Marc Pekhazis

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Russia Jails Ukrainian National Hero Nadiya Savchenko for 22 Years

MOSCOW — A Ukrainian army officer was convicted of murdering civilians on Tuesday by a Russian court.<p>The court ruled 34-year-old gunship pilot Nadiya Savchenko coordinated artillery fire that killed two Russian journalists during the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014.<p>The Iraq war veteran — who is …

Russia

The appeal of recent movies like Furious 7 and Jurassic World is rather obvious. Is there ever a time when it’s not okay to turn your brain off and …

What if Harper Lee were on Facebook?

<i>"Go Set a Watchman," the surprise second novel by Harper Lee, has proven to be a hit with readers. After being available for sale for just six days, it has sold 1.1 million copies...</i><p><i>As impressive as that is, it's not 2015's fastest-selling book. That honor goes to "Grey" by E.L. James, which in</i> …

Why Harper Lee Is a Prophet

The overall response to Harper Lee’s newly published novel of sketchy origins, <i>Go Set a Watchman</i>, has been nothing short of hysterical. This review …

Cecil the Lion and Robert Mugabe

I interviewed Robert Mugabe the day after he was elected Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, in 1980, in the country’s only democratic poll. The election marked the end of a fifteen-year civil war and ninety years of British colonial rule. Mugabe made no pretense of sustaining democracy. “As you saw from …

Learning to Speak Lingerie

Chinese merchants and the inroads of globalization.<p>The city of Asyut sits in the heart of Upper Egypt, at a crescent-shaped bend in the Nile River, where the western bank is home to a university, a train station, approximately four hundred thousand people, and three shops in which Chinese migrants …

Red Sea

Should I Use the Term “Illegal Immigrant”?

I wrote an article for <i>The New Yorker</i> last month about immigration policy, focussing in particular on a family in Columbus, Ohio. The mother and father had crossed the border illegally from Mexico, and in the article I referred to them on several occasions as “illegal immigrants.” Several readers …

Immigration
Wildlife

Angry about Cecil the Lion? You’re going about it all wrong.

IT’S HARD TO HEAR THE STORY OF CECIL THE LION’S murder and not be infuriated. Cecil, a famous attraction at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, was …

Extinction

Taylor Swift vs. Spotify is just one corporation against another

Far be it for me to become one of the haters who are going to hate, hate, hate, that Taylor Swift sings about in ‘Shake It Off’, but there’s a problem with the story that’s solidifying, portraying her as one brave artist standing against the streaming industry.<p>There’s Taylor Swift: the woman, about …