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  • Migration Is Down, Crime Is Low, but Merkel Is in Trouble
    Asylum applications are sharply down in Germany. So is crime. Yet Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hold on power is again under threat over the issue of migration—one which has upended politics throughout Europe and across the Atlantic.On Friday, Merkel clashed with her political allies in the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, and appeared on the verge of losing her coalition and potentially stepping down. Horst Seehofer, her CSU interior minister and a critic of her policy welcoming refugees, had proposed unilateral border controls to stem what many Germans see as uncontrolled migration into their country. Then, on Monday, Seehofer said he ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Rules of the Internet
    It’s never been a worse time to be a Chinese telecom company in America. This evening, the Senate is set to vote on whether to restore a ban on U.S. company sales to prominent Chinese telecom player ZTE, a penalty for its illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea. The bill also includes a measure that would ban U.S. government agencies from buying equipment and services made by ZTE and Huawei, one of its competitors, to tackle cyber threats to U.S. supply chains. Meanwhile, a revelation that Huawei was among the companies with whom Facebook had data-sharing agreements, which allowed ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Trump’s Immigration Policy Gets Its Moral Reckoning
    Outrage over family separations at the U.S.–Mexico border intensified over the weekend, with two first ladies—Melania Trump and Laura Bush—both weighing in, and tension escalating on the ground. The United States government has separated some 2,000 migrant children from their parents in the last six weeks, according to the Department of Homeland Security.The Trump administration’s policy of separating migrants from their children has prompted a national moral reckoning, with comparisons to Nazi Germany and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but the president and his aides have provided few signs that they will change course—despite the pressure, including ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Pregnancy Suits and the Single Guy
    The man in the traditional kimono is having difficulty with the breasts. The weight of the belly strains his back. Simply walking around the room—a party room in a Tokyo condo building—is more like lumbering. Lying down and getting up again is a struggle. The rest of the men in the Ikumen class laugh as he tries to adjust to the new reality. But then we all have to try on the pregnancy suit ourselves, and one by one, we come to the same conclusion: It’s hard to be a woman.The class is sort of like the prenatal ones I ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-17
  • Photos of the Week: World Cup, Skinny-Dippers, Urban Shepherd
    Dolores Ochoa / AP A wee Welsh bunny, trophy winners in Formula E and the French Open, animal rescue near the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, heavy rains in Manila, Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Indonesia, a skyscraper-scaling raccoon in Minnesota, a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Fashion Week in London, and much more. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-15
  • A Battle Over Migration Is Threatening to Topple Angela Merkel
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far withstood the battle over migration that has convulsed politics across Europe, most recently in Italy. But now, infighting threatens to tear apart her government just three months after it was formed.The CSU, a center-right party in the German state of Bavaria and a sister party of Merkel’s, sparked the latest round of fighting. The party’s leader, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, had crafted a migration plan that would enable Germany to turn back refugees at its border if they’ve already applied for asylum in other EU countries. Merkel refused to implement this plan, and ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-15
  • Why Can’t Democrats Give Trump Credit on North Korea?
    For congressional Democrats, it’s payback time. Ever since 2015, when Barack Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran, prominent Republicans—including Donald Trump and his top foreign policy advisers—have accused Obama and his Democratic supporters of, in Mike Pompeo’s words, “surrender.” They’ve accused Obama of signing a deal that doesn’t meaningfully restrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions and, by seeking a warmer relationship with its regime, of betraying Iran’s long-suffering people.The irony, therefore, is nearly irresistible. In his nuclear summit this week in Singapore, Trump gave up more—and got less—than Obama did with Iran. He flattered Kim Jong Un in ways Obama never ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-15
  • Trump Always Wanted a Trade War—and Now He’s Got Several
    When President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would slap billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on certain Chinese goods, he opened up another front in what’s becoming a global trade war—one whose main aggressor is the United States. And the variety of Trump’s targets, starting with U.S. allies whose trade policies resemble those of the United States, and continuing with China, which is almost universally acknowledged to engage in unfair competitive practices, proves there’s something more going on here than a simple desire to punish bad actors and negotiate fairer deals. If that were the goal, China would not ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-15
  • The World Cup Is Russia’s Latest Makeover Attempt
    The soccer World Cup, which began Thursday in Russia, could be perceived as a celebration of the world’s love for the beautiful game. It could also, as Boris Johnson, the U.K. foreign secretary, put it, seem like an “emetic prospect, frankly, to think of Putin glorying in this sporting event.” Indeed, the sporting aspect of the Cup notwithstanding, the tournament is yet another attempt by Russia to win respect, and perhaps rehabilitate its image, through sports.That’s a strategy dating back to the Soviet era when sporting dominance—albeit built on the back of a state-run doping program—went hand-in-hand with great-power status. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-14
  • Photos: Soccer Fields Around the World
    Michael Buholzer / Reuters One of the most appealing aspects of soccer is its simplicity—a ball, some open space, goal markers, and you can play. As the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia, with matches held in massive modern arenas, here is a look at the beautiful game in action in some smaller and more unusual venues around the world, including pitches built on a glacier, on a beach, floating in a river, made of straw, on a rooftop, and more. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-14
  • There’s Something Fishy About U.S.-Canada Trade Wars
    If U.S. politicians’ love affair with tariffs seems novel, it’s really the latest installment in an on-again, off-again romance. And it’s one that has been much more passionate in the past. In the decades after the Civil War, the “tariff question” was the biggest issue in American elections. On everything from wool to sugar, the U.S. government slapped steep fees on goods passing through its borders. These tariffs protected domestic industry and paid the government’s bills.But sometimes tariffs also led to trade wars with America’s neighbor to the north. Today, America and Canada fight over dairy and aluminum. In the ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-14
  • Trump Takes His Party Back to the 1920s
    The last few days—as President Donald Trump has savaged America’s allies over trade, demanded that they readmit Russia to the G7, and embraced North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un—make something clear: Cold War conservatism is dead. What’s replacing it resembles less the foreign-policy outlook that has animated conservatives since World War II than the sentiment that prevailed before it.In the 1920s, conservative Presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover rejected both binding alliances and the notion that America should make economic sacrifices to uphold the geopolitical order. They saw little difference between Britain and France, which were more democratic, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-14
  • The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?
    Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequinAt 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly after the sun spills over the horizon, the city of Kikwit doesn’t so much wake up as ignite. Loud music blares from car radios. Shops fly open along the main street. Dust-sprayed jeeps and motorcycles zoom eastward toward the town’s bustling markets or westward toward Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital city. The air starts to heat up, its molecules vibrating with absorbed energy. So, too, the city.To hear more feature stories, see our ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-14
  • About That Movie Trailer Donald Trump Gave Kim Jong Un
    “A Story of Opportunity for North Korea,” the four-minute movie trailer that Donald Trump showed Kim Jong Un when the two leaders met this week in Singapore, is a prime example of the new, quintessentially Trumpian ideas that the president is implementing to try and finally resolve the old challenge of denuclearizing North Korea. But there’s one main problem with it. (I’m setting aside the fact that Trump apparently kinda sorta threatened North Korea with war via iPad during their negotiations. The narrator of the trailer presents Kim with a stark choice: Trade in his nuclear weapons for a peace-and-prosperity ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-14
  • The Next Disaster in Yemen
    The assault on Al Hodeidah was a long time coming. The Emirati-led attack, which began at midnight Wednesday after the Iran-backed Houthis ignored a deadline from the United Arab Emirates to withdraw from the city and its adjoining port, have so far been restricted to a Houthi stronghold south of the city. The airstrikes came despite warnings from aid groups of a humanitarian disaster, and after the U.S. declined to explicitly oppose the operation.Hodeidah, a port city of some 600,000 perched on the Red Sea, is the entrepot for most of the foreign humanitarian aid that enters Yemen. The Houthis ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-13
  • A Stranded Migrant Rescue Boat Reveals the Depths of the EU’s Crisis
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned last week of the threat facing the European Union if it fails to reach a common asylum policy. Her warning could not have been more prescient: One week later, a diplomatic crisis has broken out between France and Italy over what should be done about a rescue boat carrying more than 600 migrants off the Italian coast. And the crisis threatens to get worse.It began over the weekend when Matteo Salvini, the interior minister of Italy’s new populist and right-wing government and the leader of the anti-immigration League party, vowed Sunday to block the MS ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-13
  • The Jewish Opera Italy Couldn’t Bear to Hear
    In 1937, Aldo Finzi received word that his dream would come true: His newly composed opera, “Serenata al Vento,” would premiere the following year at Milan’s La Scala, one of the world’s most renowned opera houses. A successful 40-year-old composer, he’d already had his music performed in some of Italy’s most prestigious theaters, but never at La Scala. That had a special significance for him, as he was a proud Milanese, born and raised in the city. But Finzi was also Jewish. In 1938, Italy passed the “racial laws” that barred, among other things, the performance of plays and music ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-13
  • Donald Trump Actually Seems to Believe He Denuclearized North Korea
    Donald Trump got little of substance out of his summit with Kim Jong Un. But that didn’t stop him from making a triumphant, demonstrably false claim about how things went. Trump declared in an early-morning tweet that North Korea’s threat to America has been somehow neutralized altogether: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”In reality, Trump returned to America from the Singapore meeting having secured only a vague promise, not unlike others the North Koreans have broken in the past, about working toward the goal of denuclearization. Yet North Korea has just as many nuclear weapons, ballistic ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-13
  • Trump’s ‘Great Chemistry’ With Murderous Strongmen
    Some of the criticism aimed at President Trump over the North Korea summit is unpersuasive to me. I think presidents ought to meet with abhorrent foreign leaders. I disagree with those who insist that such meetings should be avoided for fear of raising the prestige of the dictator in question. And while I wish our president would’ve prepared more, I hope time proves the meeting a huge success. If so, I’ll praise him for it.What galls me are the words Trump spoke after the meeting. North Korea’s leader “loves his country, he loves his people, he wants a lot of ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-13
  • The Eight Weirdest Moments of a Very Weird Summit
    It was bound to be a spectacle. This would’ve been true even apart from the outsized figures—Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un—at the center of the Singapore summit; the fact of an American president meeting a North Korean leader was itself historic. This not long after an entirely different kind of spectacle, in the form of the fierce war of words between the two last summer, with Trump’s “fire and fury” directed at “Little Rocket Man” and Kim’s threat of an “enveloping strike on Guam” to punish a man he called a “dotard.” There was then the theatrical announcement of ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-06-12