10 years on, Syrians hope for justice – in Germany

The first trial of crimes against humanity in Syria is taking place — but not at the International Criminal Court.

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In Somalia, a US bureaucrat fights to hold onto power

Somalia’s president’s term has expired without a successor in place. At the center of the crisis is a former US dual citizen whose previous job was as a local bureaucrat. 

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In Palestine, from prison to pandemic

Ahed Tamimi was just 16 when she was imprisoned for slapping an Israeli soldier in her village in the Occupied West Bank. Now, at almost 20, she has some thoughts about a year of life indoors. Part of the series 20 in 2020 — a snapshot of a global generation coming of age in an unprecedented year.

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For the US, waiting is the hardest part

With plenty of time to talk about how the election was lost or won, a close-up on a few days of uncertainty.

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The Supreme Court v the vote

From ballots and deadlines to envelopes and polling places, if it’s part of the US election, there’s a lawsuit about it. Decisions that could swing the result will come down to the nine unelected members of the Supreme Court. 

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Locked down, then burned down, in Greece’s Moria camp

When thousands of people were displaced after Greece’s notoriously unsafe Moria refugee camp burned down, it gave new urgency to the EU’s plan to break the deadlock on the migration crisis. 

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Lebanon’s future goes dark

Lebanon’s financial collapse is accelerating — and the old normal is fading, even down to the traffic lights. In a country where people were once able to pay just as easily with dollars as with local currency, many now can find neither. 

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How the Assads took Syria

As Bashar al Assad marks 20 years in power, a look at the inner circle around a leader who wasn’t meant for power, but was lifted up by the family name that consumed him.

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In a pandemic, are most jobs bullshit?

Anthropologist David Graeber wrote the book on “Bull**** Jobs” long before the pandemic sparked conversations about what makes work essential, and what makes it pointless.

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In Chile, a pandemic exposes a water divide

Rural Chileans can barely wash their hands, but the avocados nearby are thriving. The country has been battling a mega drought for over a decade, and rivers and reservoirs in Chile have dried to dust.

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Confronting the hidden US war in Somalia

For 12 years, the US denied any civilian casualties from its air strikes in Somalia. But monitoring groups say air strikes are increasing. One Somali journalist laid that disconnect bare at the feet of the US military.

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How one song got Egypt’s hottest music genre banned

Egypt’s low-tech, high-energy mahraganat music blasted out of the shantytowns to top the global charts on Soundcloud and rack up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. But one slip-up at a massive concert in Cairo threw the entire genre’s future into question.

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The online influencer who took on Egypt’s president

With his cell phone camera and cigarettes, former military contractor Mohamed Ali’s video confessions – seven-star hotels, millions wasted – set off a firestorm in Egypt. When he called for Egyptians to take to the streets, it sparked protests that were the first visible sign of unrest in years.

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In Gaza, berries under blockade

This is a story about Gaza that you don’t ordinarily hear, and it starts with strawberries. 

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