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Ishaan Tharoor writes about foreign affairs for The Washington Post. He previously was a senior editor and correspondent at Time magazine, based first in Hong Kong and later in New York.
The two Middle Eastern foes are inching toward open war in Syria.
The meeting between the U.S. and French presidents is a clash between two seemingly opposing poles of Western politics.
Trump's rise has led to a flourishing ecosystem of hate.
Trump has set about reversing the historic rapprochement with Cuba started by Obama.
Even as he claims to care about Syrian suffering, Trump has gone out of its way to stigmatize Syrian refugees.
Shinzo Abe visits Mar-a-Lago as both he and Trump grapple with spiraling domestic scandals.
Trump hailed the success of a punitive strike on Assad's forces, but most onlookers are unimpressed.
Mike Pompeo has a track record of anti-Muslim rhetoric and association with fringe Islamophobes.
The White House's lack of a Syria strategy could make things worse.
Municipal authorities are coordinating on a global scale to tackle climate change and other issues.