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woman in auditorium

New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 

“Tár,” about a virtuoso female conductor, has shone a spotlight on the continuing dearth of women leading major orchestras worldwide.

New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 
firefighters in a line

The world kept warming in 2022. Is the 1.5-degree Celsius target within reach?

The world kept warming in 2022. Is the 1.5-degree Celsius target within reach?
Argentinian players celebrate after winning penalty shootout during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. 

Argentina hailed World Cup champions after dramatic win

Argentina hailed World Cup champions after dramatic win
An ambulance is parked outside Portcullis House, backdropped by the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben, in London, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.

‘Winter of discontent’ for UK as nurses begin strike action

‘Winter of discontent’ for UK as nurses begin strike action
US President Joe Biden and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, chat as they gather for a group photo at Castle Elmau in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. 

Insult to injury: Part I

Insult to injury: Part I
In this September 1947 file photo, hundreds of Muslim refugees crowd on top a train leaving New Delhi for Pakistan.

State reformation: Part II

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into the power and politics of collective memory when it comes to partitions. "If states told ghost stories, they would tell them of past partitions," Kelsey D. Atherton writes.

State reformation: Part II
Parliament buildings over looks the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oct. 28, 2022. 

State reformation: Part I

This week's Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into what might happen should Ireland and Northern Ireland fall under one government again.

State reformation: Part I
Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his home in London

Rishi Sunak to become Britain's next prime minister

Sunak is the nation's former Treasury chief and will be Britain’s first leader of color. He faces the task of stabilizing his party and country at a time of economic and political turbulence.

Rishi Sunak to become Britain's next prime minister
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss addresses the media at 10 Downing Street in London

UK's Liz Truss quits after turmoil obliterated her authority

Liz Truss resigns as British prime minister — only six weeks after taking office — after her policies created economic turmoil and a rebellion from within her own party.

UK's Liz Truss quits after turmoil obliterated her authority
street intersection

Leicester’s Indian diaspora searches for answers after violence rocks multicultural British city

The English city of Leicester is host to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the UK, including a sizable South Asian community. But in recent months, the city’s reputation as a successful model of integration has taken a blow as simmering tensions between people from Hindu and Muslim backgrounds have spilled over into street battles.

Leicester’s Indian diaspora searches for answers after violence rocks multicultural British city
coffin in hearse

London goes silent to pay its respects to the queen

The queen’s funeral plans were decades in the making as part of what was codenamed “Operation London Bridge.”

London goes silent to pay its respects to the queen
coffin at front of church with crowd in attendance

Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and world at funeral

Millions more tuned into the funeral live on television, and crowds flocked to parks and public spaces across the UK to watch it on screens. Even the Google doodle turned a respectful black for the day.

Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and world at funeral
Loyalist ephemera depicting British theater in Victorian London.

Politcal theater: Part I

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into the language and word dynamics used in plays before and after early modern revolutions.

Politcal theater: Part I
king at desk

What kind of leader will King Charles III be?

Richard Drayton is a professor of imperial and global history at King's College, London. He spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about what King Charles III's reign may be like.

What kind of leader will King Charles III be?
queen waving

Queen Elizabeth II was the UK's longest-reigning monarch. Who will succeed her? A historian explains.

Jonathan Spangler, who teaches European history at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, spoke to The World's host, Marco Werman, about what to expect from the impending transition.

Queen Elizabeth II was the UK's longest-reigning monarch. Who will succeed her? A historian explains.