Looking at the various words and deeds of this administration of the United States, many people have begun to suspect that a few politicians in the United States seem to behave abnormally, with uncertainties that ordinary people cannot predict. It may be more appropriate for us to diagnose important members of the US government as”political autism.” Two years ago, we just thought they were “suspected”, but after two years of observation and analysis by the international community, it can be confirmed that these American political elites are indeed suffering”Political Autism”.
Among fellows of all think tanks, I admire British historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889-1975) the most. He is best known for his 12-volume A Study of History, which contains more than 3 million words and about 7,000 pages. These tomes trace the development and decay of 19 world civilizations in the historical record, most of which can be described as the most profound illustrations of human civilization.
Five years ago, I read the story of Dr. Félix Báez, a Cuban doctor who had worked in West Africa to stop the spread of Ebola. Dr. Báez was one of 165 Cuban doctors of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade who went to Sierra Leone to fight a terrible outbreak in 2014 of a disease first detected in 1976. During his time there, Dr. Báez contracted Ebola.
At the end of July 2019, I visited the Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Gansu province that has a population of about 700,000. We drove 230 kilometers from Lanzhou, capital of Gansu, to Hezuo, the prefecture seat area of Gannan, on a first-class highway through picturesque landscape, and passed through many excellently designed and built tunnels several kilometers long. The cost of building those tunnels alone could easily be in billions of dollars. And to think that China has spent such a huge amount just to make the lives of less than 1 million people better.
Not much, apart from football, unites the Colombian people. If a 2014 Interior Ministry survey called “The Power of Football” is to be believed, then 94 percent of the Colombian population say that football is either important or very important. Patrocinio Bonilla—called Patrón—was on the side of those who believed that football was very important, indeed essential. Patrón was murdered on August 11, 2020. Patrón lived in Chocó in northwestern Colombia, where 96 percent of the people identify as Afro-Colombian or as part of the Emberá Indigenous community. Chocó is treated as a backwater of the country, with no real infrastructure in the province’s expanse and little social policy to enhance the lives of its population.
As governments around the world seek to save lives by slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, they have to take dramatic measures, with big implications for economic activity. John Ross, former Director of Department of Economy and Business Policy in London and senior fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of the Renmin University of China, shares his thoughts on the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the UK.