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  • Photos of the Week: Swirling Embers, Solar Challenge, Manhattan Moonrise
    Mirco Lazzari / Getty A weeping Sophora Japonica tree in Versailles, the Zhangye danxia landform in China, a hitchhiking cat in Turkey, continuing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, baseball's National League Championship Series in Washington, D.C., anti-government unrest in Haiti, a flamingo mother and chick in Colombia, an elevated railway in Kenya, chopsticks manufacturing in China, the Los Angeles Comic-Con, and much more. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Fall Is in the Air: Images of the Season
    Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency / Getty Autumn truly is the best season. The autumnal equinox took place a few weeks ago, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. Now it is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and, of course, spectacular foliage. Across the North, people are beginning to feel a crisp chill in the evening air, leaves are splashing mountainsides with bright color, apples and pumpkins are being gathered, and animals are on the move. Collected here are some early images from this year, maybe more to follow in ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-17
  • There Is No Plan B for ISIS Prisoners
    Updated at 3:19 p.m. ET.The prisoners were an emergency waiting to happen. For months, thousands of suspected Islamic State fighters from some 50 countries languished in makeshift jails in the desert; sometimes, a few broke out. But U.S.-backed Kurdish forces were, for the most part, keeping them locked up.Then President Donald Trump ordered U.S. forces to withdraw from outposts in northeastern Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish assault on America’s Kurdish partners in the fight on ISIS, and destroying the tenuous balance that has helped keep the Islamic State contained. Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement of a five-day pause ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-17
  • The Man Who Could Beat Justin Trudeau
    In Toronto this spring, Andrew Scheer, the man seeking to replace Justin Trudeau as prime minister of Canada, made what is perhaps the most important speech of his career. While Scheer, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), is no Trudeau—he’s younger, dorkier, and less foppish—his speech, about immigration, sounded at times like something Trudeau would say. Scheer spoke of Canada as a generous, diverse country and denounced “intolerance, racism, and extremism of any kind.” If anybody disagreed, he added, “there’s the door.”But if Scheer was aligning himself, in some ways, with his electoral rival, he was also ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
    © Yongqing Bao / Wildlife Photographer of the Year The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1965, is an annual international showcase of the best in nature photography. This year, the contest attracted more than 48,000 entries from 100 countries. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The owners and sponsors have once again been kind enough to share the following 15 winning images from this year’s competition. The museum’s website has images from previous years and more information about the current contest and exhibition. Captions are provided by the ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-16
  • The Trump Administration Has Only One Move
    Turkey had to have seen this coming.Granted, it didn’t feature in the phone call last week where Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan informed his American counterpart of his intent to launch an offensive against the Kurds in northeastern Syria, resulting in the retreat of U.S. forces from the region; the advance of Syrian, Russian, and Turkish forces into the void; the flight of tens of thousands of civilians; and the stirrings of a reborn Islamic State.But the morning after the call, the threat to “totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey” cropped up like clockwork on Twitter, Donald Trump’s ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-16
  • Scenes From the Aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan
    Kyodo / Reuters More than 100,000 rescue workers are still combing through flooded and damaged areas of central Japan after it was struck by Typhoon Hagibis, the most powerful storm to hit the area in more than 60 years. Local authorities are blaming this weekend’s typhoon for more than 70 deaths so far, with a dozen residents still listed as missing. Hagibis brought high winds and heavy rainfall, which damaged structures, collapsed dikes, flooded rivers and low-lying areas, and triggered more than 100 landslides. Gathered here are some of the images of the damage and immediate recovery work taking place. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-15
  • Are China’s Tantrums Signs of Strength or Weakness?
    The Hong Kong protests have entered a fifth month, a longevity that might have been hard to predict at the outset. The protests were sparked in reaction to an extradition bill that protesters feared would mean turning over dissidents to mainland China, but have turned into a broad movement over fears that liberties under the “one country, two systems” promised when the United Kingdom turned over its colony to China would be trampled.Inevitably, this brought the Chinese government at into conflict with Western companies that do business with China. Recently, the Chinese government has started flexing its muscles, going so ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-15
  • Is Boris Johnson Actually Winning?
    Boris Johnson has not won a single vote in the House of Commons. He has lost his government’s majority and been accused of lying to the queen to shut down Parliament. He has made an enemy of Europe’s most powerful leader, become entangled in a scandal in which he is accused of directing public funds to a woman he was in a relationship with, and even lost the support of his own brother. His attempted renegotiation of Brexit with the European Union now stands on the brink, with EU officials warning that he may have left it too late to ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-14
  • The Poland Model—Promoting ‘Family Values’ With Cash Handouts
    This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fuller Project for International Reporting.SOBOLEW, Poland—Andrzej and Izabela Gromuł have a lot going on, with three boys ranging from 5 to 12, and a daughter on the way. On the warm Saturday afternoon that we spoke, the grassy backyard of their home in this small town was filled with toys, bicycles, and laundry drying in the sun; stairs off the foyer led to an unfinished attic, soon to be a playroom for the children.Yet money is not tight. In recent years, the family has gone ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-14
  • The Traditional Apex of Britain’s Untraditional Moment
    A grand carriage procession, a royal “hostage,” a ceremonial sword. Britain’s State Opening of Parliament, and the Queen’s Speech that accompanies it, is nothing if not extravagant—an event more so than any other in British politics that is beholden to ritual and tradition.For a ceremony replete with colorful customs, however, this year’s Queen’s Speech couldn’t have come at a more untraditional time for Britain. Politically, the government has no majority, an election is imminent (though no one knows when), and the country is careening toward a cliff-edge exit from the European Union, without a withdrawal agreement to cushion the fall. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-14
  • The End of Hong Kong’s Postcard Era
    The Hong Kong of my youth was a dynamic city, one in which you could eat or drink at all times of day; where you could safely go wherever you wanted, when you wanted; and where you could say what you wanted, to whom you wanted.That postcard image of Hong Kong as a model of safety and predictability has changed in recent months.Witnessing these protests and coming back to the place of my childhood is to watch a city transform and awaken on different sides of a divide—between those supporting the demands of the protesters and those who despair at ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-13
  • Why Doesn’t Steve Bannon Matter in Europe?
