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Protestor standing in front of a river, holding a sign against the Amazon River Club Development.
Protestor standing in front of a river, holding a sign against the Amazon River Club Development.

Amazon’s New Africa HQ Pits Indigenous South Africans Against Each Other

The planned development will bring jobs, but raises questions about who speaks for Khoi and San peoples, what is sacred, and how to commemorate injustice.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.

Why Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Want Iran’s Regime to Fall

Riyadh seeks to leverage ongoing anti-government protests to extract geopolitical concessions from Tehran—not effect regime change.

Netanyahu waves as he walks during a hearing at the Magistrate Court.
Netanyahu waves as he walks during a hearing at the Magistrate Court.

Will Less Democracy Kill Israel’s Tech Sector?

Several firms pull investments over Bibi’s plan to weaken the judiciary.

People fleeing violence in Mali walk through the weekly market in the M'Berra refugee camp in Bassikounou, Mauritania, on June 7, 2022.
People fleeing violence in Mali walk through the weekly market in the M'Berra refugee camp in Bassikounou, Mauritania, on June 7, 2022.

How Russia’s Wagner Group Is Fueling Terrorism in Africa

Moscow’s scramble for valuable resources has come at the cost of regional security.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani at a press conference in Berlin.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani at a press conference in Berlin.

‘They Have to Balance’: New Iraqi Leader Tilts the Scales Toward U.S.

Mohammed al-Sudani’s public support of U.S. troops reflects a behind-the-scenes shift—and the continued threat from the Islamic State.

An Israeli soldier prepares an Elbit Systems Skylark I unmanned aerial vehicle for deployment near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on Aug. 21, 2020, as part of a monitoring operation in the area.
An Israeli soldier prepares an Elbit Systems Skylark I unmanned aerial vehicle for deployment near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on Aug. 21, 2020, as part of a monitoring operation in the area.

What the Rise of Drone Warfare Means for Palestinians

Whether armed or not, drones function as a form of psychological terror for those living underneath them.

Passengers are greeted by relatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Passengers are greeted by relatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tigrayans Need a Path Home After Abiy’s War

Ethiopia can only recover morally and economically by welcoming refugees back.

A demonstrator with an Iranian flag and red hands painted on her face attends a rally in support of Iranian protests, in Paris on October 9, 2022.
A demonstrator with an Iranian flag and red hands painted on her face attends a rally in support of Iranian protests, in Paris on October 9, 2022.

Iran’s Protests Are Nowhere Near Revolutionary

Many say the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement will threaten the regime this year. They’re wrong.

A bronze sculpture of a woman's head sits on a pedestal behind glass in a museum.
A bronze sculpture of a woman's head sits on a pedestal behind glass in a museum.

What Europe Stole From Africa

Imperial powers didn’t just steal art and artifacts. They stole Africa’s future.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech at Tel Aviv University in Israel on March 11, 2010. Biden was in the Middle East to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and then-Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech at Tel Aviv University in Israel on March 11, 2010. Biden was in the Middle East to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and then-Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Biden Is About to Have His Hands Full in the Middle East

Iran and Israel may set Washington’s agenda for the next two years.

Sudanese citizens hold banners and flags as they walk to the Presidential Palace on the 4th anniversary of the Sudanese Revolution in Khartoum, Sudan on Dec. 19, 2022.
Sudanese citizens hold banners and flags as they walk to the Presidential Palace on the 4th anniversary of the Sudanese Revolution in Khartoum, Sudan on Dec. 19, 2022.

Ukraine Shows What Unity on Human Rights Can Achieve

Governments must not limit their moral outrage to situations that serve their short-term interests.

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Biden’s Foreign-Policy Report Card

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Two years into his first term, how has U.S. President Joe Biden fared on foreign policy? Is there a clear Biden doctrine? Is America in a stronger or weaker position globally?  The answers ...Show more

A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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