19 Puzzling Differences Between “Time” Magazine U.S. And International Covers

There may be a reason why Americans don’t know very much about international news. The U.S. editions of Time magazine are often a little…different from the ones that go out to the rest of the world.

1. OK, I get it. The failings of the U.S. government are way more relevant to the average American than a possible deal with Iran. Nuclear weapons, shmuclear weapons.

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2. And it’s hard to get people interested in a currency that they don’t use, especially when the dollar’s so strong.

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3. And, let’s be real: The European Union’s always having some sort of financial problem.

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4. It’s true that late-night TV hosts have more of an impact on the day-to-day lives of Americans than the economic recession. Right?

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5. Hey, this was a year and a half before the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. Nobody cared about Libya then.

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6. And let’s be honest, the rest of the world cares way more than America about the fact that Guantanamo Bay’s still open. That makes perfect sense.

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7. But this seems like…something that people in the U.S. should be reading.

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8. And this is just feels…wrong.

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9. So does this.

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10. Not to mention this.

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11. To be fair, China’s rise to economic superpower is totally not something that’s going to impact America’s future.

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12. Same thing with Russia’s growing power.

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13. And do Americans really care that she was under house arrest for 15 years?

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14. OK, people in the U.S. care a lot about religious issues.

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15. Wait.

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16. This is awkward.

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17. Las Vegas is super cool, who needs to be informed about global health crises?

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18. Speaking of informed, do you know who this guy is? Neither do most Americans.

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19. But all of these cover changes can’t hold a candle to what is unquestionably the most egregious example of all.

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