Politics

This Is Us: Portrait of a Changing America

A nation in time, in seven charts.

Along the Haunting Buffer Zone That Divides This City in Two

In Cyprus, capital Nicosia remains split. It's an eerie reminder of a 40-year-old military conflict.

The Scary Things You Learn From 23 Years of Oakland Police Records

A new website is putting the Department under a microscope. They don't come out looking so good.

Why People Are Posing as Corpses in Ukrainian Supermarkets

In hopes of furthering a boycott of Russian goods, protesters are starting flash mobs to raise awareness.

How Higher Ed Contributes to Inequality

An interview with Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler, author of Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream.

Turns Out Paying People Thousands of Dollars to Have a Baby Works Pretty Well

One Finnish city's plot to up its birth rate has led to a minor housing crisis.

Brazil's Government Gives Money to Women Because 'They're More Reliable'

How a welfare program designed to slash poverty ended up improving women's rights.

Say Goodbye to the Costumed Performers at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

The city is finally enforcing its ban on fake "soldiers" and other colorful characters in its city center. And it's a shame.

Why Street Protests Fail

How can so many demonstrations accomplish so little?

The Polarized Partisan Geography of Inequality

Democrats represent some of the richest House districts—but they're also more likely to have deeply unequal constituencies.

What Richmond Looked Like After Confederate Troops Set it on Fire

In the final days of the Civil War, fleeing southern troops burnt the city to the ground.

Even McDonald's Has Left Crimea

Citing "manufacturing reasons," the fast food chain announced it has closed its three locations on the peninsula.

The Hidden Side of Turkey's Urban Transformation, Told in 10 Pictures

Young photographers capture the country's abandoned spaces, overcrowded cities, and the people left behind.

Driving in Saudi Arabia as a Woman

Though not officially illegal, women aren't allowed behind the wheel. A handful of protesters are trying to change that.

What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son

The "special tax" on men of color is more than an inconvenience. A father shares his firsthand observations and fears.

'If Elected, I Promise I Will Just Get Publicly Drunk'

But this 'candidate' for Toronto mayor says he won't threaten to kill anyone! In a city run by Rob Ford, that's progress.

America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.

Madrid's Mayor Wants to Ban City Center Protests

Ana Botella says demonstrations like the ones over the weekend are a detriment to the city's image.

Charlotte's Mayor Gets Out of Jail and Resigns

Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents, and accused of taking $48,000 in bribes from undercover agents.