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The Widening Rift Between the US and China
If you ignore the headlines, you’d think the United States and China were the best of partners. Americans continue to rely on Chinese-made products in their homes, at their offices, and in their pockets. If you live near a university, you can still bump into one of the 340,000 Chinese studying in the US.

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Is Israel’s Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?
Israel’s election on April 9 culminates the most frenetic campaign season in recent memory. From the announcement by Israel’s attorney general to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust pending a hearing; to the TV report that his rival Benny Gantz’s cell phone was hacked by Iranian intelligence; to the recent ad in which Justice…

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In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel’s Settlement Enterprise—in a US Court
Randa Wahbe is a United States citizen with West Bank residency who is studying for a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University. Over the years, the 31-year-old Palestinian-American has used Airbnb, the online vacation rental platform, to travel in Miami, Denver, Istanbul, and Tunisia. Despite the site’s promise of “healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable,” however,…

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In a First, Palestinians File a Legal Challenge in the US to Israel’s Settlement Enterprise
Randa Wahbe is a United States citizen with West Bank residency who is studying for a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University. Over the years, the 31-year-old Palestinian-American has used Airbnb, the online vacation rental platform, to travel in Miami, Denver, Istanbul, and Tunisia. Despite the site’s promise of “healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable,” however,…

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Thanks to Rashida Tlaib, Palestinians Finally Have a Voice in Washington
On Thursday, newly-elected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan wore a Palestinian thobe—a traditional embroidered gown—to her swearing-in ceremony, and Palestinian-Americans like me rejoiced. The moment felt, and was, historic and jubilant. It even sparked a #TweetYourThobe campaign on social media, where Palestinian women posted photos of their own thobes.1 For decades, Palestinian-Americans have been demonized and targeted simply for who…

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In the Cold War’s Bloodlands
In August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This wasn’t the first time it had bombed Japan’s cities—its firebombing campaign had already wrecked more than 60 other population centers—but the atomic bombs were different. They portended a new era in world history.1 That’s how George Orwell saw it, at least.

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They’re Refugees, Fleeing Gang Violence and Domestic Abuse. Why Won’t the Trump Administration Let Them In?
A week after MS-13 gang members murdered his girlfriend and promised to kill him next, Wilmer fled his home in Honduras. In 2015, he followed the path that thousands of Central Americans take every year, heading north to the United States, running from violence and hoping to find some form of protection.

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Sending the US Army to the Border Creates ‘a War Atmosphere’
President Donald Trump has deployed 5,600 active-duty US troops to the border with Mexico as part of the mission formerly known as Operation Faithful Patriot. According to leaked documents received by The Nation, the Army will provide Customs and Border Protection officers with anti-riot weapons and protective equipment, further blurring the line between military and civilian law enforcement.

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In the Valley of Death: Somaliland’s Forgotten Genocide
On a hot and humid June afternoon, a group of boys wearing FC Barcelona jerseys kicked around a soccer ball in the Malko-Durduro, a dry seasonal river on the outskirts of Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway territory of Somaliland. At first glance, the flat, red earth of the riverbed made for a typical improvised pitch in this arid region.

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