As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise
In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.
A ‘Life and Death Fight’ Against the Taliban in Central Afghanistan
Bamiyan, home to the Taliban-wrecked Buddhas, might be the start of Afghanistan’s pushback against the insurgents.
Israel Goes to War Again, This Time Against Ben & Jerry’s
Israeli leaders press for legal measures after the ice cream company announced it would halt sales in Jewish settlements.
The Taliban Are Breaking Bad
Meth is even more profitable than heroin—and is turbocharging the insurgency.
Palestinians Find New Unity After War With Israel
The 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas has unified disparate Palestinian enclaves.
How the Danish Left Adopted a Far-Right Immigration Policy
In an effort to outflank the populist right, the ruling Social Democrats have adopted one of the harshest refugee policies in the world.
The Shocking Enormity of Russia’s Botched Pandemic Response
A massive third wave is spreading unchecked, anti-vaxxers are rampant, and the Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy has failed.
The Party’s Party Is All About Xi
As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its 100th anniversary, nothing else counts but “Xi Jinping Thought.”
With the Militias in Afghanistan
As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.
A Razed Building and Another Possible Flash Point in East Jerusalem
Israel demands Palestinians obtain building permits but rarely grants them.
In Slovenia, a Trumpian Populist Assumes a Key European Post
Janez Jansa is increasingly seen as one of the continent’s most illiberal leaders.
Italy’s Far-Right Is on the Rise
Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy is displacing Matteo Salvini’s League and making a play for power in Italy.
Social Media Provided a Lifeline to a Desperate India at COVID-19’s Peak
Volunteers struggle with trauma and loss after months of efforts.
‘Now I Can’t Go Home’
Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military clamor for U.S. visas to escape Taliban retribution.
The Taliban Are Winning the War of Words in Afghanistan
The government’s radio silence is handing a propaganda victory to the insurgents.
What’s It Actually Like Living Under France’s Far Right?
A town in the south of France offers clues to what may be in store for the rest of the country.
France’s Far-Right Seeks a Breakthrough in the South
The National Rally could win a key regional election—and a chance at mainstream success.
A Deeply Divided Israel Greets New Coalition Government
The “change government” of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid promises little real change—other than an end to Netanyahu.
Afghan Air Force Could Be Grounded After U.S. Pullout
The one advantage the Afghan army had on the Taliban looks set to slip away with the hasty U.S. withdrawal.