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  • The Photographer Fighting Visual Clichés of Africa
    Fragments (Aïda Muluneh)In the spring of 2016, the photographer Aïda Muluneh opened a solo exhibition at the David Krut Projects gallery in New York City. The showcase came nine years after Muluneh had returned to her native Ethiopia, which she’d left as a young child in the 1980s, during the height of the country’s punishing Marxist regime. The centerpiece of the exhibit was a series of photographs called The World Is 9, which drew its name from a saying of her grandmother’s: “The world is 9, it is never complete and it’s never perfect.” For an artist whose identity is ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-18
  • The Partisan Divide on How to Read the Intelligence on Iran
    Adam Schiff, the combative chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, didn’t contest the recent intelligence that the Trump administration said was behind its newly aggressive posture toward Iran. Nor did he accuse the White House of misrepresenting it. Instead he returned to a critique that Democrats have made of Trump’s hawkish Iran policy from the start: that it will lead America down the path of an ill-planned confrontation.“It’s not that I think there isn’t intelligence to be concerned about. There is,” Schiff told us in an interview in the Capitol on Thursday afternoon. “But how much of this is a ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-18
  • To China, All’s Fair in Love and Trade Wars
    Just how bad are things between the United States and China? Over an evening beer in Beijing this week, a friend and I debated which prominent American company China would whack first. It’s a serious question—and the answer could be the next ugly step in the escalating economic dispute between the two powers.The standard line from President Donald Trump and those who support his get-tough approach toward Beijing is that because China sells more to the U.S. than the other way around, Washington has the upper hand in its game of tariffs. “China buys MUCH less from us than we ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Photos of the Week: Snowy Ladybug, Shattered Lance, Mexican Smog
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters Engineering fashion in Beijing, a luxury houseboat for rising seas, flooding in Paraguay, father-daughter soccer in Liverpool, murals on the border wall in Mexico, the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Italy, Buddha’s-birthday observations in Taiwan, Lady Macbeth in Greece, skateboarding in Los Angeles, Ramadan in Indonesia, and much more ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-17
  • How I. M. Pei Shaped a Change-Resistant Paris
    PARIS—Here in France, I. M. Pei, who died this week, is best known for one thing: The glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum. When it opened in 1989, two centuries after the French Revolution, it was seen as a revolution of its own—and not necessarily a welcome one. Le Monde’s architecture critic at the time called the structure “a house of the dead” and said Pei was treating the courtyard of the Louvre “like an annex of Disneyland or bringing Luna Park back from the dead.”Architecture is always political. President François Mitterrand, who wanted to leave his ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-17
  • The U.S. System for ‘Skilled’ Migrants Is Broken
    Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel took a winding path to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.She began by studying politics and philosophy in her native Britain, then trained as a singer, before getting a doctoral degree in medieval music and literature. Working with centuries-old French lyrics exposed her to systems that help digitally analyze manuscripts, poetry, and literature. In 2013, Mahoney-Steel was hired by Johns Hopkins to use technology to conduct research in medieval studies and to support other researchers, and arrived in the United States on a visa designed for skilled workers, the H-1B. She moved to Baltimore, met the man who would ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-17
  • In an Echo of the Iraq War, the U.S. and Europe Are Split on Iran
    When France and Germany opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the George W. Bush administration dismissed them as representing “old Europe,” even as it prosecuted the war with Britain by its side. More than a decade later, Washington and all its major partners across the Atlantic find themselves on opposing sides again—this time, over how to deal with Iran.These differences came to a head this week when Britain’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement backing comments made by a senior British military official disputing U.S. claims of an increased Iranian threat in the Middle East. The remarks, delivered ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-16
  • 100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1919
    adoc-photos / Corbis via Getty A century ago, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, as much of the world was still recovering from the devastation of World War I. Rebuilding was just beginning, refugees were returning home, orphans were being cared for, and a global influenza outbreak was being battled. In other news, the Lincoln Memorial was nearing completion in Washington, D.C.; Vladimir Lenin was working to solidify the Soviet Republic; the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed—guaranteeing women the right to vote; a molasses disaster struck Boston; and much more. Please take a moment to look back ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-15
  • The Knowns and Unknowns of What’s Happening With Iran
    “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”That was Donald Rumsfeld speaking from the Pentagon podium in 2002 about assessing the threat from Iraq. The past week of provocations and counter-provocations between the United States and Iran—involving U.S. aircraft-carrier and bomber deployments, mysterious explosions on oil tankers, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-15
  • Tanzania Was East Africa’s Strongest Democracy. Then Came ‘The Bulldozer.’
