World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed, and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill's output was prolific; his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words.
"Uplifting and motivating"
You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
"An eight hour rant"
Conventional wisdom in the West blames the Ukraine crisis on Russian aggression. But this account is wrong: Washington and its European allies actually share most of the responsibility, having spent decades pushing east into Russia's natural sphere of interest.
In this issue: "Pitchfork Politics", by Yascha Mounk. The Tea Party and its European cousins have emerged from the enduring inability of democratic governments to satisfy their citizens' needs. Today's populist movements won't subside until the legitimate grievances driving them have been addressed.
Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who trained as a cellular biologist before he left France to become a student of Buddhism in the Himalayas; Antoine Lutz, a research scientist at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research; and Richard J. Davidson, director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, report on how neuroscience has demonstrated that meditation has tangible and significant benefits for both body and mind.
With relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary congressional and independent investigations, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W. Bush. Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history, a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate.
This month's issue features: Exclusive: Angelina Jolie - actress, director, activist, newlywed, and mother of six - discusses kids, marriage, war, her new film, and the hero she just lost. Hollywood: In an adaptation from her new memoir, Anjelica Huston opens up about her relationship with Jack Nicholson. Investigation: Solving the great mystery of Van Gogh's death.
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.
"Behind the Wall", by Amy Davidson; "Good-Luck Charm", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Against the Grain", by Michael Specter; "Bakeoff", by Adam Gopnik; "Floating Feasts", by David Owen; "Medical Meals", by Rivka Galchen; and "Making the News", by Anthony Lane.
The editorial staff of The New York Times creates a digest for fax, email, and electronic delivery to destinations all over the world.
U.S. and European officials need to understand how Russia really thinks about foreign policy. To resolve the Ukraine crisis and prevent similar ones from occurring in the future, they need to get better at putting themselves in Moscow's shoes.
In this issue: "Mind of the Meditator": Neuroscience has demonstrated that meditation has tangible and significant benefits for both body and mind. "Pluto and Beyond": Spacecraft will get an up-close look at comets, asteroids, and dwarf planets from the distant Kuiper belt. "Virus Therapy for Cancer": How viruses could be used to treat cancer. "Impossible Flight": Two young engineers proved that a human-powered helicopter could fly.
Reflecting on John Paul II's greatness, drawing on first-hand interviews to paint an intimate portrait of the new Pope, and boldly assessing the Church's current condition, God's Choice is an invaluable book for anyone seeking to understand the Catholic future and the larger human future the Church will help to shape.
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Table of Contents: Ottessa Moshfegh, "A Dark and Winding Road"; Kevin Prufer, "How He Loved Them"; Jenny Offill, "Magic and Dread"; Susan Stewart, "Pine"; Hilda Hilst, "From Alcohologues"; J.D. Daniels, "Empathy"; Charlie Smith, "Bus to Tuxtla"; Monica Youn, "Two Poems"; Nell Freudenberger, "Hover"; Sylvie Baumgartel, "Two Poems"; Emily Moore, "Ghazal"; Rachel Cusk, "Outline: Part 1"; Linda Pastan, "Last Rites"; Lydia Davis, "The Seals"; and Ben Jahn, "Reborn."
Table of Contents: Alice Munro, "Circle of Prayer"; John Ash, "The Monuments"; Robert Bringhurst, "Sunday Morning"; Harold Brodkey, "On First Being Published"; Raymond Carver, "Two Poems"; Amy Clampitt, "Dorothy and William at Rydal Mount"; Alfred Corn, "Apartment on 22nd St."; Douglas Crase, "Theme Park"; James Dickey, "Spring Shock"; Tom Disch, "MCMLXXXIV"; Czelaw Milosz, "Lauda"; William Maxwell, "The Lily-White Boys"; Carlos Drummond de Andrade, "Song for That Man of the People Charlie Chaplin"; Jonathan Galassi, "Lateness"; Jim Gauer, "Will This Thought Do? "; Allen Ginsberg, "Quatrains"; Jorie Graham, "Description"; Linda Gregg, "Part of Me Wanting Everything to Live"; Barbara Guest, "The View from Kandinsky's Window"; Anthony Hecht, "Humoresque"; John Hollander, "By the Gulf" Nadine Gordimer, "Children with the House to Themselves"; and more.
