Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

Oregon farmboy turned NY Times columnist, author with my wife, @WuDunn, of Half the Sky

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The Catholic Church sometimes seems upside down to me. At the grassroots I see nuns, priests and lay volunteers doing heroic work fighting disease and poverty, sometimes risking their lives. They're heroes. Then I see sanctimonious bishops who want to deny Pres Biden Communion?!

Isn’t this a gorgeous scene? It’s by @photo_cascadia  of the Oregon coastal range, from a new coffee table book called “Oregon, My Oregon” by Timber Press. I was honored to write the foreword.

This ethnic cleansing is happening in a country over which the US has great influence: Ethiopia is the largest US aid recipient in sub-Saharan Africa. Biden and Blinken have spoken up, but we can do more. See the photos, and i think you'll agree:

In December I wrote about Serena Fleites, who at 13 was devastated when nude images of her were posted on Pornhub and went viral. Today Serena and 33 other women/girls sued Pornhub for trafficking and racketeering. Here's the full lawsuit: It's harrowing.

Congrats to Sheryl @WuDunn  on her election to the @Harvard  board! This will be the third Ivy League board she'll have served on, after Cornell and Princeton -- and that may be a record!

China is blocking vaccines from reaching Taiwan, @joshrogin  says, making a sensible argument for the US and other countries to counter that by providing more vaccine to Taiwan. After all, early in the pandemic, Taiwan provided the US millions of masks.

The US campaigns against child marriage abroad, but 45 states allow kids to marry. Even 10-year-olds are occasionally legally married in America; I talk to a 14-yr-old who was married to her rapist. So let's end child marriage here in the US! My column:


When all 57 Buffalo police officers on the emergency response team resign because two were suspended for knocking down a 75-year-old man and sending him to the hospital, this seems like an opportunity to find 57 new police officers who don't approve of assaulting senior citizens.

This is a police force begging to be defunded.

A hospital in Seattle area has sent out a note to staff, shared with me, suspending elective surgery and warning that "our local COVID-19 trajectory is likely to be similar to that of Northern Italy." The hospital is down to a four-day supply of gloves.

I just heard that Navajo Nation, which has done a heroic job wrestling the coronavirus to the ground, is now donating extra PPE to India. The Navajo have been a model of resolve in fighting the pandemic, and are now a model in supporting others worldwide who need help.

Remember Tani Adewumi, the Nigerian refugee kid I wrote about 2 years ago who won the NY State chess championship while in a homeless shelter? Now well housed (thanks to you readers!), he just won a championship and is officially a National Chess Master as a 10-yr-old 5th grader!

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Reminds me of a press conference I attended -- in North Korea.

Ventilators may soon be worth their weight in gold, and other countries are frantically placing orders. But a US company that makes ventilators says it could increase production five fold -- but the US hasn't placed an order:

Did women leaders handle Covid-19 better than male leaders? I crunched data & found that the death rate in female-led nations was 1/5 that of male-led nations. If the US had the death rate of female-led countries, the US would have saved 102,000 lives.

While a single mom in the US gets $1,200 in Covid relief, the GOP plan provides that a millionaire real estate developer gets an average of $1.6 million -- and Trump and Kushner will probably be beneficiaries. My column on more socialism for the rich.