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Trucks cross the friendship bridge connecting China and North Korea on Sept. 4, 2017. Trump has threatened to cut off trade with countries that deal with North Korea. AP Photo/Helene Franchineau

Why UN sanctions against North Korea’s missile program failed

The international community has been trying to stop North Korea from developing long-range missiles for decades. So what went wrong?
Voters might be quite rational in refusing to give the green light to those who wield power and benefit from the status quo. Mats Edenius/flickr

We frown on voters’ ambivalence about democracy, but they might just save it

Ambivalence among voters is reason to think about how democracy is working for us as a community. To keep democracy alive we need to be sceptical about the exercise of power and keep it in check.
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Global series: Emerging Cities

Cities have always been more than a dense collection of people. They are labs of innovation, hotbeds of crime and inequality, architectural stunners, decaying ruins and everything in between.
Is public relations simply a more insidious form of fake news? Nick Lehr/The Conversation via www.shutterstock.com

Putin’s flacks: Russia’s stealth public relations war

Russia has seized upon loopholes in lobbying laws, hiring PR firms to influence American public opinion and policy in ways that advance Russia's strategic interests.
Climate crusaders: President Macron, right, with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg after a June 2 meeting at the Elysee Palace, following the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement. Christophe Petit Tesson/Reuters

Cities rally around the Paris deal, a reminder that global problems can have local solutions

International problems and local policies are integrally interwoven, whether the nationalists in Washington like it or not.
Police in Istanbul,Turkey disperse gay pride demonstrators with a water cannon in June 2015. AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

Most countries score an F on our LGBT human rights report card

Many in the US are celebrating LGBTQ rights for Gay Pride Month. But data show that most countries, including the US, need to do much more to protect sexual minorities.
On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would take the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, and that he could negotiate a “better deal”. Saul Loeb/AFP

A fair climate deal? Accountability first!

On June 1, Donald Trump announced that he would take the US out of the Paris climate agreement because it was "unfair" to the US. An economic analysis indicates otherwise.
The Arc de Triomphe Is illuminated in green to celebrate the Paris Agreement’s entry into force. U.S. Department of State from United States

Will the Paris Agreement still be able to deliver after the US withdrawal?

Like president George W. Bush before him, Donald Trump made the announcement from the White House Rose Garden, showing that Republican governments have failed to learn past lessons.
US President Donald Trump and African dictator Idi Amin - different, but the same. EPA and Reuters

Idi Amin and Donald Trump - strong men with unlikely parallels

Some may say it's far fetched to compare a 1970s African dictator with the President of the United States. But the similarities between Idi Amin and Donald Trump are quite startling.

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