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November 16, 2018

A new mural by Italian street artist Tvboy, entitled “La Guerra dei Socials” (The War of Social Media), depicting Matteo Salvini in Milan on Nov. 14. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)
A new mural by Italian street artist Tvboy, entitled “La Guerra dei Socials” (The War of Social Media), depicting Matteo Salvini in Milan on Nov. 14. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Matteo Salvini’s Selfie Politics

Far-right or not, the Italian deputy prime minister’s social media presence has made him one of the most popular politicians in Italy.

Media gathered in front of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on May 19, 2017. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Media gathered in front of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on May 19, 2017. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

How Would U.S. Prosecutors Go After Assange?

Prosecuting the WikiLeaks founder raises hard questions about U.S. press freedom that may not, at present, be answerable.

Iranians protest renewed U.S. sanctions in Tehran on Nov. 4. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
Iranians protest renewed U.S. sanctions in Tehran on Nov. 4. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on November 16, 2018.
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on November 16, 2018.

The Brexit Deal Won’t Destroy Britain

Theresa May’s proposed deal with the European Union won’t put Jeremy Corbyn in power, but it might cost the prime minister her job.

Cumhuriyet editor in chief Can Dundar speaks to media as he arrives at a courthouse for trial in Istanbul on April 1, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)
Cumhuriyet editor in chief Can Dundar speaks to media as he arrives at a courthouse for trial in Istanbul on April 1, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Ready to Sacrifice Everything’

On the podcast: the price one Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering President Erdogan.

A supporter of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe protests at a rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Nov. 15. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe protests at a rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Nov. 15. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia’s Oldest Democracy Takes a Hit

Political maneuvering by Sri Lankan President Sirisena won’t end well.

Afghan Taliban militants stand with residents as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018. - Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other in restive eastern Afghanistan on June 16, as an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country held for the second day of Eid. (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Taliban militants stand with residents as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018. - Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other in restive eastern Afghanistan on June 16, as an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country held for the second day of Eid. (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

Shutting Out Iran Will Make the Afghan War Even Deadlier

Washington's hard line gives Tehran every reason to fund the Taliban.

AI (Artificial Inteligence) security cameras using facial recognition technology are displayed at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
AI (Artificial Inteligence) security cameras using facial recognition technology are displayed at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Orwellian Social Credit Score Isn’t Real

Blacklists and monitoring systems are nowhere close to Black Mirror fantasies.

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