Ari Winkleman

The global tourism industry got pummeled during the pandemic. Economies reliant on international visitors for a large chunk of their GDP were hit particularly hard. But after more than two years of restrictions, scenes at airports around the world today suggest that the travel bug is back. Still, looking at data from the US — a top destination for global travelers — it’s clear that the revival will be slow going. We take a look at international arrivals to the US from 2000 to March 2022.

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Ari Winkleman

Prices at the pump are soaring. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, much of the world has been affected by the economic impact of sanctions, higher inflation, constrained supply, and overall uncertainty. In the G20 economies, consumers tend to complain most about the price of unleaded gas, which is affecting their ability to get around town and go on holiday. We look at how far north the G20’s gas prices have driven.

LGBTQ Pride Month is currently being celebrated throughout the United States. Since the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969, progress towards equal protections for LGBTQ people has been hard-won throughout the country, culminating in the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. Significant progress for LGBTQ communities seeking equal protection under the law has been made in much of Western Europe and the Americas but still lags in most of Africa and Asia, where same-sex sexual acts are deemed illegal in many states. Here's a look at the legal environment for LGBTQ people around the globe.


Strategic, economic and cultural ties between the United States and Latin American states run deep. The US relies heavily on the cooperation of Central and South American allies to stem the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants into the country. But for years, Uncle Sam has been accused of exploiting its Latin American friends and taking the region for granted as it prioritizes economic ties with Asia. This view, however, fails to account for the significant amount of cash that the US doles out in order to boost Latin American economies. We take a look at some of those numbers.

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Ari Winkleman & Annie Gugliotta

Boris Johnson is famous for weathering controversy — from alleged affairs to partygate — often emerging stronger than before. But since taking office, the British PM has been caught in so many political scandals that most Brits, and many in his own Conservative Party, have now turned against him. Still, Johnson narrowly survived a no-confidence vote on Monday and lives to fight yet another day. We take a look at his approval ratings as prime minister, highlighting a few of the dramas that have eroded his popularity.

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    Ari Winkleman

    Will the US economy go into a recession this year? As always, economists disagree. Inflation hawks like Larry Summers believe it's almost inevitable, while doves point to the recent robust jobs report to insist we shouldn't panic yet. Still, Americans are concerned, which explains why Google searches for the word "recession" have jumped four-fold since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. We take a look at searches for this term, as well as other economy-related topics Americans have been googling over the past year.

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      Ari Winkleman

      Before Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine, Russia was supplying more than 10% of global crude oil supplies. That share has dwindled in recent months as many countries have (slowly) piled onto a boycott of Russian energy to punish the Kremlin for the ongoing onslaught. To make up the shortfall, the US has been pressuring other oil-producing behemoths – like the Saudis – to up oil production. There are even reports that Washington is contemplating the loosening of sanctions on pariah-state Venezuela to tap into that country’s vast crude oil reserves. We take a look at which countries imported the most crude oil from Russia up until recent embargoes were introduced, as well as which states have the largest proven oil reserves in the world.

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      Ari Winkleman

      Supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine have caused a growing food crisis globally, resulting in scarcity of staples and soaring prices.

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