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Is bacon dangerous? The science behind food trends

<b>The great diet food con</b><p>Have you ever wondered why people on diets seem to be on and off them forever? Or why it’s really only people who struggle with their weight who have extra low-fat mayonnaise in their fridge? Most processed foods branded as diet, low-fat, light or lighter aren’t what they’re …

Saturated Fats

How a Photographer Captured the USSR's Dramatic Rise as the U.S. Economy Tanked

Caption from FORTUNE. Detail of a dam. Tightening bolts preliminary to permanent riveting on one of the water distributo<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Margaret …

The Tragedy of the American Military

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.<p>In mid-September, while President Obama was fending …

Two Hundred Years of American Policy: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1976

When, in the year 1917, Russian society was overtaken by the most tremendous and far-reaching upheaval it had ever known, American opinion-makers …

Britain didn’t fight the second world war — the British empire did

Yasmin Khan’s superlative The Raj at War finally does justice to the crucial contribution of the Indian army to Hitler’s defeat, says William Dalrymple<p>In 1929, when Edwin Lutyens handed over the newly completed building site of New Delhi to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin, many believed he had created a …

How Potsdam Gave Birth to the Cold War

Between the fall of Germany and the Japanese surrender, Truman, Churchill, and Stalin met for two weeks in a Berlin suburb to negotiate Europe’s …

How We Know Russia Shot Down MH17

One year after 298 civilians fell to earth over eastern Ukraine, Putin’s regime is still denying culpability. Here’s definitive evidence to the …

Russia

The Russian Military

Military power has reemerged as an importantcomponent of Russian foreign policy, which some believe aims to reestablish Russian hegemony in the …

Northern Ireland: when Britain fought terror with terror

Martin McCauley and Michael Tighe were country boys. They grew up a stone’s throw from each other, on smallholdings that sat on opposite sides of a narrow, hedge-lined lane. Derrymacash, the Northern Irish village where they went to school and played Gaelic football, was a mile away. Beyond that …

Crime

Landscapes of Communism by Owen Hatherley review – a dissenter’s tour of Soviet architecture

A journey through the wind-blasted slabs and towers of the former Eastern bloc becomes a lament for the misfired Renaissance of socialism<p>Owen Hatherley’s grandparents were members of the Communist party of Great Britain who lived in a small semi-detached house in a suburb of Southampton. Framed …

Communist Party

The Night of the Long Knives

On January 30th, 1933, Franz von Papen and General von Blomberg had mollified President Hindenburg into accepting Adolf Hitler as Chancellor, with …

History

How to Write About World War III

Can fiction help prevent another conflict between great powers?<p>One of us first fought World War III from the backseat of a station wagon headed toward Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For the other, it was at an island cabin on the Puget Sound waters of Washington state.<p>We wouldn’t meet for another …

Where in the World Is the U.S. Military?

July/August 2015<p><b>Despite recently closing hundreds of bases in Iraq</b> and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad—from giant “Little Americas” to small radar facilities. Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have …

Military