Exclusive: best analysis to date indicates significant increases in infections, hospital admissions and death There is “compelling” evidence that air pollution significantly increases coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and deaths, according to the most detailed and comprehensive analysis to date. The research indicates that a small, single-unit increase in people’s ... Read More »
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Lebanon’s economic crisis threatens to destroy its middle class
It was after 9pm when the three men, two carrying guns, arrived at Hussein’s door. He had lost his job two months earlier and owed $1,400 for two months’ rent on his home in south Beirut. The strangers had a message: Hussein’s landlord wanted him out. A former warehouse keeper, ... Read More »
Reinforcement Learning: The Next Big Thing For AI (Artificial Intelligence)?
When it comes to AI, much of the attention has been on deep learning. And for good reason. This part of the AI world has seen great strides, such as with image recognition. But of course, there are other areas of AI that look promising, such as reinforcement learning. Keep in mind that ... Read More »
The first wave of Covid-19 is not over – but how might a second look?
The pandemic’s future will be decided by human action and several unanswered questions about the nature of the virus Restaurants are opening, parks are full and people are getting back to work: parts of Europe, Asia and much of the Middle East are enjoying the benefits of flattened coronavirus curves. ... Read More »
The Death of Lebanon’s Middle Class
A country with a proud history of trade and commerce is starting to crumble into permanent poverty. TRIPOLI, Lebanon—In the second-biggest city in Lebanon, activists are on a mission. They are scouting Tripoli’s middle-class neighborhoods, lined with well-kept apartment buildings and designer boutiques, for families who desperately need help but are too ... Read More »
Lebanon’s cash crisis hits Eid: ‘There is nothing to celebrate this year’
Soaring prices have left basic goods outside the reach of more than half of country’s population For more than a decade, Ahmad Hussein would spend the last few days of Ramadan assembling arrays of sweets in his shop in south Beirut, preparing for the bonanza to follow. Eid al-Fitr, the ... Read More »
Lebanese prime minister: The coronavirus is pushing Lebanon toward a major food crisis
Hassan Diab is the prime minister of Lebanon. Once the breadbasket of the Eastern Mediterranean, Lebanon is facing a dramatic challenge that seemed unimaginable a decade ago: the risk of a major food crisis. A few weeks ago, Lebanon witnessed its first “hunger protests.” Many Lebanese have already stopped buying ... Read More »
Patterns of pain: what Covid-19 can teach us about how to be human
We can expect psychological difficulties to follow as we come out of lockdown. But we have an opportunity to remake our relationship with our bodies, and the social body we belong to When lockdown started, I was confused by bodies on television. Why weren’t they socially distancing? Didn’t they know ... Read More »
Lebanon is in a big mess. But on coronavirus, it’s doing something right.
On Feb. 21, Lebanon reported its first coronavirus infection. Eight days later, the schools were closed, followed quickly by bars, restaurants and the airport. By the time the government declared a total lockdown on March 15, the entire country had already shut down, in a state of self-induced panic as ... Read More »
Coronavirus: who will be winners and losers in new world order?
Are state responses to the virus shifting the balance of power between China and the west? Andrà tutto bene, the Italians have taught us to think, but in truth, will everything be better the day after? It may seem premature, in the midst of what Emmanuel Macron has described as ... Read More »