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Is the Chinese Renminbi the Next Global Reserve Currency?

And if not, what does it have to do to reach that status? Part of an ongoing series of discussions with ChinaFile.<p>Patrick Chovanec:<p>This week's news that Brazil and China have signed a $30 billion currency swap agreement gave a renewed boost to excited chatter over the rising influence of China's …

It's Not a Hermit Kingdom, and 4 Other Myths About North Korea

Yes, we should be taking Kim Jong Un's recent threats seriously. But first, we have to lose the comic-book caricature of his country.<p>Every day the media is filled with reports of North Korea threatening to attack the United States and its close allies. An escalating cycle of threat and …

Is America ready for a black female president? From the archive, 29 March 1972

She strides down the shabby streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side, opens the door of a shop selling magic potions and voodoo charms, and marches …

Beyond lies the wub: a history of dubstep

The atmosphere of Belvedere’s, a dive bar on Butler Street in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood — with its stage and pool tables and little in the way of ambiance — was completely transformed by the bass. It reminded me of a water jet cutter. Taking water and streaming it at such a high rate …