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In a Rare Group Killing, Chimpanzees Abused And Cannibalised Their Former Tyrant's Corpse

Disturbing.<p>Scientists have observed the aftermath of an incredibly rare phenomenon in the animal kingdom: the group killing of a chimpanzee by other …

West Africa

‘In Iran They Call Trump the American Ahmadinejad’

An Iranian American reader is worried about her family and friends in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban on the citizens of Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and, of course, Iran:<p>My father is a small business owner in the Midwest, managing a manufacturing company of 20 employees. He …

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

A non-argument against immigration

I often encounter the argument that immigrants, especially Muslims, are so different from the populations of their host countries that they threaten …

Immigration

What South Korea Thinks of China’s ‘Belt and Road’

China’s OBOR vision increasingly clashes with South Korea’s own Eurasia Initiative.

South Korea

Does The United States Really Need To Improve Its Image Abroad?

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of state, promised Wednesday during his confirmation hearing to restore the United States’ lost …

Pew Research Center

Abomination: The Dark Fantasy Novel ‘Rogue One’ Fans Should Read

If you loved “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, then there’s a work of unrelentingly grim fantasy I’d like to recommend to you: <i>Abomination</i> by Gary …

Chinese Science Fiction Is the Future of Science Fiction

Ken Liu's anthology 'Invisible Planets' spotlights a growing genre demographic.<p>Chinese science fiction writers are having more fun with the genre …

Science Fiction

Fascism Explained

Below is a fairly long essay. You may want to read it in installments.<p><i>[Update: There is also a Part 2 posted on this blog.]</i><p>The aim of fascism as a …

Russian art collection of Jewish couple who survived the Nazis goes on display

Jacob and Kenda Bar-Gera collected works by non-conformist artists suppressed by the Soviet Union<p>An important collection of underground Russian art collected by a Jewish couple who were liberated from the Nazis by the Red Army will appear at auction in London next week.<p>The 62 works of …

Art

Carthaginian Government

The government of Carthage was based on a system of elected officials accountable to a popular assembly. Unlike its founding city, Tyre in Phoenicia, …

A “don’t rock the boat” theory of political change

You’d think that as long as we’ve known Trump and Clinton it would be more obvious which is better (okay, least bad). But here we are. That said, I …

The White House

Minorities and Economic Growth: Evidence from Jewish Communities in Premodern Europe

Urban theorist Richard Florida is celebrated for arguing that cities today succeed by attracting members of the “creative class.” In a similar spirit …

Religion

Teaching Race: Provocation — Cultural Anthropology

When I first started teaching undergraduates, I presented my “What is race?” lesson more often than any other. It made an appearance in nearly every …

Anthropology

The Small-Business Appeal of the Libertarian Party

Gary Johnson won only 1% of the vote when he ran as the Libertarian candidate for president in 2012. And while most people still haven’t heard of …

Small Business

Bernie Sanders’s Case Against Free Trade Is More Ignorant Than Donald Trump’s

People tend to find new events as confirmation of their previous beliefs, so it’s no surprise that Bernie Sanders sees the Brexit vote as more …

Small Changes or Big Revolutions?

A new book says the higher-education model is too broken to be fixed piecemeal.

Is the European Union Collapsing?

Lately, the European Union (EU) stumbles from crisis to crisis. After a long hot spring dominated by the financial crisis in Greece, we now see the …

Europe

Will Donald Trump Save America From an Unnecessary War?

Donald Trump is headed toward the Republican Party's presidential nomination. He's among the most pugnacious of candidates, routinely trashing Republicans, Democrats, immigrants, Mexicans, women, Muslims, and foreign policy professionals.<p>Many of these political battles could reduce his chance of …

Geopolitics

Libertarians Tap 2 Former GOP Governors For White House

Governors didn't fare too well in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries this year.<p>But two former Republican governors will be on top of the Libertarian Party ticket in November.<p>At the party's convention in Florida this weekend, Libertarians selected former governors Gary Johnson of …

Government

Protests by African diplomats is another reminder of India’s deep-seated racism

African diplomats in India have had enough.<p>The heads of mission of 42 African countries have threatened to boycott Africa Day celebrations in New Delhi to protest against the ceaseless racist attacks on their citizens in India.<p>A week-long celebration was planned to showcase Africa and build on the …

India

Sanders Supporters Don’t Support Sanders’s Policies: A Short Note on Yet Another Reason why “Deliberative Democracy” is a Myth

In the previous part of my democracy series, I took note how the notion of democracy as a “deliberative” means of policymaking is a myth. Contrary to …

Political Science

A short note on two types of political structures

I just came across an excellent review by Herman Belz of a book on American history recently published by Nicolas Barreyre, a French history …

Political Science