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Fans of the Israeli Beitar Jerusalem Football Club show their support during the team's training in Jerusalem on Dec. 11, 2020.

Red Card for Emirati Royal’s Soccer Diplomacy?

A peculiar deal that symbolized the entente between Israel and the UAE could get nixed.

A doctor measures the blood pressure of a patient at the Kahdistan health clinic in Herat province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 7. The increasing presence of midwives across the country has started to play a role in improving a mother’s and baby’s chances of survival. Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate has dropped from 1,300 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2002 to 638 deaths per 100,000 births in 2017.

Looming Aid Cuts Will Harm Afghan Women’s Health

With violence on the rise and the U.S. military drawing down, international donors are pulling back some assistance to Afghanistan. Women in refugee camps stand to suffer.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The End of the Road for Bibi?

Another Israeli election and a rebellion in the ruling Likud party spell trouble for Netanyahu.

A view of a building damaged by the August 4 blast in Beirut on Nov. 5.

Lebanon’s Concrete Cartel

How business interests prevent Lebanon from rebuilding its infrastructure, government, and economy.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti (L) gestures while talking with Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah (C) along with his son and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah (R) after a meeting in Srinagar on Oct. 15.

Old Rivals in Kashmir Are Joining Forces Against Modi

India’s attack on Kashmiri autonomy has united two parties that were once sworn enemies. The newly formed Gupkar Alliance could reshape the disputed region’s politics and cause problems for the BJP.

A picture taken on June 6, 2018, shows a fish farm in the Sorvagsfjorour fjord on Vagar island, one of the Faroe Islands.

Forget Greenland, There’s a New Strategic Gateway to the Arctic

The Faroe Islands have a history of trading with everyone who will buy their fish. With growing tensions in the Arctic region, the islands are now receiving more attention from superpowers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and alternative Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz

Election Déjà Vu for Israelis

A move to dissolve parliament could mean a fourth ballot in less than two years.

A beggar who said he lost his leg from a mine injury is seen in traffic on Sept. 21, 2019 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Needs Truth Before It Can Have Reconciliation

Politicians and warlords have benefited from decades of violence. The victims of the country’s endless wars could provide the key to a lasting peace.

A cutout of an Israeli soldier

Israel Is the Wrench in Biden’s Iran Policy

The U.S. president-elect wants to reengage with Iran, but Israel has other plans.

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 25 miles south of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on Oct. 16, 2017.

Iraqi Kurds Turn Against the PKK

Now that it’s beaten back the Islamic State, the Kurdistan Regional Government is focusing its attention on a group it has long tolerated.

Naseemo Kaur (left) shouts slogans during a protest in the Moag area of Punjab, India, on Oct. 1.

India’s Farmers Come Out in Force Against Modi

New agriculture laws are making a desperate situation more dire. 

A Russian peacekeeper in Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian Troops in Nagorno-Karabakh ‘Clearly a Win for Moscow’

The Russian-brokered cease-fire that ended six weeks of fighting means soldiers on the ground—either as peacekeepers or as a vanguard of Putin’s latest garrison state.

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.

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.

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