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The End of an Era … for White Males

As demographics change, so does the definition of privilege.

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Farewell to Arms

Has American fiction lost its political edge?

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The Espionage Economy

U.S. firms are making billions selling spyware to dictators.

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New Credit Junkies

Emerging markets are developing a dangerous debt habit.

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The Making of the Modern Superheroine

Why comic-book crusaders have nothing on the real-life women who changed the world in 2015.

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Does Le Pen Read Houellebecq?

Why European intellectuals’ despair could herald the continent’s next wave of dangerous politics.

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Could American Spooks Provoke War with Beijing?

U.S. intelligence agencies are turning spy missions into provocations in the South China Sea.

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The Baby Benefits Club

Generous parental-leave policies at Netflix and Virgin might signal a shift in the global labor market.

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The Paradox of Power in the Network Age

Who, exactly, will claim the virtual high ground?

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Mexico’s Crude Capitalism

The country is providing a model for a new Latin American energy policy. But will it work?

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Silicon Fallacy

Why Silicon Valley’s notion that failure leads to success won’t work for the rest of the world.

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Japan’s Trans-Friendly Comic Book Revolution

From <i>Wandering Son</i> to boys’ love, how manga is helping straight-laced Japan come to terms with LGBT rights.

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What @Snowden Told Me About the NSA’s Cyberweapons

From MonsterMind to TreasureMap, we’ve only just scratched the surface of the United States’ hyper-clandestine offensive capabilities.

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Japan Has Enough Plutonium to Make Thousands of Nukes

Tokyo doesn't want the bomb, but it doesn't know what to do with the fuel stockpile.

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10 Things World Leaders Are Thankful For

Why Angela Merkel is thinking of France, Khamenei is grateful for Lindsey Graham, and why China isn’t disappointed the United States is back in Iraq.

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The Doormat Gets Shown the Door

Chuck Hagel wasn't a genius. But he got a bum rap for being exactly the secretary of defense that Obama wanted -- until he wasn't.

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Budget Blunders and Funding Follies

Hagel's push from the Pentagon was about more than just ISIS and White House politics.

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Indians Don’t Hate Foreigners and Their Money Anymore

But can Prime Minister Modi capitalize on the changing winds and let foreign firms help build his “Make in India” economy?

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The Iran Nuke Extension Is a Death Sentence

With an angry GOP Congress ready to levy new sanctions and a new generation of Iranian centrifuges spinning up, we can't wait another four months.

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Can China’s Central Bank Ever Be Independent?

Why Beijing's interest rate cut is a red flag for economists.

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The Fall Guy

Getting rid of Hagel is not a cure for what ails Obama's national security team -- it's a symptom of the disease.

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4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn’t Happen

Washington would like to believe it has a lot more leverage over Tehran than it really does.

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Exaggeration Nation

The threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States is being overblown to a dangerous -- and untruthful -- degree. So why are we letting our government officials get away with it?

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The Catch-22 of Barack Obama

Dealing with Congress could drive anyone nuts, but with his immigration move, Obama is crazy like a fox.

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Apply the Rigor of Investing to Foreign Aid

There's a reason Americans are confused about the value of overseas development assistance. And there's also a fix -- if the State Department gets serious about the next QDDR.

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It’s Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets

Don't snicker: Open defecation is one of the world's most stubborn problems. And the inability to adopt even Victorian-era sanitation is keeping India from being a superpower.

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I’m Back From Liberia and Under a (Self-Imposed) Quarantine in Brooklyn

Going from Monrovia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell.

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Vladimir Putin Hates the TTIP

Which is exactly why Europe and America need to get it done.

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The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

The Obama administration is conducting a "policy review" on what to do about Syria and Iraq. But rehashing the same strategy could just make a bad situation even worse.

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Bashar al-Assad and the Devil’s Bargain

A new plan to stop the bleeding in Syria means agreeing to a limited truce with the regime in Damascus. It’s repugnant -- but is it wrong?

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Is Inequality a Bigger Threat than the Islamic State?

In the Age of Fear, the sensational always overtakes the important.

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Trapped in Syria

The number of refugees fleeing Syria has dropped dramatically -- but that's not good news. In fact, it's terrible.

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Putin Sends His ‘Leopard’ to the Battlefield of Eastern Ukraine

Sophisticated Russian weapons have been spotted near Donetsk, signaling a dangerous new phase in the conflict may be underway.

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