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  • How goal of ‘regime change,’ with modifications, is gaining new life

    How to deal with rogue nations? Recent US experiments with "regime change" in Iraq and Afghanistan appeared to delist the policy as an option. But in the latest iteration of the Trump administration, a freshened "troop-less" version is getting a look.

  • After four years of Western sanctions, Russia digs in for long haul

    Here’s another piece about leverage. While the West’s sanctions against Russia have been in place for four years now, it’s easy to lose sight of just how effective they are. In fact, Russia has largely handled them. But the latest round of US sanctions and a set of new Russian “counter-sanctions” could make the sanctions war much more costly.

  • Labor shortage? Employers tap foreign workers, visas permitting.

    Temporary visas are a small part of the politically fraught issue of immigration. But recent restrictions and a tight job market are putting fresh focus on the role foreign workers play in the US economy – and on issues such as fairness and openness. 

  • The town at the hub of the world’s race to stake out the Arctic

    The fact of retreating ice at Earth’s poles triggers hot debate over root causes. It fuels discussions about environmental adaptation. It has nations jostling for geopolitical advantage. Our writer visited a scruffy port town in Norway’s far north to see how local pragmatism – the simple need to find a new place in a new Arctic landscape – fits in.

  • Hindu prayer service? Yes, there’s an app for that too.

    Faith and technology don’t always seem like a natural pairing. One evokes long-standing tradition; the other, high-speed change. But the combination is increasingly common – and it highlights how religions constantly shape the world around them, and vice versa.

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News is essential. It is the fuel for a thriving democracy. It takes us to places and introduces us to people we never imagined. It defends our rights and values.

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