Tuesday, March 31, 2020

"Christians Poisoned the Wells!" -- Katherine Stewart, New York Times

A week ago, the New York Times warned against encouraging hatred towards one group of Americans by associating them with the dreaded Covid-19:

"As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the 'Chinese virus,' many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next."

See the source imageThen last Friday, America's "paper of record" changed its mind about scapegoating groups of people over pandemics.  In a piece originally entitled "The Road to Hell was paved by Evangelicals," (the title has now been toned down) Katherine Stewart tried to exploit the present crisis to stir up more proper hatreds: 

"Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown."

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The World Should Thank China! And America Should Apologize!

Here's my translation of an article in China's official news agency, Xinhua ("New China"), that has stirred angry reactions in the United States.

I'll write some commentary on this later.  Certainly there is much to say in response.  One important point: I do not know how much these views represent the thinking of the Chinese leadership.

The original is included below. -- DM

The Truth is, the World Should Thank China

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Covid-19: Why here? Why there?

(Most recent update May 15th.)  

"It only takes a spark to get a fire going."

Fires burn down buildings as well as warm people up.  Right now a fire called Covid-19 is setting nations ablaze.  

Why does this disease break out in one city or nation, while merely simmer in another?   In this article, I discuss fourteen popular theories.