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Is cultural repatriation just knee-jerk cultural nationalism?

Visit the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris — any of the world’s great art museums — and you expect …

The Behavioral Economist's Case for Prison Gangs

It may seem counterintuitive that gangs can exist in what is perhaps the ultimate tightly regulated environment. Gangs, however, have been thriving …

Charles Manson

Bulldozing Mecca for Luxury Condos

The city of Mecca — birthplace of Muhammad, site of the Prophet’s first revelation, endpoint of the Hajj — has served as the epicenter of the Islamic …

Islam

How the thrift shop, once widely denounced, became popular in America

The thrift store has enjoyed something of a new life as of late, birthing chart-topping pop songs and becoming the shopping destination of choice for …

Salvation Army

How Democrats and Republicans (Mostly) Flipped on Education

Over the last 30 years, an extraordinary political reversal on education policy has occurred. In sharp contrast to Ronald Reagan’s call to …

What Explains the Meteoric Rise of Europe's Radical Right?

The rise of radical right-wing parties has been a particular concern for Europe over the last decade. Some commentators, perhaps overly pessimistic, …

Political Science

Foreign Policy Experts Ignore the Role of Religion in Western Politics

Religion is visibly influential in the realms of domestic politics and international relations: the rise of Islamism across the Middle East, the …

Partisan politics dominate Europe. What makes Poland different?

Throughout Europe, the halls of parliaments ring with the voices of organized partisan discord. Britain has its political fights between the Tories, …

Drones have decreased the risk of military acts — with major downsides

World War I saw the first extensive use of aerial warfare (including early fighters and bombers alongside observation balloons) for combat purposes. …

U.S. Air Force

Nuclear Disarmament Should Be Considered A Moral Issue

In the post-Cold War debate over the development and ownership of nuclear weapons, complete disarmament has become an increasingly viable option. …

Why do so few conservatives work in higher education?

It’s a common trope that American university professors tend to be more politically liberal than conservative. This divide, according to Stephen …

Star Trek's Underappreciated Feminist History

Despite airing for only three seasons — from 1966 to 1969 — <i>Star Trek</i> is widely considered one of the most culturally influential series in American …

Is the “pivot to Asia” isolating America’s would-be Pacific allies?

The so-called “pivot to Asia” has been a conceptual centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s entire approach to international relations, from …

Geopolitics

A Forgotten Front in the Drug & Border Fights: Tribal Reservations

As cartel violence throttles Mexico, a renewed interest in the border, human security, and the drug trade has taken hold in America. These complex, …

Religions are growing in China — thanks, in part, to self-censorship

Over the past 30 years, organized religion has grown at an astonishing rate throughout China, while the state’s officially endorsed religious …

How the Amazon’s Indigenous Population is Coping with Oil Drilling

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the Las Malvinas gas plant sits along the Urubamba River, extracting and processing 1.6 billion cubic feet of gas every …

There will probably never be a lone “Great American Novel.” That’s OK.

The Great American Novel is a “literary grail” chased by everyone from amateur scribes to moonlighting reporters to bestselling authors. Writing in …

A guilty man pleads for redemption after Apartheid. Is he sincere?

Adriaan Vlok, the South African apartheid government’s most notorious police minister, has come into his old workplace to wash the feet of a black …

Can the U.S. open up North Korea by accepting it the way it is?

North Korea could be open to engagement on an economic basis — as long as its internal politics are left alone, writes Tat Yan Kong in <i>The Pacific</i> …

How poverty stunts a growing brain

In 2013, President Obama placed the issue of nationwide pre-kindergarten programs formally on the agenda when he proposed to fund them through a new …

A Super PAC to end all Super PACs

“Yes, we want to spend big money to end the influence of big money ... Ironic, I get it. But embrace the irony,” says Harvard Law professor Lawrence …

Do we have an obligation to find a less cruel way to kill inmates?

Is there a least-bad way to be killed?<p>In his 1994 opinion in <i>Callins v. Collins</i>, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia limns out two violent, barbarous …

Can methanol fuel OPEC's demise?

Any American politician who calls America “the Saudi Arabia of coal” is likely aware of Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves. Even President Obama has …

What a ‘Moneyball’ style analysis tells us about the Arab Spring

In an era when everything can be measured, everything eventually is. Social sciences are being turned into hard sciences, and the Moneyball approach …

Can Facebook Peer Pressure Get People to Vote?

Unbeknownst to American Facebook users, many of them became part of a civic-engineering experiment during the 2010 congressional mid-term elections. …

A brief history of nose-cutting, and why it's used in attacks on women

The August 9, 2010 cover of <i>Time</i> magazine featured a striking photo of Aisha Bibi, a young Afghan woman whose nose had been cut off by her vengeful …

How climate change is destroying a Native Alaskan religion

In 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers listed Newtok, Alaska — population 345 — as a “priority action community.” The ground beneath the village …

Liturgical designers’ challenge: balancing tradition with creativity

Liturgical designers Lawrence Hoy and Robert Rambusch stroll slowly through New York City’s Church of the Holy Family as they revisit an interior …

For women, what are the economic consequences of not getting married?

Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer recently suggested in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that “‘marriage inequality’ should be at the …

Illuminating the many benefits of natural light

For Satchin Panda, childhood brings back memories filled with natural light: catching fish, lounging in a hammock, picking ripe mangoes. Now, as a …