COVID-19 Update: USA

cc Flickr National Guard, modified, Lt. Col. Dwight Harley, of the 119th Medical Group, takes a swab sample from an asymptomatic Fargo police officer who is volunteering to take a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of the FaroDome, N.D., April 25, 2020. He is wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe while he works and help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus while testing people as they drive through the mass testing process in their vehicles. He is just one of the many N.D. National Guard members partnering with the N.D. Department of Health and other civilian agencies in support of the whole community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Asymptomatic first responders are among the people being tested to learn more about the Coronavirus. The healthy first responders are participating the community effort to test the mass testing process for future testing. Approximately 1,000 people were tested in the seven-hour testing event on April 25, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by CMSgt David H. Lipp),

With around 3 million total cases and 130,000 deaths, the United States is now home to the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the world.

The Geopolitical Implications of Israel’s West Bank Annexation Plan

cc Flickr Terrazzo, modified,

A geopolitical reading suggests that annexation is only a matter of time.

A Fully-Automated Economy Should Not Be the Goal

cc Flickr Tesla Autobots, Steve Jurvetson, modified,

Hard as it is to defy the drum beat of technological progress, pervasive automation may represent some hidden costs that we’re unwilling to pay.

Brazil’s Tale of Two Epidemics: Zika & COVID-19

cc Flickr Palácio do Planalto, modified, 20/03/2020 Coletiva de Imprensa do Presidente da República, Jai,

One brought an exemplary response, the other an unmitigated disaster.

Post-Pandemic Supply Chains: Production Alternatives to China

MaerskShip, cc Flickr Jnzl's Photos, modified,

Three countries to watch in the likely event that the trade diversification trend accelerates following the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Bailouts & US Debt

The US federal debt has more than doubled since this photograph of the debt clock was taken in 2009. cc Flickr Nick Webb, modified,

COVID-19 bailouts have pushed US federal spending to dangerous levels, and this with the pandemic still raging in a long list of US states.

COVID-19 Corruption Risk Spikes amid Global Procurement Race

cc Flickr Oregon National Guard,, modified,

Graft risks are mounting as governments around the world forgo purchasing rules to stock up on vital equipment.

COVID-19 Update: Russia

Vladimir Putin examined a hospital in the Moscow village of Kommunarka for patients with suspected coronavirus infection., cc Пресс-служба Президента России,, modified,

Now home to one of the worse COVID-19 outbreaks in the world, Russia is still playing catch-up after early missteps in containing the pandemic.

Middle Powers in Great Power Rivalries: The Case of the Philippines

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Conducts Flight Operations during RIMPAC 2016

Examining the Philippines’ role as a middle power amidst growing US-China competition.

Civil Unrest Engulfs the United States, Again

cc Flickr Ted Eytan, modified,

A few takeaways from the protests currently sweeping the United States.

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