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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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting in Beijing on Aug. 29.

The Chinese Communist Party Wants It All

China's use of sharp power could shatter East Asia.

Indian workers use boats to remove sand in Allahabad on March 16, 2018.

The Coming Sand Wars

Battles over mining sand in India are only the beginning.

Moshe Reuven Azman, the chief rabbi of Ukraine and Kiev, walks inside a synagogue in central Kiev on Apr. 22.

Russian Disinformation Distorted Reality in Ukraine. Americans Should Take Note.

Putin’s propaganda portrayed Ukraine as a fascist state filled with anti-Semites. Despite Ukrainians’ election of a Jewish president, the image has stuck.

A man carries South Sudan's national flag at Mangateen Internal Displaced persons (IDPs) center during the visit of South Sudan's vice president in Juba on Nov. 17, 2018.

The Old Guard Are Killing the World’s Youngest Country

South Sudan was born amid great hope but has since descended into war. It will take a new generation of leaders to make it a successful state.

An old billboard displaying a U.S. flag stands on the United States’ side of the U.S.-Mexico border in California on April 3.

The Age of Nostalgia

Liberals shouldn’t leave emotion to the right-wing populists.

Jacob Zuma (right), the then-president of South Africa, and Ace Magashule, the then-premier of the Free State, ready to release white doves during the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on Dec. 13, 2012.

The Man Who Stole South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged a new dawn as president, but the secretary-general of his own party has built a web of corruption that thrives on darkness.

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