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Uzbekistan Protests Both a History Lesson and Warning for West

The tiny independent region of Karakalpakstan is one of many places chafing against arbitrary borders imposed by former empires.

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Earthquake Poses Test of US Resistance to the Taliban

Will the administration take additional steps to help Afghanistan or sit on the sidelines because it won’t recognize the government?

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A Supreme Court Scholar Explains the Impact of Dobbs

The Supreme Court’s decision to reverse 50 years of constitutional protection for the right to get an abortion is more than 200 pages long. Morgan Marietta, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and editor of the annual SCOTUS series at Palgrave Macmillan, studies the ideas and ideology of the court. We asked him to illuminate the thinking that lies behind the momentous decision.

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Timely Warnings Avert Loss of Life from Surging Glacier in Pakistan

Floods rage through the Hunza valley every year from an unstable lake below the Shishper glacier, but an early warning system gives people time to evacuate.

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Biden after Uvalde School Shooting: ‘Why are we Willing to Live with this Carnage?’

  President Biden urged lawmakers to act after 18 (19 by the latest reports) students and a  (two by last reports) teacher(s) were shot and killed at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, May 24. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” Biden asked in an emotional speech, where he said the pain of losing a child was …

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Why the Afghan Government Collapsed After the US Withdrawal

The first sentence of an interim report released yesterday on the collapse of the Afghan military concludes that “the single most important factor in the [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’] collapse in August 2021 was the U.S. decision to withdraw military forces and contractors from Afghanistan through signing the U.S.-Taliban agreement in February 2020.” Reuters adopted this sentence in its headline covering …

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Dr. Oz and the Battle Over the Future of Islam in the GOP

With Trump’s blessing, Turkish-American pop doc faces off against the old anti-Muslim wing in the senate primary today.

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The Looming Climate-security Crisis in South Asia

Extreme weather has been called a ‘threat multiplier’ — feeding into existing social and political problems and making them even worse.

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Sri Lanka’s Protests Show a Fragile Unity – For Now

For now, ethnic tensions appear to be on hold. The common foe is the Rajapaksa family, as protesters demand that the president and prime minister step down.

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Why Imran Khan’s Coup Theory is So Popular in Pakistan

An irate outgoing prime minister accuses the US of orchestrating his demise in government because he refused to play ball.

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