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Scoop Jackson holding a model plane

Biden’s Cold War Nostalgia Is Dooming His Presidency Biden’s Cold War Nostalgia Is Dooming His Presidency

Missile scares and military Keynesianism won’t win voters who want domestic reform.

Feb 26, 2024 / Jeet Heer

Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca”

Can We Afford to Sit Out the Fight Against Fascism? Can We Afford to Sit Out the Fight Against Fascism?

Choosing the lesser evil is never inspiring. Still, it’s a choice all of us will have to face.

Feb 20, 2024 / Editorial / D.D. Guttenplan

Mikhail Gorbachev

To Seek Peace in Ukraine, Remember the End of the Cold War To Seek Peace in Ukraine, Remember the End of the Cold War

US-Russia relations once seemed so promising after the collapse of the USSR. An honest look at how they soured can help us understand today’s conflicts.

Feb 22, 2024 / Comment / Anatol Lieven

A Granddaughter of Genocide Survivors Dreams of Never Again

A Granddaughter of Genocide Survivors Dreams of Never Again A Granddaughter of Genocide Survivors Dreams of Never Again

A walk though Gaza with Raphael Lemkin, the father of the UN convention on genocide.

Feb 22, 2024 / Feature / Dana Mashoian Walrath

What Happened to the Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Democratic Majority? What Happened to the Democratic Majority?

Today the march of class dealignment feels like an inexorable fact of American political life. But is it?

Feb 19, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Matthew Karp

Charleston Removes John C. Calhoun Statue From City's Marion Square

The Party of Lincoln Is Really the Party of Calhoun The Party of Lincoln Is Really the Party of Calhoun

Nikki Haley and Greg Abbott echo the theorist of secession.

Feb 2, 2024 / Jeet Heer

When Her Neighbors Began Dying, the World Looked Away

When Her Neighbors Began Dying, the World Looked Away When Her Neighbors Began Dying, the World Looked Away

A new podcast takes us back to the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, when a mystery virus began spreading among New York’s Black and brown communities.

Jan 25, 2024 / Editorial / Lizzy Ratner

The Blue-Blood Families That Made Fortunes in the Opium Trade

The Blue-Blood Families That Made Fortunes in the Opium Trade The Blue-Blood Families That Made Fortunes in the Opium Trade

Long before the Sacklers appeared on the scene, families like the Astors, the Peabodys, and the Delanos cemented their upper-crust status through the global trade in opium.

Jan 23, 2024 / Feature / Amitav Ghosh

Palestinians in a destroyed residential area try to collect usable items under the rubble.

Israel’s Vietnam—and Ours Israel’s Vietnam—and Ours

Everything that Israel is doing to the people of Gaza—especially killing civilians through intensive aerial bombardment—was prefigured during the American “ground war” in Vietnam....

Jan 18, 2024 / Van Gosse

Heather Cox Richardson and the Battle Over US History

Heather Cox Richardson and the Battle Over US History Heather Cox Richardson and the Battle Over US History

One interpretation presents the country as irredeemably tainted by its past. Another contends that the United States has also tended toward egalitarianism.

Jan 24, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Kim Phillips-Fein

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