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A municipal worker walks past a graffiti of a young person wearing a face mask during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Mumbai on May 4, 2020.
A municipal worker walks past a graffiti of a young person wearing a face mask during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Mumbai on May 4, 2020.

Science and Pseudoscience in India

Modi’s false hope in a raging pandemic.

Biden delivers a speech on Trump's foreign policy.
Biden delivers a speech on Trump's foreign policy.

Biden’s Democracy Agenda Faces First Big Test in Gaza

To break the cycle of violence, the United States could try to make both Israel and Palestine more responsive democracies.

A gasoline pump is out of service near Charlotte, North Carolina following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, on May 11.
A gasoline pump is out of service near Charlotte, North Carolina following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, on May 11.

The Colonial Pipeline Crisis Is a Taste of Things to Come

Biden must act now to protect the energy system from the rising threat of cyberattacks and natural disasters.

An Israeli army officer opens a gate in the border fence to allow a column of tanks and armored bulldozers to advance into the Gaza Strip to operate against Palestinian militants October 19, 2006 near the southern Israeli Kibbutz of Mefalsim.
An Israeli army officer opens a gate in the border fence to allow a column of tanks and armored bulldozers to advance into the Gaza Strip to operate against Palestinian militants October 19, 2006 near the southern Israeli Kibbutz of Mefalsim.

Israel Is Bluffing About Ever Invading Gaza

Talk about sending ground troops to definitively defeat Hamas is nothing more than an idle threat.

Joe Biden waves alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prior to their meeting on March 10, 2010 in Ramallah, West Bank.
Joe Biden waves alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prior to their meeting on March 10, 2010 in Ramallah, West Bank.

What Biden Is—and Isn’t—Willing to Do for Palestinians

The new U.S. president wants to help, but he may not be prepared to pay the price.

Israeli soldiers looks on during clashes with Palestinian youth in the city center of the occupied West Bank town of Hebron on April 24, 2021.
Israeli soldiers looks on during clashes with Palestinian youth in the city center of the occupied West Bank town of Hebron on April 24, 2021.

Israel’s War Will Never End

For Israelis and Palestinians, ethnic violence isn't a temporary problem. It’s a lasting identity.

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers.
Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers.

No Peace Process Means No Peace

If Palestinians have no hope of a capital in East Jerusalem, Israelis will have little hope of normality.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched.

Tulipmania in Space

SPACs are creating a space bubble that will eventually come crashing back to Earth along with cosmic junk launched during the current frenzy.

Demonstrators call on the U.S. government to commit to a global coronavirus vaccination plan.
Demonstrators call on the U.S. government to commit to a global coronavirus vaccination plan.

Big Pharma’s Patent Defeat Shows Corporate America Losing Power

The unloved industry could try to fight Biden—or get behind the global drive to vaccinate.

Frontline COVID-19 coronavirus warriors such as health workers, patients ambulance drivers, crematorium workers, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits hold Indian national flags as part of the Independence Day celebrations in Kolkata on August 15, 2020.
Frontline COVID-19 coronavirus warriors such as health workers, patients ambulance drivers, crematorium workers, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits hold Indian national flags as part of the Independence Day celebrations in Kolkata on August 15, 2020.

COVID-19 Is India’s Great Leveler

The coronavirus pandemic has flattened the country’s social order and turned its political divisions upside down.

An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.
An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.

How Wars End

The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at a mobile treatment center.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at a mobile treatment center.

Stopping Drug Patents Has Stopped Pandemics Before

Loosening property rules over coronavirus vaccines is likely to accelerate—not stifle—the pharmaceutical industry’s creativity.

Joe Biden waves to supporters before meeting with local labor leaders ahead at the union's state headquarters on Sept. 7, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden waves to supporters before meeting with local labor leaders ahead at the union's state headquarters on Sept. 7, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

America Is Becoming a Social Democracy

The Biden administration is accomplishing what was once thought historically impossible.

A protester carries a sign in the West Bank.
A protester carries a sign in the West Bank.

Israel’s Apartheid Doesn’t Make a Difference

A new report about the Israel-Palestine conflict is morally damning—and politically irrelevant.

Supporters of the Indian National Congress party supported the Communist Party of India’s march during the fifth phase of legislative assembly elections in Siliguri, India, on April 13.
Supporters of the Indian National Congress party supported the Communist Party of India’s march during the fifth phase of legislative assembly elections in Siliguri, India, on April 13.

As Modi’s BJP Stalls, Can the Congress Party Rev Up?

Last week’s elections showed the Hindu nationalist party isn’t invincible, but the opposition will need to change tactics if it wants to stage a comeback.

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