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A still from Pacific Rim: The Black.

Small Stories in an Age of Giant Monsters

The new Netflix show “Pacific Rim: The Black” finally lives up to the franchise’s internationalist potential.

Everydays: The First 5000 Days by Beeple

It’s a $69 Million JPEG, but Is It Art?

Cryptocurrency and high art are cooking up magic beans together with non-fungible tokens.

People visit the Bund in Shanghai

Seeking Truth From Fiction

The provocative short stories in “Land of Big Numbers” offer a window into ordinary life in China with rich material from a reporter’s notebook.

A photo from the film Quo Vadis, Aida?

Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen

“Quo Vadis, Aida?” could do for the Srebrenica massacre what “Schindler’s List” accomplished for the Holocaust.

Director Terry George talks to Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame Celebrated ‘Hotel Rwanda’—Until Its Hero Criticized Him

Rwanda’s president once welcomed the Hollywood film. His recent attacks on the movie and its protagonist show that his government cannot handle dissent.

A man browses jewelry through the window of a shop at the Grand Bazaar in Tehran on Feb. 12, 2020.

Prince of Persia

Tehran is cracking down on elite troublemakers—one influencer at a time.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

Paul Rusesabagina (C) is escorted by police officers at the Kicukiro Primary court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept.14, 2020.

When It Comes to Rwanda, Don’t Believe Everything You See in the Movies

Many Rwandans regard the protagonist of a Hollywood film as a terrorist, not a hero.

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Our Top Weekend Reads

Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s journey from the Jim Crow South, why global celebrities are taking on Modi, and what the United States shouldn’t do about Myanmar’s coup.

Activists of the United Hindu Front hold pictures of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and Barbadian singer Rihanna in New Delhi on Feb. 4.

Why Rihanna and Greta Thunberg Are Taking on India’s Modi

Global celebrities are helping Indians to fight their government’s crackdown on dissent.

People walk outside the BBC headquarters in Portland Place, London on July 2, 2020.

The United States Needs a BBC

The Beeb’s influence is rising stateside, revealing a hunger for nonpartisan news. America’s own networks should take note.

The UNESCO logo is seen at the organization’s headquarters in Paris on Oct. 12, 2017.

Biden Should Rejoin UNESCO—but Not Without Getting Something in Return

If it comes back, the United States can push the organization to focus more on initiatives that further the country’s foreign-policy goals.

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The Best of 2020 to Read, Watch, or Listen To

With much of the world in lockdown again, here are some of this year’s highlights to help you pass the time.

Sisanda Henna, Megan Fox, and Brandon Auret in “Rogue.”

Hollywood Likes Feminists When They’re Imperialists

Female-led movies are repeating the same stale images of power.

People arrive to watch the actress Zsofia Szamosi perform in the play Pali at the Jozsef Katona Theater in Budapest on Jan. 18, 2019.

Orban’s Macbeth

The tragic figure behind the Hungarian populist leader’s efforts to remake his country’s theater.

Paramilitary police march near the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China.

Our Top Weekend Reads

A history lesson on pandemics and their aftereffects, Putin becomes Pashinyan’s playmaker, and Selina Meyer humbles Donald Trump.

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‘There’s a Complete Destruction of Reality’

The man who wrote “Death of Stalin” and “Veep” struggles to come to grips with Trump’s dysfunction.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence applaud after their debate at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Harris, Pence Battle Over Foreign Policy

Vice presidential candidates return to America’s role in the world in a restrained debate.

Carved ivory polyhedra by Egidius Lobenigk (left) and Georg Wecker from the 16th century, part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden collection in Germany.

A World in Counterfeit

After they mastered their territories, rulers wanted to master crafts, too.

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Books in Brief

Staff reviews of recent releases on U.S. isolationism, the future of energy, and China’s new Silk Road.