Medical students walk past a Cuban flag as they check door to door for people with symptoms amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in downtown Havana, Cuba, May 12, 2020.
Cuba stands out as a success story as it battles COVID-19. At the same time, it has seen renewed public attention around police brutality. Despite top-down efforts to silence dissent, activists say they are making some headway.
A black and white photo of a Japanese family (woman, man, child) sitting in a kitchen setting.
Critical State, our weekly global security newsletter, takes a deep dive into new research on how the scars conflict leaves on regular civilians express themselves in post-conflict politics. In a new working paper, political scientists look into the long-term effects of Japanese internment camps in the US.
Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas, center, walks among protesters Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo., during a unity march to protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd.
President Donald Trump announced the expansion of a program to send federal agents to several US cities to crack down on violent crime. The World spoke to Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, about the arrival of some 200 agents in his city this month.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's supporters rally in Istanbul in 2016 following the failed coup.
The Gülenists, dubbed by Turkey as FETO, the Fethullahist Terror Organization, are being purged on a massive scale. Those who have been accused include scientists, schoolteachers, policemen and journalists. 
A woman wearing a white shirt signs a black silhouette during a demonstration for mothers of enforced disappearances
A report issued on July 14 by Mexico’s National Search Commission said 73,218 people have been confirmed missing since 1964, and almost all of them — 71,678 — since 2006 when organized crime and drug-trafficking violence in the country began to increase.
A woman holds shopping bags and an umbrella next to bright red sign with white text about COVID-19
In this week's Critical State, Sam Ratner takes a deep dive into the latest thinking by leading qualitative security researchers on what conflict studies can teach us about understanding the effects of COVID-19.
A general view of the Grand al-Nuri mosque during its reconstruction, in the old city of Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2020.
ISIS no longer holds territory but the crimes it committed are fresh in the minds of survivors and families of victims. Collecting, preserving and documenting the terror group’s crimes has been slow but ongoing. Now, progress is even harder given the pandemic.
Video still from the one-year vigil for Christopher Kapessa.
Last year, 13-year-old Christopher Kapessa, who was Black, drowned when a schoolmate allegedly pushed him into a river. Now, the global Black Lives Matter movement has given the family new hope the suspect will be prosecuted. 
People wear face masks as they shop in a main market in Jerusalem, Israel, July 16, 2020.
Israeli officials took quick action against the coronavirus this spring and reduced the rate of infections to one of the lowest in the world. The situation is quite different today. Experts say Israel went from being a model for other nations to a cautionary tale on what happens when a nation opens too much and too quickly.
A helmeted head is blurry in the foreground, behind it, a line of protesters on a balcony
Physicist Yangyang Cheng was born in mainland China and took advantage of a visa program a decade ago to come to the United States to study. She says she's troubled by the language politicians and governments are using to promote resettlement policies for Hong Kong residents.

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