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Students sit at desks in a classroom.

Who Speaks English?

The world is long overdue for the abandonment of the unstated but powerful hegemony that exists around the great imperial languages of centuries past.

Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.
Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.

The Dark Side of Ethiopia’s Export Boom

Workers report sexual coercion and poor conditions at the Hawassa Industrial Park.

Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"
Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"

Let’s Be Honest About the Iran Nuclear Deal

There are several politically inconvenient realities its detractors and defenders should consider.

People participate in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside of the United Nations on September 21, 2022 in New York City.
People participate in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside of the United Nations on September 21, 2022 in New York City.

Iran’s Anti-Veil Protests Have Already Succeeded

The Islamic Republic is no stranger to protests—but this time, they’re leaving a permanent mark.

Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.
Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.

What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

The supreme leader’s stance could become a source of widening divide.

A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police is seen in front of an electoral poster of President Emmerson Mnangagwa
A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police is seen in front of an electoral poster of President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Cafe Meeting Turns Into Tense Car Chase for U.S. Senate Aides in Zimbabwe

Leading lawmaker calls on Biden to address Zimbabwe’s “dire” authoritarian turn after the incident.

Iraqi Shiite women carry portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his predecessor and Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini and late Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammed Baqer al-Sadr during a military parade in Baghdad, on May 31, 2019.
Iraqi Shiite women carry portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his predecessor and Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini and late Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammed Baqer al-Sadr during a military parade in Baghdad, on May 31, 2019.

Iraq Is Nearing the Brink of a Shiite Civil War

The increasingly violent rivalry between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran will decide Iraq’s future.

A child points at a mural depicting Palestinian fighters and a captured Israeli soldier in Gaza, on Dec. 11, 2021.
A child points at a mural depicting Palestinian fighters and a captured Israeli soldier in Gaza, on Dec. 11, 2021.

Iran-Hezbollah Intelligence Center May Help Hamas Target Israel

Growing evidence points to a joint communication center in Beirut that coordinates activities in the region.

Iranian Basij paramilitary forces take part in a rally marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day near a Shahab-3 missile (background) on a street in Tehran, on Apr. 29.
Iranian Basij paramilitary forces take part in a rally marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day near a Shahab-3 missile (background) on a street in Tehran, on Apr. 29.

A New Iran Deal Won’t Prevent an Iranian Bomb

Tehran’s program is far more advanced than in 2015. Only a credible threat of force will stop the regime from crossing the threshold.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14, 2019.

How Beijing Benefits From a New Iran Deal

The nuclear agreement could unleash Chinese activity in the Gulf and complicate U.S. goals in the Indo-Pacific.

A view through an open, barred iron gate shows a courtyard.
A view through an open, barred iron gate shows a courtyard.

The History of Slavery Is All of Our History

The grim events that took place at historical sites such as Ghana’s Elmina Castle made all of us.

A woman watches United Arab Emirates Armed Forces helicopters during a military demonstration in Dubai, UAE, on March 5.
A woman watches United Arab Emirates Armed Forces helicopters during a military demonstration in Dubai, UAE, on March 5.

Gulf States and Israel Should Form a Rapid Response Force

Modeled on NATO and enabled by the Abraham Accords, a joint force would foster deterrence and security in the region.

A World Food Programme convoy of trucks on their way to the Tigray region are seen near the village of Erebti, Ethiopia, on June 9.
A World Food Programme convoy of trucks on their way to the Tigray region are seen near the village of Erebti, Ethiopia, on June 9.

Africa Must Do Its Part to Break Ethiopia’s Abusive Tigray Siege

The Ethiopian government’s chokehold on humanitarian aid needs to end. 

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