Algeria’s Perpetual Protest

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika says he will not run for a fifth term. So why are people still protesting?

The Myth of the Mercator Projection

The way we see the world is a lie. In honor of Gerardus Mercator, born this week some 500 years ago, we explore why.

Venezuelans, Caught in the Crossfire

As the world chooses sides in the fight between Venezuela’s two presidents, millions of civilians are struggling to survive.

Kashmir: A History of Violence

The region has been a source of conflict between India and Pakistan for decades.

The Polar Silk Road: China Comes to Greenland

China is investing in Greenland, and it’s making the U.S. nervous.

The Irish Border Question

What will Ireland look like after Brexit?

Venezuela’s Oil Industry Decline by the Numbers

The United States is the biggest importer of Venezuelan crude oil, and its sanctions will likely hit the industry hard.

Israeli and Iranian Activity in Syria

Maps show current positions and recent operations in the Syrian war.

The Saga of the Kuril Islands

Russia and Japan are talking about a peace treaty once again.

Coups in Africa Since 1950

A recent failed coup in Gabon is just the latest attempt to overthrow an African government.

The US Role in the Syrian Civil War

A look at the evolution of the conflict, and the United States’ involvement in it.

The US Dominates Global Military Spending

Washington spends more than the next 10 countries combined on its military forces.