Yara Bayoumy"One easily overlooked reason is the human brain’s basic tendency toward optimism, even when the facts suggest we should be worried." @olgakhazan at why Americans didn't see the pandemic coming
The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken.
Yara Bayoumy"Russia, Taiwan, and the United Nations sent humanitarian aid to the world’s richest power—a beggar nation in utter chaos." George Packer on how Americans find themselves citizens of a failed state.
It might seem like the Pentagon can act as some sort of savior in confronting the coronavirus, but that’s unlikely.
Yara Bayoumy"What this crisis has revealed isn’t that the American armed forces need to get better at combatting pandemics. It’s that the American response to the virus has been crippled by the fact that its spending priorities are all out of whack."
Even as it’s called upon to aid the coronavirus response across the country, the military is struggling to contain the disease among its own personnel.
Yara Bayoumy"The nature of the virus strikes right at the core of its [the military's] culture and ethos. The whole point of a military is to mass together to destroy an enemy." @kgilsinan on the military's vulnerabilities fighting COVID-19
The West has long stigmatized mask-wearing, unlike in many Asian countries, where those who don’t wear masks during public-health crises are the ones who are stigmatized.
Yara BayoumyThe West has long stigmatized mask-wearing, unlike in many Asian countries, where those who don’t wear masks during public-health crises are the ones who are stigmatized. @UriLF reports
For decades other countries were shaped by the traumas of disease outbreaks while the United States remained largely untouched. No longer.
Yara BayoumyWhen the US has come under attack "we responded by fighting the enemy over there so we would not have to fight it back here. When it comes to national-security threats, here has long been a refuge, a fortress." No longer. Brilliant piece by @UriLF
The heir to the British throne getting the coronavirus will make this outbreak seem real to many people.
Yara Bayoumy"The news that Prince Charles has the coronavirus broke through the encroaching sense of fatigue. And the more names and faces we can put to this pandemic, the better chance we have of fighting it." @helenlewis on the Royal face of the pandemic
Larry Nicholson once led 20,000 troops in Afghanistan; now he’s making sure you don’t run out of food during the coronavirus crisis.
Yara BayoumyLarry Nicholson once led 20,000 troops in Afghanistan; now he’s making sure you don’t run out of food in the pandemic. An intriguing conversation with @kgilsinan on the battlefield vs grocery store parallels (including toilet-paper shortages)
The imprint SARS has left on the city speaks to the legacy the novel coronavirus may well leave on much of the world.
Yara BayoumyWhen COVID-19 first emerged in China, "Hong Kong residents, almost out of instinct, began taking measures that health experts credit with helping stave off the explosion of infections seen elsewhere." @TMclaughlin3 on SARS's legacy in Hong Kong
The presidential candidate wants to redefine American power.
Yara BayoumySanders would aim to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria by end of first term & it's not out of the question that troops be reduced in Japan, South Korea, and Germany. @UriLF makes sense of Bernie's military doctrine brilliantly