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Rep. Chrissy Houlahan speaks during a news conference in Washington on Jan. 29.

America Has Been ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ on China’s Rare-Earth Threat

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan talks about new legislation that would require the Pentagon to ensure access to critical defense minerals.

A man reads the Reporter, an Ethiopian newspaper, depicting the portraits of Ambachew Mekonnen, the president of the country’s Ahmara region, and of Gen. Seare Mekonnen, the chief of staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, in Addis Ababa on June 24.

Ethiopia Is at a ‘Very Critical Juncture’

After high-level assassinations, the country may still be in danger, says Human Rights Watch expert Felix Horne.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the railway station in Vladivostok, Russia, on April 24.

Kim Jong Un Wants It All

Anna Fifield on how the North Korean leader uses class divisions to stay in power.

Political cartoonist Badiucao reveals his face in a self-portrait in April.

China’s Rebel Cartoonist Unmasks

Badiucao's work has brought him praise from critics — and threats from Beijing.

Shipping containers sit stacked at Qingdao Port in China on May 28.

‘Most People Don’t Know What a Tariff Is’

The University of Chicago trade expert Robert Gulotty says the global trading system will likely survive, though it has never before had to fend off the country that built it.

Turkmen service members take part in a military parade in central Ashgabat on Sept. 27, 2018, on the 27th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence.

The World’s Worst Country for Journalists

Turkmenistan is so repressive it is even worse than in Soviet times, says editor Ruslan Myatiev.

A person wearing a rainbow flag leaves the Milimani High Court in Nairobi after Kenya’s high court, in a much-awaited verdict, refused to scrap laws criminalizing same-sex relationships, on May 24.

Kenya’s Bid for LGBT Equality Hits a Wall

Judges declined to overturn colonial-era laws criminalizing same-sex relationships. Human Rights Watch’s Neela Ghoshal says it’s a setback with regional repercussions.

Joseph Stiglitz speaks at the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 24.

An Icon of the Left Tells Democrats: Don’t Go Socialist

The economist Joseph Stiglitz still mistrusts markets. But he’s worried "democratic socialism" will cost the Dems the 2020 election.

A campaign billboard for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD) in eastern Berlin on May 17. Europeans vote this week for a new Parliament, with strong gains expected for extreme right-wing parties.

‘The Dominant Voter’ in European Elections Is the ‘Confused Voter’

European elections this month are not simply a faceoff between anti-EU and pro-EU forces, says Mark Leonard of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Sudanese protesters gather for a sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on May 15.

‘The Possibility of Violence Is Very Real’

Sudan’s transition hangs in the balance, says Zachariah Mampilly, an expert on protest movements and African politics.

Iraq's Minister of Electricity Luay al-Khatteeb speaks at a press conference in Baghdad on Dec. 11, 2018.

‘Everything Is Calm, and People Are Happy’

So says Iraq’s new electricity minister a year after blackouts sparked violent riots across the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, attend a joint press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 15, 2013.

Lukashenko Is ‘Selling Belarus, Piece by Piece, to Russia’

The Belarusian leader may forge a “union state” with Moscow, says former political opponent Andrei Sannikov.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He shakes hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer alongside U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after trade talks between the two countries broke down on May 10.

Trump’s ‘Madman Theory’ of Trade with China

Economist Patrick Chovanec says it could still work, but the president could play a much better hand by bringing in U.S. allies.

U.S. Sen. Angus King speaks during a confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee Gina Haspel before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington on May 9, 2018.

‘We May Be Moving Toward a Military Confrontation’

Sen. Angus King warns of the danger of the Trump administration’s latest actions against Iran and the continued threat from the Islamic State.

U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis speaks at the re-establishment ceremony for the 4th Fleet at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, on July 12, 2008.

Venezuela Is at a ‘Tipping Point’

The former head of U.S. Southern Command says, despite the failed uprising, Maduro’s regime is crumbling.

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