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An Afghan toddler whose family has been internally displaced sleeps in a hammock at a refugee camp in Herat on April 21, 2018.

In Afghanistan, Bringing New Life Into the World Is Deadly

Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.

Police guard an entrance to Kabul University the day after an attack by a gunman at the university in Kabul on Nov. 3.

Crime Wave Further Rocks Confidence in Afghan Government

Afghan officials are trying to contain a spate of kidnappings and armed robberies that appear designed to bolster public thirst for Taliban-style justice—just ahead of a critical donor meeting.

Dionicio Ortega, 55, and Juana Maldonado, 50, the parents of Claudio Ortega Maldonado, a Mexican immigrant who died of COVID-19 while living in New York City on April 22, look out over the village of Tlapa de Comonfort, Mexico, on Aug. 29.

The Coronavirus Is Now Another Risk of U.S. Migration

At least 2,500 Mexicans in the United States, many of them essential workers, have died from COVID-19. Back home in Mexico, their grieving families are left without support.

Rap Against Dictatorship performs during a demonstration at the October 14th Memorial in Bangkok on Aug. 27.

Rap Against Dictatorship Turns Thai Protests Into Video Hits

Facing a military-backed government, Thai protesters find musical inspiration.

The children of the radio journalist Rahim Sekander display a photo of him in their home in Khost on Oct. 27.

Atrocities Pile Up for CIA-Backed Afghan Paramilitary Forces

Many Afghans want the groups disbanded when the United States withdraws.

Members of the Amhara militia

Sudan Will Decide the Outcome of the Ethiopian Civil War

As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed goes to war against Ethiopia’s former rulers—the Tigray People’s Liberation Front—Khartoum’s moves will determine whether the conflict remains a local affair or a regional conflagration.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017.

How Trump’s Defeat Could Mean More Policy Favors for Israel

Netanyahu has a wish list for the lame-duck president while Trump has a score to settle with Biden.

A woman walks past a store damaged by recent shelling in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh

In Nagorno-Karabakh, the Cycle of Ethnic Cleansing Continues

In the 1990s, the Azerbaijani population was expelled. Now Armenians could face the same fate.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Why a Biden Win Is Bad News for Boris Johnson

By casting his lot with Trump, the U.K. prime minister now looks like yesterday’s man. He is in for a rude awakening.

Police stands between members of far right associations standing on the stairs of the Holy Cross Church and pro-choice protesters during the National strike for the seventh day of protests against the Constitutional Court ruling on tightening the abortion law on Oct. 28, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland.

Poland’s Anti-Abortion Dream Has Become a Nightmare

The country’s Catholic conservatives have achieved a long-sought goal—and may have fatally weakened their power in the process.

A man enters a polling station on the day of Tigray's regional elections, on Sept. 9, 2020 in Mekelle.

Is Ethiopia Headed for Civil War?

Abiy Ahmed’s military move against the Tigray region could spark a conflict with the party that once dominated Ethiopian politics—and tear the country apart. 

People pass a poster depicting French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen with the face of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017.

Locked Down at Home, Much of France Is Quietly Rooting for Biden

Trump’s insults and ideological closeness to Marine Le Pen have left a bitter taste.

Israeli Likud party affiliates and supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attend a pre-election rally in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh on Nov. 2, ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

Has Trump Been Good for Israel?

Trump has showered Netanyahu with foreign-policy favors, but a Biden win could be a harsh wake-up call for Israelis.

People wave Bulgarian flags during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Sofia on Oct. 16.

If Trump Wins, America Could Look a Lot Like Bulgaria

Corruption, oligarchs, and media concentration have weakened Bulgarian democracy.

A demonstrator holds a placard to protest against abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at the Lekki toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria on Oct. 12.

Is This Nigeria’s Arab Spring Moment?

The protests that began as a movement against police brutality have much bigger goals—including regime change.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar

Changing Tides in Divided Cyprus

The victory of an Erdogan ally in Northern Cyprus spells danger for the island’s reunification prospects—and sets Turkey up for regional hegemony.

An aerial view shows graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on July 20.

Brazil’s First Wave Isn’t Over Yet

Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the country’s north, threatening to increase strain on public hospitals. This time, local governments face even more political pressure to lift restrictions.

A protester poses with a banner reading “End SARS” at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 18.

Nigeria’s Next-Generation Protest Movement

Demonstrations against police brutality—organized on social media and powered by artists and musicians—have shown Nigeria’s youth that they have the power to change society.

A fisherman mends his nets on a fishing boat in Trapani harbor in Sicily on Sept. 7, 2017.

The Mediterranean Red Prawn War Signals Italy’s Lost Leverage in Libya

Italian fishermen are being kidnapped off the coast of Libya—and Rome is too caught up in EU migration politics to help.

A Turkana woman carries firewood near Lokitaung in northern Kenya, where a drought ravaged the livestock population, on March 21, 2017.

In Northern Kenya, the Climate Crisis Shifts Gender Roles

Drought has disrupted the traditional way of life for pastoralists, pushing many women into business for the first time.

A protester gives the three-finger salute at a rally outside Nonthaburi police station in Bangkok on Oct. 19.

Thai Protesters Claim a Temporary Victory

Both the government and demonstrators are borrowing tactics from Hong Kong.

Protesters attend a rally  in Bangkok on Oct 15.

Thai Protesters Defy New State of Emergency

After a confrontation with the royal motorcade, the government is cracking down.

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja, Nigeria.

Christian Victims in Nigeria Fear Future Attacks

Religious violence is growing despite the pandemic.

A migrant mother walks in front of a wall outside the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, on Aug. 11, a month before the devastating September fire.

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.

Afghans use computers at the Park Residence Internet Cafe in Kabul on Jan. 20, 2003.

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.

An anti-government protest in Bangkok

Thai Protesters Test a Royal Redline

The biggest rallies in years are risking the wrath of royalists eager to use the lèse-majesté law.

Activists and others gather outside the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg on June 24.

After Lockdown, Femicide Rises in South Africa

Pandemic measures focus anger on crimes against women.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban poses before casting his vote for the European elections at a polling station in the XII. district of Hungarian capital Budapest, on May 26, 2019.

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.

Protesters hold crosses bearing the names of victims—including that of João Pedro, 14, who was killed at home by police in May—in the streets of São Gonçalo, Brazil, on June 5.

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.

People walk their dogs as they pass by election posters of Polish President Andrzej Duda (R) and opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski (L) in a suburb of Warsaw, on June 25.

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.

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