Russia and Belarus Are Using Migrants as a Weapon Against the EU
Authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Minsk are aiding Iraqis and Afghans in order to sow chaos and domestic discord in Eastern European countries.
The Kremlin’s Don’t-Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign
Russia isn’t cracking heads ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary vote—just boring people away from the polls.
Germany Braces for Election Disinformation
A growing conspiracy movement is likely to spread false narratives about the results, with echoes of Trump.
Life Under the Taliban
A few weeks after militants took over Kabul and the country, Afghanistan has gone back to a past it didn’t miss.
Erdogan’s AKP: We Didn’t Start the Fire
Why Turkey’s ruling party views environmentalism as a threat.
Indonesia Can’t Keep Up With Its COVID-19 Cases
As the massive wave driven by the delta variant spreads to outlying regions, official data may not reflect the scale of the tragedy.
Thailand’s Protests Are Turning Dangerously Violent
Brutal police responses have prompted a shift in once-peaceful movements.
Conspiracy Theories Rise From the Ashes of Greece’s Fires
The government can claim real successes amid the disaster, but rumors are running wild.
Taliban Takeover Seen as a Boon for Human Smugglers
Along one part of the Turkish border, hundreds of new Afghan migrants show up every day.
Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan
Tehran’s Shiite regime has strategic, economic, ideological, and ecological reasons for backing Sunni extremists.
Many Afghans Fear for Their Lives as Taliban Fighters Take Kabul
In a new chapter for Afghanistan, women are particularly vulnerable.
What Went Wrong With Afghanistan’s Defense Forces?
Ten provincial capitals have fallen in a week, and Kabul is teetering.
More Provinces, Atrocities for Rampaging Taliban
Six more Afghan provinces fell over the weekend, and Kabul fears the “country will fall apart.”
With Militias in Herat, ‘We Are Caught Between Bad and Worse’
Killings by militiamen in Herat underscore the risks of relying on armed civilians to fight off the Taliban.
Taliban Rampage Puts Afghan Journalists in Crosshairs
The last 20 years saw a renaissance in the Afghan media landscape. Now, it’s crumbling.
Lebanese Mark One-Year Anniversary of Blast With Protests, Rage, and Remembrance
No one has been held accountable for the explosion, even as Lebanon spirals further into economic catastrophe.
Mexico’s School Closures Are Increasing Inequality
With schools shut for over a year, limited access to technology is exacerbating the education gap, leaving Indigenous communities behind.
Hungary’s Orban Tries to Snatch Mantle of Christian Democracy
Europe’s “illiberal democrat” is on a quest to remake the continent’s politics.
Afghanistan’s War Splinters as Southern Tribes Fight for Spoils
Key cities including Herat and Kandahar could be the next to fall as Afghanistan’s nightmare continues.