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East Germany’s Far-Right Problem Is 300 Years Old

There are deep—very deep—historical reasons why far-right resentment has flourished in eastern Germany.

In Hungary, Social Conservatism and Authoritarianism Aren’t the Same

The European Parliament needs to start condemning Orban for the right reasons.

China Can’t Afford a Cashless Society

A mania for mobile payments is leaving the poor behind.

This Is Where Iran Defeats the United States

Iraq’s Kurdish kingmakers used to side with Washington. Now, Tehran seems like a more attractive partner.

Google Is Handing the Future of the Internet to China

The company has been quietly collaborating with the Chinese government on a new, censored search engine—and abandoning its own ideals in the process.

Sweden’s Far Right Has Won the War of Ideas

An election fought on the Sweden Democrats’ terms leaves the far-right party in control of the country’s agenda.

U.S. Ramps Up Threats of Military Action Against Syria’s Assad

The administration is worried about lingering Iranian and Russian influence in Syria.
Al Qaeda Won

Al Qaeda Won

Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, the terrorists have definitively won the battle for the American mind.

The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress

A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.

In India, Still Unfurling the Rainbow Flag

New Delhi may have decriminalized homosexuality on the books. Now it needs to destigmatize it in people’s minds.

Putin Wants God (or at Least the Church) on His Side

A contest over the future of Christianity in Ukraine goes to the heart of Moscow's ambitions.

Security Brief: Pentagon Draws Up ‘Options’ for Striking Assad; Trump Expands CIA’s Drone Mission in Africa

Catch up on everything you need to know about a possible military strike against Assad, the expansion of the CIA’s shadowy drone mission against militants in Africa under Trump, and all the latest

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

On the podcast: An American who was in Turkey during the coup attempt is accused of being one of the plotters.

How to Slow-Walk a President

U.S. leaders have almost unchecked powers in a crisis. But the bureaucracy has ways to gum up the system.

The Battle for Crazytown

America’s newest live-streaming reality show features the foreign-policy establishment fighting for its life against Donald Trump.

How a Candidate’s Stabbing Will Further Radicalize Brazil

Right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro’s wounds will heal, but the country’s politics will never be the same.

Federal Watchdogs Target Bullying, Retaliation at State Department

Mari Stull, a wine blogger-turned-Trump appointee, is the subject of two investigations into allegations of reprisals and bullying at the State Department.

America Can’t Be Trusted to Run the Global Economy

After Donald Trump’s unprovoked attack on Turkey, the world must protect itself from Washington’s economic power.

China’s Gig Economy is Driving Close to the Edge

Ordinary workers have lost out as party policies empower tech platforms.

Israel’s Secret War Against Iran Is Widening

Israel has fully joined the battle in Syria—but it's not clear it can achieve any of its goals there.