New Statesman

I Was Kim Jong-il's Poet Laureate
Writing helped me join North Korea's inner circle—until I committed treason.
June 13, 2014

Writing helped me join Kim Jong-il's inner circle—until I committed treason.

Can the Spanish Monarchy Survive Without King Juan Carlos?
His successor, Crown Prince Felipe, faces many challenges
June 13, 2014

His successor, Crown Prince Felipe, faces many challenges: the growth of republicanism, lessening support for the main political parties and the ongoing moves by Catalonia to become independent. 

Let's Call the Isla Vista Killings What They Were: Misogynist Extremism
May 27, 2014

For too long, misogynist extremism has been excused as an aberration.

The Dangerous New Scientific Racism
May 25, 2014

Why is the West rich and Africa poor? A new book suggests genetic differences are at play—reviving an old lie in a strangely prominent place.

ICYMI: The Internet Has Ruined Our Conception of Time
May 23, 2014

This online acronym is destroying my soul.

Armenia Is an International Superpower—at Chess
May 23, 2014

Dispatches from Armenia, a world power—at chess

Is India's New Prime Minister a Neo-Fascist or a Reformer?
May 16, 2014

Modi, implicated in a massacre in 2002 while chief minister of Gujarat, has been elected as India’s new prime minister. Is he a dangerous neo-fascist, as some say, or the strongman reformer that this country of 1.2 billion people craves?

John Updike: Tedious Suburbanite, Literary Great
An argument
May 09, 2014

Duking it out over the writer

Modern Life Is Abolishing Loneliness. You'll Miss It When It's Gone.
May 02, 2014

Modern life is abolishing loneliness. And that's a troubling thing.

Woman-Specific Financial Advice Guides Are a Crock
And they're a way of distracting from the real issue, too
May 02, 2014

Are women less savvy with money? No. They're more likely to disadvantaged by the economic system—something a spate of recent books ignores.