Christopher Howell

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Dick Cheney’s gift to the Middle East: How America created an Afghan Blackwater

Just as the U.S. threw its support behind the Taliban, officials have empowered a whole new set of Afghan warlords<p>[<i>This essay is taken from chapter five of Anand Gopal’s</i> No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes <i>and appears at</i> TomDispatch.com <i>with the kind</i> …

Short film “Sundays” goes viral, sparks Hollywood’s hottest bidding war: The age of the tiny movie with big ambitions is here

<b>Brian Petsos in "Sundays" (Vimeo/PostPanic)</b><p>Don’t sleep on these shorts — the latest mini-film could turn into tomorrow’s blockbuster or hot new show UPDATED<p>Gary M. Kramer<p>April 3, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p><i>This story has been updated.</i><p>The most recent high-stakes Hollywood bidding war was over a short film? …

AP investigation prompts emergency rescue of 300 plus slaves

BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — At first the men filtered in by twos and threes, hearing whispers of a possible rescue.<p>Then, as the news rippled around the …

Can Californians Adapt to Their Catastrophic Drought?

Four years into a crisis of unknown duration, residents of the Golden State have the chance to change their habits, and find new ways to thrive.<p>If you ask an environmental historian, the mandatory cuts in water use that Governor Jerry Brown is now imposing on Californians—the first in the state's …

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Where It Counts, 'Basket-Case Japan' Is Beating The Pants Off The United States

In the spring of 1995 – twenty years ago almost to the day – I published a book about Japan entitled <i>Blindside</i>. Endorsed by such long-time Japan watchers as James Fallows, Sir James Goldsmith, and John Kenneth Galbraith (Galbraith had clocked considerable on-the-spot experience as a senior official …

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Iraq's Rambo is the scourge of Islamic State militants

The men push forward, smartphones flying back and forth as they enlist whoever is closest to take their photo with the swarthy figure at the front of the crowd.<p>When it's the next man's turn, he approaches with reverence, planting a kiss on the cheek or forehead of the muscle-bound man with the …

Photos: Inside China’s unknown mega-city

Tim Franco, a Paris-born photographer now based in Shanghai, has spent the past five-plus years documenting the intense change that urbanization has brought to the Chinese mega-city of Chongqing.<p>Until 1997, Chongqing was a neglected city in the poor Sichuan province. It is two hours by plane to any …

Susan Sontag on Storytelling, What It Means to Be a Moral Human Being, and Her Piercing Advice to Writers

“Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.”<p><b>Susan Sontag</b> (January 16, 1933–December 28, 2004) spent a lifetime contemplating the role of writing in both the inner world of the writer and outer universe of readers, which we call culture — from her prolific essays and talks …

Literature