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The Myth of U.S. Energy Independence Has Gone Up in Smoke
Attacks on Saudi Arabia prove that, when it comes to oil, Washington still isn’t close to being master of its own fate.
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Trump Administration Steps Up War on Reproductive Rights
U.S. diplomats team up with a “rogues’ gallery” of conservative states to roll back global reproductive health gains of the past quarter-century.
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Western Accolades Are Egging Autocrats On
On Sept. 2, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it was honoring India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to build toilets and end open defecation in the country. The move has already drawn controversy from inside the foun
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Israeli Election Deadlock Could Mean No New Government for Months
Israel appears to be headed for weeks or months of political uncertainty after an election Tuesday—the second in six months—that ended with no clear winner. With most of the votes counted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party was in a dead
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The Chinese Communist Party Wants It All
In Hong Kong, protesters clash with police, but the real power behind the scenes is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The experiences of activists in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and even on the Chinese mainland show that the CCP is a ruthless opponent—but no
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Trump Team Debates Response to Strikes on Saudi Oil
After a devastating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure that jolted international markets and raised fears of a confrontation with Iran last weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is weighing whether to get more deeply involved
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Texas Gets Ready to Say ‘Howdy, Modi!’
Trump will join the Indian prime minister as he addresses a crowd of 50,000 people. Despite some of their similarities, the two leaders may not share the same fans.
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Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire
Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.
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Russia’s Future Is Still in the Hands of Putin’s Cronies
The president’s allies are starting to express discontent. They’ll stick with him for now, but a change could be coming.
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This Is the Moment That Decides the Future of the Middle East
If the United States is done fighting for Saudi Arabia’s oil, it's done fighting for the entire region.
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Annexing the West Bank Will Destabilize Jordan
Netanyahu’s election promise won’t just hurt Israel, it will create chaos for its eastern neighbor and a diplomatic backlash too.
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Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan
China’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea have drawn plenty of attention. But its moves are important not just for Beijing’s ambitions there, but for its wider playbook for wielding power and influence in the Indo-Pacific—and what
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The Great Anti-China Tech Alliance
The United States and Europe will regret letting Beijing win the race to govern digital technology.
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Oil Prices Jump After Attack on Saudi Facilities
Plus: A summit in Ankara, Boris Johnson’s trip to Luxembourg, and what to watch in the world this week.
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Russia and China Are Trying to Set the U.N.’s Rules on Cybercrime
At the United Nations General Assembly, the United States must push back against their agenda.
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What You Need to Know About the Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities
So far, attacks attributed to Iran haven’t resulted in a military confrontation with the United States.
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Last Time a Jewish State Annexed Its Neighbors, It Disappeared for 2,000 Years
Benjamin Netanyahu scores points by promising to annex the West Bank. If he does, Israel faces a long transformative struggle between apartheid and multinational democracy—and democracy  will win.
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How an Aerial Barrage Cut Saudi Oil Production in Half
Over the weekend, Saudi oil facilities were attacked by drones allegedly launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen, knocking off nearly half of Saudi oil production, spooking the Saudi stock market, and raising fears of a spike in both the price of oil and
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Roots Of A Quagmire
On the podcast: America’s first post-9/11 envoy to Afghanistan recounts the early months of the war there.
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Bolton Leaves the National Security Council in Ruins
The former Trump advisor helped trash the institution—but the process began long before he was hired.
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Keeping Refugees Out Makes the United States Less Safe
The United States’ refugee policy is self-defeating. As the number of refugees around the world continues to rise, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is drastically cutting how many are allowed into the country, and, citing security concern
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Bolton Is Gone, but Tensions With Iran Remain High
The departure of Trump’s hawkish national security advisor raised hopes in Washington, but a sudden thaw with Tehran is unlikely.
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Israeli Voters Don’t Care About the Economy. They Should.
Despite high inequality, lagging productivity, and serious long-term challenges, the current election campaign has barely mentioned economic policy.
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The Revolving Door of Trump’s Apprentices
On Sept. 10, John Bolton worked his last day as national security advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump. Bolton had run afoul of the president on several issues, including stalled negotiations with the Taliban, North Korea, and Iran. Bolton’s 520-da
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No Continent for Old Men
Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.
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Chinese Propaganda Paints Hong Kong as a Spoiled Brat
Hong Kong protesters know how they see themselves. One crowdfunded statue of the “Goddess of Democracy”—adapted from an image originally adopted during protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989—depicts the archetypal “front line” protester, complete with
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With Bolton Out, Will Trump Meet Rouhani?
Plus: The Bahamas’ missing people, another Democratic debate, and the other stories we’re following today.
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Getting to ‘Yes’ Has Just Gotten a Lot Harder in Afghanistan
An abrupt end to a possible deal with the Taliban sticks the United States deeper in the quagmire.
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What Bolton’s Departure Means for Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel—The departure of National Security Advisor John Bolton from the U.S. administration on Tuesday has some Israelis worried that President Donald Trump would now pursue a more vigorous policy of detente with Iran, leaving Israel on its
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Afghans Want Peace, but Not Like This
KABUL—Sakhi Murad Sadar, his wife, and their two children were asleep in the family’s living room on Sept. 2 when a car bomb was detonated on the street nearby, ripping the house apart, smashing its windows, and almost killing the family. The explosi
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