How Bibi’s Friends in the Settlements and in Washington Helped Scuttle His Annexation Move
Israel’s West Bank land grab is on hold for now.
Poland Needs Migrant Workers. The Pandemic Has Kept Them Away.
Despite the government’s anti-immigration rhetoric, many Polish businesses rely on workers from other parts of Eastern Europe.
He Sends Up Balloons, and North Korea Wants Him Dead
Meet Park Sang-hak, the North Korean defector and activist who could spark another round of “fire and fury.”
Will Poland’s Presidential Race Deal a Blow to Nationalist Conservatives?
President Andrzej Duda is locked in a surprisingly close race with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Their rivalry is the latest battle between the country’s poorer and more religious rural regions and its wealthier, socially liberal cities.
For Brazil’s Poor, the Pandemic Is Far From Over
As coronavirus cases there exceed 1 million, the country’s poorest are struggling to access medical care.
India’s Islamophobia Creeps Into Nepal
Nationalist media and pandemic fears have caused hatred to go viral.
Why the U.S. Can’t Get Israel to Break Up With China
For most Israelis, the deals are enticing and the threat seems remote.
Will Burundi’s New President Seize the Moment?
The sudden death of the outgoing president, the coronavirus pandemic, and an ailing economy mean that wide-ranging reforms are needed more than ever.
In Cambodia, a Spiritual Army Battles an Earthly Pandemic
With little faith in the government’s coronavirus response, many rural Cambodians are turning to the divine.
50 Years On, Biafra’s Pain Is Still Fresh
Activists are calling for independence in eastern Nigeria once more as the government tries to stamp out separatism.
Child Soldiers Are Helping End a Forever War
Children are at the center of the Central African Republic’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic—and to break the country’s cycles of violence.
Mourning in Mexico
As the coronavirus death toll mounts, interrupted mourning rituals leave families unmoored.
Victim of Wartime Sexual Slavery Points Finger at Korean Aid Agency
Allegation of wrongdoing reopens war wound that has marred relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
How Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran Ended Up Strengthening ISIS
American troops helped keep a lid on the Islamic State in Iraq. The Suleimani killing changed all that.
As Cease-Fire Expires, Afghanistan Yearns for Peace
With new Taliban prisoner releases, the Afghan government hints at progress with peace talks.
Boris Johnson and His ‘Svengali’ May Be Facing Their Reckoning at Last
The U.K. prime minister’s refusal to fire Brexit guru Dominic Cummings has provoked nationwide outrage.
How Canada Got Tough on Guns
Within weeks of a mass shooting, the Canadian government passed a ban on assault-style weapons despite widespread firearms ownership and vocal gun rights groups.
The Death of Lebanon’s Middle Class
A country with a proud history of trade and commerce is starting to crumble into permanent poverty.
Without Tourism, Italy’s Economy Faces Disaster
Foreign visitors have helped prop up the faltering Italian economy. If they don’t come back, the country is in trouble.
Coronavirus Brings Mexico’s Governors to the Fore
State leaders are showing up the president in their pandemic response, giving López Obrador’s critics their loudest opportunity yet to oppose his policies.
Putin Is Using the Pandemic to Consolidate Power
Public health is a convenient pretext for extending authoritarian controls.
A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq
The Iraqi government is finally starting to make progress in its attempt to curb the influence of Kataib Hezbollah.
On the Coronavirus, Pakistan’s Government Is Missing in Action
As the pandemic threatens livelihoods, the country’s poor are relying almost exclusively on the charity of fellow citizens.
The Hidden Flaw in Sweden’s Anti-Lockdown Strategy
The government expects citizens to freely follow its advice—but not all ethnic groups have equal access to expertise.
Brazil’s Health System Isn’t Ready for the Coronavirus
The country’s public hospital capacity is already strained, and Jair Bolsonaro’s reckless policies will hit the poor the hardest.
In Afghanistan, the Coronavirus Could Be Deadlier Than War
The pandemic has hit the war-ravaged country at the worst possible time—just as peace appeared possible and as foreign military aid disappears.
The Coronavirus Has Paralyzed Europe’s Far-Right
The continent’s borders are closed, as extreme nationalists always wanted—but they’re one of the pandemic's victims anyway.
Nepal May Escape the Coronavirus but Not the Crash
The remote mountain country has only five confirmed coronavirus cases.
In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.
For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.
In Germany, Coronavirus Is No Longer a Distant Threat
Germans used to be happy they were far away from China, but as COVID-19 ravages Europe, they no longer feel safely removed.
Sweden Is Open for Business During Its Coronavirus Outbreak
The Scandinavian country believes its distinctive high-trust culture will protect it from needing to shut down for the pandemic.
Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction
China’s poor rural neighbor says it has no cases. That’s unlikely to be true.