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President Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Kurdish territory in Syria has catapulted the debate over the War on Terror back to the forefront of American foreign policy. Yet as the United States prepares to leave Afghanistan, and...

Rising Temperatures Rising Tensions

President Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Kurdish territory in Syria has catapulted the debate over the War on Terror back to the forefront of American foreign policy. Yet as the United States prepares to leave Afghanistan, and...

When Paddy Roy Bates claimed an abandoned military fort as a present for his wife Joan, the principality of Sealand was born. There was no fanfare or paperwork, Bates simply created a micronation: an “entity that claims to be an independent state b...

Tiny But Mighty

When Paddy Roy Bates claimed an abandoned military fort as a present for his wife Joan, the principality of Sealand was born. There was no fanfare or paperwork, Bates simply created a micronation: an “entity that claims to be an independent state b...

In September, protesters in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. Consulate to demand that Congress pass the 2019 Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA). The bill, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio with bipartisan support in June 2019, would subje...

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

In September, protesters in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. Consulate to demand that Congress pass the 2019 Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA). The bill, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio with bipartisan support in June 2019, would subje...

Laden with bundles of belongings, a mass of Venezuelan migrants cautiously pick their way across a frothing river. Grandmothers, pregnant women, toddlers: They clutch at each other’s hands for stability, their “bridge” just a collection of sand...

Protection Paradox

Laden with bundles of belongings, a mass of Venezuelan migrants cautiously pick their way across a frothing river. Grandmothers, pregnant women, toddlers: They clutch at each other’s hands for stability, their “bridge” just a collection of sand...

This May, the United States military moved the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, a large aircraft carrier, into the Persian Gulf, just off the coast of Iran. Later that month, the White House announced that it planned to send an additional 1,500 troops to the ...

The Coming Storm

This May, the United States military moved the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, a large aircraft carrier, into the Persian Gulf, just off the coast of Iran. Later that month, the White House announced that it planned to send an additional 1,500 troops to the ...

In California, the data privacy landscape faces radical change. Set to take effect on January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) reflects shifting attitudes toward consumer protection in the state by giving California residents compl...

California’s Big Paradigm Shift

In California, the data privacy landscape faces radical change. Set to take effect on January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) reflects shifting attitudes toward consumer protection in the state by giving California residents compl...

Polo and Pan, a French electronic duo, are great artists—until the lyrics start. Dreamy rhythms become corroded by blatantly racist imagery as the (white) duo sings of “seeing [themselves] as ivory hunters… running away… to the Congo” in a ...

Willful Ignorance

Polo and Pan, a French electronic duo, are great artists—until the lyrics start. Dreamy rhythms become corroded by blatantly racist imagery as the (white) duo sings of “seeing [themselves] as ivory hunters… running away… to the Congo” in a ...

Cuba is home to over 2,800 beekeepers, who collectively control around 180,000 hives. Over the last 30 years, organic honey has grown into the nation’s fourth most valuable agricultural export, bringing in more foreign currency than either coffee o...

A Buzzing Industry Stings

Cuba is home to over 2,800 beekeepers, who collectively control around 180,000 hives. Over the last 30 years, organic honey has grown into the nation’s fourth most valuable agricultural export, bringing in more foreign currency than either coffee o...

“It started out as a kiss; how did it end up like this?” wonder The Killers in their timeless 2003 hit “Mr. Brightside.” This refrain doubles as a genuine question about Jordan, where, this past summer, a single kiss propelled the desert king...

Don’t Kiss & Tell [King Abdullah]

“It started out as a kiss; how did it end up like this?” wonder The Killers in their timeless 2003 hit “Mr. Brightside.” This refrain doubles as a genuine question about Jordan, where, this past summer, a single kiss propelled the desert king...

Every third Sunday, local vendors, renowned culinary experts, and pancake and produce stands line the streets of Totnes, a small British town famous for its award-winning weekend market. There’s not much you can’t find: The attraction boasts ever...

Money Money Money (In a Local World)

Every third Sunday, local vendors, renowned culinary experts, and pancake and produce stands line the streets of Totnes, a small British town famous for its award-winning weekend market. There’s not much you can’t find: The attraction boasts ever...

In 2014, Mosquitos began to take over Philadelphia parks, forcing teenagers and young adults out of public spaces at night. Contrary to the images of pesky bugs which may come to mind, the true source of the infestation was a city-wide installation o...

Public Spaces Bite Back

In 2014, Mosquitos began to take over Philadelphia parks, forcing teenagers and young adults out of public spaces at night. Contrary to the images of pesky bugs which may come to mind, the true source of the infestation was a city-wide installation o...

Since 1985, 86 countries have decriminalized homosexuality. In many of these countries, legal threats to the right to exist as an LGBTQ person have been replaced by a range of public conversations on everything from adoption rights to employment prot...

The Right to Privacy

Since 1985, 86 countries have decriminalized homosexuality. In many of these countries, legal threats to the right to exist as an LGBTQ person have been replaced by a range of public conversations on everything from adoption rights to employment prot...