Jonathan Roy

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The ultimate holiday reading guide: 178 books to make you a wiser traveller

What should you be reading this summer? Here are a few of our suggestions, listed under some of the destinations most popular with British travellers. The rough criteria were that the books mentioned should be evocative of place, or illuminating of culture or have caused a bit of a stir locally or …

Just How Great a Threat Is China?

It is the most important country for America’s future. Does that mean it’s the most dangerous?<p>It’s still June 4, the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown that many young Chinese are completely unaware of, and about which the government is so hyper-sensitive that for years it has …

Political Science

Why (and How) the U.S. Overthrew Iran’s Democratic Government

<i>In 1953 the United States was still new to Iran. Many Iranians thought of Americans as friends, supporters of the fragile democracy they had spent</i> …

Political Science

The New New Museum: The Whitney May Have Just Won New York’s Museum Arms Race

The New New Museum<p>How the Whitney might just solve the impossible problem of contemporary art.<p>Curatorial staff and art handlers placing artwork on …

Recalling Life in Liberia

Yes, I remember: boiling leaves to eat; rubbing leaves on your skin because you have no soap; crushing leaves under your arms so that you don’t smell …

Liberia

Surely you can’t be serious: An oral history of Airplane!

Imitation is considered the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to parody, that’s a bit more hit-or-miss. This is particularly evident …

Does the return of the mercenary mean a world with more war?

<i>Increasingly, America, Britain and even Australia are relying on ‘private security contractors’ to fight their wars. It’s a multi-billion dollar</i> …

War