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Elephants graze at Kimana Sanctuary.
Elephants graze at Kimana Sanctuary.

The Brewing Battle Over Africa’s Ivory

Many countries in southern Africa want to unload big stockpiles of ivory to fund conservation, even though the trade is banned.

Syeda Lameeya Parween and her partner, Naina, play with their cats at their house in New Delhi on Feb. 21.
Syeda Lameeya Parween and her partner, Naina, play with their cats at their house in New Delhi on Feb. 21.

LGBTQI Muslims in India Find Solace in Their Pets

“The first living being to know that I am a gay was my pet parakeet.”

After waiting for hours, Nazir Ahmad Kondoo rows his boat toward other fishermen on Anchar Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Feb. 16. Photos by Shefali Rafiq for Foreign Policy
After waiting for hours, Nazir Ahmad Kondoo rows his boat toward other fishermen on Anchar Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Feb. 16. Photos by Shefali Rafiq for Foreign Policy

The Last Fishermen of Kashmir

Once teeming lakes are fast disappearing and with them, a lucrative career for tens of thousands of people in the region.

A woman looks at a newly formed crack in a walkway after a storm in Bargny, a fishing village in Senegal, on Sept. 18, 2020.
A woman looks at a newly formed crack in a walkway after a storm in Bargny, a fishing village in Senegal, on Sept. 18, 2020.

In West Africa, Climate Change Equals Conflict

The region is the poster child for insecurities already brought on by global warming.

A picture taken on June 6, 2018, shows a fish farm in the Sorvagsfjorour fjord on Vagar island, one of the Faroe Islands.
A picture taken on June 6, 2018, shows a fish farm in the Sorvagsfjorour fjord on Vagar island, one of the Faroe Islands.

Forget Greenland, There’s a New Strategic Gateway to the Arctic

The Faroe Islands have a history of trading with everyone who will buy their fish. With growing tensions in the Arctic region, the islands are now receiving more attention from superpowers.

The cover of the 1961 comic book 'Yogi Bear Visits the U.N.'
The cover of the 1961 comic book 'Yogi Bear Visits the U.N.'

Yogi Bear’s Oddly Familiar Struggle for U.N. Recognition

The ursine rogue’s adventure at the United Nations captures the institution’s problems—and hopes.

A humpback whale spyhops off Rockaway Beach in New York City with the Empire State Building in the background on Sept. 23, 2013.
A humpback whale spyhops off Rockaway Beach in New York City with the Empire State Building in the background on Sept. 23, 2013.

Take a Breath, Thank a Whale

Like the Amazon rainforest, the planet’s whales play crucial roles as carbon captors. That’s just one reason to save them.

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How Alberta Won the Rat Race

One Canadian province has virtually eliminated its vermin—and shows how others can too.

Russian President Vladimir Putin kisses a Turkmen shepherd dog, locally known as Alabai, received from Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during a meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 11, 2017.  (Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin kisses a Turkmen shepherd dog, locally known as Alabai, received from Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during a meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 11, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images)

Let Slip the Dogs of Diplomacy!

A very brief recent history of animals in foreign affairs.

Workers hold a donkey's hide before curing at a licensed slaughterhouse specialised in donkeys in Baringo, on February 28, 2017. 
The emergence of the global trade in donkey hide attributed mainly to the rise of Chinas middle class and an increased perception of the medicinal efficacy of a gelatine derived after boiling the hides, that is a key ingredient in a medicine called 'ejiao' has raised the price and the rate of slaughter of the animal. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers hold a donkey's hide before curing at a licensed slaughterhouse specialised in donkeys in Baringo, on February 28, 2017. The emergence of the global trade in donkey hide attributed mainly to the rise of Chinas middle class and an increased perception of the medicinal efficacy of a gelatine derived after boiling the hides, that is a key ingredient in a medicine called 'ejiao' has raised the price and the rate of slaughter of the animal. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Smugglers Are Buying Up Hundreds of Thousands of Illegally Slaughtered African Donkeys

When they’re not smuggling ivory and rhino horn, Africa’s most notorious criminal syndicates are stealing farm animals to make a 2,500-year-old traditional Chinese remedy.

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Is World Cat Day the Only Thing That Can Unify Our Fractured World?

Probably not. But here are some cats worth knowing from around the world anyway.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar From Hell

A nondescript pest is threatening African food stocks — and could be headed to Europe and Asia.

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Ukrainian Separatists Hold a ‘Most Patriotic Cat’ Competition

Though Kiev may contest the results of the competition, the contestants are paws-itively adorable.

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Watch: Panda Tries Out Zoo-plomacy With a Snowman

Because soft diplomacy is more fun than hard power.

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Kerry’s March to the Penguins

Why Secretary Kerry is Stopping in Antarctica Before Next Week’s Trip to Morocco for the U.N. Climate Change Summit

PINGTANG, CHINA - MAY 07: (CHINA OUT) Aerial view of the construction site of a Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) on May 7, 2016 in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province of China. The dish-like telescope, as large as 30 football fields, will be completed in September 2016.
PINGTANG, CHINA - MAY 07: (CHINA OUT) Aerial view of the construction site of a Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) on May 7, 2016 in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province of China. The dish-like telescope, as large as 30 football fields, will be completed in September 2016.

Innovations: Can China’s Super-Sensitive New Telescope Talk to E.T.?

Plus, a sub that stays dry, a B2-inspired battery, and a DNA scanner that catches poachers red-handed.

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Freakish Lightning Storm Kills 323 Reindeer in Norway

Getting struck by lightning is, for humans, a statistical long shot. Less so for reindeer.

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 19:  A lionfish swims in a tank at Artisanal Foods on February 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 19: A lionfish swims in a tank at Artisanal Foods on February 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stopping the World’s Most Rapacious Invasive Species, One Fillet at a Time

The Pacific lionfish has taken over the Caribbean, killing reefs and decimating local species. Could Whole Foods be the answer?

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