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Protesters march during a rally against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing on Nov. 28.
Protesters march during a rally against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing on Nov. 28.

China’s Massive Protests Are the End of a Once-Trusted Governance Model

Local tools of party power have been overwhelmed by zero-COVID.

A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.
A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.

Xi’s Obsession With Control Produced China’s Protests

This challenge to the Chinese Communist Party and the state has been building for some time.

A worker walks past FIFA World Cup banners outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
A worker walks past FIFA World Cup banners outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Qatar Can’t Hide Its Abuses by Calling Criticism Racist

Migrant workers from South Asia and Africa have suffered for years under the Gulf nation’s kafala system. They deserve compensation for wage theft, injuries, and death.

Fascist sympathizers give the Italian fascist salute in Predappio, Italy.
Fascist sympathizers give the Italian fascist salute in Predappio, Italy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.

Olaf Scholz Is Undermining Western Unity on China

The German chancellor’s go-it-alone approach has alienated domestic, EU, and international partners.

An illustration shows the Twitter logo displayed on a mobile phone with Elon Musk in the background on Nov. 19.
An illustration shows the Twitter logo displayed on a mobile phone with Elon Musk in the background on Nov. 19.

What We Lose if We Lose Twitter

Twitter’s destruction would be a geopolitical catastrophe not only for the United States but also for the democratic world.

A woman hugs her soldier friend in Kherson, Ukraine.
A woman hugs her soldier friend in Kherson, Ukraine.
A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.
A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.

What Iranian Human Rights Defenders Can Learn From Syria and Beyond

Justice is unattainable without evidence. Documenting abuses by gathering and archiving this evidence must be a priority.

Lula, wearing a gray sweater, stands and speaks into a microphone.
Lula, wearing a gray sweater, stands and speaks into a microphone.

Latin America’s New ‘Pink Tide’ Is a Mirage

Lula’s reelection in Brazil does not prove that Latin America is turning left again.

A man in a hard hat watches a conveyor belt loaded with bright blue chunks of raw cobalt.
A man in a hard hat watches a conveyor belt loaded with bright blue chunks of raw cobalt.

How to Avoid a New Cold War Over Critical Minerals

To prevent a return to the zero-sum logic of Cold War resource politics, critical mineral supply chains must be widened at every step.

Natalia Pevnevy celebrates atop her car in Liberty Square following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksky's surprise visit in Kherson, Ukraine.
Natalia Pevnevy celebrates atop her car in Liberty Square following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksky's surprise visit in Kherson, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Are Holding Strong as Some in West Falter

Ukrainian identity has been fundamentally changed by invasion.

People shout slogans as they march through the streets of Miami, Florida, to commemorate the first anniversary of Cuba's historic protests against the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel
People shout slogans as they march through the streets of Miami, Florida, to commemorate the first anniversary of Cuba's historic protests against the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel

Why Democrats Should Forget About Winning Florida

It would free them to embrace better policies toward Cuba.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron wave as they visit the landmark Brandenburg Gate illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Berlin on May 9, 2022.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron wave as they visit the landmark Brandenburg Gate illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Berlin on May 9, 2022.

The Franco-German Motor Is on Fire

The war in Ukraine has turned Europe’s most powerful countries against each other like hardly ever before.

Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.
Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.

Myanmar’s Junta Is Weak but Dangerous

The West shouldn’t let up pressure after Myanmar’s recent prisoner releases.

Elon Musk in Berlin
Elon Musk in Berlin

To Save Twitter, Elon Musk Should Fire Himself

Musk’s conflicts of interest make him too dangerous to run the global public sphere.

Protesters take part in a Women’s March in Stockholm.
Protesters take part in a Women’s March in Stockholm.

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy Can’t Be Undone

Despite domestic setbacks, the movement will continue to shape foreign policy around the world.

Tourists walk across a flooded St. Mark’s Square.
Tourists walk across a flooded St. Mark’s Square.

Europe Must Accelerate Its Climate Adaptation

The continent is warming faster than any other region—with dangerous effects for a temperate zone.

Protesters hold signs demanding that South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol step down during a memorial for the victims of the Itaewon Halloween disaster near the city hall in Seoul, South Korea.
Protesters hold signs demanding that South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol step down during a memorial for the victims of the Itaewon Halloween disaster near the city hall in Seoul, South Korea.

Young South Koreans Don’t Trust a State That Betrays Them

The Itaewon crowd crush confirmed a growing distrust of national stories.

President Joe Biden gestures with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the two leaders met in a hallway as Biden was going to a European Commission on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali, on November 15, 2022.
President Joe Biden gestures with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the two leaders met in a hallway as Biden was going to a European Commission on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali, on November 15, 2022.

The G-20 Proved It’s Our World Government

At a time of global conflict, world powers showed that cooperation can actually work.

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Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Biden administration came into office promising to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. Almost two years later, momentum has dissipated, and the deal has all but been derailed. Meanwhile Ira...Show more

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely the most popular elected leader in the world. No other politician has won so many votes in history. Few other incumbent leaders around the world...Show more

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