Deal of the century doomed for ‘bigly’ failure

By Rashi Seth BOLOGNA, Italy -- A tawdry deal has been made yet again regarding the livelihood of Palestinians, in their absence, ignoring their rights -- but deciding their future.  As with the 1917 Balfour Declaration and UN Security Council resolution 242 to end the Six-Day War of 1967, the U.S. is determining the disposition…

疫情爆发前后小记 A story of a 湖北人 during the coronavirus outbreak

By Xie Sijie NANJING, China — On January 20th I headed home from Nanjing. Looking back on the scene at that time, as I made my transfer at the Wuhan train station, I felt a little scared. There was almost no distance between people making their way through the vast Hankou station during the travel…

Supreme Court allows a “Wealth Test” for green card holders

By Gerhard Ottehenning March 5, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. — In August the Trump Administration announced revisions to a rule impacting immigrants dependent upon government welfare. Before the change could be enacted, a federal district court in New York blocked its implementation- at the Trump Administration’s request - drawing in the Supreme Court, which issued an…

Life on Zoom

By Zoe Mize BOLOGNA - If you’re a SAIS Europe student, scrolling through your friends’ month-old Instagram stories may induce déjà vu. Story after story show near-identical screenshots of Zoom classrooms. After the rapid increase of Coronavirus cases in Italy, many students chose to return home, where time stamped Instagram posts (and crying gifs) documented…

Update from Wuhan, with love: COVID-19’s path to becoming a pandemic

By Danny Brooks NANJING, China — On December 30, 2020, 34-year-old Ophthalmologist Dr. Li Wenliang shared a chilling discovery in a WeChat group of fellow alumni from his medical school: a cluster of seven pneumonia patients associated with a live-animal market in Wuhan had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and quarantined in his hospital.…

Chinese Ethnic Russians on the Sino-Russian border

By Hu Xiaojia NANJING, China — In a village aptly named 边疆俄罗斯民族村, or the Border Village of Ethnic Russians, located in Xunke County, Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, approximately 30% of the 1,084 residents are Chinese ethnic Russians. Ethnic Russians living within China’s borders are counted among the 55 Chinese ethnic minorities formally acknowledged by the…

Can small businesses survive COVID-19? COVID-19 病毒对小型企业的影响与政府政策的回应

By Michael Xiaochen Zhang 张笑尘 NANJING, China —According to reporting from the New York Times, China’s 80 million household businesses employ over 200 million people. Furthermore, small and medium-size businesses make up over half the country’s economic output. On the other side of the Pacific, according to JP Morgan Chase, “Over 99 percent of America’s 28.7…

Religious discrimination of Africans in Guangzhou

By Natalie Craig March 10, 2020 Sunday English Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral Photo credits: Natalie Craig GUANGZHOU, China — The South China city of Guangzhou is characterized by invisible barriers of racial division and informal segregation. Through interviews and extensive travel between districts across the city, I gathered evidence of strong racial divides between Chinese…