‘Darkness at Noon’ Revisited
A new translation of Arthur Koestler’s classic dystopian novel reveals what’s relevant to our age—and what isn’t.
Blast From the Past
Forty years ago, a U.S. satellite detected the telltale signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear test, a Carter administration cover-up, and only one country that was willing and able to carry it out: Israel.
In Texas, Trump Hitches His Wagon to Modi’s Star
Why the U.S. president is befriending the beleaguered prime minister.
Our Top Weekend Reads
India-Pakistan tensions escalate, the United States accuses Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi Arabia, and the results of Israel’s election remain uncertain.
Everyone Thinks the Economy Is Issue No. 1 for India’s Modi. It’s Not.
Little separates various Indian political parties on the economy. That’s why the prime minister’s new government is making its mark by delivering on its social and cultural agenda.
Is Trump Trying to Get Ukraine to Take Out Biden for Him?
How a whistleblower case involving what the U.S. president said to a foreign leader could affect the 2020 election.
Arms Sales Can’t Replace U.S. Engagement in the Gulf
Without better infrastructure for using U.S.-made weapons systems, the Arab countries will keep coming up short.
The World Comes to the U.N.—but the U.S. Is Largely Missing
Trump to skip climate summit to focus on his Christian base.
Iran-Saudi Crisis Resurrects an Old Question: Does the U.S. Need to Be There at All?
Trump’s reluctance to retaliate against Iran may reflect his belief that an “energy independent” United States no longer needs to protect the region.
The White House’s Revolving Door
Part 2 in our look at the Trump appointees who got the ax—and who resigned in the nick of time.
Can O’Brien Succeed as National Security Advisor?
Maybe, but only if he realizes what his real job is—and if the president lets him do it.
The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming
But nobody is interested in doing anything about it.
In Muted Response to Iran Strikes, U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Saudi Arabia
Deployment will include missile defense capabilities and a “moderate” increase in troops.
Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?
The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.
Refighting the Balkan Wars Won’t Lead to a Seat at the Table in Brussels
Historical feuds still threaten to stop Eastern European countries from joining the EU.
Why Indians and Pakistanis Want a War
Most South Asians are too young to have experienced the horrors of the conflicts fought in the region. That’s one reason why they’re quick to clamor for one.
Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief
Democrats say that the U.S. secretary of state is bypassing the Senate’s traditional oversight measures with the appointment.
Whistleblower Fight Could Chill Reports of Wrongdoing
Laws on whistleblowing weren’t crafted to deal with concerns about a president.
How Iran’s Supreme Leader Is Outmatching Trump
The United States appears to be backing down in a test of wills that Iran expert Reuel Marc Gerecht calls the most “important moment since the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.”