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A woman walks past the Taliban.
A woman walks past the Taliban.

One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness

The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes on.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.

Trump Under Investigation for Possible Violations of Espionage Act

Top secret classified information was among the documents recovered from the former president’s Florida resort.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in front of a Chinese flag at a ceremony in Hong Kong.
Chinese President Xi Jinping in front of a Chinese flag at a ceremony in Hong Kong.

What Does China Want?

Beijing’s ambitions are about to crash into its problems.

Asia

Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.
Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.

How China-Taiwan Tensions Play Out in India

China

A Taiwanese military outpost is seen beyond anti-landing spikes along the coast in Kinmen, Taiwan, on Aug. 10.
A Taiwanese military outpost is seen beyond anti-landing spikes along the coast in Kinmen, Taiwan, on Aug. 10.

Why Doesn’t China Invade Taiwan?

Middle East & Africa

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.

Russia and Iran Threats Put Missile Defense Back on the Agenda

Europe

A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.
A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.

How to Prosecute Russia’s War Crimes

Americas

An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.
An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.

Brazil’s Wall Street Turns on Bolsonaro

Kabul’s Fall, One Year On

A military transport plane takes off in Kabul.
A military transport plane takes off in Kabul.

The Falling Man of Kabul

Zaki Anwari represented what a free Afghanistan could achieve. His gruesome death is a vivid reminder of the human toll of U.S. abandonment.

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The Last Days of the Afghan Embassy

The Biden administration shut down a touchpoint for thousands of refugees from Afghanistan—and left its diplomats in agonizing limbo.

U.S. Army 3rd Division Bradley fighting vehicles take up their position.
U.S. Army 3rd Division Bradley fighting vehicles take up their position.

How the U.S. Got 9/11 Wrong

The lone superpower inadvertently taught the rest of the world how to fight it—and win.

TOPSHOT - Women walk through a road in Ghazni on June 3, 2021.
TOPSHOT - Women walk through a road in Ghazni on June 3, 2021.

‘They Left Us to the Taliban’

Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.

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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.

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.

Long Reads

A collage image that includes Xi Jinping, pandas, a dragon, tanks, Chairman Mao, surveillance cameras, and other nationalist Chinese iconography.
A collage image that includes Xi Jinping, pandas, a dragon, tanks, Chairman Mao, surveillance cameras, and other nationalist Chinese iconography.

China Illustrations Need More Than Dragons, Pandas, and Propaganda

Editorial imagery often recycles stereotypes and ignores Chinese life.

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.
Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.

The Wizard of the Kremlin

A French novel offers a fascinating, fictionalized look at Vladimir Putin’s longtime spin doctor.

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How ‘Bakla’ Explains the Struggle for Queer Identity in the Philippines

The Tagalog word eludes Western concepts of gender and sexuality—and offers a window into LGBTQ+ Filipinos’ quest for acceptance.

An Afghan security guard stands in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kabul.
An Afghan security guard stands in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kabul.

China Is Doomed to Play a Significant Role in Afghanistan

Beijing is desperate to avoid being trapped in Kabul’s politics.

What Subscribers Are Reading

A group of German children stand atop building rubble to cheer a U.S. cargo plane as it flies over a western section of Berlin in 1948 as American and British forces airlift food and supplies to after Soviet forces surrounded and closed off the besieged city. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
A group of German children stand atop building rubble to cheer a U.S. cargo plane as it flies over a western section of Berlin in 1948 as American and British forces airlift food and supplies to after Soviet forces surrounded and closed off the besieged city. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

Why Superpower Crises Are a Good Thing

A new era of tensions will focus minds and break logjams, as Cold War history shows.

A propaganda poster from the 1960s shows Chinese leader Mao Zedong.
A propaganda poster from the 1960s shows Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

Xi’s Great Leap Backward

Beijing is running out of recipes for its looming jobs crisis—and reviving Mao-era policies.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol greets a soccer player.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol greets a soccer player.
Two unidentified military vessels off Taiwan
Two unidentified military vessels off Taiwan

Art and Politics

Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Comrades of the Ring

How Soviet artists evaded censors to create their own visions of Tolkien.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush paints.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush paints.
Political cartoonist Badiucao reveals his face in a self-portrait in April.
Political cartoonist Badiucao reveals his face in a self-portrait in April.

China’s Rebel Cartoonist Unmasks

Badiucao’s work has brought him praise from critics—and threats from Beijing.

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GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

A Russian Artist’s Snapshot of the National Psyche

Why Russia’s entry at the world’s toniest art fair speaks volumes about the country’s predicament.

visual stories

A couple look on in fear
A couple look on in fear

The Month in World Photos

The shocking assassination of Shinzo Abe in Japan, devastating forest fires in southwest France, and glittering images showing the birth of distant stars. This was July 2022.

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Roe Abolition Makes U.S. a Global Outlier

Almost 50 years ago, the United States liberalized abortion laws, and the world followed suit. Today, it joins Iran, North Korea, and Russia in rolling back reproductive rights.

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