In Afghanistan, Bringing New Life Into the World Is Deadly
Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.
Crime Wave Further Rocks Confidence in Afghan Government
Afghan officials are trying to contain a spate of kidnappings and armed robberies that appear designed to bolster public thirst for Taliban-style justice—just ahead of a critical donor meeting.
The Coronavirus Is Now Another Risk of U.S. Migration
At least 2,500 Mexicans in the United States, many of them essential workers, have died from COVID-19. Back home in Mexico, their grieving families are left without support.
Rap Against Dictatorship Turns Thai Protests Into Video Hits
Facing a military-backed government, Thai protesters find musical inspiration.
Atrocities Pile Up for CIA-Backed Afghan Paramilitary Forces
Many Afghans want the groups disbanded when the United States withdraws.
Sudan Will Decide the Outcome of the Ethiopian Civil War
As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed goes to war against Ethiopia’s former rulers—the Tigray People’s Liberation Front—Khartoum’s moves will determine whether the conflict remains a local affair or a regional conflagration.
How Trump’s Defeat Could Mean More Policy Favors for Israel
Netanyahu has a wish list for the lame-duck president while Trump has a score to settle with Biden.
In Nagorno-Karabakh, the Cycle of Ethnic Cleansing Continues
In the 1990s, the Azerbaijani population was expelled. Now Armenians could face the same fate.
Why a Biden Win Is Bad News for Boris Johnson
By casting his lot with Trump, the U.K. prime minister now looks like yesterday’s man. He is in for a rude awakening.
Poland’s Anti-Abortion Dream Has Become a Nightmare
The country’s Catholic conservatives have achieved a long-sought goal—and may have fatally weakened their power in the process.
Is Ethiopia Headed for Civil War?
Abiy Ahmed’s military move against the Tigray region could spark a conflict with the party that once dominated Ethiopian politics—and tear the country apart.
Locked Down at Home, Much of France Is Quietly Rooting for Biden
Trump’s insults and ideological closeness to Marine Le Pen have left a bitter taste.
Has Trump Been Good for Israel?
Trump has showered Netanyahu with foreign-policy favors, but a Biden win could be a harsh wake-up call for Israelis.
If Trump Wins, America Could Look a Lot Like Bulgaria
Corruption, oligarchs, and media concentration have weakened Bulgarian democracy.
Is This Nigeria’s Arab Spring Moment?
The protests that began as a movement against police brutality have much bigger goals—including regime change.
Changing Tides in Divided Cyprus
The victory of an Erdogan ally in Northern Cyprus spells danger for the island’s reunification prospects—and sets Turkey up for regional hegemony.
Brazil’s First Wave Isn’t Over Yet
Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the country’s north, threatening to increase strain on public hospitals. This time, local governments face even more political pressure to lift restrictions.
Nigeria’s Next-Generation Protest Movement
Demonstrations against police brutality—organized on social media and powered by artists and musicians—have shown Nigeria’s youth that they have the power to change society.
The Mediterranean Red Prawn War Signals Italy’s Lost Leverage in Libya
Italian fishermen are being kidnapped off the coast of Libya—and Rome is too caught up in EU migration politics to help.
In Northern Kenya, the Climate Crisis Shifts Gender Roles
Drought has disrupted the traditional way of life for pastoralists, pushing many women into business for the first time.
Thai Protesters Claim a Temporary Victory
Both the government and demonstrators are borrowing tactics from Hong Kong.
Thai Protesters Defy New State of Emergency
After a confrontation with the royal motorcade, the government is cracking down.
Christian Victims in Nigeria Fear Future Attacks
Religious violence is growing despite the pandemic.
Europe’s Failed Migration Policy Caused Greece’s Latest Refugee Crisis
The burning of the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos has exposed the EU’s short-sighted, inhumane, and ineffective approach to asylum.
In Afghanistan, Social Media Is the Only Way to Talk Back to the Taliban
As the United States abandons demands for human rights, young Afghans are embracing free speech the only place they can—on the Internet.
Thai Protesters Test a Royal Redline
The biggest rallies in years are risking the wrath of royalists eager to use the lèse-majesté law.
After Lockdown, Femicide Rises in South Africa
Pandemic measures focus anger on crimes against women.
Viktor Orban Has Declared War on Mayors
Hungary’s prime minister has used the pandemic to drain power from one of the last sources of opposition to his rule.
Brazil Must Address Its Own Racist Police Violence
Afro-Brazilians make up over half of the country’s population, but they are still fighting for their right to live.
Will Poland’s Presidential Race Deal a Blow to Nationalist Conservatives?
President Andrzej Duda is locked in a surprisingly close race with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Their rivalry is the latest battle between the country’s poorer and more religious rural regions and its wealthier, socially liberal cities.