The pandemic’s toll on schooling emerges in terrible new exam results

The pandemic’s toll on schooling emerges in terrible exam results

IT IS ALMOST four years since the world’s classrooms started shuttering to 1.6bn pupils as covid-19 spread. At their height, school closures affected some 80% of all those enrolled globally. Youngsters then learned remotely, or not at all. It was the greatest disruption to education since the second world war. In many countries closures lasted … Read more

Why migration is in such a mess once more

Why migration is in such a mess once more

Listen to this story.Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android. Your browser does not support the element. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is taxing governments on both sides of the Atlantic. The maritime migration route between west Africa and the Canary Islands, a passage so dangerous it was avoided for years, is back in use: some … Read more

The culture war over the Gaza war

The culture war over the Gaza war

Listen to this story.Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android. Your browser does not support the element. The imagery is enticing, the rhythm and rhyme are propulsive. “From the river to the sea,” runs the popular slogan, “Palestine will be free!” In recent days that couplet has resounded in squares from Toronto to … Read more

Israel needs to resist irrational retaliation

Israel needs to resist irrational retaliation

“WE WILL OBLITERATE Hamas. We will triumph. It might take time, but we will end this war stronger than ever.” The words of Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, are intended not only to convey resolve, but also to signal that his war in Gaza is different. No longer is Israel aiming to punish and deter … Read more