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Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Argument

What Next for the Lwili Revolution?

What the history of successful nonviolent movements teaches us about the political transition in Burkina Faso.

Jonathan Pinckney |

Argument

The Age of Frustration

The period before World War I was marked by inequality, terrorism, and discontent with democracy. Sound familiar?

Ward Wilson |

Dispatch

Statue of Memory

Bulgaria commemorates a murdered dissident -- and takes a symbolic step toward reckoning with its communist past.

Matthew Brunwasser |

Dispatch

8 Things That Were Better in East Germany*

Remembering the "glory days" of nudity, breast milk, and recycling 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Paul Hockenos |

Argument

The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall

The United States has misinterpreted the end of Communism for a quarter of a century. It's time to set the record straight.

Melvyn P. Leffler |

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Fukuyama's Fatalism

The great political thinker's new book offers a brilliant analysis of problems. But it doesn't go far enough with solutions.

Brian Levy |

Dispatch

'Obama Is to America What Scott Is to Zambia'

Why does the first white head of state in an African democracy come as such a surprise?

Alexander Mutale |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese People Used to Think Pandas Were Monsters

The animals were feared as metal-devouring "tapirs" who could chew the nails off a city gate.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

Stan'd if You Do, Stan'd if You Don't

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan want to drop the pesky Persian suffix that’s been frustrating Central Asia for generations. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.

Ted Trautman |

Exclusive

When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran's WMD program.

Gareth Porter |

Case Studies

For the People, By the People in Indonesia

How one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt countries gave power over funding to its poorest citizens.

Rushda Majeed |

COLUMN

The Varnish of Vietnam

The United States still hasn't stopped trying to win unwinnable wars.

Gordon Adams |

Dispatch

From Outcasts to Kingmakers

The improbable tale of how the Houthis seized control of Yemen's revolution.

Peter Salisbury |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Sour Deal

China and Britain made a pact that's still undermining governance in the former colony.

Dalena Wright |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why China's President Wants to Save Hong Kong, Not Destroy It

To secure his own legacy, Xi Jinping has every reason not to send tanks into the city.

George Chen |

Tea Leaf Nation

London's Hong Kong Blunder

How the United Kingdom lost the loyalty of the island city's people.

Marcus W. Brauchli |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Turning Point in the Fight for Hong Kong

Beijing remains unlikely to cave to pro-democracy protesters' demands, but it is now losing hearts and minds.

Rachel Lu |

Dispatch

'Being an American Is All She Knew'

Minor infractions are sending Cambodian refugees back to a land they hardly recognize -- and once fled in terror.

Katya Cengel |

Dispatch

The Admiral's Revenge

Epic battles, evil Japanese, and the Sewol ferry sinking: Why this South Korean blockbuster is breaking every box office record.

Se-Woong Koo |

Photo Essay

Once Upon a Time in Edinburgh

Old views of a Scottish capital.

FP Staff |

Argument

History Is So Not Over

It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

Christian Caryl

Scotland's Tricky Choice

Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom. Can an independent Scotland achieve both?

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

The Ghosts of Beslan

Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dept Of Secrets

Don't Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.

Newly declassified documents reveal how the Nixon White House looked the other way while Israel built the Middle East’s first nukes.

Avner Cohen |

Christian Caryl

License to Kill

Never underestimate the power of rage.

Christian Caryl |

In Box

Those Tricky Germans

A few too many years under the Deutsche Demokratische Republik can wreak havoc on a moral compass.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

Is Polygyny a Slave to History?

How the slave trade patterns of centuries ago are still shaping African marriages today.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |