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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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Oct 3 20162 minutes
Don’t Pardon Edward Snowden
He performed a service by revealing NSA methods but should still face a jury
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- 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”
- Dec 29 201629 minutes
What Does Any of This Have To Do with Physics?: Einstein and Feynman ushered me into grad school, reality ushered me out.
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- 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
- Feb 7 20178 minutes
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- 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
- Oct 10 20167 minutes
The Killing Season Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs
AROUND 11 P.M. ON JULY 25, RESTITUTO Castro received an anonymous text message asking him to leave his house in northern Manila and go to the corner of the MacArthur Highway. Just hours earlier, the new Philippine President, 71-year-old Rodrigo Duter
- Apr 14 201612 minutes
Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food: How the chili pepper got to China.
In 1932, the Soviet Union sent one of its best agents to China, a former schoolteacher and counter-espionage expert from Germany named Otto Braun. His mission was to serve as a military adviser to the Chinese Communists, who were engaged in a despera
- Nov 28 20161 minute
Trump’s Too-Tidy Plan To Defeat Islamic State
His in-and-out military solution will not be quick, and may leave the area in greater chaos
- Jan 16 20171 minute
Turkey Remains In The Crosshairs As A New Year Dawns
JARED MALSIN THE PARTYERS WHO WENT TO Istanbul’s Reina nightclub on New Year’s Eve had hoped to celebrate the end of a year marked by violence and upheaval in Turkey and across the Middle East. Barely an hour after the clock marked 2017’s arrival, a
- 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
- Feb 15 20172 minutes
Trump Shrugs Off the Two-State Solution
In a surreal joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister, the president effaced a cornerstone of American diplomacy in the Middle East.
- Jan 2 20171 minute
Crisis In Aleppo
Four years of civil war—and unimaginable devastation—leaves a Syrian city in ruins and thousands of innocent people in desperate need of help and support
- Oct 24 20163 minutes
Where the Next Crisis Will Come From
Keep an eye on depressed lenders, shadow banks, and China