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National Geographic

Friday Fact: The bombardier beetle can shoot poison from its rear end 500 times a second.

The Real Reason Putin Supports Assad

Introduction<p>Freedom and Justice in the Modern Middle East<p>Demystifying the Arab SpringParsing the Differences Between Tunisia, Egypt, and …

Middle East

Regulatory Moneyball

Chances are that you will never hear a crowd at a protest rally chant, “What do we need? Regulation! When do we need it? Now!” People want safe food, …

Cost-benefit Analysis

Emperor Penguins: Encounters in the Antarctic Wilderness

Wildlife<p>She turns her head to get a real good look at me, glinting black eyes peering into mine. She then approaches, each step an awkward shuffle, revealing a white shiny belly against the sheen of her black body, a flash of brilliant pink along her sharp beak.<p>She takes another step, peers closer, …

Game of Thrones as Theory

Commentary by foreign policy analysts on the first season of HBO's <i>Game of Thrones</i> stressed its supposed underlying theme of political realism. Thus</b> …

TV Series

Why North Korea Gets Away With It

U.S.–North Korea relations recently enjoyed 16 optimistic days: between February 29, when Pyongyang signed the “Leap Day” arms control agreement with …

North Korea

The Unheard Victims of "The Invisible War"

The 2012 film <i>The Invisible War</i>, written and directed by Kirby Dick, is the first in-depth documentary to expose the crisis of sexual assault in the …

The Oscars

Why Erdogan Wants Peace With the PKK

<i>Hundreds of thousands of Kurds, gathered in the city of Diyarbakir to celebrate Newroz, cheered and waved banners bearing the image of Abdullah</i> …

South Asia