How Silk-Making Represents a More Hidden Side of Georgia’s Past

The sumptuous craft was introduced along the country’s trade routes centuries ago. Even now, links to this delicate tradition still remain. May 11, 2020 1. TBILISI RISES OUT of the steep banks of the Mtkvari, in Georgia, spread wide on either side of the river like hands cupping a bowl — a city of cobblestones, […]Read More

Trump adds another notch in his purge of inspectors general

Like three of the other IGs purged in the past six weeks, Linick’s ouster came late on a Friday. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump expressed his lack of full confidence in the IG. Like those fired others, Linick, a 2013 appointee of President Barack Obama, is being replaced by an appointee who can be counted on not to rock the […]Read More

IMF chief predicts three-year economic hit from coronavirus

Struggling and bankrupt government have long-dreaded IMF conditions on lending, including strict limits on government outlays and privatizing assets, but while Georgieva still urges governments to “spend wisely,” the emphasis is now very much on the spending. “Spend as much as you can, and then spend a bit more for your doctors, for your nurses, […]Read More

WHO and International Olympic Committee team up to improve health

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today signed an agreement to work together to promote health through sport and physical activity. “I am pleased to formalize this longstanding partnership with the International Olympic Committee,” said Dr Tedros Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “WHO works not only to respond to disease […]Read More

My Son Lost His Birthday Party To COVID-19. What Happened

My son’s 11th birthday was March 29th, and as it approached ― deep in the heart of COVID-19 social distancing — I tried to assure him that, though he couldn’t have a party, he could still have a fun day of close-to-home family activities. Our family of five would have a backyard water balloon fight, […]Read More

From ‘Respect’ to ‘Sick and Twisted’: How Coronavirus Hit U.S.-China

“Evil.” “Lunacy.” “Shameless.” “Sick and twisted.” China has hit back at American criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic with an outpouring of vitriol as acrid as anything seen in decades. The bitter recriminations have plunged relations between China and the United States to a nadir, with warnings in both countries that the bad […]Read More

Using Tech to Teach — Smartly

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Many teachers, children and caregivers who have to depend on technology for distance learning these days are miserable. Ben Cogswell, a kindergarten teacher in Salinas, Calif., has nailed it. And he has some advice for the rest […]Read More

‘The Blacklist’ Draws Up a Novel End to Its Season

In mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic shut New York City down, television production came to a sudden halt, sabotaging whole seasons for some shows and postponing season finales for others. But NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which follows James Spader’s Raymond “Red” Reddington as he helps the F.B.I. bring down the world’s most nefarious criminals, soldiered on. […]Read More

The Paralympics Got Postponed. A Retired Champion Got an Idea.

Along with the rest of the world, athletes have had their careers upended by the coronavirus pandemic. They are giving The New York Times an intimate look at their journeys in periodic installments through the rest of the year. Rudy Garcia-Tolson thought he was done. He had been to the Paralympics four times. He had […]Read More

Follow the Silk Road, Book by Book

Compiled by our contributors, a reading list for recreating the ancient trade route from the comfort of home. May 11, 2020 This year, T’s spring Travel issue is devoted to just five stories, each an account of its writer’s journey along a different section of the Silk Road — the ancient network of trade routes […]Read More

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