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An Anniversary of Destruction, Loss, and Bravery in Ukraine

Ukrainians have responded with remarkable dignity and courage, but there is little to romanticize one year into the Russian invasion.

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Battling Corruption in Ukraine—and the U.S.

Biden and Zelensky walk side by side down a hallway casting dark shadows.

The Biden Administration calls for greater financial transparency around the world. This country could use more of it, too.

February 27, 2023

Jeffrey Sachs’s Great-Power Politics

Jeffrey Sachs, Professor at Columbia University speaks via video link during the Security Council on threats to international peace and security meeting at UN Headquarters.

The economist discusses what the U.S. gets wrong about Putin and the war in Ukraine. 

February 27, 2023

Lori Lightfoot Makes Her Case to Chicago

Lori Lightfoot wearing a plaid blazer, gray sweater, and white collared shirt

The embattled mayor—often blamed for the city’s high crime and low morale—has presided over many crises, not all of her own making. Can she win a second term?

February 25, 2023

Watching Tucker Carlson for Work

A collage of a woman with sunglasses on, inside of a white, rectangular outline, and a red silhouette of a person’s angry face looking at the woman.

According to Kat Abughazaleh, a researcher at Media Matters for America, “You don’t know Fox News until you are watching it for a job.”

February 25, 2023

The Pandemic at Three: Who Got It Right?

Different COVID-related scenes are sprouting from an eyeball in the center. The pupil is shaped as a COVID cell.

Can we fix the response to COVID-19 in a country that seems broken? Plus, Stephanie Hsu talks with Jia Tolentino about “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

February 24, 2023
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Randall Park Breaks Out of Character

Randall Park waters some flowers with a hose.

The “Fresh Off the Boat” star made his career in amiable roles, but his directorial début, “Shortcomings,” is full of characters who are, in his word, “shitty” people.

It’s Time to Rethink the Idea of the “Indigenous”

A set of five heads connected by string. Each face is showing a different part of a map.

Many groups who identify as Indigenous don’t claim to be first peoples; many who did come first don’t claim to be Indigenous. Can the concept escape its colonial past?

The Dystopian Underworld of South Africa’s Illegal Gold Mines

A construction worker climbing down a mine.

When the country’s mining industry collapsed, a criminal economy grew in its place.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s Minister of Chaos

An illustrated portrait of Itamar Ben-Gvir, standing in front of a scene that includes Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, the parliament building, a group of far-right extremist protesters, and the Temple Mount.

As unrest roils the country, a controversial figure from the far right helps Benjamin Netanyahu hold on to power.


A Year of the War in Ukraine

A young girl drawing a white stork using steam on a window.

The historian Stephen Kotkin and the Ukrainian journalist Sevgil Musaieva on a year of disaster, and the hopes for an end. Plus, Angela Bassett on playing the queen of Wakanda.

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