Rank #1: India’s power grab in Kashmir
Alex has an explainer about India’s Kashmir power grab.
The New Yorker has a good piece on the India-Pakistan partition.
Vox also has an explainer on the violence between Pakistan and India earlier this year.
A part of Article 370 of India’s constitution reads: “[T]he President may, by public notification, declare that this article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify.”
India’s home minister said Modi’s government would give Jammu and Kashmir its statehood back once normalcy returned to the area, but also that Modi’s government still lays claim to Pakistan’s part of Kashmir.
People, including Pakistan’s prime minister, are afraid there will be ethnic cleansing.
Pakistan’s army chief said his nation would “go to any extent” to protect Kashmir’s residents, and Imran Khan, the prime minister, warned that a fight could break out.
Rank #2: Are the US and Turkey heading for a divorce?
Alex explains the background on the S-400 missile situation.
Turkey’s bid to join NATO was approved in 1951 (though it was technically effective in 1952).
Here’s a diplomatic cable from 1964 on how the Johnson administration’s handling of Cyprus shaped the US-Turkey relationship (wasn’t good!)
Alex’s piece also has a good short explanation on Gulf War tensions between the US and Turkey.
Here’s a Zack piece on the complicated US-Turkey-Kurdish tensions in Syria.
And another Zack piece on Turkey’s conflict with Kurdish separatists inside its borders.
Pastor Andrew Brunson, explained.
And here’s some solid background on how Turkey and Russia are growing closer.
Rank #3: The US is getting scarily close to a shooting war with Russia in Syria
Rank #4: The ideology behind the Toronto terror attack, explained
Rank #5: The promise and peril of Trump’s North Korea meeting
Rank #6: One of the world’s worst dictators is facing an uprising
Rank #7: Is Kim Jong Un more rational than Donald Trump?
Rank #8: Trump’s intelligence failure
We talked a lot about the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment report this episode. You can read it in full, or read Alex’s write-up.
We dropped in clips of Trump on North Korea, Iran, climate change, Vladimir Putin, and ISIS.
This oral history of how Obama and his intelligence officials talked about Osama bin Laden is worth your time.
Yes, Trump basically called US spies Nazis one time.
The evidence that both the intelligence community and the Bush administration screwed up Iraq intelligence before the 2003 war is quite overwhelming.
The BBC has covered the new availability of beer at Russian post offices.
Here’s the New York Times article about Chiitan that Zack referenced.
The video of Chiitan stealing a baseball bat from a locker.
Enjoy the full F-35 rollout rave experience for yourself.
Rank #9: We’re finding out what happens when no one runs US foreign policy
Rank #10: Why Trump has stuck with the Iran deal he hates
Rank #11: How scared should we be of North Korea's nukes?
Rank #12: The Trump-Fox News-white nationalist feedback loop
Rank #13: Bollocks to Brexit
Brexit votes this week, explained
Zack mentioned that the Bank of England predicts that a No Deal Brexit could be worse for the country than the Great Recession.
Jenn mentioned that a second referendum was gaining popularity. Here’s Vox’s Jen Kirby’s Q&A with People’s Vote UK, the grassroots organization that’s leading the campaign to hold a second referendum.
Zack mentioned that a leave claim proved false the day after the first vote. Specifically, it was a health care funding claim that turned out to be false.
The BBC interview with a British woman about a second referendum.
Zack’s piece arguing that there’s nothing May could have done.
“The Fall of Home” by Los Campesinos
Rank #14: Saudi Arabia's real-life Game of Thrones
Rank #15: Venezuela has two presidents
Alex wrote a very thorough explainer on all the goings-on in Venezuela.
This piece will give you even more backstory on Hugo Chavez, and the team recommended this explainer on how things went so terribly wrong with the Venezuelan economy.
For more on Maduro taking over after Chavez’s death in the controversial 2013 election, Jenn suggested this piece. We also have a piece diving into the elections from last year.
And here are more examples of the effects that the economic downturn is having — from shortages of toilet paper to shortages of food.
Zack said that most of the country is living under the poverty line as part of the worst depression anywhere on the planet. Here’s the analysis to back that claim.
Maduro’s approval rating is very low.
Alex cited a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by Vice President Mike Pence. Here it is in full. We also played part of this address from Pence.
Trump mentioned a military option in Venezuela at one point. More on that here.
Jenn recommended this explanation of George H.W. Bush’s rhetorical support for the 1991 Iraqi uprising and the subsequent massacre that occurred when the US ultimately decided not to intervene to stop the government crackdown. She also mentioned the uprising in Egypt.
Zack suggested this book for anyone who wants to read more about the history of US interventions in Latin America and South America.
Alex and Jenn talked about a small, unsuccessful military mutiny in Venezuela.
Zack talked about Vincent Bevins’ Twitter thread wondering what the future holds for Venezuela.
On Elsewhere, we heard Falz’s adaptation of “This is America,” “This is Nigeria.” NPR did a deep dive on the song and discussed it with Nigerian scholars.
Rank #16: The art of trade war
Our colleague Matthew Yglesias has an explainer on Trump’s China trade war.
Some recent research shows the complexity and murkiness of the debate over US job losses from trade with China.
The New York Times has a great piece outlining the various ways China manipulates US companies that want to do business in China, including forcing them to hand over valuable intellectual property.
The Peterson Institute for International Economics has a timeline of the US-China trade war.
Here’s a really good episode of Marketplace from September 2018 that explains why prices on goods don’t go up immediately in a trade war.
The IMF estimated that the trade war may cause a 0.2 percent slowdown in the global economy.
Jessica Chen Weiss explains at the Washington Post how China is rolling out nationalist propaganda over the trade war.
We played a CNN clip of a conversation with a farmer.
A brief description of the Malaysia Instagram story.
A list of international suicide prevention hotlines.