Month: August 2021

America’s Final Hours in Afghanistan

On Monday night, after a 20-year war that claimed 170,000 lives, cost over $2 trillion and did not defeat the Taliban, the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan.  As the last of the American forces left under the cover of darkness, there was celebratory gunfire from the Taliban. The moment of exit, a day…

The Tale of California’s Recall Election

Almost from the moment Gavin Newsom was elected governor of California, there were attempts to remove him from office. Initially, a recall election against him seemed highly unlikely — but the pandemic has changed things. What is behind the recall effort against Mr. Newsom, and what happens next? Guest: Shawn Hubler, a California correspondent for…

The Sunday Read: ‘How Long Can We Live?’

Jeanne Calment lived her entire life in the South of France. She filled her days with leisurely pursuits, enjoying a glass of port, a cigarette and some chocolate nearly every day. In 1997, Ms. Calment died. She was 122. With medical and social advances mitigating diseases of old age and prolonging life, the number of…

The Bombings at the Kabul Airport

For days, many dreaded an attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, as Western forces scrambled to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan. On Thursday, those fears were realized — amid the large crowds outside the airport, terrorists carried out two suicide bombings. The attacks killed at least 60 people, including 13…

Biden’s Border Dilemma

Early on in the Biden administration, it rolled out a two-pronged migration plan: A reversal of the most punitive elements of Donald Trump’s policy and rooting out the causes of migration from Central America, namely corruption. There is, however, a conflict at the heart of this approach. Calling out corrupt leaders could destabilize nations and…

The Race to Evacuate Kabul

Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban last week, everything and everyone has been focused on Hamid Karzai International Airport and the massive military operation to get thousands of Americans and Afghan allies out of the country. It is a monumental challenge — one of the biggest and most complicated military operations the Pentagon…

Why Mexico Is Suing U.S. Gunmakers

For years, Mexico has been gripped by horrific violence as drug cartels battle each other and kill civilians. In the last 15 years alone, homicides have tripled. The violence, the Mexican government says, is fueled, in part, by American guns.  Now Mexico is bringing a lawsuit against 10 gun manufacturers in a U.S. federal court,…

Children and Covid: Your Questions, Answered

As the number of coronavirus infections in the United States surges, and school districts begin to reopen for in-person learning, some parents are apprehensive and full of questions. Recently, The Daily asked parents to send in their queries about children and Covid. We received about 600 responses. With the help of Emily Anthes, a reporter…

The Sunday Read: ‘The Case of the Vanishing Jungle’

In 2002, a survey revealed there were just 1.6 Sumatran tigers per 100 square kilometers in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, one of the last habitats for the critically endangered animal. In the fall of 2015, however, research suggested that the numbers had significantly improved: 2.8 tigers per 100 square kilometers. When Matt Leggett, a…

Praise, Concern and Apple’s New Tools Against Child Abuse Imagery

Two years ago, a multipart Times investigation highlighted an epidemic of child sexual abuse material which relied on platforms run by the world’s largest technology companies. Last week, Apple revealed its solution — a suite of tools which includes an update to the iPhone’s operating system that allows for the scanning of photographs. That solution,…