Not acting forcefully on ageism will increasingly carry a heavy cost for politicians.
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The Russian leader has come up with a constitutional reform that gives him three paths to indefinite rule.
Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Russia's overseas propaganda channel, RT, had a telling reaction to Iran's admission that its Revolutionary Guards Corps had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian civilian airliner last week. "There are two schools of thought on how a big country that demands respect ...
Russia's leader believes the narrative is shifting in ways that make the Soviet Union a villain.
Soleimani's death may force a change in the calculus involving Syria, Iran and Turkey.
Sweden's experience shows that smaller and cheaper reigning houses are better investments.
In renewable energy, competition from fossil fuels isn't the only problem: Local politics may be an even higher hurdle.
The Kremlin offers authoritarians a brokerage service based on cynical principles of mutual gain rather than values and allegiances.
The Eurasia giant has found its place among the oil dictatorships.
The 19th century concept of holiday travel is beginning to come apart.