Heat, drought, rising food costs, and the chaos that could ensue.
With the Obama app, getting a glimpse of your neighbor’s political affiliation can take seconds.
Has the fight against climate change just taken a monumental step forward?
On bearing witness, re-viewing trauma.
The neighborhood is a powerful, but often overlooked, tool for social change.
Peter Orszag, Obama’s former OMB director, stands to benefit from the privatization of U.S. Postal Service.
Character study vs. flimsy romance in Fifty Shades of Grey, Trishna,and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
“Extreme oil” and the destruction of our oceans
The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.
Measuring the cost of cybercrime is trickier than we think.
A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.
The Bahrain American Council says it doesn’t have any lobbyists on its staff. But it sure is close to them.
Cambodia’s temples—Angkor Wat, Pre Rup, and Beng Maelea—invite reflections on land mines, Buddhism, and photography.
Facing the worst economy in at least a generation, both presidential candidates are hamstrung by the machines that would elect them
The Aurora shooting gets the attention, but guns are going off everywhere.
At the Joan B Mirviss Gallery’s The French Connection, Japanese women ceramists breathe new life and a welcome strangeness into a traditional artform.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now as notorious for his political actions as for his work. Alison Klayman’s new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, shows that his originality comes precisely from combining the two.
Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s dark current.
Not a “perfect storm” but the new norm in the American West.
Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history.
Sanford Weill brought about banks that were too big to fail, but now he’s changed his tune.
Superhero ideology, Batman, and the Aurora shootings
Chance, survival, and what we wish could be true.
Can we afford to be this cynical?
A month on a Grand Jury reveals what happens when guns are cheap and easy to come by.
Leigh Stein’s new collection is captivating even for the most ardent of poetry-haters.
In July’s TaxCast, a discussion of why there have been no HSBC prosecutions, the unanticipated size of offshore accounts, Norway’s new regulations, and more.
Our editors highlight some worthy books to fill what remains of summer.
What the top-down planning of the games will bring to East London: dispersal zones, rooftop missiles, and a giant shopping mall.
How the Magna Carta became a minor carta.
Richard Falk considers how he came to find himself so drawn to the Palestinian cause.
As Egypt’s first civilian president assumes his role, it’s unclear how much political power the nation’s generals will wield.
Outsourcing isn’t our problem, it’s that the needs of American businesses are disconnected from the needs of Americans.
When confronted with homelessness, it’s much too easy to look the other way.
Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.
In his new memoir Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, the king of R&B reminisces about busking and childhood tragedy, and explains why he is always gonna keep lovin’ on you.
How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country’s most pressing issues.
In solidarity efforts, our way may not always be the best way.
Trinity and the legacy of atomic testing.
Sheldon Adelson made millions off Macau, then used that money to fund the GOP. Now people are taking a closer look at where that money came from.
Contrary to its grimy image, Detroit is playing host to a renaissance in urban agriculture.
How Berlin’s past shapes its present and future as an artist base.
The Pentagon’s system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.
Our democracy is for sale. And people are buying.
Secret wars, secret bases, and the Pentagon’s “new spice route” in Africa.
The author’s Antigonick is an affecting interpretation of Sophocles’ classic.
The documentary Girl Model shows how the industry that promises young models financial freedom instead lands them in debt to their agencies.
Many public spaces have long been neglected, but it’s time for their revitalization.
No one knows for sure why or how many cell phone records have been picked up, or whether it’s fully legal.
As narcotraficantes terrorize Mexico with surreal acts of violence, it’s time to reconsider our basic assumptions about the U.S. War on Drugs.
There’s the media portraying President Obama’s tax proposal, and then there’s the real thing.
The subtle ambivalence of Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz.
On July 26, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Guernica will co-sponsor the second installment of the AAWW’s Bricolage series, featuring Pauline Chen, Don Lee, and Aimee Phan.
A Lakota man from the Cheyenne River Reservation went to Rapid City for heart surgery and came back with Klan insignia carved into his chest.
What is the best way to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon?
Photos of empty performance spaces in Lagos capture the spirit of Fela Kuti’s famous nightclub and strip back the chaos of one of the world’s busiest cities.
Nuclear weapons don’t get the attention that they once did, but they’re still very much a part of our world.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, here’s the insider-trading Libor scandal.
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap explores hip hop’s past but skims over important questions about its present.
Oana Sanziana Marian talks with the pioneering director about how a plagiarism scandal and an arts-organization takeover sparked a clash in Romanian politics—and how it may lead to reform.
It’s time to crack down on the advertising and marketing of pharmaceuticals.
Nora Ephron’s light touch was no accident.
A process of militarization is working its way through all facets of American government, and it’s not likely to stop any time soon.
A writer raised on feminist fairy tales reflects on Brave and Bloody and having it all.
Land-grant schools can play an important part in America’s educational future.
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare obscures the ruling’s other, deeply conservative result: a road-map for gutting Congressional power.
There are two competing visions of patriotism in America today.
In the 40Owls Gallery’s “Distinct Ethnic Magical Tales” exhibition, artists explore colonization, pop cultural iconography, and cultural ownership
Now that Obamacare has been upheld, the next steps are preventing its repeal and moving towards a public option.
It’s time to focus on the things that unite us in the common struggle for a brighter future.
America’s multimillionaires are buying the 2012 election—and with it, American democracy, taking us back to the Gilded Age.
What can we learn about Cuba from zombie movies and escape ploys?
Why did Chief Justice Roberts choose to uphold the Affordable Care Act, alone amongst Republican appointees?
Mai Iskander, director of Words of Witness, talks with Ela Bittencourt about the reporting/activism dilemma, Egypt’s disappeared, and the rule of law under Morsi.
Could one key to helping our military veterans be providing assistance for moral injuries?
Robert Reich predicts that the Supreme Court will come down six to three in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
The documentary Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present gives an inside look at the artist’s discipline, creative process, and love story.
What do you do when you’re graduating, buried in loans, and can’t afford a lobbyist?
Does loyalty to Grover Norquist count as patriotism?
Obama’s “new” Africa policy prioritizes security over democracy. But the continent is changing rapidly, and U.S. policy needs to adapt–here’s why.