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Trump’s Wrong: America Is Exceptional.

Trump mocked the idea of American moral authority in his interview with Bill O’Reilly—but he’s got our country, and its ideals, all wrong.<p>In <i>The</i> …

Letters From 1700s Penned By Britain's 'Mad King' George: 'America is Lost!'

A huge cache of papers from the reign of Britain’s King George III detailing his dismay at the loss of America have been published online.<p>King George III was the last monarch to rule over the U.S. colonies, which declared independence in 1776.<p>Among the documents are a draft abdication letter from …

King's College London

The Real 007 Used Fake News to Get the U.S. into World War II

The British ran a massive and illegal propaganda operation on American soil during World War II—and the White House helped.<p>In the spring of 1940, …

How the U.S. Military Sees the Anti-ISIS Fight

A dispatch from Iraq<p>ERBIL, Iraq—There’s no welcome sign at this U.S. military base discreetly tucked into the corner of the Kurdistan International Airport in northern Iraq. It doesn’t even have a name. But it’s here. Thousands of troops are here, including Americans, Germans, Italians, Finns, and …

The Recipes That Changed Our Lives In 2016

We're pretty sure they'll be great in 2017, too.<p>Every year there are a flurry of new, beautiful cookbooks to delve into. There’s an overwhelming number of appetite-inducing recipes by notable food publications to try. And there’s always an avalanche of new meals to make, provided by the …

Erdogan accuses US of backing 'IS'

The Turkish President's comments have come amid the military's fierce offensive against Islamist jihadists in the fight for the Syrian town of …

Middle East

[OPINION] Erdoğan nurtures jihadist mindset in Turkey's police

by Abdullah Bozkurt<p>As part of a nurturing campaign to raise an ideologically committed, new generation of religious zealots by Turkey’s Islamist …

The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming

Shortly after the Presidential election, a small piece of good news came over the wire: the Thomas Mann villa in Los Angeles has been saved. The house, which was built to Mann’s specifications, in the nineteen-forties, went on the market earlier this year, and it seemed likely to be demolished, …

Why Russia is using the internet to undermine Western democracy.

At a recent international meeting on internet freedom and democracy, one of the chairs made an unusual request: He asked contributors to share only …

Russia

Russia, Iran, China, Egypt, Turkey

Trending story found on www.youtube.com<p>In the ninth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the front page …

16 Famous Writers Told Us About The Book They’re Most Thankful For

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the books Joyce Carol Oates, R. L. Stine, Lemony Snicket, Colum McCann, Rainbow Rowell, Chuck Palahniuk, and more of your favorite authors are grateful for.<p><i>In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked writers we love to tell us about the book they’re most thankful for. Here’s what</i> …

‘Brown, Bearded, Son of Immigrants, Voted Trump’

That’s how reader Ray describes himself in the subject line of the note he sent to hello@. The question Ray closes with is the most compelling: Should you take a gamble with a volatile candidate or one who’s predictably corrupt?<p>I grew up on the West Coast, raised by Indian immigrants, went to a …

A Great Translator Takes on One Final and Nearly Impossible Project

In 1970, the German writer Arno Schmidt published his magnum opus, a novel called “Zettel’s Traum.” Its narrator is Dan Pagenstecher, an aging writer who lives in the fictional village of Ödingen and is an expert on Edgar Allan Poe. Dan is visited by a married couple, Paul and Wilma Jacobi, who are …

The 10 Best History Books This Fall

A good grasp of history can help us all understand the issues, conflicts, and discussions of the present moment with that much more clarity. And in a year in which history has led to unexpected events across the globe, from the deeply contentious nature of the current U.S. presidential election to …

The polls of the future will be reproducible and open source.

There’s a new poll aggregator in town. And it’s a monster, harnessing three of the most powerful ideas in science today: Bayesian inference, …

Data Science

Why some are sceptical about the pope’s chance of bringing social peace to Venezuela

IF THERE is one troubled land in the world where the Vatican should have the expertise to act as an intelligent peace-maker, it should be Venezuela. …

Human Rights

Why ‘time’ is the enemy of Turkey’s foreign policy calculus

It is not a secret that Turkey’s own narrative of “Turkish affairs” is probably Turkey’s worst enemy. Its inconsistency, unrealism and inflammatory …

The Geniuses Who Brought You the Iraq War Are at It Again

The “Blob”—the epithet Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes used to scorn Washington’s inbred, vainglorious, bipartisan foreign-policy elite—is striking …

Pull Quote

Book Talk<p>When the Nazis captured a heavy water facility in Norway, the chemist who helped design the plant took action.<p>On February 27, 1942, nine saboteurs scaled a cliff in the middle of the night to blow up a Nazi-controlled heavy water plant in Norway. Hollywood turned the story of the attack …

Special Forces

Why the Middle East knows not to trust the United States

When the United States fights its wars in the Middle East, it has a nasty habit of recruiting local forces as proxies and then jettisoning them when the going gets tough or regional politics intervene.<p>This pattern of “seduction and abandonment” is one of our least endearing characteristics. It’s …

Big data reveals Shakespeare co-authored 17 of his plays

Shakespeare got help in writing 17 of his world-famous plays - including from his supposed arch rival Christopher Marlowe. The mixed authorship was …

Anne Hathaway

Taming the 'big tigers' won't be easy for China's president

A meeting of China's top Communist Party officials is debating the proposed regulations obliging cadres to declare their assets and those of their …

China

Exclusive: Turkey purges NATO military envoys after failed coup | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey has fired hundreds of senior military staff serving at NATO in Europe and the United States following July’s coup attempt, documents show, broadening a purge to include some of the armed forces’ best-trained officials.<p>Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the …

Turkish Military

Turkey’s Thirty-Year Coup

Did an exiled cleric try to overthrow Erdoğan’s government?<p>At nine o’clock on the night of July 15th, General Hulusi Akar, the chief of the Turkish Army’s general staff, heard a knock on his office door in Ankara, the nation’s capital. It was one of his subordinates, General Mehmet Dişli, and he …

Greenland's receding icecap to expose top-secret US nuclear project

Camp Century – part of Project Iceworm – is an underground cold war network that was thought to have been buried forever<p>A top-secret US military project from the cold war and the toxic waste it conceals, thought to have been buried forever beneath the Greenland icecap, are likely to be uncovered by …

Cold War

How ADHD Was Sold

Rita was the wife of a chemist at the Swiss drug company CIBA who concocted a new stimulant by modifying amphetamine, and Rita enjoyed tennis. The …

11 Places to Visit on the Ultimate American Road Trip

There’s something truly romantic about the great American road trip. The thought of throwing caution to the wind, jumping in the car (a vintage …

How to Be More Assertive, According to Research

You don’t want to fight. You don’t want to be hassled. You don’t want to disappoint them. It’s easier to just nod and give them what they want.<p>But …

Self-help