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Beware the new military-technology complex

Beware the new military-technology complex

People who tuned in to Sky News' livestream of the Royal Wedding over the weekend got a glimpse of the future of technology: An Amazon service called Rekognition was able to identify celebrities'
Pope Francis' cunning long game

Pope Francis' cunning long game

Pope Francis' stealth reform of the Roman Catholic Church shows no sign of slowing down — and may even be accelerating. Stealth is key here. If the pope had declared earlier this month that henceforth
Trump's Iran craze

Trump's Iran craze

President Trump campaigned hard on the idea that recent U.S. wars for regime change in the Middle East actually made things worse — and at great cost in American blood and treasure. Here's the man who
The global movement against globalism

The global movement against globalism

Nationalism has gone international. You can see it in the news that three months before the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Jr., took a meeting with an emissary of two wealthy Arab princes
How China and Wall Street won Trump's trade war

How China and Wall Street won Trump's trade war

President Trump's trade war with China seems to be over before it even began. Three days of talks produced a vague "framework" under which the U.S. would back off tariff threats in exchange for China
The North Korea summit is shaping up to be one of Trump's biggest disasters

The North Korea summit is shaping up to be one of Trump's biggest disasters

Not too long ago, the Trump administration was obsessed with showing North Korea how tough we are. "The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is
It's the yuan, stupid

It's the yuan, stupid

President Trump wants China to buy more American stuff. Late last week, White House officials met with China's chief economic minister Lie He and reportedly discussed a deal in which Trump would drop
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

Students pray on the first day of Ramadan in North Sumatra, Indonesia. | (EPA-EFE/DEDI SINUHAJI) Army agents inspect the stands before a soccer game in Torreon, Mexico. | (EPA-EFE/Miguel Sierra) A
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, abdicate!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, abdicate!

On Saturday, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales will marry American actress Meghan Markle, and they will live happily ever after. That's what's supposed to happen, anyway. "I think she'll bolt,"
Hamas' propaganda coup

Hamas' propaganda coup

I am not here to make an impassioned appeal about how Israel is right and Hamas is wrong (though this much is true). I am here to point out just how slick Hamas' incredible propaganda coup has
Israel, Gaza, and the end of just wars

Israel, Gaza, and the end of just wars

Israel's wildly disproportionate act of violence against mostly unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip — killing more than 60 and injuring well over 1,000 with live ammunition while suffering not one
Trump's ZTE puzzler

Trump's ZTE puzzler

President Trump is suddenly very concerned about the job security of Chinese workers. "President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back
Israel's shame — and America's complicity

Israel's shame — and America's complicity

Gruesome violence directed against unarmed protesters is becoming a terrifyingly regular occurrence in Gaza, where another huge storm of protests was just inspired by the Trump administration moving
North Korea's long history of broken promises

North Korea's long history of broken promises

North Korea has repeatedly pledged it would make peace and abandon its nuclear programs. Is this time different? Here's everything you need to know: What is being proposed? North Korean dictator Kim

The week's best photojournalism

Bulls compete in the Herens national cow fighting championships in Aproz, Switzerland. | (EPA-EFE/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT) A man bends a metal pole by pressing it into his eye during a kung fu showcase
Walmart's big gamble on India

Walmart's big gamble on India

Walmart has opened a new front in the war for e-commerce supremacy. But the battle won't happen here in the States. It will happen in India. On Wednesday, the retail giant inked a $16 billion deal to
Trump's reality TV diplomacy

Trump's reality TV diplomacy

President Trump announced the date of his upcoming talks with Kim Jong Un of North Korea on Thursday as only he could, via Twitter, with no build-up and minimal details. The highly anticipated
The optimistic case for Trump's Iran decision

The optimistic case for Trump's Iran decision

The pessimism is understandable. In the wake of President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the only people who seem happy are those who have long advocated for regime change and
America's inevitable war with Iran

America's inevitable war with Iran

What happens now that President Trump has announced America's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran? War. Of course, nothing is certain in international affairs, and that's even more true with
Trump's clear message on the Iran deal: America is not to be trusted

Trump's clear message on the Iran deal: America is not to be trusted

In a Tuesday announcement at the White House, President Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal with Iran. "We cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten