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How did a newspaper that once represented a progressive alternative to the status quo ultimately come to be firmly identified with the state itself?

There’s more to American nonprofits than the success of wealthy donors and their large foundations.

Gitmo in the present millennium is no departure at all from the American tradition in Guantánamo Bay.

Church of Scientology, Los Angeles

The body of the church of Scientology is not well. Will its main legacy be its contribution to US tax law?

Pakistani flood victims jostling for relief food

To see humanitarianism everywhere is not to see it at all.

Deng Xiaoping (left) and Jimmy Carter at the White House, January 29, 1979

Is Deng Xiaoping’s legacy of modernization without political reform one that no contemporary Chinese official can control?

Jorge Castañeda at his home in Mexico City, November 2004

In Mañana Forever? Jorge Castañeda chronicles the growth of the middle class to argue that Mexico is not a failed state.

Janet Malcolm

Janet Malcolm can be brutal in her judgments, but it is the casual brutality of keen observation.

David Brooks

The Social Animal is a deep and public embarrassment, a lumpy hybrid of fable, neuroscience and social engineering.


A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011