sources related [...]

Graduate Student Discovers One of World’s Oldest Swords in Mislabeled Monastery Display | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Italian archaeologist Vittoria Dall’Armellina stumbled upon the blade in a monastery-turned-museum during her tenure as a graduate student at Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University in 2017. Billed in its display as medieval—perhaps several hundred years old at most—the sword struck Dall’Armellina, an expert in Bronze Age artifacts, as something far more ancient. — Read on http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graduate-student-discovers-one-worlds-oldest-swords-mislabeled-monastery-display-180974420/

The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming – Issue 83: Intelligence – Nautilus

Dennis Carroll doesn’t mean to sound callous when he says the coronavirus outbreak was predictable. And he doesn’t. He sounds sympathetic to people frightened by the outbreak. He has been an eyewitness to people around the world suffering from similar viruses. Most of all, Carroll sounds authoritative. For decades, Carroll has been a leading voice [...]

Barbara Neely, Activist Turned Mystery Writer, Dies at 78 – The New York Times

Ms. Neely’s family announced her death through her publisher, Brash Books, without providing further details, except to say that she had been ill for a short time. Ms. Neely was not the first black female mystery writer. Nor was Blanche White the first fictional black sleuth. But Blanche was probably the first fictional black maid [...]

Eurasia Daily Monitor — Volume 17, Issue 30

*Moscow balks at Iranian interest in developing new east–west canal across North Caucasus *Azerbaijan, Italy boost economic, military, political ties *Ukrainian Security Service uncovers another bot farm operation supported by Russian intelligence — Read on mailchi.mp/jamestown.org/eurasia-daily-monitor-volume-17-issue-30