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August 2013

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Questions and Airstrikes

Why Congress needs to think hard about Obama’s Syria plan.

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Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

The Gamble

Five big consequences of the president's call to let Congress decide about America's Syrian intervention.

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ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages

Paris Match

How France became America's favorite -- and sometimes only -- shooting buddy.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

Don’t Call This a Humanitarian Intervention

Whether you support or disapprove of the coming strike on Syria, don't say it's about saving civilians. Please.

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EPA

Rue Britannia

How David Cameron got royally screwed by Ed Miliband over the Syrian intervention both men wanted.

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Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

The End of Pax Netanyahu

With the war on its doorstep, how long can Israel manage to stay out of Syria?

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BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

In the Camps

For Syrian refugees stuck along the Turkish border, war brings a slow and simmering cruelty.

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The Witnesses

Syrian activists took the YouTube videos that dragged America to the brink of war -- and then paid with their lives.

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MOHAMED ABDULLAH/AFP/Getty Images

So You’ve Bombed Syria. What Next?

Any serious peace plan needs to put security front and center.

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The Court of No Opinion

The bizarre story of how the prosecution in Bo Xilai's show trial won the Weibo news cycle.

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Photo: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

Let’s Power Africa

Cowboys Stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia. But African leaders, together with the White House and U.S. Congress, are working to end the scourge of energy poverty.

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Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images

Wounded Giant

The only thing America is good at these days is breaking things.

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Photo: USAF/Getty Images

Bunker Mentality

As America ponders just how little to bomb Syria, both interests and responsibility are losing out to skepticism.

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SAM TARLING/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s Short Circuit

Why the Pentagon's cyberwar on Assad will be limited too.

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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Spy Kids

A sci-fi visionary on why the children of tomorrow are the NSA's biggest nightmare.

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Harold Doornbos and Jenan Moussa

The Civil War Within Syria’s Civil War

Armies of Kurdish women are taking on Syria's Islamists -- and winning.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Did Obama Administration Leaks Already Spoil the Syria Attack?

Former top officers are baffled by Washington's telegraphing of its strike on Assad.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Restraining Order

Obama's been wise to not get involved in Syria. But now comes the tricky part.

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EWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The Limits of Action

Let's face it: Obama has limited interest, limited options, and limited reasons to get involved in Syria.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

How Assad United the Middle East … Against Him

Weeks ago, the U.S. was at odds with Israel and Saudi Arabia. Not anymore.

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MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images
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Win McNamee/Getty Imagest

Too Little, Too Late

What Assad's chemical attack and the failure of Obama's Syria policy really mean.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Arsenal of Hypocrisy

No matter where you look in the world, American words don't match American deeds.

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AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images

The Supervillain Syndrome

Why dictators like Assad just can't quit while they're ahead.

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Freenewspos/Flickr

The Scientist Under Syria’s Microscope

Meet the neurobiologist-turned-weapons inspector who could stop -- or start -- a wider war.

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TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

The Great Asian Sell-Off

Why are investors suddenly fleeing markets in South and Southeast Asia?

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KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.

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Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images
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ANDY WONG/AFP/Getty Images
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EPA/FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN

Looking for Hashish in Cairo? Talk to the Police

The hidden power of Egypt's drug-running cops.

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LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

Last Hope

The one place the Arab Spring hasn't gone to hell.

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Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

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It’s 1999 in Syria

Kosovo's foreign minister calls for an international intervention to halt the killing in Syria.

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Cate Gillon/Getty Images

A Dream Gone Sour

In the 70-plus days since Pakistan's new prime minister took office, the country has suffered roughly 70 terrorist attacks. So why doesn't Nawaz Sharif have a counterterrorism policy?

Mapped: Every Protest on the Planet Since 1979

From Cairo to Wall Street to the West Bank, plotting a world of upheaval.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why Nobody Cares About the Surveillance State

When you've been groped by the TSA, what's a little NSA spying?

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Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Subcontinental Drift

A slowing economy, an exploding submarine, corruption scandals -- what's happened to India?

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KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images
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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

America, Limited

How the U.S. went from the world's CEO to just another shareholder.

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PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

The East Is Still Red

Bo Xilai's downfall doesn't mean China is moving away from Mao.

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ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images
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EPA/STR

The Pretenders

When people say the U.S. needs to control events abroad better, this is what they really mean.

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KHALED KAMEL/AFP/Getty Images

A Secret Funeral in Cairo

Burying a friend in a city under siege.

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Wikimedia

Outfoxing Beats Outgunning

What we can learn from one of the most brilliant deceptions of World War II.

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Foggy Bottom Review

The clock is ticking on the State Department's grand strategy review. Can John Kerry match his predecessor's record on the QDDR?

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EPA/ANDRE PAIN

Egypt’s Algerian Moment

Did Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi just set Cairo on the path to its own "black decade"?

Mapped: The 7 Governments the U.S. Has Overthrown

Yes, we now have confirmation that the CIA was behind Iran's 1953 coup. But the agency hardly stopped there.

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INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

If India’s Really Booming, Why Is the Rupee Crashing?

Meet the banker who could save the country's faltering currency.

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Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Two’s a Crowd at the Pentagon

Is the Defense Department big enough for Chuck Hagel and his deputy?

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty

The Fog of Chemical War

After eight months of allegations, why do we know so little about Syria's nerve gas attacks?

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AFP/Getty Images

CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran’s Coup

The agency finally owns up to its role in the 1953 operation.

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Photo: VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images

Things Fall Apart

As the body count rises in Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood insists it will stick to non-violent resistance. But even its members admit that they can't convince everyone to go along with the plan.

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Ed Giles/Getty Images

A Model of American Opacity

How Obama's drone war echoes Egypt's military crackdown.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Return of the Precipice

Raising the curtain on this fall's fight over the defense budget.

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Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

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ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images

Strange Bedfellows

Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?

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