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Protesters hold signs that read "No-Fly Zone = WW3" and "Ceasefire now."
Protesters hold signs that read "No-Fly Zone = WW3" and "Ceasefire now."

Why America’s Far Right and Far Left Have Aligned Against Helping Ukraine

The discourse surrounding Russia’s war on Ukraine has created strange bedfellows.

Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla “Lux” Mohlauli
Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla “Lux” Mohlauli

Has South Africa’s Donald Trump Arrived?

The xenophobic firebrand Nhlanhla “Lux” Mohlauli is courting poor Black voters by stoking hatred of foreigners. It’s working.

A young Czech woman shouts at Soviet soldiers
A young Czech woman shouts at Soviet soldiers

The West Needs a Cure for Cold War Fever

Yes, a new cold war is upon us. It’s time to stop talking about it and start trying to win it.

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back-to-the-future-history-senor-salme-illustration-site

Does Putin’s War Mark a New Period in History?

It has been only two years since the start of another world crisis thought to mark a new era.

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1970s-inflation-george-wylesol-illustration-site

The 1970s Weren’t What You Think

Yes, fiscal and monetary policy seemed stuck for too long in expansionary mode. But the era also saw the rebalancing of the world economy.

Asia

A child walks amid the rubble of damaged houses in Bermal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 23, following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake.
A child walks amid the rubble of damaged houses in Bermal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 23, following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake.

A Modest Proposal to Save Afghanistan—From Itself

Middle East & Africa

Three women hold up portraits of a man while crying in a crowd.
Three women hold up portraits of a man while crying in a crowd.

Why Iran Is Downplaying Israel Assassinating Its Officials

Europe

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses members of the Scottish Parliament.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses members of the Scottish Parliament.

The Scots Question

Americas

Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.
Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hot Dogs

Long Reads

A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal
A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal’s Big EV Bet

Is it a genuine push toward a cleaner—and safer—nation?

A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.
A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.

From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel
The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel

Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier

The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.

A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear
A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear

Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?

A new book compares different countries’ responses to the pandemic, and the conclusions are intriguing.

visual stories

An unconscious swimmer is rescued
An unconscious swimmer is rescued

The Month in World Photos

Brutally high temperatures across Europe, the battle for abortion rights in the United States, and a dramatic rescue in a Budapest pool. This was June 2022.

Priest Oleg helps Vuhledar evacuee Katya into his van
Priest Oleg helps Vuhledar evacuee Katya into his van

Civilians on Ukraine’s Front Lines Face Food and Water Shortages and Worse—Lack of Medication

The battle for the Donbas could well be the deadliest phase of the war.

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