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Inside Venezuela’s Prison Underworld

Behind bars, a vibrant community of barber shops, DJs, and churches thrives. But the gangs in charge also ensure a consistent flow of drugs and cash.

Observation Deck

How Not to Be a Civilization

Mother Nature is using her words. Are we smart enough to heed them?

Sightlines

The Exchange: Why Nation Is One of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Novelists Chigozie Obioma and Taiye Selasi explore how a nation-state shapes a person’s identity — and influences a writer’s fiction.

Argument

The Party Is Over in Rio

And now there’s no more avoiding the grim reality of Brazil’s economic and political crises.

The Cable

White House Issues Strict Rules for Arctic Drilling

New regulations could be a disincentive for companies to look for oil in the Arctic.

Dispatch

Trouble Is Brewing in Nigeria’s Oil Country

For years, the government paid militants in the Niger Delta not to blow up oil pipelines. Now it’s cutting them loose — and they’re taking up arms once again.

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Saudi Arabia’s First Step Is Admitting It Has an Oil Problem

The heir to the Saudi throne just pushed through a bold package of reforms designed to free the kingdom from oil addiction by 2030. Here’s why it could backfire, badly.

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