Click here to view html version


February 21, 2020
Click here to see html version

The coronavirus outbreak seems to be far from abating in China, where there have been at least 75,000 cases and more than 2200 resulting deaths. South Korea has seen a leap in the last three days to 156 confirmed cases. Travellers are in quarantine in many countries. Nowhere in this globalised world seems entirely safe.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been rolling out a security state and, says prominent Australian journalist Rowan Callick in today’s lead article, promising “a Chinese century of power and affluence.” But, he adds, the epidemic underlines a basic reality: “for all the vast sums spent on security in China, it remains fundamentally elusive for most people.”

Nothing illustrates that more poignantly than the story of Wu Huayan, a young woman who died recently as the result of severe malnutrition from trying to support herself and her mentally ill brother on the equivalent of US$43.50 a month. Nor can we forget the victims of security locked up in re-education camps. Will this epidemic change anything?

On a completely different note, Sophia Martinson offers a virtuous angle on the Tradwife theme


Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,
Post Comments Find Us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
How vulnerable is Xi Jinping over coronavirus?

By Rowan Callick

In today's China, there are few to hold him to account
Read the full article

Science, sex, and suicide

By Randall Otto

Scientific American urges a ban on therapies that may save lives. Why?
Read the full article

Wu Huayan: dying of hunger in a China ‘without poverty’

By Massimo Introvigne

President Xi claimed poverty would disappear by 2020. 2020 has arrived and here is a young student who died of malnutrition.
Read the full article

The hidden scourge of modern slavery

By Joseph Zanga

Even in the United States, thousands of women and girls are working as sex slaves
Read the full article

Is South Korea’s population peak upon us?

By Marcus Roberts

Statistics Korea is starting to think so
Read the full article

The Tradwife movement reminds us of the virtue of service in marriage

By Sophia Martinson

And that is anything but regressive
Read the full article

The world’s major economies are being hit hard by demographic change

By Shannon Roberts

From China to Europe, they may grow old before they grow richer 
Read the full article

MERCATORNET | New Media Foundation
Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George Street, North Strathfied NSW 2137, Australia

Designed by elleston