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The Week Magazine: World News

The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

A musician hides as a riot breaks out in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. | (EPA/Jean Marc Herve Abelard) A protester stands in front of a fire in Srinagar, India. | (REUTERS/Danish Ismail) A frozen fish on
When amoral becomes immoral

When amoral becomes immoral

This is the editor's letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. Morality is such an encumbrance. Once any shame is shed, dilemmas dissolve; everything gets so much easier. Take the quandary
Republicans' Saudi Arabia derangement

Republicans' Saudi Arabia derangement

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman may have miscalculated when it came to the missing (and presumed butchered) Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New details keep coming out, most recently
Why is President Trump letting the Saudis push him around?

Why is President Trump letting the Saudis push him around?

President Trump famously hates to look weak. So why is he letting Saudi Arabia push him around? The alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi intelligence agents would seem to provide
The tangled financial web between Saudi Arabia and the West

The tangled financial web between Saudi Arabia and the West

It wasn't that long ago that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (cozily dubbed "MBS" by his elitist pals) was the toast of neoliberal political and financial circles throughout the West.
How Trump broke through the moralistic BS of American foreign policy

How Trump broke through the moralistic BS of American foreign policy

If journalist Jamal Khashoggi was in fact murdered by agents of the Saudi government, that would certainly be awful, a crime worth lamenting and condemning. But is it reasonable for the killing to
Trump and the end of American ideals

Trump and the end of American ideals

If you watched President Trump's interview with Lesley Stahl on Sunday night's 60 Minutes, you may have noticed that he gave two answers to the question of what America would do if it's proven — as
The Brexit fiasco

The Brexit fiasco

It's been two years since Britons voted to leave the EU. Why don't they have the details worked out yet? Here's everything you need to know: What is at stake? The results of the 2016 Brexit
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

Water drips from a swimmer's foot in Buenos Aires. | (Lukas Schulze for OIS/IOC/Handout via REUTERS) A lifeguard passes a giant marionette in New Brighton, Britain. | (REUTERS/Darren Staples) An
The Saudi-U.S. alliance must end

The Saudi-U.S. alliance must end

There is no better demonstration of the moral and political rot at the heart of the American government than its increasingly poisonous alliance with Saudi Arabia. The latest atrocity is the
The case against despair on climate change

The case against despair on climate change

Human society is on a path to self-immolation. But don't give in to despair. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out with an interim report, and the predictions are terrifying. If current
Should history's greats be held to today's standards of offense?

Should history's greats be held to today's standards of offense?

Twitter's teapot held a new tempest Sunday, this one brewing over astronaut Scott Kelly's approving quote of Winston Churchill. Within half a day, buffeted by digital waves of outrage, Kelly retracted
Where the West went wrong

Where the West went wrong

Francis Fukuyama may yet prove to be right in predicting the end of history. But there is no doubt that he was premature. The idea that people have reached an "end point" of "ideological evolution and
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

A model presents a creation during Paris Fashion Week. | (EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT) Demonstrators throw paint at police officers in Barcelona. | (AP Photo/Daniel Cole) A laborer sprays water on a
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

A light show projected on the facade of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater. | (EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV) Designs projected on the facade of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. | (EPA-EFE/SASCHA
How climate change causes extreme weather

How climate change causes extreme weather

Mammoth hurricanes have become more destructive and more common. Does climate change play a role? Here's everything you need to know: Are hurricanes worsening? Last year brought a trio of devastating
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

Masked motorbike racers look on during a meet in Johannesburg. | (EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK) A mummified squirrel on display at a museum in Mannheim, Germany. | (EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK) A horse stands on
Hog waste is scarier than North Korea

Hog waste is scarier than North Korea

Our 3-year-old is not much of a meat eater. Given her choice, she would probably subsist entirely on a diet of graham crackers, yogurt, strawberries, and jellybeans. The only way we can get her to eat
Trump's trade war and the abandonment of American ideals

Trump's trade war and the abandonment of American ideals

China becomes richer and more technologically advanced every day. America's strategy to slow that momentum? Massive and onerous tariffs. This is pure folly. At best, this course of action means
China bets on the blue wave

China bets on the blue wave

President Trump finally did it. On Monday, he announced new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports — starting at 10 percent but eventually scheduled to rise to 25 percent. It's a major