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A boy stands by a dried riverbed in Kenya.

The Racial Violence of Climate Change

It’s time to speak plainly about the deadly effects of global warming—and their unjust impact across racial lines.

Participants rehearse in Tiananmen Square before a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, 2021 in Beijing, China.

The Chinese Communist Party Has Always Been Nationalist

China’s quest for rejuvenation dates back more than a century.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to the chancellor’s office in Berlin on May 15, 2017.

Is Macron the New Merkel?

The French president has charted a new kind of centrism in Europe.

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Before Jihadi John, There Was George Blake

The British KGB double agent was a forerunner of today’s radicalized Western jihadis.

Robert Gersony (left) in Dominica in 1979.

The Greatest Humanitarian You’ve Never Heard Of

Bob Gersony was a mostly anonymous U.S. diplomat—and his country’s best model for creating change in the world.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrive for the Inauguration of Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.

How the United States Learned to Love Human Rights

The United States’ human rights story started less than 50 years ago with the extraordinary efforts of one president—and could end this November with the re-election of another.

Chinese farmers put peaches in boxes to sell in Lianyungang, in China's Jiangsu province, on June 29, 2017.

China Wants Workers to Stay in the Countryside

Beijing is doubling down on its plan to keep migrants out of big cities.

Signs opposing fracking

Why Scientists Should Shape Environmental Policy

The case of fracking in Pennsylvania shows that if experts and fossil fuel industry leaders can cooperate, innovation is possible.

A soldier stands guard as cocaine seized on the Atlantic coast of Honduras is incinerated on October 17, 2013.

In Honduras, the U.S. War on Drugs Is Empowering Corrupt Elites

The Central American country has become a transit zone for drug traffickers and the center of a biofuel boom. Dispossessed indigenous groups are paying the price.

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies over the National Mall during the Arsenal of Democracy, a World War II flyover for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, in Washington on May 8, 2015.

Wall Street Was America’s First Foe in World War II

Breaking up monopolies was the first step in fighting Hitler.

A tent orphanage for Jewish refugees in Tehran, 1942.

When Iran Welcomed Jewish Refugees

In the middle of World War II, Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees who were welcomed as they arrived from Soviet Central Asia.

A refugee camp near Suruc in southern Turkey, across the border from Kobani in February 2016. Many Kurds fled Kobani and other areas of Syria in 2014 to escape the Islamic State. Now, with a new war launched by Turkey near their homes, people are fleeing again.

Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable

U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.

Far-right activists carrying German and Saxon flags and chanting "Wir sind das Volk" (We are the people) cast shadows as they gather to protest against a planned refugee center on Nov. 14, 2013 in Roetha, Germany.

Putting Our Own People First

Defining “us” and “them” is crucial for the success of far-right parties, and the boundaries are constantly shifting.

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