August 12, 2020
Beirut Blast Blowback; App Ambitions at Risk; Preventing Another Hiroshima, Global Leadership Falters; Virus Deepens Disparities; and Natural and Unnatural Disasters
Quote of the Week
"One of the many examples of corruption exploded in the port of Beirut, and the calamity befell Lebanon; but corruption cases are widespread in the country's political and administrative landscape; other calamities hiding in many minds and warehouses, and which pose a great threat, are protected by the class that controls the fate of the country."

-- Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, in his August 10 resignation speech following the deadly explosion in Beirut and widespread protests.
Beirut Blast Blowback
Lebanon's Prime Minister Resigns, Citing an 'Earthquake' of Upheaval After Explosion" Gabriela Saldivia; Ruth Sherlock; Nada Homsi -- NPR, August 10, 2020 

For Lebanon, the Only Way Out Is Either Revolution or Reform" Nabeel Khoury -- Atlantic Council, August 10, 2020 

Lebanon’s Tragedy Is All Too Familiar” Benjamin Wittes -- The Atlantic, August 11, 2020 

Lebanon’s Power Struggle - Why a Failing State Can’t Get the Lights On" Tom Perry and Ellen Francis -- Reuters, August 10, 2020 
App Ambitions at Risk
China’s Days as World’s Factory Are Over, iPhone Maker Says” Debby Wu -- Bloomberg, August 12, 2020

What Is WeChat and Why Does Donald Trump Want to Ban the Chinese App?" Anuj Bhatia -- The Indian Express, August 10, 2020

TikTok Is Inane. China’s Imperial Ambition Is Not.” Niall Ferguson -- Bloomberg, August 9, 2020

"Tech Crisis With China” James Lewis -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 7, 2020

Huawei: China’s Controversial Tech Giant” Lindsay Maizland and Andrew Chatzky -- Council on Foreign Relations, August 6, 2020
Preventing Another Hiroshima
Don’t Let the Victors Define Morality - Hiroshima Was Always Indefensible” Kenan Malik -- The Guardian, August 9, 2020

Nagasaki Urges Nuke Ban on 75th Anniversary of U.S. A-Bombing" Mari Yamaguchi -- Associated Press, August 8, 2020

How to Achieve Nuclear Disarmament, According to Two Pan-African Giants” Joelien Pretorius -- The National Interest, August 10, 2020
Global Leadership Falters
The Insane Stress on Our Political Leaders Right Now Can't Go On” Jenna Price -- The Sydney Morning Herald, August 11, 2020 

Turning a Blind Eye Internationally Will Cost Us” John McLaughlin -- Ozy, August 7, 2020 
 
Europe Must Stand Up for Belarus” Benjamin Haddad and Ben Judah -- Foreign Policy, August 7, 2020 
Virus Deepens Disparities
One Disease. Two Brazils." Terrence McCoy and Heloísa Traiano -- The Washington Post, August 10, 2020


COVID-19 Is Widening the Education Gap. This Is How We Can Stop It" Priyanka Jaisinghani -- World Economic Forum, August 10, 2020

Many Around the World Were Pessimistic About Inequality Even Before Pandemic" Kat Devlin and J.J. Moncus -- Pew Research Center, August 6, 2020
Natural and Unnatural Disasters
Hurricane, Fire, COVID-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change" Christopher Flavelle and Henry Fountain -- New York Times, August 4, 2020