Noble and Ignoble
February 01, 2013
You'd think Ai Weiwei's persecution by the Chinese government would mean no critic would want to rip his work. You'd be wrong.
The Captive of San Clemente
December 21, 2012
THAT FAINT CLANKING SOUND, arriving through the open window of his home office: Was it coming from the courtyard? Was it being made by the pulley they’d attached to the house’s outside wall? Christ, it couldn’t be, thought Nixon, looking at his new digital watch: 6:15 p.m. No, they still had the round-the-clock nurse with them, and she wouldn’t be letting Pat get up from her long afternoon nap for another 15 minutes, when he’d join her for a glass of fruit juice and dinner off the TV trays. He heard the clanking again and realized it was just the halyard hitting the flagpole.
How India is Turning Into China
December 21, 2012
CHINA IS shakily authoritarian while India is a stable democracy—indeed, the world’s largest. So goes the cliché, and it is true, up to a point. But there is a growing resemblance between the two countries. A decade after we were told that China and India were “flattening” the world, expediting a historically inevitable shift of power from West to East, their political institutions and original nation-building ideologies face a profound crisis of legitimacy.
What Will Secretary of State John Kerry's Foreign Policy Look Like?
December 17, 2012
A roundup of Sen. John Kerry's foreign policy stances, including a little bit of dirty laundry.
How Human Rights Became our Ideology
November 16, 2012
The modern idea of human rights was only created after World War II. In the next half-century, it became a global movement.
Goodbye to the Hu Jintao Era
November 15, 2012
The mixed legacy of a decade of leadership.
The End of .Com Hegemony and the Coming URL Gold Rush
November 11, 2012
The internet is expanding! Here's who's trying to cash in.