World Beat Newsletter

Our Refugee World

There are more refugees adrift in the world today than ever before. If they formed a country, it would be the 24th most populous on the planet.

Asia: On the Rocks

U.S. efforts to construct an "armed peace" in the Asia-Pacific are only encouraging a cycle of escalation.

Authoritarian Symps

In the post-Cold War era, the right and even some on the left are playing a new game of "Who's your favorite dictator?"
Our wartime commemorations are the functional equivalent of mounting the heads of our victims on pikes. Are we surprised that others celebrate bloodshed when we do the same?
China has its vanishing girls. North Korea has its disappeared prisoners. And America has a generation of missing, jailed, and dead black men.

The Apology Olympics

Japan wants a "normal" foreign policy. Its neighbors want apologies for wartime atrocities — and an assurance that Japanese militarism is a thing of the past.
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