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A migrant rides a bike past greenhouses on January 14, 2019. In southern Spain, the far-right party Vox has attracted farmers with its pledge to deport illegal workers.

Spanish Nationalists Hate Separatists, Not Immigrants

Spain has long resisted the rise of the far-right, because Basque and Catalan separatism animated nationalist passions—but the rise of Vox in Andalusia shows that the country is not immune from xenophobic politics.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the head of Israel's Arab parliamentary bloc, Ayman Odeh, during a discussion to vote on the dissolution of the Israeli parliament in the Knesset in Jerusalem on Dec. 26, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

How the Jewish Left and Palestinian Arabs Can Remake Israeli Politics

A political alliance between Israel’s left wing and Arab parties could topple Benjamin Netanyahu.

Former journlalist Zhou Yuan—the founder and CEO of Zhihu, a knowledge-sharing platform popular among China’s professional class—speaks during the 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in Zhejiang province, China, on Nov. 8, 2018.

Once Muckrakers, Now Capitalists

How Chinese journalists traded censorship for the tech boom.

A 'Leave Means Leave' sticker on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament on Jan. 18, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Will Brexit Blow Up Britain’s Conservative Party?

Europe has ended the careers of many a Tory prime minister. If Theresa May can’t forge a deal that carries a majority, she could send the party into the political wilderness.

Seized Ukrainian military vessels are seen in a port of Kerch, Crimea, on November 26, 2018.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Stand Up to Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine

Putin's latest ploy in the Kerch Strait must be countered fast.

Russian soldiers load an Iskander-M missile launcher during a military exercise at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia on Nov. 17, 2016. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty Images)

Russia’s Conventional Weapons Are Deadlier Than Its Nukes

Withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would take the United States one step forward and many steps back on international security.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) bids farewell to South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) on Moon's departure from North Korea at Samjiyon airport on September 20, 2018 in Samjiyon, North Korea. (Photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images)

South Korea Is an Ally, Not a Puppet

Washington's image of Seoul is stuck in the 1970s. It's time to move on.

Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the media at No. 10 Downing St. after her government defeated a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons on Jan. 16. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Maybot and the Marxist

A stubborn prime minister and an intransigent opposition leader have brought British politics to a standstill. Parliament is poised to seize control of the Brexit process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a referendum rerun.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

An AFP collaborator uses the Chinese app TikTok on Dec. 14, 2018 in Paris. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

ByteDance Can’t Outrun Beijing’s Shadow

The Chinese social media firm is the most valued start-up in the world—but it’s going to hit political walls.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the House of Commons towards the House of Lords in London on June 21, 2017. (Kristy Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s Officially Nobody in Charge of Britain

The United Kingdom is facing a generational crisis and adults are nowhere to be found in Parliament.

People walk past the World Bank Group's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 3, 2013. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Bank Needs to Join the 21st Century

The next president of the world’s largest development organization needs to chart a new direction for a new era.

Yellow Vest protesters clash with police during an anti-government demonstration on Jan. 12 in Caen, France. (Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images)

The Old Regime and the Yellow Revolution

France’s protest movement has become a crisis of legitimacy for Emmanuel Macron—and the country’s constitutional order.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the welcome ceremony for the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara-Pool/Getty Images)

The Belt and Road Initiative Is a Corruption Bonanza

Despots and crooks are using China’s infrastructure project to stay in power—with Beijing's help.

Portraits of Li Tingting, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Wu Rongrong, and Zheng Churan—who became known as the Feminist Five—during a protest calling for their release in Hong Kong on April 11, 2015. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

The Patriarchy Strikes Back in China

Attempts to crush feminists and labor activists linking up show what the Communist Party fears most.

People gather to celebrate the return of the formerly banned anti-government group the Oromo Liberation Front at Mesquel Square in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sept. 15, 2018.

Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia

Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.

A Venezuelan family at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on January 10. (Schneyder Mendoza/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s Why Colombia Opened Its Arms to Venezuelan Migrants—Until Now

For years, Colombians fleeing violence left for Venezuela. Now mass migration flows the other way.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)

Welcome to the People’s Democratic Republic of America

Reporters need to start treating DC like a foreign posting.

Iranian reformist Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, at right, speaks with hardline Judiciary Chief Mahmood Shahroudi in Tehran on Dec. 12, 2002. (Keivan/Getty Images)

Iran’s Next Supreme Leader Is Dead

And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.

People view erotic sculptures during the first Xian Sex Culture Festival on December 30, 2007 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Chinese Censors Really Don’t Want You to Watch These Sex Ed Videos

Educator Chang Mengran is trying to teach Chinese women about their own bodies.

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