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Syrians gather amidst destruction in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, in the aftermath of air strikes in the area late on June 8, 2018.

The U.N. Helps Syria Bomb the Opposition

A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest.

Dollars and yuan notes are seen at a bank on May 15, 2006 in Beijing, China.

The United States Will Miss China’s Money

The rattled stock market gets all the trade war attention, but it’s the sharp decline in China’s U.S. investments that should alarm Americans.

Neo-Nazi protestors organized by the National Socialist Movement demonstrate near where the grand opening ceremonies were held for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center April 19, 2009 in Skokie, Illinois.

White Supremacists Want a Dirty Bomb

And the Trump administration is letting them get dangerously close to acquiring one.

A 1747 map of Greenland.

American Imperialists Have Always Dreamed of Greenland

Trump’s reported hopes of buying the Danish island exemplify his 19th-century values.

Indian government forces stand guard in the deserted city center of Srinagar on Aug. 15.

New Delhi’s Demographic Designs in Kashmir

Hindu nationalists have long wanted to reshape the region. Now they are getting their chance.

Children gather for a ceremony to mark their release from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on May 10.

Nigeria’s Child Veterans Are Still Living a Nightmare

The war against Boko Haram saw kids drafted by both sides. Now they need assistance and a post-conflict future.

Young Indian women walk past a billboard in New Delhi encouraging the birth of girls on July 9, 2010.

A Generation of Girls Is Missing in India

Sex-selective abortion fuels a cycle of patriarchy and abuse.

Protesters including Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable  and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas take part in the Put It To The People March on Whitehall on March 23 in London.

Boris Johnson Needs a Second Referendum to Stay in Power

A general election in the wake of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is too great a risk. For a man who has always wanted to occupy No. 10 Downing St., a three-way referendum is the safest way to prolong his premiership.

Passengers wait to board delayed Amtrak trains at New York Penn Station on June 19.

America the Mediocre

Americans think they’re No. 1. They’re wrong in so many ways.

An Iranian cancer patient at her parents' house in Tehran on Oct. 18, 2013.

U.S. Sanctions Are Killing Cancer Patients in Iran

Washington claims that maximum pressure won’t stop the supply of medicine and other humanitarian necessities, but banking sanctions are driving up import prices, blocking supply chains, and creating deadly drug shortages.

Pro-democracy activist Avery Ng and supporters march to the Hong Kong Chinese Liaison office on June 5, after a vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.

How Close Is Hong Kong to a Second Tiananmen?

The Chinese Communist Party prefers violence to perceived weakness.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets talk show host Sean Hannity at a  rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Nov. 5, 2018.

Will International Courts Investigate Pro-Trump Media?

Journalists who amplify the president’s most divisive rhetoric should consult history—and perhaps a lawyer.

A young Syrian refugee peeks out of a bus window as fellow refugees prepare to leave Beirut on their journey home to Syria on Sept. 4, 2018.

Time Is Running Out for Syrians in Lebanon

Beirut is ready to send refugees home, but there isn’t much for them to go back to.

Protesters wave an Armenian national flag in Yerevan on May 2, 2018.

How Old Courts Derail New Democracies

For the nations in Russia’s orbit, holdouts in the judicial system are an Achilles’ heel.

An educator introduces a Keeko robot to children at the Yiswind Institute of Multicultural Education in Beijing on July 30, 2018.

China’s AI Dreams Aren’t for Everyone

The Chinese government has big plans for artificial intelligence. Can it make them a reality in its education system?

Sudanese dockworkers unload a U.S. aid shipment organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme at Port Sudan, Sudan on the Red Sea coast, on May 5, 2016.

How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism

The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. Pursuing economic justice at home and abroad, launching a new freedom agenda, and framing aid as innovation rather than charity can help end the backlash.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen.Joseph Dunford answers questions during a Pentagon briefing in Arlington, Virginia, on May 19, 2017.

The Last Adult Is Leaving the Room

Other military leaders got all the attention—but the quiet and unassuming Joseph Dunford handled Donald Trump best of all.

A policeman secures Terminal 1 after a scuffle with pro-democracy protestors at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019.

Beijing’s Paranoia Sees the CIA Under Every Rock

Chinese propagandists are throwing around wild allegations in Hong Kong—but the leadership may really believe them.

A map of the world circa 1870 with possessions of the British Empire colored in red.

The World Is Reaping the Chaos the British Empire Sowed

Locals are still paying for the mess the British left behind in Hong Kong and Kashmir.

Security personnel patrol during a lockdown in Srinagar, Kashmir, on Aug. 10.

Kashmir Is Under the Heel of India’s Colonialism

Any future for the valley must be built from the bottom up.

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