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The Fading American Dreams of China’s Most Notorious ‘Snakehead’

Before she died in prison, Sister Ping smuggled thousands of migrants from an obscure Chinese county to U.S. shores. Some now wish they'd never left.


The Beast of Misogyny

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The Bard of His Own Backyard

Shakespeare may never have left England, but he became the most global writer who ever lived.


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In the coming years, the population of people under the age of 30 in some of the most fragile and unstable countries is going to skyrocket. And the world is not ready for them.

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China’s High-Pressure Network of Cram-Schools for Tots

Chinese kindergartens are required to go easy. That means many youngsters study overtime.


Fethullah Gulen’s Race to the Top Is Over

The Turkish cleric's decades-long plan to use schools to acquire political power and cultural influence has ended in shambles.


Erdogan’s Purge Is a Sectarian War

The alliance between Erdogan and Gulen came apart because it's impossible to reconcile their rival interpretations of Islam — and Islamism.

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