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Amia Srinivasan: Does anyone have the right to sex?

To take this question seriously requires that we recognise that the very idea of fixed sexual preference is political, not metaphysical. As a matter …

Michael Flynn, General Chaos

What the removal of Flynn as the national-security adviser reveals about Donald Trump’s White House.<p>Two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States, Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and former intelligence officer, sat down in a …

National Security

How the sandwich consumed Britain

The invention of the chilled packaged sandwich, an accessory of modern British life which is so influential, so multifarious and so close to hand that you are probably eating one right now, took place exactly 37 years ago. Like many things to do with the sandwich, this might seem, at first glance, …

Sandwiches

It’s the Kultur, Stupid

Angst für Deutschland: Die Wahrheit über die AfD: wo sie herkommt, wer sie führt, wohin sie steuert [Angst for Germany: The Truth about the AfD: …

Europe

Decriminalization: A Love Story | The Common

When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the eighties, one in ten residents slipped into the deep of heroin addiction—bankers, university …

Drug Addiction

Is Democracy in Europe Doomed?

On the morning of April 23, 2017, as the polls opened in the ninth arrondissement of Paris, an old man with a cane positioned himself in front of a …

Myanmar: Marketing a Massacre

Two years ago, in a village just north of the town of Sittwe in western Myanmar, I met a young man who spoke of a friendship with a Muslim boy that …

Rex Tillerson at the Breaking Point

Will Donald Trump let the Secretary of State do his job?<p>One afternoon in late September, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called a meeting of the six countries that came together in 2015 to limit Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. They gathered on the main floor of the United Nations headquarters, in …

Welcome To The Age Of Cheap Overseas Information

Thanks to the rise of platforms like Facebook and Google, a growing amount of information being created for Americans is coming from overseas.<p><b>As ad dollars</b> that used to fund journalism pour into the coffers of Facebook and Google, the information business is experiencing a trend familiar to other …

What Happened to Myanmar’s Human-Rights Icon?

The ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya reveals what the world didn’t understand about Aung San Suu Kyi.<p>When Myanmar’s military regime released Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, in 2010, she had been the world’s most famous political prisoner for nearly two decades. Within a few weeks, she received …

Trollhättan

As a young man I moved to a small Swedish town where no one spoke English, and much of the time I felt as out of place as if I had been on the upper …

Thousands of huge, aggressive dogs are roaming Tibet after their rich Chinese owners abandoned them

Tibet is full of unwanted dogs.<p>Areas of the Tibetan plateau have become flooded with giant, fluffy unwanted Tibetan mastiffs, once the most sought after dogs in China, after a collapse in the market for the dogs has left thousands homeless.<p>A scene captured in <i>Abandoned Tibetan Mastiffs</i>, a 20-minute …

David Simon’s gritty new show about porn is also about what makes America great

Taken as a whole, the work of <i>The Wire</i> creator David Simon is a decidedly grim portrait of what makes America not so great: the devastating and unwinnable war on drugs, the cruel indifference of unfettered capitalism. His new show, <i>The Deuce</i>, about the rise of the porn industry in the seedy criminal …

Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger

She talks about Trump, Comey, collusion, “deplorables,” and the power of sexism.<p>Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, as she puts it, won “more votes for President than any white man” in American history, is not the first candidate to capture the popular vote but lose the election. She is the fifth. The …

The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea

On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?<p>1. The Madman Theory<p>The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York …

North Korea

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

The Rise of the Violent Left

Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?<p>Since 1907, Portland, Oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah …

Escaping Kakuma

“He used to say, ‘OK coach, if I will not enter the field, help me with a ball,” Jerome says. “He will even say, ‘I want to play with the small children.’ He used to take a ball and go play with the small children. That’s why I’m saying he is different from others.”<p>Olivier only speaks about his …

How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl

The origins and consequences of everyone’s favorite Parisian fantasy.<p>“The French Girl’s Guide to Summer Date Style.”<p>You know it’s a racket, but you click anyway. You already know what it’s going to say: Showing less skin is ultimately sexier than wearing something too short or too low-cut, and a …

A Kingdom for a Horse

The most decorated athlete in all of Kazakhstan is a five-year-old Mongolian horse named Lazer. Born wild on the steppe, he lacks the lean grace of a …

Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia

What “The Merchant of Venice” taught me about ethnic hatred and the literary imagination.<p>I attended university in a very different world from the one in which I now teach and live. For a start, Yale College, which I entered in 1961, was all male. Women were not matriculated until five years after I …

The Making of the Tabloid Presidency

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency<p>by Joshua Green<p>Penguin, 272 pp., $27.00<p>Six months into Donald Trump’s …

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

<b>The clocks read</b> zero when the lights went out.<p>It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch with his wife and …

Cybersecurity

The botanists’ last stand: The daring work of saving the last samples of dying species

Steve Perlman doesn’t take Prozac, like some of the other rare-plant botanists he knows. Instead, he writes poetry.<p>Either way, you have to do something when a plant you’ve long known goes extinct. Let’s say for 20 years you’ve been observing a tree on a fern-covered crag thousands of feet above sea …

Theresa May wants to ban crypto: here's what that would cost, and here's why it won't work anyway

This is a golden oldie, a classic piece of foolish political grandstanding. May's predecessor, David Cameron, repeatedly campaigned on this one, and …

The Underground Railroad for Refugees

At a safe house in Buffalo, asylum seekers from around the world prepare to flee the U.S. for Canada.<p>In the fall of 2014, two Afghan police officers, Mohammed Naweed Samimi and Mohammed Yasin Ataye, travelled to America on temporary visas. For five weeks, along with other law-enforcement officers …

How Anti-Science Forces Thrive On Facebook

Welcome to the corner of the internet that’s hell-bent on convincing you that GMOs are poisonous, vaccines cause autism, and climate change is a government-sponsored hoax. The message is traveling far and wide.

To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation

On a recent October morning in the White House mailroom, on the ground floor of the Executive Office Building just beside a loading dock, 10 interns sat at two long tables, each trying to get through 300 letters. Grab a bundle, sit down and read. It was pretty straightforward: Read. A girl doesn’t …

Obama Administration

The Worst Year Ever, Until Next Year

A meme is currently circulating on Twitter in which people post two contrasting photos: one is “me at the beginning of 2016”; the other is “me at the end of 2016.” Popular entries have included a duckling holding a butter knife vs. a raven holding a serrated blade, a young Leonardo DiCaprio in …

A No-Nonsense Machiavelli

“Why did you translate Machiavelli, if you didn’t see the point of translating Boccaccio?” Since I wrote about my decision not to retranslate <i>The</i> …