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2019-10-30 no comments

Burning tires block roads in Baghdad during protests on Oct. 5, 2019. Issues including corruption, poor public services and unemployment have fomented public anger at the Iraqi government. Its options for responding will come at a cost. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images) HIGHLIGHTS Popular anger at lingering political and economic grievances is bound to keep […]

2019-10-29 no comments

With the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China now past, the period of greatest danger is upon Hong Kong. Beijing, no longer worried about spoiling the festivities, might be more inclined to use force against Hong Kong. Of course, there are many good reasons for Beijing to resist that urge, including damage […]

2019-10-29 no comments

HIGHLIGHTS The legacy that the deceased Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left differs greatly from the one he aspired to. Al-Baghdadi oversaw the widening of a rift in the jihadist movement that now often results in open combat between al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The militant leader also institutionalized sectarian attacks, the […]