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Democracy—In China and Hong Kong

August 13, 2020
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The city of Hong Kong.

There was a time when smart people thought China would become a country like the United States. The idea was that their economy would grow. China would be like a Western nation. Our system of elections...

New Border Policy May Help Undocumented Migrants Get Into the U.S.

August 11, 2020
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Men who had been returned to Nogales, Mexico, after trying to cross the border. Photo Credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times.

The migrants have no papers. They are crossing the Mexican border into...

If You Think the U.S. is Bad, Try Being a Muslim in India or a Hindu in Pakistan

August 6, 2020
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Indians watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking part in a Hindu religious ritual
during a groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram Temple in New Delhi Photo Credit: Prakash Singh/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

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What is happening in India? Events show it wants to...

Guyana: To Be Rich and Ethnically Split

August 4, 2020
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Lining up at a polling station in central Guyana on election day. Photo Credit: Adriana Loureiro Fernandez for The New York Times.

Guyana is a country on the east coast of South America. It has a population of three-quarters of a million people....

Wearing a Mask is a Good Bet

July 30, 2020
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What is a face mask for? Months ago, the idea was that wearing a mask would keep people who had the coronavirus from spreading it to others. It is still a good reason.

There are new findings. Researchers now think...

Planet of the Apes, Thailand Style

July 28, 2020
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A monkey crossing the road in Lopburi, Thailand. Photo Credit: Adam Dean for The New York Times.

They are smart. They know how to steal. They know how to find food. They know how to intimidate. Who are they? They...

How to Breathe (It Takes Some Work)

July 23, 2020
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“You cannot  be truly healthy unless you are breathing correctly.”

“If there’s some good to come out of Covid-19, it is that people are paying more attention to how they are breathing.”

Drawings by Brown Bird Design.

Clear congestion.

* Sit up straight, do...

Is Culture the Cure? A Look At Thailand

July 21, 2020
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Monks wearing masks and face shields to protect them from COVID-19, receive alms from local residents in Bangkok. Photographs by Adam Dean

Thailand has had fewer than 3,240 cases and 58 deaths from the coronavirus. There have been no cases of local transmission for...

Before America was America–And Now

July 16, 2020
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A statue by a Chiricahua Apache sculptor, Allan Houser. The Supreme Court ruled that an 1866 treaty meant that much of Oklahoma is an Indian reservation. Photo Credit: Independent Picture Service, via Getty Images.

The first European settlers in the seventeenth century found...

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