For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.
The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.
John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?
The peculiar tale of the Russian town that draws its livelihood from a carcinogenic mineral.
Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?
Why is Uzbekistan's pop star princess suddenly airing the dictatorship’s dirty laundry?
Why the Middle East's identity conflicts go way beyond the Sunni-Shiite divide.
Can the skyrocketing crypto-currency survive when all of D.C. is looking to tame it?
President Nicolas Maduro is promising to knock out graft and corruption. But as election ploys go, this one looks extremely cynical.
The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.
On the streets of the West Bank, the conspiracy theories about Arafat’s death are everywhere. But does anyone really care anymore?
Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?
Will China's leaders go big and enact serious reforms at the upcoming Third Plenum?
Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.
How President Obama could have kept friends as friends and nipped the NSA fallout in the bud.
Shoe-throwing, tirades, and the general chaos at Mohamed Morsy's first day in court.
How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.
Americans are still willing to forgive the NSA's intrusions, but are U.S. friends abroad?
Time has finally run out for the town of Baikalsk.
5 pioneers of social media, from before social media was an annoying buzzword.
As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?
What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.
Lust, sloth, and wrath are even worse when states do them -- right, Machiavelli?
Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.
A former agency insider explains how the NSA must change in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations.