Opinion | The Weight-Loss Industry Is Coming for Our Post-Lockdown Bodies

Perhaps you’ve heard someone bemoan the “quarantine 15” that they’ve gained during lockdown, or their struggles to “flatten the curve” of a body that looks different after a year inside. It was inevitable. The pandemic has made us more sedentary, and many of us have sought comfort in eating. We are languishing, as Adam Grant […]

Your Monday Briefing

Good morning. We’re covering the political fallout of India’s coronavirus crisis, a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and questions about accountability after a stampede in Israel.l Coronavirus threatens Modi’s political might As India recorded 401,993 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a global record, Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to win a desperately wanted prize. On Sunday, […]

Opinion | There’s No Classics ‘Catastrophe’ at Howard University

Cornel West and his co-author made a common mistake when they wrote a recent essay in The Washington Post chastising Howard University for eliminating its classics department. Reducing the decision to a “spiritual catastrophe,” they overlooked a deeper and more urgent problem: the financial constraints facing historically Black colleges and universities, and the inequality that […]

Opinion | America, Please Don’t Forget the Victims of Agent Orange

Forty-six years have passed since the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. While some Americans may prefer to forget its atrocities, and Vietnam is focused on forgiveness and the future, the wounds of Agent Orange victims still demand attention. Between 1962 and 1971, the U.S. military employed approximately 19.5 million gallons of herbicides in […]

A Bipartisan Schools Movement

Over the past decade, an idea has become popular with mayors and governors, both Democratic and Republican: A K-12 education is no longer enough. Students should start school earlier than kindergarten, according to this view, both to help families with child care and to provide children with early learning. And students should stay in school […]

Your Tuesday Briefing

E.U. to welcome vaccinated Americans The European Commission will recommend a bloc-wide policy change that would allow American tourists fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to visit the E.U. starting this summer. “All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved” by the European Medicines Agency, said Ursula […]

India’s New Covid Mystery

There is a new Covid-19 mystery in India, and it is far grimmer than the first one. For most of the past year, Covid deaths across much of Asia and Africa have been strikingly low, as I described last month. And they remain low in nearly all of Africa and East Asia — but not […]

Opinion | Helping Those Who Are Grieving Covid Deaths

To the Editor: Re “The Bereavement Crisis Is Coming,” by Allison Gilbert (Op-Ed, April 13): Since my mom died from Covid-19 I’ve struggled with my disembodied grief. As I read Ms. Gilbert’s article, it finally struck me that it was as if Mom were kidnapped by Covid. In her final nine months at a nursing […]