Is the world really rising up from poverty? By taking only incomes into account, the answer depends on how you interpret the data. But if you look at other criteria, there’s no denying an improvement in the quality of life.
When looked at from the perspective of two centuries, what seems like a disaster from the point of view of Western industrialized nations may just be a phase in which the rest of the world catches up.
The inability to pinpoint the source of this latest lethal bacteria outbreak is creating widespread panic. But we mustn’t let fear cloud our capacity to scientifically assess the nature of the threat and how to best protect ourselves.