The Murky Morality of the Magnitsky List
April 15, 2013
Should the U.S. ban the entry of Russians implicated in Sergei Magnitsky's death?
What Tim Geithner Could Have Learned From Cyprus
March 25, 2013
Sure, Cyprus' government is comically inept. Their bailout still beat ours. Here's why.
March 24, 2013
For Russia, spending a few billion bucks on a bailout could have bought an ally.
March 04, 2013
I’m just going to come out and say it: I love horsemeat. It’s lean, yet tender, it is flavorful but not gamy; it’s delicious. Those IKEA meatball-eaters have no idea how lucky they are.
E.T. in the Age of the Cellphone Camera
February 19, 2013
UFO believers used to cite grainy images as proof of visiting spaceships. But scores of people captured the Russian meteor strike via cellphone video cameras. Cheap and ubiquitous, that technology has changed the nature of proof for unusual phenomena. Which may be bad news for those UFO hunters.
Russia's Past Is Ever Present
February 08, 2013
The "homosexual propaganda" ban is traditionalism at its worst.
The MOMA's "Inventing Abstraction" is Exhilirating, Challenging, and Completely Wrong
January 19, 2013
“Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925”
Add These to Your NetFlix Queue: Films You Should Have Seen This Year
December 28, 2012
The New Republic’s film critics on some of the best, under-appreciated films of 2012: Amour: Amour is as hard and bright as bone. The love it observes is intense, selfish, and nearly insane (these are the film’s greatest truths). – David Thomson, watch trailer The Deep Blue Sea: [Terence] Davies, who is now sixty-six and has made only seven films in his long career, has transformed the one-set [Terence] Rattigan play into a well-flexed film with imaginative lifts along the way.
The Rise of Russia’s Gun Nuts
November 16, 2012
Maria Butina greeted her guests with a gun in her holster and her hands on her hips.