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Give me stability or give me death

Matthew Chitwood

China’s aversion to social unrest and prospects for political reform.

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As Germany marks Berlin Wall anniversary, <br>east-west split still divides new generationAs Germany marks Berlin Wall anniversary, <br>east-west split still divides new generation

As Germany marks Berlin Wall anniversary,
east-west split still divides new generation

Emily Schultheis
30 years after the fall of the Wall, Germans born in 1989 reflect on why right-wing populism is ascendant in the east.

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In El Salvador, corn harvest brings together families split by migrationIn El Salvador, corn harvest brings together families split by migration

In El Salvador, corn harvest brings together families split by migration

Elizabeth Hawkins
A majority of Central American migrants come from rural communities, where their presence is missed during annual traditions.

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AfD lays claim to East German identityAfD lays claim to East German identity

AfD lays claim to East German identity

Emily Schultheis
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany’s populist far-right party promises disaffected voters in the east a new ‘Peaceful Revolution.’

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Lebanon in uncharted territoryLebanon in uncharted territory

Lebanon in uncharted territory

David Kenner
It’s far from clear how the government can square the need for economic austerity with protesters’ steadily mounting demands.

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Present at the creation: William Eddy and the US-Saudi alliancePresent at the creation: William Eddy and the US-Saudi alliance

Present at the creation: William Eddy and the US-Saudi alliance

David Kenner
In a remote cemetery in Lebanon, the grave of the man who forged one of the 20th century's central relationships prompts questions about its limits.

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From caravan to cupFrom caravan to cup

From caravan to cup

Matthew Chitwood
Puer tea builds trade, tourism and trust along the Ancient Tea Horse Road.

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