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People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.
People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.

The Power of China’s Blank Sheets of Paper

2022 is not 1989, but demonstrations may yet develop in unpredictable ways.

A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.
A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.

The Ukrainian Village That Sacrificed Itself for Kherson

One small town in Ukraine held off a Russian attack and helped liberate a key regional capital.

Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.
Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.

Ukraine Battles On in the Dark

Russia’s terror campaign against Ukraine’s power plants is cutting off the lights—and energizing resistance.

An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Russia’s Great Reverse Migration

Central Asians used to flee the Soviet empire’s periphery for Moscow. Russia’s mobilization has sent escaping Muscovites in the other direction.

Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.
Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.

The World’s Most Remote Film Festival

Deep in the Algerian desert, a Sahrawi-run event puts Western Sahara’s struggle for liberation on the big screen.

Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gives a press conference in Vienna on Dec. 2, 2021.
Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gives a press conference in Vienna on Dec. 2, 2021.
A man with a Ukrainian flag stands on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington.
A man with a Ukrainian flag stands on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington.

Congress to Ukraine: We’ve Still Got Your Back

Lawmakers flock to security conference to allay doubts over long-term Ukraine commitment.

Officers with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) wait outside an apartment in Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine.
Officers with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) wait outside an apartment in Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine.

Ukraine Has a Secret Resistance Operating Behind Russian Lines

Modern-day Ukrainian partisans are quietly working to undermine the occupation.

Young boys dress up as Ukrainian soldiers and police officers.
Young boys dress up as Ukrainian soldiers and police officers.

Kherson Is Liberated but Not Yet Freed

Although Ukraine has reclaimed the one provincial capital taken by Russia, there’s still a long road to recovery.

A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction

For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.

Zahida Khatoon Mugheri stands in front of partially flooded farmland in Pakistan.
Zahida Khatoon Mugheri stands in front of partially flooded farmland in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Farmers Are Already Bracing for the Next Disaster

In Sindh province, the food insecurity that followed extreme flooding may be a harbinger for the climate future.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

People take shelter in Vokzalna metro station in Kyiv, Ukraine.
People take shelter in Vokzalna metro station in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Kyiv’s Metro Is a Symbol of the City’s Resilience

Soviet authorities built the transit system to withstand a potential NATO attack. Now, stations are shielding Ukrainians from Russian missiles.

Israeli far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks during a rally with supporters in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Oct 26.
Israeli far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks during a rally with supporters in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Oct 26.

Far-Right Party Will Push Anti-Arab Agenda in New Israeli Government

With most votes counted, Benjamin Netanyahu and ultranationalists look like big winners.

A woman passes a mural supporting the Russian Federation in Mitrovica, Kosovo.
A woman passes a mural supporting the Russian Federation in Mitrovica, Kosovo.

In Northern Kosovo, Tensions Threaten to Boil Over

The Kosovo government’s laws on ID cards and license plates have enraged ethnic Serbs and heightened tensions between the young nation’s fractured communities.

A worker carries a bag of coca leaves.
A worker carries a bag of coca leaves.

Colombia’s Radical New Approach to Cocaine

The Petro administration plans to pour money into rural communities to stop the drug trade at its source.

A man walks past towels with images of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro for sale in Brasília, Brazil, on Oct. 21.
A man walks past towels with images of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro for sale in Brasília, Brazil, on Oct. 21.

Brazil’s High-Stakes Hustle for Swing Voters

Undecided and apathetic voters could determine the Lula-Bolsonaro showdown—if they turn out.

Books are seen among the debris in Borodyanka, Ukraine.
Books are seen among the debris in Borodyanka, Ukraine.

The Defiance of Celebrating Literature in the Midst of War

How this year’s Lviv BookForum in Ukraine became an act of solidarity.

A fighter from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army is deployed on a checkpoint in the area of Kafr Jannah on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Afrin on Oct. 19.
A fighter from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army is deployed on a checkpoint in the area of Kafr Jannah on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Afrin on Oct. 19.

Turkey Combats Jihadi Expansion on Syria Border

An extremist alliance with links to al Qaeda is making headway across northern Syria, drawing Russia and Iran deeper into the conflict and posing problems for Turkey.

A Palestinian flag is seen above an electoral billboard.
A Palestinian flag is seen above an electoral billboard.

Arab Citizens of Israel Hold the Key to Next Month’s Election

Low Arab turnout would pave the way for Benjamin Netanyahu and the far right.

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