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Beto O'Rourke carries his son Henry O'Rourke on his shoulder as they march along the US Mexico border in protest of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, February 11 in El Paso, Texas.

Liberals Need National Borders

The immigration issue is there for the taking for Democrats—if they don’t treat it as a culture war.

A rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch center in China's southwestern Sichuan province on Dec. 8, 2018.

America Is Losing the Second Space Race to China

The private sector can give the United States a much-needed rocket boost.

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Make America Existentialist Again

French philosophy came to define the postwar era. As U.S. politics get ever more absurd, it’s time for a comeback.

Paramedics remove an injured man suspected of being an undercover police officer and attacked during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on Aug. 13.

Hong Kongers Can’t Always Tell Cops From Comrades

Police infiltration is an old tactic—and not just by autocrats.

Dollars and yuan notes are seen at a bank on May 15, 2006 in Beijing, China.

The United States Will Miss China’s Money

The rattled stock market gets all the trade war attention, but it’s the sharp decline in China’s U.S. investments that should alarm Americans.

Activists burn Chinese flags and display anti-China placards during a protest at a park in Manila on June 18, 2019.

China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked

Artificial islands are becoming more trouble than they’re worth.

A statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his dog Fala are seen at the FDR Memorial September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.

There Once Was a President Who Hated War

American elites used to see war as a tragic necessity. Now they’re completely addicted to it.

Neo-Nazi protestors organized by the National Socialist Movement demonstrate near where the grand opening ceremonies were held for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center April 19, 2009 in Skokie, Illinois.

White Supremacists Want a Dirty Bomb

And the Trump administration is letting them get dangerously close to acquiring one.

A 1747 map of Greenland.

American Imperialists Have Always Dreamed of Greenland

Trump’s reported hopes of buying the Danish island exemplify his 19th-century values.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares to speak at the Brookings Institution, March 31, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Erdogan Plays Washington Like a Fiddle

As U.S. policymakers worry about their special relationship with Ankara, Turkey’s president knows it's already dead.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman nominee Jerome Powell looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a press event in the Rose Garden at the White House on Nov. 2, 2017.

What the Last Recession Tells Us About the Next One

A transcript of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s remarks in Paris.

Passengers wait to board delayed Amtrak trains at New York Penn Station on June 19.

America the Mediocre

Americans think they’re No. 1. They’re wrong in so many ways.

Buck Billy is a co-owner of ZIN Adventures, a tour company owned and operated by deportees. He rides in a tuk tuk during ZIN's Good Luck City Tour in Phnom Penh on June 5.

Deported to Their Parents’ Homeland, Cambodian Americans Start Anew

Refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge as children are being deported from the United States in record numbers—and are adapting as adults to life in a country most have never known.

An Iranian cancer patient at her parents' house in Tehran on Oct. 18, 2013.

U.S. Sanctions Are Killing Cancer Patients in Iran

Washington claims that maximum pressure won’t stop the supply of medicine and other humanitarian necessities, but banking sanctions are driving up import prices, blocking supply chains, and creating deadly drug shortages.

Sudanese dockworkers unload a U.S. aid shipment organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme at Port Sudan, Sudan on the Red Sea coast, on May 5, 2016.

How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism

The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. Pursuing economic justice at home and abroad, launching a new freedom agenda, and framing aid as innovation rather than charity can help end the backlash.

Guatemalan presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei speaks to supporters in Guatemala City on Aug. 11 after the run-off presidential election.

Guatemala’s New President Won’t Stop Citizens Leaving

The Trump administration is relying on the country to curb migration. That won’t happen.

U.S. soldiers arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran air base in 1991.

Did Mohammed bin Salman Just Give Jihadis the World’s Greatest Terrorist Recruiting Tool?

Anger at the presence of U.S. troops on sacred Saudi soil led Osama bin Laden to found al Qaeda and wage jihad on the West. The crown prince’s decision to welcome them back could light the fuse again.

A 2-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, on June 12.

Trump’s Asylum Policies—and the Troops Who Enforce Them—Are Breaking the Law

Under U.S. domestic and international law, public servants locking up immigrants at the border could be prosecuted.

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