The Trump administration has done little to help schools reopen in the fall, despite threatening to pull federal money if they don’t.
Meanwhile, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been hotly disputed in Africa. Our latest FP Guide rounds up our best pieces on the issue.
And a dearth of adequate technology in India’s rural areas will severely limit educational opportunities if schools continue online learning.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top weekend reads.
1. America’s Schools Are a Medical and Moral Catastrophe
The White House is pressuring schools across the United States to reopen in the fall but is offering little guidance on how to do so safely, Foreign Policy’s Laurie Garrett writes.
2. In Portland, the Baby Fascists Have Shown Their Face
The use of paramilitary-style federal units against protesters in Portland looks uncomfortably similar to the tactics used by fascist regimes across history, Timothy Snyder writes.
3. The Blue Nile Is Dammed
In our latest FP Guide, Foreign Policy’s Kathryn Salam rounds up our best reads on the controversy surrounding the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
4. Offline and Out of School
The Indian government has said remote learning will continue until at least August, but that could seriously damage the educational prospects of those living in the country’s rural areas, where access to technology is limited, Sarita Santoshini writes.
5. Israel’s Cautionary Coronavirus Tale
Israel had been one of the early success stories in the fight against the coronavirus, but now the country is facing an aggressive resurgence of the virus, and the government has been left scrambling, Joshua Mitnick reports.