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For the Love of Welsh Rarebit

In a politically correct era, is it ever OK to crave colonialist cuisine?

Zeina, who did not want to give her last name, takes part in a protest against US President Donald Trump outside the White House on February 4, 2017, in Washington, DC.  
The demonstrators protested US President Donald Trump's travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY        (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Reza Aslan Argues: There Is No Divide Between Islam and American Culture

The American Muslim community is growing into a dynamic group — one that is firmly planted in the U.S. tradition of individualism.


The Thucydides Trap

When one great power threatens to displace another, war is almost always the result -- but it doesn’t have to be.


Washington’s Ministry of Preemption

To stop security breaches before they happen, U.S. intelligence agencies are surveilling everything.


If Trump Dumps the Paris Accord, China Will Rule the Energy Future

The United States isn’t just forfeiting its environmental leadership. It’s shipping jobs and influence to Beijing.

UNSPECIFIED  :  Jane Goodall, English primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist, with a chimpanzee in her arms, c. 1995  (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

Thoughts from Jane Goodall on How to Save the Planet

What chimpanzees and the trees of Tanzania can teach us about battling the effects of climate change.


The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of

How President Trump might turn an all-seeing spy apparatus on innocent American citizens.


Advice From Pussy Riot: How to Defy Putin and Trump

What the Russian and U.S. presidents have in common and how to defeat “all those other assholes just like them.”

A young girl looks at a star gazing app on an ipad during the partial solar eclipse at Hatch Warren near Basingstoke, southwest of London on March 20, 2015. The Basingstoke Astronomical Society held an informal meeting where people could look through different telescopes at the eclipse. However, the skies over Basingstoke were cloudy and the solar eclipse was not visible although it got noticeably darker. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gender Hack

The dearth of women in the tech world is cultural — and therefore entirely reversible.

Students at a Brooklyn middle school have a 'duck and cover' practice drill in preparation for a nuclear attack; silver print, 1962. From the New York World-Telegram archive. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

A Blow to the Soul

A generation of innocents is going to grow up traumatized because of America’s immigration laws.


Davos Man Has No Clothes

The World Economic Forum’s annual celebration of global capitalism once represented the inevitable arc of human progress. No longer.


Age Boom

Why now is the time to retire the idea of retirement.


Reading in the Dark

In the age of Trump, literature can sustain those searching for the courage to resist the politics of division.

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