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Xi Jinping: Does China truly love 'Big Daddy Xi' – or fear him?

Ahead of Chinese president’s US state visit, experts say he has stifled opposition and alienated the west – and doubt his ability to solve nation’s problems<p>One morning in May, songwriter Zhang Jingchuan sat down to pen a tribute to the man China calls Xi Dada or Big Daddy Xi.<p>“Xi Dada! Xi Dada! On …

China

Clerk Opposed to Gay Marriage Shouldn't Go to Jail

She should go to a different job.

Same-sex Marriage

This Woman Could Revive Japan

Anyone wondering why Japan is skirting yet another recession should spend an hour with lawmaker Seiko Noda.<p>In a nation that chronically …

Japan

Advice for the New Old Left

Left-wing economics needn't be stupid, says Chris Giles of the Financial Times in a recent column. A left-of-center program could be both practical …

The Rich Really Are Different

Is extreme wealth inequality in the U.S. something that government can or should address? The answer depends on how it arises. If everybody has a …

Economics

Germany Rises to the Occasion

“Europe’s biggest migration emergency since the Second World War” -- that’s how most British newspapers described a massive influx of Syrian refugees …

Economic Inequality Is Not Immoral

The false belief that economic equality is morally important leads people to take too seriously a question that is inherently rather insignificant -- …

China's Unhealthy Obsession With Looking Good

Shutting down factories and ordering cars off the road so athletes could breathe at the 2008 Olympics, now that made sense. Propping up the stock …

China

New Math Could Reveal Hidden Sources of Chaos

It's that point when a smooth river turns into a tumultuous swirl of white water, the tornado that unpredictably changes course on a dime or the wild …

Quantum Mechanics

Cookbooks? They're for the coffee table not the kitchen, says Prue Leith

Prue Leith says today's cookbooks are merely a collection of pretty pictures and we don't read them for recipes because "if we cook, we google it"<p>The traditional cookery book is dying out, Prue Leith has claimed, with today's offerings from celebrity chefs more suited to the coffee table than the …

Prue Leith
The Arts
Mexico

Queen Shows Germans Useful Side of Monarchy

As I write this, hundreds of Germans are waiting patiently in front of the Hotel Adlon, where Queen Elizabeth II is staying. Very few people here …

Germany Should Buy Hitler's Artwork

On Saturday, 14 works by Adolf Hitler fetched $446,000 at auction in Nuremberg, where the artist once made grandiloquent speeches about national art …

Art
Fitness
Charleston Church Shooting

What's Wrong With Calling the U.S. a 'Melting Pot'?

“Microaggression” is a trendy, modern word for insensitivity. It means saying things that inadvertently make some people feel excluded or the targets …

What Draws People to White Supremacy

In the wake of news reports that Dylann Roof, the suspect in this week’s horrific massacre at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal …

Political Science

The Christian Case Against the Confederate Flag

The slaughter at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, has reignited the debate over the state's flying of the …

This YouTuber Can Probably Eat More Than You

This is Yuka Kinoshita. And today, we are going watch her eat so much fucking food.<p>In Japanese, Kinoshita is called a “gluttonous beautiful woman” …

Burgers

Punished Until Proven Innocent

In February, Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern, wrote an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education in which she decried the creeping …

We're Mostly Wrong About Inequality

On most contentious issues, our perceptions often diverge from reality. It has been shown, for example, that people in many countries are bad at …

China's Rising Military: First, the Good News

Every week seems to bring new cause for concern about China's rising military power and assertiveness. Some scholars and pundits worry that the …

Japan