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covid-19: a Pandemic, Not Just a Flu

“CRACKS APPEARING IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY…AS CORONAVIRUS TERRORIZES THE WORLD” That grim headline is the opening of a program March 25 moderated by the Voice of America’s Greta van Susteren.  That half hour weekly Wednesday panel is entitled Plugged In.  Ms. van Susteren samples experts’ up-to-the minute assessments of global health crisis endangering millions of…

Coronavirus, Communication, and Credibility

“Churchillian.”  That’s a word being used to describe the St. Patrick’s Day Ministerial Broadcast – what Americans would call an address to the nation – by Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Leo Varadkar on the coronavirus.  “This is the calm before the storm – before the surge,” he told Ireland’s people. The speech is worth…

Afghanistan at a Crossroads

On Leap Year Day, the United States and Taliban signed an agreement in Qatar that sought to end the nearly 19-year-old Afghan civil war. Under the agreement, Afghan parties to the conflict would: Agree on a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing in postwar Afghanistan Begin negotiations March 10 (Tuesday of this week). In the preparation for…

China Fighting Virus … and Viral Speech

As of February 17 the Coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, had killed 1,868 people in the Peoples Republic, according to the PRC National Health Commission. Chinese state television reported that Liu Zhiming, the director of the Wuhan hospital specifically assigned to deal with Corona, has succumbed to the virus, the seventh health worker there to…