Tea Leaf Nation

China's Most Notorious Political Cartoonist's Life in Exile

Rebel Pepper, China's most notorious political cartoonist, fled his native land for Japan. But life in exile is tougher than he expected.


The Rise of Bulgakov Diplomacy

The Kremlin is backing an ambitious effort to make the B-sides of the Russian literary canon more accessible to a global audience. Is it a boon for cultural understanding — or propaganda?


The Senseless Death of Mr. Palmyra

The war on culture unfolding in Syria, and the 83-year-old archaeologist who became its latest casualty.

The Cable

Deez Nuts — In It to Win It

An independent presidential candidate running under the name “Deez Nuts” is racking up big numbers against well-known Republican contenders.

The Cable

New York Says ‘Nyet’ to Moving Remains of Russian Composer

Russia wants the remains of its most famous composer returned.

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