Saudi Arabia’s imagined worlds

David Kenner

Fiction has enabled authors to advance daring critiques of the kingdom’s social and political order.


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Astha Rajvanshi
Construction of a Hindu temple provides Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist BJP a ‘mission accomplished’ moment.


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Emily Schultheis
There’s no easy solution for the yellow house in the town of Braunau.


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Emily Schultheis
A Berlin photo essay.


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India’s Muslim activists face trial by fire

Astha Rajvanshi
As the Hindu nationalist government cracks down, student organizers are fighting back.


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David Kenner
The catastrophic blast at Beirut’s port is the latest example of the country’s institutions falling apart.


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El Salvador’s pandemic misery

Elizabeth Hawkins
The beginning of hurricane season tests the Bukele administration’s ability to respond in a crisis.


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