Has the coronavirus become an epidemic?

Will the US be more active in Venezuela after Juan Guaido attended the State of the Union as a guest of Trump?

The answer is: not really. Guaido was dissed, didn't meet with President Trump in Miami, could have a one on one. That looked really bad. The fact that he's at the State of the Union means that he's not in disgrace in the US, but he's lost a lot of influence in Venezuela. His popularity is about 50 percent of what it was, opposition getting divided. And Bolton, of course, is near the top of Trump's crap list. He was the guy that was driving a more assertive policy. Romney's probably on top of that list, right now though.


What's the coronavirus update? Is it a pandemic?

Clearly getting worse. Impact on the Chinese economy is growing. The fact that we don't trust the data and the quarantine continues to expand. Plus, most importantly, China's economy is so much greater. Majority of global growth comes from China as the second largest economy in the world. Vastly different than when we had the SARS pandemic. Which means impact on the global economy: potentially half a point, maybe even a point of global growth. Could be the thing that knocks us into a global recession. I really hope not.

What's the story in Lesotho?

Well, the prime minister's wife apparently killed his ex-wife, who was first lady. They were getting divorced, but she didn't want a divorce, even though they were living separately because she wouldn't be first lady. She'd lose all the resources that came with that. Now, it says that the new first lady killed her. 40 years younger than the actual prime minister, never looks good. You got Lesotho in the news; how do you like that?

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We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."

Why?

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Meet Mark Wetton, a Kentucky-based businessman who owns a dust-collection factory in Wuhan. He has been there since the beginning of the outbreak, and describes the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak there, life in lockdown, and what things are like today as the city finally begins to reopen its borders and come back to life. He also shares some lessons learned that he hopes Americans will heed.

For much of the world, the rapidly expanding coronavirus pandemic is the worst global crisis in generations. Not so for terrorists, traffickers, and militant groups.

Efforts to fight coronavirus are diverting government attention and resources away from militants and gangs, creating huge opportunities, particularly for transnational terrorist groups who thrive in vacuums of security and political power, says Ali Soufan, founder of the Soufan Group, and a leading authority on global terrorist organizations.

ISIS, for example, has recently called on its followers to intensify their jihad against governments in the West and in the Muslim world, particularly in Iraq. (Though they also issued a travel advisory against heading to Europe right now, which we imagined here.) The jihadists of Boko Haram have stepped up strikes againstweak governments in West Africa. And even as Iran grapples with one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the world, its Shia proxies inside Iraq are continuing to attack US bases there as Washington withdraws troops from the country over coronavirus concerns.

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The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.