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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro makes a "thumbs up" gesture in front of a sign announcing the combatting corruption forum.

Does Power Corrupt?

How parking tickets, bankers, and bees explain selfish behavior.

The downtown district of Wilmington, Delaware, is seen on Aug. 19, 2016.

How Delaware Became the World’s Biggest Offshore Haven

Kleptocrats, criminals, and con artists have all parked their illicit gains in the state.

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How Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan Helped North Korea Get the Bomb

Islamabad and Pyongyang exchanged technology, cash, and expertise.

An art installation feature the phrase #ImmigrantsAreEssential in large white letters sits on the grass of the National Mall with the U.S. Capitol in the background.

Who Will Win the Global War for Talent?

After the Great Lockdown will come the next Great Migration.

Orthodox Christian worshippers pray.

In Hamas-Run Gaza, the Last Arab Christians Are Hanging On

An ancient community bears witness to its own purging—and recalls a more tolerant time.

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.

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