Table of Contents: Davy Rothbart, "Human Snowball"; Sophie Cabot Black, "Online Again"; Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, "Young Berries"; Roberto Bolaño, "Five Poems"; Sam Lipsyte, "This Appointment Occurs in the Past"; Raúl Zurita, "The Pacific Is the Sky"; Ann Beattie, "The Astonished Woodchopper"; John Ashbery, "Three Poems"; Octavio Paz, "Target Practice"; Rich Cohen, "Pirate City"; Lucie Brock-Briodo, "Posthumous Seduction"; David Ferry, "That Now Are Wild and Do Not Remember"; Virgil, "From the 'Aeneid,' Book VI"; and J.D. Daniels, "Letter from Majorca."
Two recent books about Soviet history help answer questions raised by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine: What is wrong with Russia and why, despite two decades of optimistic predictions that it was on track to become a "normal" country, has it never become one?
"What Really Happened in Iran", by Ray Takeyh: Conventional wisdom about the 1953 coup in Iran rests on the myth that the CIA toppled the country's democratically elected prime minister. In reality, the coup was primarily a domestic Iranian affair, and the CIA's impact was ultimately insignificant.
Newly available evidence shows that the CIA engaged in pervasive political meddling and paramilitary action in Congo during the 1960s - and that the local CIA station chief directly influenced the events that led to the death of Patrice Lumumba, the country's first democratically elected prime minister.
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The Millennium Development Goals are due to expire at the end of 2015, and debate has turned to what should come next, with hundreds of new targets already proposed. Governments need to focus carefully and decide which goals offer the greatest returns on investment.
To strengthen its economic power and extend its strategic influence during uncertain times, Washington must lead on global trade. If it doesn't, it will be left on the sidelines.
A hundred years after World War I, new accounts of the drama help listeners navigate the intricacies of European politics and the political and diplomatic maneuverings that kicked off the war. Yet there is still no consensus on its origins or lessons.
Commercialization and globalization, coupled with a decline in U.S. Defense spending, have ushered in a new era for the U.S. Defense industry. The Pentagon is off to a slow start, however, in weathering the current transition.
Over the last few decades, governments have increasingly sought to reclaim indigenous artifacts from museums abroad. Yet inappropriate calls for repatriation should be resisted. Encyclopedic museums do more than house artifacts; they also spread cosmopolitan ideas.
"The Harder Part", by George Packer; "The Unblinking Stare", by Steve Coll; "Good Game", by Ben McGrath; and "No Laughing Matters", by David Denby.
Scholars have long known that Martin Heidegger was a Nazi, but many doubted that his philosophy had anything to do with Hitler's ideology. Now Peter Trawny, drawing on Heidegger's hidden notebooks, argues that the philosopher's anti-Semitism was deeply entwined with his ideas.
The president of the Philippines talks to Foreign Affairs about economic reform, political corruption, and Chinese aggression.
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, critics say postcommunist reforms have failed. But the evidence says otherwise. Transition states in Europe and Eurasia have become normal countries - no worse, and sometimes better, than other states at comparable levels of development.
Washington doesn't have the luxury of simply avoiding insurgencies, so it needs to figure out how to fight them better. Drawn from more than a decade of war, here are 10 lessons for doing so.
Xi Jinping's reforms are designed to produce a corruption-free, politically cohesive, and economically powerful one-party state with global reach: a Singapore on steroids. But there is no guarantee the reforms will be as transformative as the Chinese leader hopes.
After a decade-plus of war, the lessons for the United States are clear: fight fewer, more traditional wars and fight them more decisively. Above all, avoid getting entangled in the politics of chaotic countries.
Contrary to what Terry claims, write Delury and Moon, the collapse of North Korea is a frightening prospect, and the sudden reunification of the Korean Peninsula would be disastrous. Terry replies.
More than 13 years after 9/11, the Afghan war is far from over, even if Washington insists that the U.S. role in it will soon come to an end. Three recent books help explain why, and what Washington needs to do next to protect the gains that have been made.
Since the early 1990s, a handful of oligarchs has dominated Greece's economy and politics. So long as these elites have a vested interest in keeping things as they are, the country will never fully find its way out of crisis.
Indonesia's new president talks to Foreign Affairs about his recent victory, his national agenda, and the threat of Islamic extremism.