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Hamilton the musical: America then told by America now

It was only after I finished writing <i>The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction</i> that I got to see the off-Broadway version of Lin-Manuel …

New York City

The Marxist roots of Islamic extremism

Anti-liberalism is having a moment. And it's happening at all points of the political spectrum.<p>Suicidal religious fanatics now strike regularly at …

Political Science
Middle East

Syria peace talks in peril before they start after opposition group threatens to withdraw

The future of the biggest push to end Syria's brutal civil war looks highly uncertain after the main opposition group threatened to walk away before …

Syria peace talks in Geneva: what you need to know

What are the ‘Intra-Syria’ Talks in Geneva and can they succeed?<p>The United Nations is hosting a new round of talks aimed at ending the war in Syria, meeting at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.<p>They are being convened by the UN envoy to Syria, the Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura.<p>There …

Middle East
Middle East

19 photos of the life of Free Syrian Army fighters

The FSA, led by Colonel Riad al-Asaad, was founded in 2011 and is composed of former military defectors, and touts itself as a more moderate alternative to the various jihadist factions operating across Syria, reports the BBC.<p>Reuters photographers give us a firsthand look of what it's like to be a …

Middle East