Isaac Chotiner

Indian Patriots Vow To Defend Country's Women From America
December 17, 2013

Sometimes feelings of insult and honor tend to be aroused for all the wrong reasons. A case in point is the absurd row that has erupted between the United States and India.

Q&A: The Top North Korean Expert Explains What Happened to Kim Jong Un's Uncle
December 16, 2013

"Going around with a beautiful wife is anything but a crowd-pleasing gesture. Especially when you don't even make sure that your wife is wearing her Kim Il Sung badge."

The Creepy Reason That Having a Daughter Makes Men More Conservative
December 16, 2013

Pew recently released a study saying that having a daughter makes men more conservative. It followed the release of another Pew study that shows a sister has the same effect on men. Why, you ask?

Who Cares if Santa Claus is Real? The Megyn Kelly Scandal Is About Race.
December 15, 2013

The brouhaha over Megyn Kelly's comments about Santa Claus continued this weekend with Kelly's astonishingly dishonest non-apology.

Fear of a Worst-Case Scenario Has Screwed Our Syria Policy
December 12, 2013

Imagine the following scenario: the United States sends huge quantities of heavy military equipment to Syrian rebels. The rebels use that equipment and overthrow Bashar al-Assad's tyrannical regime in Damascus.

Yes, Even Nelson Mandela Could Say Dumb Things
December 12, 2013

Just because a bunch of people said stupid things about one of the century's most amazing men does not mean that Mandela didn't make some grievous errors in judgement.

The Obama-Castro Handshake 'Controversy' Is Unbearably Stupid
December 10, 2013

The idea that the president should not shake hands with Raul Castro, or Arafat, or any current or former antagonist of the United States, is silly beyond belief. 

America Could Elect An Atheist President. Really!
December 10, 2013

In Politico Magazine, Jennifer Michael Hecht has an intriguing and heartfelt piece about whether we will see an atheist president of the United States anytime soon.

NY Mag Writer Is Clearly in Love With Julia Louis-Dreyfus
December 09, 2013

I enjoyed Jonathan Van Meter's interesting profile of Julia Louis-Dreyfus in New York magazine because it manages to get at all the ways in which Louis-Dreyfus is a compelling person and first-rate comic actress.

Conservatives Haven't Wrestled With Mandela's Legacy Because They Haven't Wrestled With the Cold War
December 09, 2013

If you don't understand why someone like Nelson Mandela would have communist sympathies during the Cold War, you aren't thinking hard enough.