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Indian government forces stand guard in the deserted city center of Srinagar on Aug. 15.

Why Indians and Pakistanis Want a War

Most South Asians are too young to have experienced the horrors of the conflicts fought in the region. That’s one reason why they’re quick to clamor for one.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 27, 2018.

Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief

Democrats say that the U.S. secretary of state is bypassing the Senate’s traditional oversight measures with the appointment.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin from the White House on Jan. 28, 2017.

Whistleblower Fight Could Chill Reports of Wrongdoing

Laws on whistleblowing weren’t crafted to deal with concerns about a president.

Iranian youth march with portraits of the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on Feb. 11. Rouzbeh Fouladi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

How Iran’s Supreme Leader Is Outmatching Trump

The United States appears to be backing down in a test of wills that Iran expert Reuel Marc Gerecht calls the most “important moment since the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.”

People walk near heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria on Sept. 16.

Idlib Faces a Fearsome Future: Islamist Rule or Mass Murder

Despite this week’s meeting of Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani, there is no good news in the last redoubt of the Syrian revolt.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire pay their respects at the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar on February 21, 2018.

Trudeau Won’t Wash Off His Blackface Scandal

Racist images taint a prime minister who painted himself as a liberal savior.

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Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.

Ursula von der Leyen speaks to journalists during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on July 3.

The EU’s Compromise President May Have Just Conceded Too Much to Eastern Europe

Billed as a safe pair of hands, Ursula von der Leyen is about to find out that caution can only take her so far.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on Feb. 7, 2018.

Foreign Investors Fueled Violence and Corruption in South Sudan, Report Finds

Numerous banks and multinationals have hands in shady deals with the new nation’s elites and warlords.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a news conference in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 14.

Putin Is Trolling the United States in the Persian Gulf

In the wake of the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the Russian president has positioned himself as a peacemaker. But continued conflict is his friend.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the Israeli Innovation Summit in Jerusalem on Oct. 24, 2018.

Israel Shouldn’t Worry About Ilhan Omar. It Should Worry About Xi Jinping.

China risks becoming a point of chronic contention between the United States and Israel.

A Zimbabwean man stands by one of his two cars that was set on fire after he survived a petrol bomb attack at his home near Durban, South Africa on April 19, 2015.

South Africans Are Used to Being the Targets of Racist Hatred. Now They’ve Become the Haters.

The ANC government must acknowledge that xenophobic violence is a hate crime and a betrayal of the African allies that aided it during the darkest days of apartheid.

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The West Has a Resentment Epidemic

Across the West, the main trigger of populism has been the growing inequality—and hostility—between urban and rural regions.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused of spying and arrested in Russia, arrives to attend his hearing at a court in Moscow on Aug. 23.

Paul Whelan’s Freedom Is a Family Affair

Siblings of former U.S. Marine detained in Moscow work around the clock to procure his release.

Joint List candidates join hands in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth on Sept. 17, as exit poll results are announced.

An Unlikely Winner in Israel’s Election

For the first time, the country’s Arab minority could wield some leverage in the political process.

A Yemeni child looks out at buildings damaged in an air strike in the southern Yemeni city of Taiz on March 18, 2018.

Europe Is at War Over Arms Exports

The EU must start enforcing its export controls, or else risk making conflicts around the world even worse.

Iranian women walk in the capital, Tehran, on Aug. 27. Iran’s economy has struggled with U.S. sanctions and could face even more after last weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Trump Sanctions Iran Again, Inching Toward Economic Blockade

But some experts say the move is a weak response to alleged Iranian attacks on Saudi oil.

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