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A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.
Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.

Why Is Madrid Pandering to Morocco?

Spain has traded five decades of neutrality on Western Sahara while getting nothing but a spyware scandal in return.

Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.
Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.

How a Pair of Mining Fortunes Will Shape the Australian Election

Two wealthy men with opposing political views are riding a wave of discontent with the major parties.

People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.
People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.

War in Ukraine Is Worsening East Africa’s Food Crisis

Rising wheat, fuel, and fertilizer costs amid a historic drought could lead to mass hunger and instability throughout the Horn of Africa.

A satellite image shows the the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Isa port in Yemen on June 17, 2020.
A satellite image shows the the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Isa port in Yemen on June 17, 2020.

Yemen Is Sitting on a Time Bomb Bigger Than the Exxon Valdez

An abandoned oil tanker with more than 1 million barrels of crude is rusting off the coast.

U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.
U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.

Vietnam Relations Are a Quiet U.S. Victory Already

There’s no need to empower hard-liners by a potentially provocative upgrade.

An Afghan worker works on the site of an ancient monastery discovered in Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar on Nov. 23, 2010. The archaeological dig is located at the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine.
An Afghan worker works on the site of an ancient monastery discovered in Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar on Nov. 23, 2010. The archaeological dig is located at the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine.

China Wants Its Investments in Afghanistan to Be Safer Than in Pakistan

Beijing could profit handsomely from Afghan resources and exports, but new ventures risk exposing Chinese nationals to violence.

The logo of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom is seen in Bulgaria.
The logo of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom is seen in Bulgaria.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a Commonwealth Club of California event in San Francisco on Sept. 13, 2018.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a Commonwealth Club of California event in San Francisco on Sept. 13, 2018.

John Kerry: ‘We’re Behind. We’re Way Behind.’

America’s climate envoy on what it will take to turn things around for the planet.

Ukrainian coal mine
Ukrainian coal mine

Russia’s Resource Grab in Ukraine

Ukraine’s extraordinary riches in energy, minerals, and agriculture are a prize for the Kremlin.

A heat pump stands outside a property as part of a green housing project in Huddersfield recently retrofitted by Kirklees Council on March 16, 2022 in Huddersfield, England.
A heat pump stands outside a property as part of a green housing project in Huddersfield recently retrofitted by Kirklees Council on March 16, 2022 in Huddersfield, England.

Heat Pumps Will Change Everything—and Not Enough

It’s a long-term solution for climate change with plenty of short-term problems.

A farmer in drives a tractor pulling a planter with sugar beet seeds in Humnyska, Ukraine on March 26.
A farmer in drives a tractor pulling a planter with sugar beet seeds in Humnyska, Ukraine on March 26.

How Climate Change and War Are Compounding Food Insecurity

Disruption to Black Sea routes and climate change-related crop failures pose major risks to food security in Ukraine and around the world.

An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.
An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.

Chile Bets Big on Green Hydrogen

The country aims to lure investors and become a global clean energy hub.

A long line of cars stretches down a city street from a gas station.
A long line of cars stretches down a city street from a gas station.

Iraq’s Oil Dysfunction

The world’s sixth-largest oil producer still suffers from fuel shortages and power outages.

A Japanese microprocessor factory
A Japanese microprocessor factory

Putin’s War Threatens Microchips, Teeth, and Beer

Russia’s invasion has torn asunder oil and agricultural markets. But there’s lots more economic carnage on the way.

Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members
Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members

Ecuador’s Distant Dream of a Green Recovery

The debt-saddled country is struggling to meet its climate goals under IMF austerity.

Several gas station signs displaying current prices are shown along a street.
Several gas station signs displaying current prices are shown along a street.

The Ukraine Crisis Offers a Rare Chance for Energy and Climate Cooperation

Russia’s war in Ukraine has exposed some difficult truths about the world’s energy needs.

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