When Air Mail launched a year ago this month, we sensed that readers craved a break from all the horrifying, depressing political news filling their newspapers and social media. We figured that the well informed would appreciate a Saturday-morning journal that covers the world with insight, humor, and flair and that offers a rich variety of stories, opinions, and international perspectives—not readily found in American publications.

Last July, we did not foresee that a number of things even worse for the world than having Donald Trump in the White House could happen: a global pandemic, economies teetering on the edge of Depression-era collapse, right-wing nationalists on the rise in presidential palaces and parliaments, rebellion in the streets—and Trump, making all of the above far worse.