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- Feb 3 201716 minutes
The Truth Behind the Last Battle of Vietnam
Disturbing new details reveal what the U.S. government has kept hidden for decades.
- Jun 27 20161 minute
American Slaves Emancipated Themselves
TO MANY AMERICANS, THE END OF SLAVERY is synonymous with Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But that’s hardly the whole story. And it discounts the agency of thousands of slaves who voted with their feet for freedom.
- Jan 9 20177 minutes
All of Human Knowledge Buried in a Salt Mine
Fearful of digital decay, a ceramicist wants to return data storage to a more lasting medium: clay.
- Feb 6 20172 minutes
Donald Trump Heads For The War In Syria
Can his “foolproof” plan end a conflict that’s created millions of refugees?
- Sep 26 20161 minute
E.B. In Denial, out Sept. 30, the actor, 46, plays historian Deborah Lipstadt, who was sued for libel in 1996 for calling author David Irving a Holocaust denier; in the British legal system, the burden fell on her defense team to essentially prove t
- Jan 10 20174 minutes
What the World Might Look Like in 5 Years, According to U.S. Intelligence
Even America's own government analysts see the American Era drawing to a close.
- Jan 20 20177 minutes
Hezbollah Is The Real Winner Of The Battle Of Aleppo
Assad and his Syrian regime are just a figurehead; the real victory belongs to the resurgent Party of God.
- Feb 16 201710 minutes
Atheism, the Computer Model: Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion.
In the United States, the nones have it. The nones being people with no organized religion and increasingly no belief in God or a universal spiritual power. They have the momentum, attention, and an expectation that in the future they will become a m
- Dec 12 20164 minutes
Why Trump’s Republican Party Is Embracing Russia
Ideological and civilizational conservatives united in opposition to the Soviet Union, but divide on whether Putin’s Russia is a totalitarian enemy, or a defender of the Christian west.
- Feb 7 201712 minutes
He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.
- Dec 12 20165 minutes
Global Conflicts To Watch In 2017
The greatest unknown for U.S. interests in the world might be the United States itself.
- Oct 1 201617 minutes
Every Move You Make
Over eight years, U.S. president Barack Obama has created the most intrusive surveillance apparatus in the world. To what end?
- Dec 8 20163 minutes
Putin And Assad Are About To Achieve Their Biggest Victory In Syria
“All the world has failed us,” a resident of the Syrian city of Aleppo told the BBC this week, via a WhatsApp audio message. “The city is dying. Rapidly by bombardment, and slowly by hunger and fear of the advance of the Assad regime.”In recent weeks
- Oct 3 20162 minutes
Don’t Pardon Edward Snowden
He performed a service by revealing NSA methods but should still face a jury
- Feb 20 20172 minutes
Trump Gets an Upgrade at National Security Advisor
By replacing Mike Flynn with H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump added one of the most talented officers the U.S. Army has ever produced to his team.
- Feb 13 20173 minutes
‘It All Looks As If The World Is Preparing For War’
THE WORLD TODAY IS OVERWHELMED WITH PROBLEMS. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss. But no problem is more urgent than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority.
- Jan 5 20178 minutes
Donald Trump’s Asymmetric War on the Establishment
There may come a day when we look back at the intense, instantaneous interest that Donald Trump’s tweets once produced and we chuckle, noting how President Trump’s Twitter postings, now shorn of their novelty, generate roughly as much attention as a
- Nov 21 20161 minute
Their Divorce Battle Heats Up
SINCE ANGELINA JOLIE FILED FOR DIVORCE on Sept. 19 and requested sole physical custody of the couple’s six children, Brad Pitt’s interactions with their kids have been limited. Locked in divorce negotiations with Jolie, Pitt, 52, has only been able t
- Sep 24 201517 minutes
Let’s Play War: Could war games replace the real thing?
In the spring of 1964, as fighting escalated in Vietnam, several dozen Americans gathered to play a game. They were some of the most powerful men in Washington: the director of Central Intelligence, the Army chief of staff, the national security advi
- Aug 8 20163 minutes
A Summer of Bloodshed Threatens Europe’s Union
“WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF A CIVIL war.” That’s how Patrick Calvar, head of France’s domestic-security agency, described the jihadist threat to his country in early summer. Just a few weeks later, a man drove a truck through crowds in Nice, killing 84 p
- Jan 2 20173 minutes
With Aleppo’s Fall, Syria’s Civil War Reaches A Grim Turning Point
WHEN SYRIANS POURED INTO THE streets in March 2011 to demand an end to President Bashar Assad’s repressive regime, in the country’s largest city, the first protests were small. It was not until 2012, after peaceful demonstrations had turned to armed
- Jan 23 20173 minutes
The War In Yemen Tests Saudi Arabia’s Clout
Riyadh fails to check Iran’s regional influence | “It’s hard to describe this Saudi intervention as a success”
- Feb 7 20178 minutes
Readers respond to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s analysis of Obama’s legacy and more.
- Oct 24 20163 minutes
Where the Next Crisis Will Come From
Keep an eye on depressed lenders, shadow banks, and China
- Feb 13 20171 minute
Transgender Boy Scouts allowed The Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs. The move comes after a recent case in Secaucus, N.J., where an 8-year-old transgender
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
How to Stay Friends With the Philippines
The U.S. must keep cool amid outbursts by the hotheaded president of its longtime ally
- Feb 1 20164 minutes
The Spy Who Stayed In From The Cold
How armchair intelligence analysts are debunking propaganda and uncovering war crimes without leaving home
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
The Iran Paradox
Roughly 2,500 years ago, the first great Persian Empire, led by Cyrus the Great, was founded. Over the next several centuries, it grew to dominate a significant portion of the world’s extant population and stretched from western India to the Mediterr
- Nov 1 20162 minutes
Sandals, Not Swords: This Army Ranger Started Combat Flip Flops To Help People In War-Torn Countries
LEIGH BUCHANAN MATTHEW “GRIFF” Griffin, co-founder of Combat Flip Flops—a $1 million seller of shoes and accessories manufactured in conflict and postconflict zones—seemed destined to make war, not sandals. His great-grandfather enlisted in World Wa
- Jan 18 201717 minutes
How the U.S. Military Sees the Anti-ISIS Fight
ERBIL, Iraq—There’s no welcome sign at this U.S. military base discreetly tucked into the corner of the Kurdistan International Airport in northern Iraq. It doesn’t even have a name. But it’s here. Thousands of troops are here, including Americans, G