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Angola’s Transition to Technocracy Won’t Be Victimless

The biggest challenge for Angola’s new president will be escaping the shadow of his predecessor — and the corrupt cronies around him.

The Cable

Venezuela Quells Military Uprising, Fires Outspoken Government Critic

The protest-rocked country could face a fresh round of U.S. economic sanctions.

Report

Russia Looks to U.N. to Help It Profit From Syria Conquests

Critics suspect the Kremlin is looking to the West to pay the price to make Palmyra safe for Russian business.

Report

64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

New documents reveal how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup — only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate spy.

Dispatch

Kazakhstan Spent $5 Billion on a Death Star and It Doesn’t Even Shoot Lasers

The Central Asian country built a futuristic city to host the World's Fair and polish its own brand. One small problem: it forgot to invite guests.

Dispatch

Can Saudi Arabia’s Young Prince Wean the Welfare State?

The ambitious plan to remake the Saudi economy is the brainchild of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But does he have what it takes to upend his country?

The Cable

Market Body Slams OPEC

Things just aren't going OPEC's way.

The Cable

Trump Wants to Sell Half the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve For More Cash

The U.S. energy boom means America imports less oil — but is selling emergency stocks a good idea?

Elephants in the Room

Why Trump’s Iran Sanctions Waiver Should Worry the Mullahs

Trump may not have blown up the Iran nuclear deal just yet, but that doesn't mean he's going soft on Iran.

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