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Iran braces for economic war with America

TEHRAN’S grand bazaar, a weathervane of politics, is on strike again. Shutdowns there foreshadowed Iran’s 1979 revolution. In 2012 they pushed the …

Social Media

Oxford Lifts the Veil on Race, Wealth and Privilege

LONDON — The 19th-century poet Matthew Arnold spoke of its “dreaming spires.” The honeyed stonework of its colleges has drawn the global elite of learning to its quadrangles and tranquillity, as have Ivy League universities.<p>Yet the University of Oxford has long been roiled by questions of race, …

College & University

Italy’s New Government Will Challenge the E.U. at Its Heart

BRUSSELS — As Italy’s new populist leaders prepare to form a government, European leaders are bracing for potential new confrontations over migration and some of the core principles of the common currency, the euro.<p>They were already trying to tame a rebellion against Europe’s shared democratic …

Europe

Why Qatar is raising cows in the desert

STEP inside, and it could be a scene from the English countryside or the American heartland: one hundred well-fed dairy cows spinning slowly on a …

Cows

Young Georgians fight for their right to party

BACHO CHALADZE, a DJ, had just settled into his set at Cafe Gallery, a nightclub in Tbilisi, when a group of unwelcome guests burst through the door. …

AC Milan

An Italian populist government looks likely, and risky

LUIGI DI MAIO (pictured, left) is only 31, but as leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S), he is poised for a decisive role in Italy’s next …

Europe

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MAZEN QASSAS was supposed to be in bed, not hunched over a man missing a chunk of his thigh. The surgeon had just finished a 12-hour shift at …

Israel

American sanctions will make it hard to revive the Iranian nuclear deal

WHEN it has come to punishing recalcitrant foreign countries, President Donald Trump’s bark has sometimes been worse than his bite. A fierce …

Sanctions

People without degrees are the most under-represented minority

THIS is an age of inclusion. Right-thinking people are supposed to do everything they can to include the excluded and mainstream the side-streamed. …

United Kingdom

Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term

THE sensation of Vladimir Putin’s presidential re-inauguration was his car. A vast Russian-made black limousine with a defensive-looking narrow front …

Russia

Scrapping the Iran deal won’t do anyone any good

BY PULLING out of the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump is counting on renegotiation or regime change. He is more likely to end up with …

South Asia

In China’s cities, young people with rural ties are angry

WANG FENG is a 28-year-old cook in Beijing. But he was not born in the capital so, under China’s household-registration (<i>hukou</i>) rules, he is not …

Demographics

Israel and Iran, Newly Emboldened, Exchange Blows in Syria Face-Off

JERUSALEM — The tense shadow war between Iran and Israel burst into the open early Thursday as Israeli warplanes struck dozens of Iranian military targets inside Syria. It was a furious response to what Israel called an Iranian rocket attack launched from Syrian territory just hours earlier.<p>The …

Middle East

Why the Democrats Just Lost the Senate

While Nancy Pelosi is shopping for speaker’s gavels, Chuck Schumer should be preparing for another term as minority leader.<p>For Democrats, the Don Blankenship dream is over. The coal-mining baron and ex-con was a pleasant diversion—the prospect of yet another train-wreck Republican candidate was …

Republicans

The white woman who called the cops on a black Yale student is waking the US to an ugly truth

It’s a familiar story. A black person is minding their own business. A white woman notices them and calls the cops.<p>The latest event in a long historical pattern took place at Yale University this week (paywall). A black graduate student, Lolade Siyonbola, was taking a nap in her dorm’s common room …

Women of Color

Armenia’s revolution continues, as its opposition leader nears power

IT LOOKS more like a carnival than a revolution. Instead of burning tyres and mounting barricades, young people wrap themselves in Armenian flags, …

Russia

Rulers of the world: read Karl Marx!

A GOOD subtitle for a biography of Karl Marx would be “a study in failure”. Marx claimed that the point of philosophy was not just to understand the …

Economics

Sowing Peanuts, Reaping Ammo in Uganda

PAICHO, Uganda — Just after dawn, Patrick Ogik placed a wooden yoke over the bulging necks of his two oxen and attached a metal plow behind them, the ropes, fraying from wear, tied to the animals.<p>The 44-year-old farmer guided the oxen to a fallow field, where he was preparing to plant peanuts in a …

Africa

Denied Power, Armenian Opposition Leader Urges Nationwide Strikes

MOSCOW — The governing party in Armenia thwarted the opposition leader’s effort to become prime minister on Tuesday, setting the stage for continued upheaval as street protesters ratchet up their efforts to force the ruling elite to loosen its grip on the country.<p>In an extraordinary session of …

Russia

Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!

SEOUL, South Korea — On May 5, 1818, in the southern German town of Trier, in the picturesque wine-growing region of the Moselle Valley, Karl Marx was born. At the time Trier was one-tenth the size it is today, with a population of around 12,000. According to one of Marx’s recent biographers, …

Karl Marx

For Second Time in a Week, Trump Weighs In on World Cup Bidding

For the second time in a week, President Trump on Monday urged other countries to support the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup and again implied there might be consequences for those who did not. The comments, made during a news conference in the Rose Garden, raised new questions about …

Africa

Germany: Confronting the colonial roots of racism

'The Nazis didn't fall out of the sky, there is a deeper racist, xenophobic mindset in German history.'<p><b>Berlin, Germany -</b> Mnyaka Sururu Mboro walks through Wedding, a district in the northwest of Berlin, with an expression of disdain. "It makes my stomach turn every time I go down these streets," he …

World History

Refugees need not be a burden, if they are allowed to work

TWO years ago, a group of elders in this village in north-western Uganda agreed to lend their land to refugees from South Sudan. About 120,000 are …

Africa

European countries should make it easier for refugees to work

MOUHANAD SALHA would like nothing better than to work. But since arriving in the Netherlands in late 2014, he has managed to do so for just one week. …

Economics

U.S. Allies Brace for Trade War as Tariff Negotiations Stall

BERLIN — A few weeks ago, it felt as if a trade war pitting the United States against allies like Australia, Canada and the European Union was over before it even began. The Trump administration dispensed so many temporary exemptions to steel and aluminum tariffs that many countries figured the …

Globalization

African businesses are driving economic integration on the continent faster than policymakers

The long-held dream of economic integration in Africa is becoming more of a reality—thanks a crop of companies defying high odds.<p>Despite the obvious difficulties of being a pan-African business, economic integration across the continent is “gathering speed,” according to a new report by the Boston …

Economic Development

How a Ghanaian entrepreneur uses recycled plastic to make cheaper roads and building blocks

Accra, Ghana<p>Ghana’s cities have a sanitation problem, poor sanitation costs the country $290 million annually and a good proportion of the waste material is made up of plastic. Despite clogging drains and polluting beaches, only 10% of the plastic waste ever gets recycled.<p>The government has …

Pollution

‘It’s Factory North America,’ but Trump Could Hobble It

CHICAGO — If North America were a factory, Union Pacific would be its biggest conveyor belt.<p>Based in Omaha, the company operates the largest rail network on the continent, a conduit that provides us with cereal, lumber, car parts and pretty much everything that touches our lives. That makes the …

Globalization

Ethiopia: Who is new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali?

Ethiopia's new prime minister is the first Oromo to head the ruling EPRDF coalition in the country's 27-year history. Some observers believe he can …

Merkel defends German trade surplus, says trying to boost domestic demand | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is trying to stimulate domestic demand to offset strong exports, but wants a keen appetite for German products to continue, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video podcast on Saturday.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a joint press conference with France's President …

Economy