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Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.
Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.

Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time

Europe’s arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.
An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.

Where the West and China Find Common Ground

A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Bill Gates’s Pandemic Prevention Plan Has a China-Sized Blind Spot

In his new book, the billionaire philanthropist focuses on technical solutions but ignores politics.

Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.
Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.

It’s Africa’s Century—for Better or Worse

Asia gets the attention, but the real economic revolution is the inevitable growth of an overlooked continent.

A person with a cane walks through caged doors. The photo is very dark, and you can only see their silhouette.
A person with a cane walks through caged doors. The photo is very dark, and you can only see their silhouette.

A Glimpse at Life Under Russian Occupation

Stanislav Aseyev’s “In Isolation” depicts the absurd brutality of military rule in the Donbas.

The sun sets behind London.
The sun sets behind London.

How to Get Recent History All Wrong 

A new book identifies—and misunderstands—the structural forces behind today’s geopolitical chaos.

A PLA soldier stands guard beside a U.S. flag outside World Trade Organization talks in Beijing in 1999.
A PLA soldier stands guard beside a U.S. flag outside World Trade Organization talks in Beijing in 1999.

Who Got China Wrong?

Two books take very different approaches on the past and future of engagement.

An illustration of Chinese leaders jailed for corruption and members of China's military.
An illustration of Chinese leaders jailed for corruption and members of China's military.

The Art of Suffering

Two new works of Chinese government propaganda meet with very different reactions from viewers.

Author Michel Houellebecq smokes.
Author Michel Houellebecq smokes.

The Punk-Prophet Philosophy of Michel Houellebecq

The success of France’s most famous novelist has less to do with art and knowledge than anxiety and rock ’n’ roll.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists during a news conference about his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at the White House in Washington on July 22, 2020.
Then-U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists during a news conference about his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at the White House in Washington on July 22, 2020.

Donald Trump’s History Book

Journalists have written the “first rough draft of history,” but now it is historians’ turn to assess a most unconventional presidency.

A black-and-white photo of soldiers in trench coats and hats read newspapers.
A black-and-white photo of soldiers in trench coats and hats read newspapers.

Americans Have Never Wanted the Truth

A new history of fakery in U.S. journalism shows the public has always had an appetite for fake news.

Main character Yusuke Kafuku leans against his red car as supporting character Misaki Watari sits behind the wheel.
Main character Yusuke Kafuku leans against his red car as supporting character Misaki Watari sits behind the wheel.

‘Drive My Car’ Could Change Japanese Cinema Forever

The Japanese film is up for an Academy Award at this year’s Oscars.

Mahatma Gandhi In Paris
Mahatma Gandhi In Paris

Once Upon a Time, India Inspired the World

What today’s India can learn from the foreigners who once fought for its cause.

A screenshot from the Expeditions: Rome videogame.
A screenshot from the Expeditions: Rome videogame.

A Shiny (and Wrong) Vision of Roman Imperialism

Expeditions: Rome tries to be accurate, but it’s all surface.

Occupy Wall Street protesters march down Fifth Avenue on May 1, 2012 in New
Occupy Wall Street protesters march down Fifth Avenue on May 1, 2012 in New

Does Inequality Provoke Populism?

A new book argues that economic unfairness is more important than unequal incomes—but only redistributive policies can restore social mobility.

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