Britain’s Extra Crispy Class War

How fried chicken overran the United Kingdom — and kicked off a uniquely British row about race, ethnicity, and obesity.

Observation Deck

Dredging Up the Demons

Is collective memory of national nightmares always a good thing?


Around the World in 40 Books

Headed to Rio, Paris, or Cape Town this summer? We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.

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Ludacris Said George W. Bush Was America’s Worst President. Now He’s Performing at Gitmo.

Nothing says Fourth of July like a free Ludacris concert at Guantanamo Bay.


The Middle East’s New Renaissance

It’s time to let go of outmoded — and parochial — ideas about what “culture” and “civilization” in the Arab world is supposed to look like.


Daesh and Cultural Alzheimer’s

"Daesh is engaged in a destructive frenzy. Through decapitations and massacres, it annihilates people who don’t embrace its vision of Islam. It also sacks antiquities: ...


Art Is a Window to the Arab World’s Soul

If you want to understand the Middle East (in Washington, D.C.), ditch the think-tank panels and catch the photo exhibits and hip-hop shows by Arab artists.

Observation Deck

A Head of STEAM

The case for teaching arts in the Digital Age.


In New Delhi, a Nation’s Treasures Consumed by Fire

“A loss of a natural history collection at this scale has not been seen outside of war."

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