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I Knew Coronavirus Denier Landon Spradlin. His Death Wasn’t a Punchline.

The evangelical musician died of COVID-19 after calling it fake news. But he was a victim of forces much larger than him.

A man and his family walk past closed vegetable stalls.

The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World

The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.

Supporters hold a giant Catalan flag

Spain’s King Isn’t an Obstacle to Dialogue. Catalonia’s Separatists Are.

Repeated attempts by Catalan secessionists to break away are increasing polarization and preventing reconciliation.

Afghan Border Police officers guard an outpost in Nahr-e-Saraj, an oft-contested district in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Nov 20, 2019.

Waiting for Peace on the Front Lines

As political divisions hold up talks with the Taliban, Afghan forces are paying the price.

President Xi Jinping arrives at a meeting of the National People's Congress

China Will Do Anything to Deflect Coronavirus Blame

Don’t mistake different messages for division within the party.

Malaysian police officers stop vehicles at a roadblock

Malaysia’s Preventable Coronavirus Disaster

The country’s newest leaders should have jumped into action immediately. Instead, they wasted precious weeks jockeying over cabinet positions.

An empty Statuary Hall is seen at the US Capitol in  Washington, DC on March 19, 2020.

It’s Time for Congress to Go Remote

America’s politicians are older than ever—and dangerously vulnerable to the coronavirus as a result.

Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Joe Biden Isn’t a Liberal or a Moderate. He’s a Christian Democrat.

The Democratic front-runner’s ideology has less to do with Obama or the Clintons than a distinct style of European conservatism.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Anti-Trumpism Is Now Enough

Joe Biden is calculating that after four years of Trump—and one global coronavirus pandemic—Americans have finally had their fill of populism.

Joe Biden takes a selfie with an attendee during a campaign event

It’s Time to Cancel the U.S. Presidential Campaign as We Know It

From party conventions to in-person voting, the coronavirus pandemic has made traditional election activities into deadly gambles.

People wear protective face masks as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

Why Are We So Scared of the Coronavirus?

The pandemic is truly terrifying. But other forces are intensifying our fears.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

Xi’s Fake History Lesson for Hun Sen

Eager to appease his benefactor in Beijing, the Cambodian leader is excluding China’s role from the Khmer Rouge narrative.

Protesters burn an effigy of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah during a protest demanding his resignation.

Modi’s India Is Racing to a Point of No Return

Indian culture may be ancient, but its unity is rare and recent. A growing hostility to Muslims threatens to upend the world’s largest democracy.

Security personnel patrol a street.

Why India’s Muslims Are in Grave Danger

An expert on communal riots says the country may well be witnessing the start of a larger pogrom.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during the "We The People" Summit at the Warner Theater in Washington on April 1, 2019.

Grow Up About Dictators, America!

The Democrats’ presidential primary has exposed the pathological moral obsessions of U.S. foreign policy.

A view of a slum area in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli.

Cash-Strapped Lebanon Isn’t Ready for the Coronavirus

Grappling with economic and political turmoil, Lebanon’s government is underequipped for a public health emergency.

A voter walks to a voting booth in Bedford, New Hampshire, during the New Hampshire primary.

What Washington Can Learn About Elections—From Abroad

The United States has aided polarized democracies in countries from Kenya to Sri Lanka. It’s time to apply those lessons at home.

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