    The reporting for this article was supported by The Masthead, The Atlantic’s membership program. Learn more.DAR ES SALAAM—John Magufuli began shaking things up on his first full day in office.On November 6, 2015, the newly elected president walked unannounced into Tanzania’s Ministry of Finance, peering into empty offices and interrogating frightened staff—letting it be known that a government long characterized by laxity was in for a major change. He later canceled independence day celebrations and redirected the funding to fight cholera, purged more than 10,000 so-called ghost workers from the public-sector payroll, and initiated a crackdown on corruption and underperformance ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-14
  • How Trump Thinks He Can Outsmart Putin
    Listening to President Donald Trump, he sounds like a heretic inside his own government: the lone official prepared to accept that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trustworthy and sincere.Nikki Haley, the president’s former ambassador to the United Nations, last week called Putin an enemy. National Security Adviser John Bolton has labeled Putin a liar. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is meeting with Putin today in Sochi, Russia, recently accused Putin’s government of undermining Venezuela’s sovereignty.Then there’s Trump, who seems hell-bent on turning the former KGB operative into a personal friend. In a phone call earlier this month, the pair ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-14
  • China Has Been Running Global Influence Campaigns for Years
    In the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, with the torch relay soon set to pass through San Francisco, an envoy from China met with the city’s then-mayor, Gavin Newsom.Riots had broken out the month before in Lhasa, Tibet, leading to a crackdown by Chinese security forces. The torch’s journey through London and Paris had been marred by anti-China protests and arrests. Pro-Tibet and pro-Uighur activists, among others, were planning demonstrations in San Francisco, the torch’s only U.S. stop.Beijing was deeply concerned about damage to China’s image as its Olympic debut approached, and hoped to clamp down on dissent ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-13
  • Photos of Huawei’s European-Themed Campus in China
    Kevin Frayer / Getty China’s Huawei Technologies is the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world, with production and development centers in more than a dozen countries. One of its newest facilities, located in Dongguan, China, is being built as a collection of replicas of European landmarks. The 3.5-square-mile Ox Horn research and development campus is being developed as 12 separate “towns,” with names such as Paris, Verona, and Bruges. Research buildings are being modeled after famous castles, palaces, and more. The Ox Horn campus is designed to accommodate 25,000 employees, and is connected by private trams and trains to other ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-13
  • A British Town’s Novel Solution to Austerity
    PRESTON, England—For years, almost all of Britain’s political energy has been consumed by the country’s withdrawal from the European Union. The issue has dominated evening news programs, front pages, and conversation in London.Yet beyond Brexit, and outside the British capital, a great change is taking place, one that is refashioning Britons’ relationship to their government, and what they can expect it to do for them. The country has been cutting official spending on public services for nearly a decade, a policy of austerity that began in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. The effort to reduce Britain’s debt ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-12
  • Pope Francis Stops Hiding From the Church’s Sexual-Abuse Epidemic
    Before this week, the Roman Catholic Church had no global policy requiring priests and bishops to report and investigate allegations of sexual abuse. No formal measure held bishops accountable for misconduct and cover-ups, despite a number of high-profile, horrific cases of wrongdoing by the Church’s top leaders. With story after story exposing new abuses around the world, Catholics have grown cynical about the Vatican’s willingness to face the global sickness of sexual abuse, and many have abandoned the Church entirely.On Thursday, Pope Francis took a significant step toward changing that.The pope’s moto proprio, which will take effect in June and ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-12
  • Two Nuclear Problems, One Policy: Maximum Pressure
    President Donald Trump faces two high-stakes nuclear problems with two rogue regimes. And in the pursuit of elusive grand bargains, he has relied heavily on one tool: “maximum pressure.”But with neither North Korea nor Iran has the strategy yielded the ultimate nuclear deal so far.With North Korea, Trump introduced an escalating series of sanctions and harsh tweets (remember “Rocket Man”?) that, after a tense few months of brinkmanship in the summer and fall of 2017, yielded quickly to maximum engagement. Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, have now held two summits, exchanged letters, and, in Trump’s words, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-11
  • Photos of the Week: Lion Rescue, Chihuahua Run, Dinosaur Debut
    Ye Aung Thu / AFP / Getty Uber protests in Los Angeles, freedom for Reuters reporters in Myanmar, “my emperor” cats in Beijing, equestrian jumping in Mexico, Met Gala appearances in New York, Victory Day observations in Russia, Ramadan prayers in Indonesia, art among ruins on a Greek isle, a gathering of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, missiles over Israel and Gaza, artworks displayed at the Venice Biennale, and much more ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-10
  • Trump’s Bet on Kim Might Not Pay Off
    President Donald Trump claimed his deal-making prowess and great relationship with Kim Jong Un had averted a devastating war and neutralized the threat from North Korea’s nuclear weapons. South Korean President Moon Jae In said he was building an “irreversible and lasting peace” on the Korean peninsula.What’s become glaringly obvious, however, is that all this progress was as provisional as Kim Jong Un’s promise last spring to halt tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.The spectacular summits between the North Korean leader and his American and South Korean counterparts, the lofty joint statements that emerged from them, the Trump-Kim love ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-10
  • Nation Building at Gunpoint
    SAMARRA, Iraq—There’s only one way in and out of this predominantly Sunni Muslim city: through the checkpoints of the Saraya al-Salam, one of Iraq’s most fearsome Shia militias. Samarra gained notoriety in 2006 as ground zero of Iraq’s sectarian civil war, and more recently as the hometown of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.In recent years, however, a remarkable calm has taken root here. The city’s restive tribes have put aside historic feuds. Security forces have foiled Islamic State terror plots while preventing revenge attacks against ISIS sympathizers. The Askari Shrine, one of Shia Islam’s holiest sites, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-09
  • Viktor Orbán’s War on Intellect
    On a relentlessly gray Budapest morning, Michael Ignatieff took me to the rooftop of Central European University’s main building. The newly erected edifice is all glass, sharp angles, exposed steel, and polished wood. Its roof had been landscaped with billowing grasses and fitted with iron benches, as if a section of New York City’s High Line had been transported to Hungary. “This is probably my favorite place on the campus,” Ignatieff told me. He wore a newsboy cap in the winter chill; his reading glasses, which he’d absentmindedly neglected to remove, were wedged on the very end of his nose. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-09