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A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.
A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.

Politics as Theater

On watching Gogol in Simferopol, and more.

People gather in front of a shuttered post office in Ukraine.
People gather in front of a shuttered post office in Ukraine.

Postal Workers Are Keeping Ukraine’s Front-Line Villages Alive

Deliveries of packages and pension payments have helped uphold a fragile sense of normalcy for civilians under fire.

Women are seen making food and holding food containers in a kitchen.
Women are seen making food and holding food containers in a kitchen.

Chavismo’s Latest Target

NGOs are essential to Venezuelan society. A new law may lead to their collapse.

A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.
A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.

Diplomacy Is Still (Just About) Possible in Ukraine

The Black Sea agreement offers a model for off-ramps to escalation.

Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.
Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.

The Dark Side of Ethiopia’s Export Boom

Workers report sexual coercion and poor conditions at the Hawassa Industrial Park.

Four people stand on stage holding hands with their arms up.
Four people stand on stage holding hands with their arms up.

Is Italy Seeing the Rise of a New Fascism?

The Brothers of Italy, which descended from Mussolini’s fascist movement, is projected to win the coming election.

Bahraini, Israeli, U.S., and Emirati leaders attend the signing of the Abraham Accords.
Bahraini, Israeli, U.S., and Emirati leaders attend the signing of the Abraham Accords.

Two Years Later, the Abraham Accords Are Losing Their Luster

Divorcing recognition from the Palestinian question has unleashed Israel’s worst angels.

Italians cheer as they attend a campaign rally
Italians cheer as they attend a campaign rally

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: Italy votes, Haiti protests, and Britain mourns.

Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.
Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.

Russia’s Sending Its Ethnic Minorities to the Meat Grinder

Chaotic mobilization sparks renewed fears that the pain will not be shared evenly across Russia.

Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.
Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.

What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

The supreme leader’s stance could become a source of widening divide.

Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"
Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"

Let’s Be Honest About the Iran Nuclear Deal

There are several politically inconvenient realities its detractors and defenders should consider.

Police officers detain demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia
Police officers detain demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia

How Should the West Respond to Putin’s Military Mobilization?

Doubling down on support for Ukraine could lead to wider conflict—or force the Kremlin to back down.

People participate in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside of the United Nations on September 21, 2022 in New York City.
People participate in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside of the United Nations on September 21, 2022 in New York City.

Iran’s Anti-Veil Protests Have Already Succeeded

The Islamic Republic is no stranger to protests—but this time, they’re leaving a permanent mark.

An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng
An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng

China’s War on History Is Growing

The government is inviting snitches to report on “historical nihilism.”

Catalan leader Pere Aragonès gives a speech.
Catalan leader Pere Aragonès gives a speech.

Catalan President: Now Is Not the Time for a Unilateral Independence Vote

Pere Aragonès discusses negotiations with Madrid, Catalan views on NATO, and prospects for a future referendum.

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.

Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead

Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.

Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.
Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.

Fumio Kishida’s Great Nuclear Leap

A decade after Fukushima, the Japanese prime minister is walking a fine political line to reengage with the carbon-free energy source.

Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.
Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.

The U.N.’s Small Success Stories

The organization has been criticized aplenty this week. Its missions in Colombia, Honduras, and Venezuela could be a silver lining.

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