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England’s Stuart Broad ‘frustrated, angry and gutted’ after being dropped for first test

via The Japan Times    Jul 11, 2020

Stuart Broad serves as the 12th man on the third day of the first test between England and the West Indies on Friday in Southampton, England. | AFP

Stuart Broad sought reassurances about his future in England's cricket team after feeling "frustrated, angry and gutted” about being dropped for the first test against ...

Pregnant and stuck on a ship in the middle of the virus pandemic

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

Two cruise ships sit idle near the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, California, in April. | BLOOMBERG

Like thousands of other seafarers, Karika Neethling wanted to get home as the coronavirus pandemic convulsed the cruise industry in March. Her anxiety grew more ...

Warming shows ‘enormous challenge’ of meeting climate pledge, WMO says

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

Sun shines through steam rising from chimneys of a power plant in Moscow in November. Global temperatures will continue to warm over the next five years, and may even temporarily rise to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Thursday. | REUTERS

Global temperatures will continue to warm over the next five years, and may even temporarily rise to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, ...

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

via The Japan Times    Jul 08, 2020

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson warms up before a game against the   Falcons on Sept. 15, 2019, in Atlanta.  | AP

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend.Jackson initially posted a screenshot of ...

Watch China’s unconventional levers of power in world affairs

By Robert Sutter
- via The Japan Times    Jul 08, 2020

Often overlooked practices form a key part of Beijing's international influence.

SANZAAR head confident of Rugby Championship in 2020

via The Japan Times    Jul 07, 2020

Australia's Michael Hooper (center) avoids a tackle during a Rugby Championship match between Australia and South AFrica on July 20, 2019, in Johannesburg. | REUTERS

The head of southern hemisphere rugby body SANZAAR is confident the Rugby Championship will be played this year despite borders remaining locked amid the continuing ...

On foreign policy, Biden is worse than Trump

By Ted Rall
- via The Japan Times    Jul 07, 2020

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was a supporter of U.S. military interventions while he served as a U.S. senator from 1973 to 2009 and as vice president from 2009 to 2017. | AP

U.S. President Donald Trump is terrible. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is just as bad. In some ways he is worse. You shouldn’t vote ...

Coronavirus pushes U.S. hospitals to the brink as India hits record new cases

via The Japan Times    Jul 06, 2020

A health care worker tends to a patient in the COVID-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on Thursday. Hospital beds are full in parts of Texas, while calls for fresh stay-at-home orders are growing.  | AFP-JIJI

Officials at the epicenter of the worsening coronavirus crisis in the United States warned Sunday that their hospitals were in danger of being overwhelmed by ...

What’s in a name? Princeton University faces its racist past

By Brad Glosserman
- via The Japan Times    Jul 06, 2020

In this April 3, 2016 file photo, Princeton University students walk through an exhibit titled,

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's image as a promoter of democracy and equality is being replaced with that of a stone-cold racist, extreme even for his ...

A more humane post-pandemic social contract

By Koichi Hamada
- via The Japan Times    Jul 06, 2020

A bus driver picks up passengers in New York on June 15. African-American workers reportedly comprise nearly 12 percent of all employees in the United States, but 17 percent of front-line workers. | BLOOMBERG

There's reason to hope that the COVID-19 crisis will catalyze a shift toward more just societies

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