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How Theresa May won the confidence vote but lost the country

How Theresa May won the confidence vote but lost the country

So British Prime Minister Theresa May survives to fight another day. The no-confidence vote by her own Conservative Party, called at the instigation of backbench Brexiteers, failed: She received the
Europe's foolhardy competition for the new London

Europe's foolhardy competition for the new London

The City of London has long been the European Union's Wall Street. But Britain's impending divorce from the Continent has put the country's dominant financial sector in jeopardy. Major banks and firms

The week's best photojournalism

A protester holds a Molotov cocktail in Thessaloniki, Greece. | (EPA-EFE/SOTIRIS BARBAROUSIS) Servicemen on a bus in Bucharest, Romania. | (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) A hunter on horseback in Almaty,
Who will rise in the post-liberal world order?

Who will rise in the post-liberal world order?

From the voting booths of Brazil, where the far-right Jair Bolsonaro was recently elected, to the boulevards of Paris, where throngs of protesters smashed windows, overturned cars, and set fires this
Trump's underwhelming trade truce

Trump's underwhelming trade truce

President Trump's trade war with China is on hold. Whether this turns into a genuine armistice or just a momentary ceasefire remains to be seen. America and China have been in economic combat for
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

A secretary bird rolls back its eyes in Cape Town, South Africa. | (EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA) A man dressed as a devil embraces a child as part of a tradition to determine if she had behaved well during
Will the trade war become a cold war?

Will the trade war become a cold war?

As Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping head into the G-20 leaders' summit in Buenos Aires this week, "neither China nor the U.S. is in a conciliatory mood," said Shane Hickey at The Guardian. That
Why Germany's Green Party is surging

Why Germany's Green Party is surging

For the past several years in Europe, the dominant story in politics has been the crumbling center. From Britain to Hungary, right-wing populist and nationalist parties — and, to a lesser extent,
The continuing lunacy of the neocons

The continuing lunacy of the neocons

Seventeen years after the United States overthrew the government of Afghanistan, 15 years after we toppled the government of Iraq, and seven years after we deposed the government of Libya,
Why Zionism should be untouchable

Why Zionism should be untouchable

I'm a Zionist — and you should be, too. That's right: every one of you, whether you're a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, or Jew; whether or not you support or despise the actions and
The colonization of space

The colonization of space

Humanity is inching closer to establishing colonies on other worlds. Is it really feasible? Here's everything you need to know: What's the timeline? The best guess is that humanity will set up shop on
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

A boy on a skywalk in Bangkok. | (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun) Over 125,000 postcards assembled together on Switzerland's Aletsch glacier. | (EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD) A street in Hanoi. | (EPA-EFE/LUONG
Trump's indefensible defense of Saudi Arabia

Trump's indefensible defense of Saudi Arabia

President Trump is bending over backwards to defend Saudi Arabia. The House of Saud, and particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), has been under fire for weeks after U.S.-based Saudi
Julian Assange must be brought to justice

Julian Assange must be brought to justice

Is Julian Assange still a rock star? I remember groaning a few years ago when the pale Australian hacker weirdo accused of sexual assault was winning awards left and right from so-called human rights
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

A delivery robot crosses the road in Tianjin, China. | (REUTERS/Stringer) Taxidermied animals in Paris. | (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) Dolls in Seville, Spain. | (REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo) A flock of
The Brexit crisis, explained

The Brexit crisis, explained

Britain and the European Union have a Brexit deal. Sort of. As you surely know, back in June 2016, the British populace shocked the world by narrowly voting to leave the European Union. This was seen
The paranoid delusions behind American foreign policy

The paranoid delusions behind American foreign policy

Imagine a wealthy man who has an unhealthy obsession with ensuring he'll be safe everywhere he goes. Maybe he learns a range of martial arts and trains himself in the use of firearms that he
Why the Brexit deal will fail

Why the Brexit deal will fail

Do you hear that? That ugly splooshing sound is the melancholy, long, withdrawing roar of the British people's faith in their prime minister. Theresa May's government lies in ruins following the
Is Saudi Arabia about to spoil one of Trump's favorite talking points?

Is Saudi Arabia about to spoil one of Trump's favorite talking points?

One thing President Trump has never lacked is a salesman's ability to hype a deal. And one of the deals Americans most covet is cheap gasoline — which means cheap oil. Since hitting a recent peak of
How Saudi Arabia became America's ally

How Saudi Arabia became America's ally

When did the alliance start? The relationship goes back to the late 1930s, just after Abdul Aziz ibn Saud consolidated squabbling Arab tribes into a kingdom. U.S. energy companies had discovered oil