"It is reasonable for Americans to have security concerns about immigration. But as a scholar of forced migration, I believe it’s also important to consider why migrants travel in groups: their own safety."
"...there is a more fundamental question which, so far as I can tell, generally goes unexamined in our immigration conversations: Why is there no right to live where you please?"
"Can the Trump administration unite a deeply divided country behind an expensive, risky and ambitious foreign-policy agenda to block the objectives of America’s determined rivals? And can its strategy work?"
"Now I’m starting to wonder how I can go at all. And I’m also wondering why more Muslims don’t question the powers that control our most sacred site—and how the Saudis have already twisted it to their own political and financial ends."
"Poland is voting in local elections that will test the conservative ruling party’s grip on public opinion as it rends the country away from its European Union allies."
Bhutan is famed for its isolated location, stunning scenery and devotion to the principle of “Gross National Happiness,” which seeks to balance economic growth with other forms of contentment.
In Jamal Khashoggi's final column for the Washington Post, the late columnist makes an impassioned plea for freedom of expression in the Arab world. "Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate."
“The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 left a ring of ghost villages as residents fled… now people are choosing to live in the crumbling houses on the edge of the exclusion zone.”
“The great sticking point—around the Irish border—has always been there.”
“America’s economy, thanks to Trump’s deep cuts in taxes and regulations, is powering ahead.”
“Some Catholic leaders are using the sex abuse crisis to unseat Pope Francis.”
“You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a ‘Chinese prisoner.’ Now what?”
“Conservatives win in Ontario and Quebec and may soon lead as many as six of 10 provinces.”
“The latest disaster in Indonesia shows the need for the global system put in place in the wake of 2004’s devastating waves.”
Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and political dissident, has gone missing. Was he killed for his political beliefs?
Australia’s economy thrives on immigration – and could collapse if the influx of immigrants slows down.
“Indonesia covers many complex tectonic environments. Many details of these are still poorly understood, which hampers our ability to predict earthquake and tsunami risks.”
“The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.”
“Washington should listen to the will of the American people and leave Baghdad.”
“The United States supplies bombs and other support for the war that’s killed civilians and is creating famine.”
“It is the greatest story of our time, and it’s one few have heard of. Mankind is defeating extreme poverty.”
“If Washington’s mayhem doesn’t interfere, discussion of Iran is poised to dominate the UN General Assembly.”
Brexit was just the start. Add Irexit to the mix, and factor in the brewing trouble over Poland and Hungary’s brotherhood of democratic backsliding, and we’re looking at a full-blown EU crisis.
China's massive and rapid investments in Africa have been criticized by some as a form of economic colonialism. Others are just wondering why the West is missing out on the opportunity.
North Korea has committed itself to denuclearization… again. The breakthrough deal between North and South Korea is being celebrated. But why should we trust North Korea this time?
“The repression of the Turkic Uighur Muslim community in western China [.] is a key part of Beijing’s new imperial policy. Only by understanding the dynamics of Chinese empire can one grasp this brutal campaign.”
China’s most famous actress received a zero rating in China’s Orwellian social credit system. Now she’s gone missing.
"If ever two leaders wanted the world to see their 'bromance', it's Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping… But beneath the warmth, some analysts believe long-held mutual suspicions remain."
Yesterday was the anniversary of Al Qaeda's devastating September 11th attacks. Seventeen years later, how has Al Qaeda managed to survive the War on Terror?
India has officially decriminalized homosexuality. The long-awaited repeal of the British Colonial-era law sheds light on the political divisions at work in the increasingly polarized Indian society.
"The likely successor to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Boris Johnson, has plans to subsume the government department overseeing development aid into the foreign office, effectively eliminating it. That will destroy a post-Brexit United..."
"Gerard Baker, editor-at-large at the Wall Street Journal (no reflexively anti-Trump publication) recently wrote a piece decrying Donald Trump and his foreign policy as a fount of erratic unpredictability. This essay will give the counter view...."
"On Wednesday, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar announced that she will be visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories in the coming weeks. Omar will be accompanied by Rep. Rashida Tlaib. The two freshman congresswomen have become a focal point of..."
"Netflix may have lost US subscribers for the first time since it began making its own shows, but that didn't stop the streaming giant from dropping new figures about how many people are sucked into its Adam Sandler vortex. (Spoiler: More than..."
"A few years ago, Amy Balliett, CEO of a Seattle-based design and marketing firm, noticed that as the work week slogged on, her employees’ energy and productivity wilted. “That would slump to such an extent that the same task on Monday would..."
"Over the last few days the #faceappchallenge has taken over social media. This “challenge” involves downloading a selfie-editing tool called FaceApp and using one of its filters to digitally age your face. You then post the photo of your wizened..."
"Although there are plenty of irrational aspects to life in modern America, few rival the odd fixation on lawns. Fertilizing, mowing, watering — these are all-American activities that, on their face, seem reasonable enough. But to spend hundreds..."
"Can a book change the way we think? I don’t mean that in the sense of a reader’s opinion or ideology shifting—of course the right literary work can do that. But can a book rewire the brain itself, literally changing the way one particular mind..."
"It’s our job to let kids know we see and hear them, but we’re not necessarily going to solve siblings’ conflicts for them (or else they never get the practice). When squabbles start, imagine you’re a sportscaster and describe what you see in..."
"Magali Trejo-Martinez, a 22-year-old living in Salem, Oregon, recently went on a date that was rather uninspiring. “I had dinner, had a couple margaritas, and then went home,” is how she recapped the evening. This outcome wasn’t entirely..."
"The first lunar landing was many things — a D-Day-like feat of planning and logistics, a testament to the power of man's will, an ostensible propaganda coup for NATO. It was also, I think, one of the most misunderstood events in the history of..."
"THE FIRST TIME Bernie Sanders ran for president, he didn’t talk much about being Jewish. In fact, he didn’t talk much about himself at all. His 2016 primary campaign, like his whole political career, was relentlessly focused on one topic: income..."