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I fought a war against Iran — and it ended badly

Is war with Iran inevitable? Camped out here in Washington just two blocks from the White House, I can tell you one thing: it seems possible.<p>The chatter between talking heads, foreign policy professionals, and members of the press feels very much like the run-up to war with Iraq back in 2002. And …

Foreign Policy

The Repressive, Authoritarian Soul of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends”

When I was a child, I could spend all day at Shining Time Station, the fictive train depot with its own eponymous TV show, where Thomas the Tank Engine and all his plate-faced locomotive friends worked and lived. To my undeveloped brain, each episode seemed like a beautiful daydream, in which an …

Trains

The Polar Expedition That Went Berserk

Samuel Massie wasn't superstitious until the day he saw the crows. Two of them, gliding above the Antarctic Plateau. Sure, he’d hardly slept in 48 hours, and it was 60 below, and he was 18 years and three months old, which is to say he knew nothing, and he hadn’t heard from his three shipmates in …

Stanislav Petrov, Soviet Officer Who Helped Avert Nuclear War, Is Dead at 77

Early on the morning of Sept. 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov helped prevent the outbreak of nuclear war.<p>A 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces, he was a few hours into his shift as the duty officer at Serpukhov-15, the secret command center outside Moscow where the Soviet …

Cold War

The Lena Dunham Approach to Twitter Call-Outs

There are better ways to work toward a more just society in the connected era.<p>On Wednesday, Lena Dunham, the director, writer, and actor best known for the HBO series <i>Girls</i>, used her celebrity to draw attention to an exchange that offended her. In her telling, she was in the terminal at JFK airport …

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

High School

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

<b>The first voice</b> you hear on the recording is mine. “Here we are,” I say. My tone is cheerful, but a catch in my throat betrays how nervous I am.<p>Then, …

Underwater Art from the World Swim Championships: Pictures

The Senate's Blind Vote on 'Skinny Repeal'

Three Republicans issued an unusual demand on Thursday, saying they will only vote for Mitch McConnell’s latest proposal if they are assured it won’t become law.<p><i>Updated on July 27 at 10:23 p.m. ET</i><p>Is the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act that is nearing a vote in the Senate a means to an …

Health Care

Wall Street legend Byron Wien finds something about this market to be 'disturbing'

Byron Wien, vice chairman at Blackstone, said the S&P 500 has continued shooting higher despite the Fed's balance sheet remaining unchanged this year.

Turning military rations into haute cuisine - CNN Style

Written by Clive Martin, CNN<p>Food photography isn't a medium often associated with social commentary. For most of its practitioners, their modus operandi is capturing pizza cheese that pulls away perfectly, kebab meat that sizzles or frosted glasses of beer that scream "drink me."<p>Shining a light on …

Did the Russians Dupe Trump?

Putin has long used the pretext of counterterrorism cooperation to get what he wants from the West. It just paid off again.<p>In one way, it’s not exactly surprising that President Donald Trump reportedly shared with the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak some “highly …

Russia

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

Japan

Why It's Time For America To Leave Afghanistan Behind

In Afghanistan, springtime means one thing: the start of another brutal fighting season. And if 2017 is anything like 2016 was, this fighting season …

What ‘personal space’ looks like around the world

By Amanda Erickson<p>Reporter<p>If you've traveled even a little bit, you’ve surely had the experience of sharing a public space with someone (or many someones) who wants to stand closer to you than you’d allow your partner most of the time. (I often had this experience at the ATMs in Baku, Azerbaijan, …

Northern Europe

Learning Arabic from Egypt’s Revolution

After the Arab Spring, lessons were a way to absorb language, culture, and politics.<p>When you move to another country as an adult, the language flows around you like a river. Perhaps a child can immediately abandon himself to the current, but most older people will begin by picking out the words and …

Trump's Syria Strike Was Unconstitutional and Unwise

The military intervention solved nothing, while bypassing Congress, betraying the president’s non-interventionist supporters, and highlighting his hypocrisy.<p>Early the morning of August 21, 2013, six densely populated neighborhoods in Syria “were jolted awake by a series of explosions, followed by …

Middle East

Mission unaccomplished, 15 years later: The misuse of American military power, the Middle East in chaos

<b>(AP Photo/Krzysztof Zatycki)</b><p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is<p>Danny Sjursen<p>February 25, 2017 10:58am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at …

Middle East

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

Looking up from a highway toward Tokyo on a clear, sunny day, a half globe of light appears. It...<p>On Aug. 3, 1938 Arthur Chin led a group of seven …

Pearl Harbor

The Dangerous Delusion of 'We Should've Kept the Oil'

The president has said he wants to support the troops, but his careless comments put U.S. lives at risk in Iraq.<p>It’s not likely the American public realizes just how dangerous a remark President Trump made at the CIA on Saturday really was, or how it will make things very difficult for the U.S. …

Middle East

Self-driving cars are already deciding who to kill

"Every time the car makes a complex maneuver, it is implicitly making trade-off in terms of risks to different parties," Iyad Rahwan, an MIT cognitive scientist, wrote in an email.<p>The most well-known issues in AV ethics are trolly problems—moral questions dating back to the era of trollies that ask …

Autonomous Cars

$7 Billion New U.S. Warship Has a $2 Billion Ammo Problem

‘We don’t have an issue with the gun, and no issue with that ship carrying the gun… We have an issue on the price point.’<p>The U.S. Navy’s newest …

Here’s what legendary Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is really like, from people who served with him

As it turns out, according to a number of those who served with him, the more than 3 million civilian and military personnel of DoD can expect a well-read history buff with a strategic mind, a senior man who is not above talking to even the most junior personnel, and a sometimes gruff, opinionated …

National Security

Russia may be getting ready 'to level Aleppo to the ground'

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement in a televised meeting with military officials, saying he expected Syrian rebels inside Aleppo to use the pause in the fighting to leave the city through two special corridors.<p>He said the rebels could bring their weapons with them, and he …

Middle East

Killer Robots Are Coming And These People Are Trying To Stop Them

Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous weapons is already here. Meet the small band of dedicated optimists battling nefarious governments and bureaucratic tedium to stop the proliferation of killer robots and, just maybe, save humanity from …

Why People Act So Oddly In Elevators

What’s up with how people act in elevators?<p>When two people who don’t know each other find themselves alone in an elevator, they invariably stand as far away from each other as possible. They certainly don’t face one another, and it’s unlikely they make eye contact or speak. If the elevator is …

A 'slow catastrophe' unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end

In early April, experts at a military lab outside Washington intensified their search for evidence that a dangerous new biological threat had penetrated the nation's borders.<p>They didn't have to hunt long before they found it.<p>On May 18, a team working at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research …

Microbiology

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

<i>Editor's note: This longform journalism project chronicles a soldier-scientist's quest to figure out how battlefield explosions injure brains. It was first published on Shots in June, and is running on NPR's Morning Edition on July 25 and Aug. 1. The project includes a second story on how the U.S.</i> …

FBI gets an unexpected lesson from a former interrogator for the Nazis

When the FBI went looking for the best way to pry information from terrorists, they discovered it in the most unlikely of places: an almost-forgotten interrogator for Nazi Germany.<p>Hanns Scharff was a master manipulator, but not in the stereotypical Gestapo-like ways that usually come to mind. His …

Los Angeles

The Perils of Writing a Provocative Email at Yale

Nicholas and Erika Christakis stepped down from their positions in residential life months after student activists called for their dismissal over a Halloween kerfuffle.<p>Last fall, student protesters at Yale University demanded that Professor Nicholas Christakis, an academic star who has …

Higher Education