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The official pandemic death toll is horrific. The actual toll could be twice that.

Measuring the pandemic’s toll is a tool for fighting this one and preparing for the next. We should count accurately.

Peru’s democracy survived a squeaker election. Will it outlast a far-left president?

Peru has elected, and survived, poorly-prepared presidents in the past; with luck, Mr. Castillo will be no exception.

She leads Estonia’s democracy while keeping an eye on ‘the bully next door’

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is part of a regional pattern of ascendant women.

Canada’s governor general pick is a welcome admission that French fluency isn’t so important

It is a victory for anyone eager to see these two ludicrous ideals of the Ottawa establishment, bilingualism and monarchism, enfeebled by the stubborn realities of the Canadian people.

Some Republicans are pushing people to get vaccinated. It may be too late.

Republican leaders bear much of the responsibility for the public's reluctance to get vaccinated.

Let Cubans tweet, livestream — and show the truth to the world

The country’s youths are transforming themselves into that cadre of media influencers who define the new culture and politics elsewhere.
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Who will be Mexico’s next president? The current one has too much say.

By arranging the pieces on the presidential chessboard this early, Mexico’s current president might be setting up his own preferred terms of succession and, more importantly, permanence for his political project.

Biden’s options to avert disaster in Afghanistan are shrinking

A bloody collapse in Kabul would be a self-inflicted wound for Biden, and the first serious mistake of his presidency.

South Africa was a tinderbox. The ANC was the match.

Any successful rebuilding will depend on Cyril Ramaphosa being bold — a quality that has not been in any evidence since he became president — and taking on the massive challenges facing the economy.
  • 2 days ago

It’s time for the U.S. to stop selling weapons to human rights abusers

The fact that in just its first half year in office the administration has notified Congress of three major weapons sales to notoriously abusive governments is highly troubling.
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Trying to pry Russia away from China is a fool’s errand

The costs of allying with Russia against China are far greater than the advantages.

Europe has a long way to go on reparations and making amends for colonialism

While several countries are taking initial steps to return some of what was seized to their countries of origin, much more has to be done.

The risk of a war over Taiwan is growing. Here’s how to deter Beijing.

China wouldn’t have to invade Taiwan to take it back by force. Is America ready?

Our never-ending Iranian hostage nightmare

President Biden says he is committed to bringing the four American hostages home from Iran. The how and when remain elusive.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has become Washington’s favorite Arab leader again

In his renewed role as a representative of moderate, pro-Western Arabs, Abdullah brought several messages to Biden.

Reformers just won a rare victory in Russia’s backyard. Biden should help them.

President Biden has often spoken about the importance of winning the global contest between liberal democracy and autocracy; Moldova now offers a tangible opportunity to gain some ground.

Russia and China’s hypocritical attempt to control cyberspace

A little-noticed joint Russia-China plan for Internet governance amounts to a power play for dominance of the Internet.

Black Lives Matter is supporting the exploitation of Cuban workers

If U.S. businesses were allowed to operate in Cuba, they would have no choice but to participate in the regime’s exploitation.

There are many things Pakistan can learn from China. One-party rule isn’t one of them.

Why has Prime Minister Imran Khan been singing the praises of China?
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National security Democrats call for 9/11-style commission on covid-19

Congressional investigations into the origins of the pandemic are just beginning.
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