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Burma Backtracks on Press Freedoms

Freedom of the press is Burma’s canary in the coal mine: Its deterioration may be a sign that the country is backsliding into the oppressive habits of the former military dictatorship.

Uighur Nationalism
Resisting Beijing—For God or Country?

China’s Muslim ethnic minority has long bristled at government repression, but unrest and violence are now on the rise as the distinct forces of Islamist ideology and nationalism grow in tandem.

China Scorned
The Fateful Deception Behind a Century-Long Grudge Match

How China’s bitter disappointment at the Paris Peace Conference sparked the outrage that would lead to the country’s long revolution—and the grudges that persist today.

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War Reporting in the New Media Landscape

War reporting has always been difficult and dangerous work. But as freelancers have replaced staff writers at cash-strapped news organizations, it’s time to think about how to provide them with a level of support and training necessary to maintain the quality of journalism we rely on as a society.

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The latest Economist/YouGov poll contains grim news about the health of American democracy.

Asian Arms Race

Beijing is launching a new agency, modeled on the Pentagon’s DARPA, to pioneer breakthrough military technology.

Temple Mount Crisis

Israel has removed the metal detectors, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is calling for further escalation.

Japanese Politics

Beset by scandals, the beleaguered Prime Minister is losing ground to a rival in the polls.

Turkey’s "NINO" Status

The days when NATO could command the loyalty of its members, necessitating that they handle disputes with co-parties discreetly, are long past.

Frack Baby Frack

We’re heading into uncharted waters, thanks to shale.

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