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Cardboard figures of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing a face mask stand in front of a souvenir shop in Moscow on June 3.

Trump’s New Realism in China

Critics aside, the administration does have a strategy, and it is based on reciprocity.

Protesters hold crosses bearing the names of victims—including that of João Pedro Mattos Pinto, 14, who was killed at home by police in May—in the streets of São Gonçalo, Brazil, on June 5. Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil Must Address Its Own Racist Police Violence

Afro-Brazilians make up over half of the country’s population, but they are still fighting for their right to live.

The Syrian city of Idlib in March after the coroanvirus outbreak.

In Syria, a Grim Trade-Off Between Tackling Pandemic and Famine

The pandemic-fueled food shortage in Syria suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.

A health care worker organizes COVID-19 tests in Houston on Thursday, June 25.

Leaving the WHO Will Hurt Americans’ Health

The World Health Organization is woven into the fabric of U.S. public health, and extricating it won’t be easy.

47-year-old Anar Gul, a local police commander, wields an AK-47 at his front-line outpost in Nangarhar’s Surkhrod district in Afghanistan on June 24.

Resurgent Taliban Bode Ill for Afghan Peace

Four months after the U.S.-Taliban deal, the militant group is growing—and growing bolder, while its al Qaeda ties remain.

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro reacts during the swearing in ceremony for newly appointed Minister of Communications Fábio Faria amidst the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace on June 17, 2020 in Brasilia.

Bolsonaro’s Failed Diplomacy Leaves Brazil Isolated as Pandemic Rages

Ideological fixations have been a diplomatic and a public health disaster.

An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator sleeps on the pavement under spray paint that reads "Al-Jazeera" and "Facebook" at Cairo's Tahrir square on February 7, 2011.

Egypt’s Social Media Discovered Its Coronavirus Crisis

The government tried to bury evidence of a national outbreak—until Egyptians forced it to confess.

Senator John Kerry addresses reporters October 1, 1992 at the U.S. Capitol about the release of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Terrorism's report on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International's (BCCI) illegal financial dealings.

The Dictator-Run Bank That Tells the Story of America’s Foreign Corruption

BCCI was a kleptocratic institution whose influence reached the White House—and a model for today’s global crooks.

People collect recyclable items at a landfill, to be sold for extra income, in Iraq

Global Poverty Rampant Despite Sunny Talk, U.N. Finds

Reliance on arbitrary metrics, like a $1.90-a-day bar for poverty, masks huge and growing inequality in the world.

A midwife in training attends to one of the first patients of the day in the labor ward at Mirwais Hospital on Feb. 18.

The Midwives on the Front Lines

Despite rising violence, some of Afghanistan’s most vital workers are fighting stigma to deliver health care to the country’s mothers.

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Will the Coronavirus Fuel Conflict?

Projections based on economic and development data show an increased risk of internal violence in fragile states driven by rising prices and falling incomes.

A participant in a University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is injected

‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’ 

The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold. 

People walk down 16th Street after “Defund The Police” was painted on the street near the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 8.

Defund the Bankers

The U.S. economy needs reform, and the Black Lives Matter movement shows how it can be done.

Riot police hold up a warning flag during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city that makes political views, slogans, and signs advocating Hong Kong's independence or liberation illegal.

Beijing’s Secret Police Rule Hong Kong Now

The new national security law effectively undercuts the city’s once great justice system.

A man stands in front of a billboard displaying an image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing a scarf as a facemask.

The Coronavirus Is Hastening Modi’s Transformation of India

New Delhi is invoking the pandemic to accelerate its suppression of the press.

A U.S. Marine takes position

The Tip of the American Military Spear Is Being Blunted

Reforms to the Marine Corps may be necessary to face China, but Congress needs to ask hard questions.

U.S. Flag Burning Protest

When It Comes to America’s Race Issues, Russia Is a Bogeyman

As talk turns once again to Russia’s role in stoking racial tensions ahead of an election, the United States would be wise to look within.

Israeli activists protest against the U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, in Jerusalem on May 15.

Annexation Will Probably Go Smoothly. The Problems Will Come Later.

Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territory won’t trigger a disaster. But the aftermath will be toxic for the Jewish state.

Protesters raise their fist and give the finger from the statue of Marianne on Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13, 2020.

France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now

The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.

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