The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, didn’t mince his words in mid-January when he described the catastrophe that’s unfolded in the Tigray region of Ethiopia as “hell”. The area is under a de facto blockade from Addis Ababa, leaving hundreds of thousands without food and basic medicines. The Ethiopian foreign ministry hit back, calling for Tedros to be investigated for “violation of his professional and legal responsibility”. Mukesh Kapila reflects on why Tedros should be applauded for his comments, and why leaders of international organisations should speak up rather than remain silent.

Saturday was a special night for Australian tennis, as Ash Barty became the first home-grown player in more than four decades to win the Australian Open singles, while the “Special K” duo of Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis took the men’s doubles title. As David Rowe explains, it’s not just the trophies that matter, it’s that each player has done it while staying true to their values - and that’s sure to broaden tennis’s appeal.

Caroline Southey

Founding Editor

WHO head Tedros faces a challenge all humanitarians know well

Mukesh Kapila, University of Manchester

Humanitarians are stuck in a dilemma: challenging practices that cause suffering could risk access to the vulnerable people they serve.

What the Ash Barty and ‘Special K’ tennis triumphs say about Australia and the buttoned-up sport industry

David Rowe, Western Sydney University

Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios are both known for being true to themselves. This is what sport needs more of – personalities who chart their own course.

What is the best mask for COVID-19? A mechanical engineer explains the science after 2 years of testing masks in his lab

Christian L'Orange, Colorado State University

The CDC’s updated mask guidelines say that cloth masks offer the least protection from COVID-19. Differences in the materials masks are made from and the ways they fit are the reason.