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Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did

Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did

The latest novel by France’s most famous author cements his reputation as a prophet of populism.

Why Isn’t Trump Talking About the American Jailed in Russia?

A president who takes pride in freeing U.S. detainees abroad has been strangely silent about Paul Whelan.

Why Jim Webb Might Be Trump’s Ideal Secretary of Defense

His many controversial comments often align with the president’s views.

Will Pelosi Be the First to Out-Bully Trump?

Their clash over the wall represents two irreconcilable views of America—portending no end to the shutdown.

The China Syndrome

On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing’s interference in the affairs of other countries.

Brazil Was a Global Leader on Climate Change. Now It’s a Threat.

Jair Bolsonaro’s government could roll back decades of progress on clean energy and reducing deforestation.

Humans Are the Best Security Backup

When the grid goes down, old-fashioned skills save lives.

Getting Away With Murder

Why the campaign to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing is losing steam.
Broke in Beirut

Broke in Beirut

In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki finds a new way for film to deal with poverty.

The Blob Is Lying About Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal

The president's shift in policy has been portrayed as a surprise—but America's foreign-policy machinery was quietly tasked with preparing for it months ago.

Trump’s ‘Compliant’ New Pentagon Chief

Patrick Shanahan’s record of deference to the U.S. president could be a reason for the White House to install him permanently as defense secretary.

Trump Took on the Fed, but What Can He Do About Apple?

American companies and markets are suffering collateral damage from U.S. trade war with China.

Walls Don’t Work

As the Great Wall’s history shows, border fortifications are expensive, divisive—and useful political tools.

30 Years After the Rushdie Fatwa, Europe Is Moving Backward

Blasphemy laws have been given new life on the continent.
Press ‘A’ to Study Harder

Press ‘A’ to Study Harder

A new video game captures the anxiety of Chinese parenting.
Last Tango in Shanghai

Last Tango in Shanghai

How the ads in a crumbling newspaper offer glimpses of a vanished world.

Putin’s Public Enemy

The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

Trump’s 2019 Vision: Let Others Fight Our Battles

The U.S. president says Afghanistan is Pakistan and Russia’s business and calls Syria nothing but “sand and death.”

U.S. Citizen Held in Moscow Not Likely a Spy

Arrest could be retaliation for U.S. conviction of Russian national in influence operation.