Is America a failed state? What's it like to live for weeks surrounded by bushfires? Are the world's philanthropists giving enough away?
These are some of the questions — and stories — that caught our attention this week.
George Packer / The Atlantic
When COVID-19 arrived in the United States, Packer writes, it found a country already riddled with "chronic ills", including "a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided and distracted public."
Sam Hill / Newsweek
Ten years ago, some very rich people made a promise to give the majority of their wealth away. Is it happening?
Tessa Akerman / The Australian
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has launched a fantastic new podcast that shares the experiences of the communities affected by the recent bushfires. The series is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has called on the Premier League to scupper Saudi Arabia's plans to buy Newcastle United, saying the deal would tarnish English football and make it complicit in the "cover-up".
Zhou Xin / South China Morning Post
"Whether China can maintain its position in the global economy or ends up isolated after the pandemic is brought under control, will be one the most important questions post-crisis."