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A study published Friday in the journal PLOS One argues that female leaders were not inherently better than male leaders in responding to COVID-19. The study was conducted by political scientists and mathematicians at American and British universities. They reviewed COVID-19 infection and fatality rates, finding “no statistically significant differences between Covid-19 fatality rates in countries run by women versus men. Instead, political and national culture were bigger indicators of success during the pandemic. The authors argue that the narrative around women being better than men at responding to COVID-19 formed due to media focus on the success of female leaders like New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Norway’s Erna Solberg. Throughout the pandemic, media outlets and some politicians have argued that female leaders are best able to lead their countries through the COVID-19 pandemic. An April Guardian article claimed, “women have managed the coronavirus crisis with aplomb… few [countries] with female leaders have done badly.” Forbes lauded “women [for] stepping up to show the world how to manage a messy patch for our human family.” Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed that the pandemic was proof that the world needs more female leaders. “There is a correlation between
Iranian Gen. Esmail Ghaani said in remarks Friday that Iran’s military was ready to respond to “American mischief” two days after the U.S. military flew B-52 strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf.Ghaani, who succeeded Gen. Qasem Soleimani as leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, spoke during a televised event at Tehran University marking the one year anniversary of Soleimani’s death. The former Quds Force leader was killed by an American drone strike last year ordered by President Donald Trump. The commander of Iran’s Qud’s Force, Esmail Ghaani once again threatened American officials with revenge for the killing of his predecessor Qasem Soleimani, saying the response might come “from within your house”. Read more: https://t.co/2x8YzUurQF pic.twitter.com/qhQ40o7geo — Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) January 1, 2021 “From inside your own house, there may emerge someone who will retaliate for your crime,” Ghaani told attendees according to Reuters. “American mischief will not deter the Quds force from carrying on its resistance path.” Ghaani’s remarks come after a pair of B-52 strategic bombers flew over the region Wednesday in what American officials called a message of deterrence. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the show of force was meant to “demonstrate
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