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Soviet Red Army soldiers march in downtown Kabul during a military parade in October 1986.

Russia Is Winning the Information War in Afghanistan

The country’s former occupier is using Kremlin-backed media to fuel anger toward the United States.

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Journalism Has a Class Problem, Too

The increasingly narrow backgrounds of reporters distort coverage at home and abroad.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives on stage to deliver a speech following a cabinet meeting in Ankara on June 9.

The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech

Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.

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Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide

As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.

Commuters look at their cell phones in a subway station in Beijing on April 11 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As the Coronavirus Spreads, Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral Too

Dubious and unfounded claims on the internet intended for domestic consumption are reaching far beyond their target audiences, allowing governments to spread disinformation cheaply and easily.

A man reads a coronavirus news alert

The World Is Addicted to Pandemic Porn

The insatiable appetite for disaster information is psychologically understandable—and politically dangerous.

China's state broadcaster CGTN anchor Liu Xin

The United States Can’t Win Playing China’s Media Games

Tit-for-tat media expulsions only end up benefiting Beijing.

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The End of History and the Last Map

Cartography and conflict in the post-Cold War world.

Protesters in Taiwan

Taiwan’s War on Fake News Is Hitting the Wrong Targets

The fight on Chinese disinformation has become dangerously partisan.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex

Harry and Meghan Are Leaving the Job but Keeping the Salary

Blame the British press and Buckingham Palace staff for the royal Brexit.

A Yemeni artist sitting atop the rubble of a collapsed buiding, plays the aoud during a street performance in Yemen's third city of Taez, on December 6, 2019.

Middle Eastern Voices Deserve to Be Heard in Western Media

Coverage of Suleimani’s killing shows locals are still silenced.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence applaud U.S. President Donald Trump at his State of the Union address in Washington on Feb. 5.

The Most Overhyped and Underrated Stories of 2019

A look at the stories the major media overreported—or paid too little attention to—in the past year.

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Berlin Wall exhibit at the Newseum in Washington before its closure in December.

Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters

Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.

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Virtual Reality Takes on Historical Trauma

A wave of new Polish games reexamines Soviet repression.

Supporters of the Law and Justice party watch the announcement of the results of the Polish parliamentary elections on television screens in Warsaw on Oct. 13.

Poland’s State of the Media

How public television became an outlet for the Law and Justice party—and what it means for democracy.

Swedish Commander in Chief Sverker Goranson talks to media after a nearly two-hour-long meeting with the Swedish parliament defense committee in Stockholm on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago on Oct. 21, 2014.

Loose Lips Sink Democracies?

Russia has started using the West’s own reporting against it. Here’s how to respond.

An Iranian woman walks past a new mural painted on the walls of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran

Tehran Paints Over Its Anti-American Murals

The city’s old public art showed a United States to be feared. The new ones depict a country that is weaker, more laughable, and riddled with its own problems.

A man dressed as "Fake News Media" participates in the annual Village Halloween parade on Sixth Avenue in New York on Oct. 31.

To Stop Fake News, Online Journalism Needs a Global Watchdog 

Without regulations that push search engines and social media companies to prioritize reliable and truthful sources of information, propaganda and censored content will dominate digital platforms.

A woman walks next to posters commemorating the 60th anniversary of France's famous comic characters Asterix and Obelix in Paris on Oct. 9.

Can Comics Save International Relations?

Academics need to get better at reaching non-experts. Narrative media offer one possibility.

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