Political Violence Could Derail Ethiopia’s Democratic Transition
A string of assassinations has spawned conspiracy theories and intercommunal suspicion, threatening the country’s stability.
Europe’s Failed Migration Policy Caused Greece’s Latest Refugee Crisis
The burning of the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos has exposed the EU’s short-sighted, inhumane, and ineffective approach to asylum.
How Politics Are Compounding Israel’s COVID-19 Crisis
Bibi succumbs to pressure from religious factions even as he imposes a second nationwide lockdown.
COVID-19 Has Crushed Everybody’s Economy—Except for South Korea’s
Seoul seems to have shown the way to mitigating both the health and the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Afghanistan, Social Media Is the Only Way to Talk Back to the Taliban
As the United States abandons demands for human rights, young Afghans are embracing free speech the only place they can—on the Internet.
Boris Johnson’s Plan to Get Brexit Done and ‘Hang the Consequences’
The United Kingdom is going back on the terms of its divorce with Europe, threatening any future trade deals and even the integrity of the U.K. itself.
Yet Another Opposition Leader Targeted in Belarus
Maria Kolesnikova is a former musician who rose to prominence in recent protests.
Peace for Warplanes?
How a dispute over an arms deal complicates normalization between Israel and the UAE.
Lukashenko Mistakes Protesters’ Principles for Weakness
A surreal helicopter flight highlights the besieged Belarusian president’s belief in force.
How Beirut Blast Could Further Enrich Lebanese Elites
Most residents don’t have money for repairs, making them vulnerable to corruption schemes.
Some Germans Will Be Happy to See U.S. Troops Leave
Left-wing groups say the troop presence has made Germany complicit in U.S. drone wars.
After Another Mining Disaster, Ethnic Minorities Lose Patience With Myanmar’s Leadership
For those in the borderlands, the recent landslide in Kachin state is a symptom of the government’s empty promises.
A Verdict That Pleases No One in Lebanon
A U.N.-backed tribunal convicts one Hezbollah member in the Hariri murder but fails to determine who ordered it.
The Woman Who Started a Revolution in Minsk
As protests swell across the country, Belarusians are calling for the return of the unlikely politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Thai Protesters Test a Royal Redline
The biggest rallies in years are risking the wrath of royalists eager to use the lèse-majesté law.
Afghans Worried About Pressure From Trump as Talks With the Taliban Get Underway
Decision to release 400 Taliban prisoners paves way for negotiations.
In Beirut, Lebanese Want to Clear Out More Than Just Rubble
Calls for fundamental political reform are gaining momentum in Lebanon after a deadly twin explosion this month laid bare government negligence.
Normalization Deal Between Israel and the UAE Signals a Shift in the Region
The agreement requires Israel to put West Bank annexation on hold, but Netanyahu says it’s temporary.
Why Israel’s Political Odd Couple Could Be Headed for an Early Divorce
Netanyahu might be seeing an opportunity to evade his corruption trial by dissolving his coalition and calling yet another election.
Beirut’s Deadly Blast Reignites Anger Against Lebanon’s Ruling Elite
Lebanese people, rocked by a massive port explosion, are fed up with incompetence.
After Lockdown, Femicide Rises in South Africa
Pandemic measures focus anger on crimes against women.
Viktor Orban Has Declared War on Mayors
Hungary’s prime minister has used the pandemic to drain power from one of the last sources of opposition to his rule.
Brazil Must Address Its Own Racist Police Violence
Afro-Brazilians make up over half of the country’s population, but they are still fighting for their right to live.
Will Poland’s Presidential Race Deal a Blow to Nationalist Conservatives?
President Andrzej Duda is locked in a surprisingly close race with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Their rivalry is the latest battle between the country’s poorer and more religious rural regions and its wealthier, socially liberal cities.
For Brazil’s Poor, the Pandemic Is Far From Over
As coronavirus cases there exceed 1 million, the country’s poorest are struggling to access medical care.
Will Burundi’s New President Seize the Moment?
The sudden death of the outgoing president, the coronavirus pandemic, and an ailing economy mean that wide-ranging reforms are needed more than ever.
50 Years On, Biafra’s Pain Is Still Fresh
Activists are calling for independence in eastern Nigeria once more as the government tries to stamp out separatism.
Child Soldiers Are Helping End a Forever War
Children are at the center of the Central African Republic’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic—and to break the country’s cycles of violence.
How Canada Got Tough on Guns
Within weeks of a mass shooting, the Canadian government passed a ban on assault-style weapons despite widespread firearms ownership and vocal gun rights groups.
The Death of Lebanon’s Middle Class
A country with a proud history of trade and commerce is starting to crumble into permanent poverty.
Without Tourism, Italy’s Economy Faces Disaster
Foreign visitors have helped prop up the faltering Italian economy. If they don’t come back, the country is in trouble.
Putin Is Using the Pandemic to Consolidate Power
Public health is a convenient pretext for extending authoritarian controls.
A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq
The Iraqi government is finally starting to make progress in its attempt to curb the influence of Kataib Hezbollah.
On the Coronavirus, Pakistan’s Government Is Missing in Action
As the pandemic threatens livelihoods, the country’s poor are relying almost exclusively on the charity of fellow citizens.
The Hidden Flaw in Sweden’s Anti-Lockdown Strategy
The government expects citizens to freely follow its advice—but not all ethnic groups have equal access to expertise.
Brazil’s Health System Isn’t Ready for the Coronavirus
The country’s public hospital capacity is already strained, and Jair Bolsonaro’s reckless policies will hit the poor the hardest.
In Afghanistan, the Coronavirus Could Be Deadlier Than War
The pandemic has hit the war-ravaged country at the worst possible time—just as peace appeared possible and as foreign military aid disappears.