    “I think you do a very dirty job in Europe,” Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French philosopher and author, told Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, during their debate yesterday at the Athens Democracy Forum. “All these movements which you are trying to help, they are not so happy with it.”The debate, moderated by the New York Times journalist Roger Cohen, is among several appearances Bannon has made across Europe over the past year in his quest to create a movement aimed at supporting nationalist, anti-establishment parties ahead of the European Parliament elections in May.Yet after all that time, Bannon ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-12
  • Chinese Rappers Take On the Surveillance State
    In 2017, the television series Rap of China debuted to 100 million views in the first four hours of its release. Prior to the show, rap had existed in China only in underground circles; it had become mainstream overnight. But its ascendance to the realm of pop culture would have dire consequences for freedom of speech in the country. A year later, as Rap of China headed into its second season, the Chinese government imposed widespread restrictions on the country’s nascent rap scene. It blacklisted 150 rappers. References to hip-hop culture were banned from appearing in all media sources, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-11
  • Why Is Turkey in NATO Anyway?
    “We think that this is a bad idea.”A senior State Department official told reporters yesterday that the Turkish attacks on northeastern Syria targeting Kurdish fighters who have been America’s best partners in defeating ISIS in the country would help no one—not even Turkey. “This will not increase their security, our security, or the security of anybody else in the region.”  Donald Trump, after a call with the Turkish president on Sunday, promptly moved U.S. troops out of the area, clear of the coming bombardment. Otherwise they risked death at the hands of a NATO ally.But what kind of ally forces ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-11
  • How the War Against ISIS Was Won, Before It Was Lost
    If you ask an Istanbullu where to find plant food or pesticide, you will be directed to a shopping arcade in an underpass beside the Galata Bridge, in the neighborhood of Karaköy, where these items are sold in rows of identical shops. Fishing equipment is sold a few blocks over, where nets and harpoons hang from awnings and mannequins in wetsuits clutter the sidewalks. A little farther along are the shops that sell construction supplies, crowded together along the narrow streets of the Perşembe Pazarı, one after another, hard to tell apart. Neighborhoods like these are vestiges of another age ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-11
  • Hong Kong’s Worsening Press Climate
    HONG KONG—Police officers here have made an art of kettling, or encircling, their quarry. Usually the police trap and funnel large groups of people inside a park, or a shopping mall, and bar them from leaving. Those inside are not under arrest, and yet they are not free to go. As protests in this city have entered their fifth month, police tactics have grown more sudden, more violent, and more arbitrary against civilian demonstrators and the press.Local journalists bear the overwhelming brunt of police pressure, but international reporters have not been spared, either. I know firsthand what this is like, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-10
  • Photos of the Week: Ute Muster, Snow Leopard, Highway Acrobat
    Jam Sta Rosa / AFP via Getty A dog exhibition in Bishkek, the World Athletics Championships in Doha, a Kali Uchis performance in Texas, Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia, a demon-king burning in India, attacks on Kurdish sites in Syria, unrest in Haiti, the Masham Sheep Fair in England, rice harvest in China, new public artwork in Paris, and much more. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-10
  • A Photo Trip to the Bungle Bungles
    Tomacrosse / Shutterstock In the Kimberley region of Western Australia sits Purnululu National Park, a protected area of nearly 600,000 acres established as a park in 1987. Purnululu is home to the Bungle Bungle Range, featuring spectacular “beehive dome” karst sandstone formations—some rising more than 600 feet above the surrounding plains. Paths within the park take visitors through mazes of narrow channels, isolated valleys, and cavernous openings. For its unique geological and historic Aboriginal significance, Purnululu was listed as a World Heritage area in 2003. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-10
  • China Bends Another American Institution to Its Will
    For all the concern about military confrontation in the South China Sea, economic leverage might be the most powerful weapon in Beijing’s arsenal. It is deployed more effectively, or at least more often, than all the missiles, tanks, and artillery in the People’s Liberation Army. If power is the ability to force others to do what you want them to do, then China exerts its power with yuan more than with bullets. And its capacity to make one of the world’s most celebrated sports leagues beseech forgiveness of a noncrime is a case study in how it’s done.On October 4, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-10-10