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Section: New Republic (USA)

    The Importance of
Being Ordinary
    Jul19

    The Importance of Being Ordinary

    The opening lines of Gwendolyn Brooks’s epic “The Anniad” are, like the rest of the poem, deceptively uncomplicated. “Think of sweet and chocolate,” she writes: Left to folly or to fate, / Whom the higher gods forgot, / Whom the lower gods berate; / Physical and underfed / Fancying on the featherbed / What was never and is notThe poem,...

    Trump’s Russian Laundromat
    Jul13

    Trump’s Russian Laundromat

    In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army—his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam—he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin...

    The Truth About the Russia-Trump Collusion Conspiracy
    Jul11

    The Truth About the Russia-Trump Collusion Conspiracy

    A big reason so many observers are reluctant to assume Donald Trump loyalists and Kremlin loyalists ever connived in secret to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign is that so much of what they had to offer one another, they offered out in the open. Trump asked on live television for Russia to hack Clinton’s emails. Russian state media...

    How a Russian Street Art Museum Defies Kremlin Censors
    Jul03

    How a Russian Street Art Museum Defies Kremlin Censors

    St. Petersburg is a museum city, its gold-filigreed heart pulsing with tsarist palaces, Baroque churches, and Art Nouveau mansions. The city’s historical fantasia charms millions of tourists every year, but some locals are itching to infuse their hometown with new life. The city’s Street Art Museum, opened in 2014 by father and son...

    The New Paranoia
    Jun08

    The New Paranoia

    Late on Election Night in 2012, the nation watched as Karl Rove panicked on live television. Fox News, his post–Bush administration sinecure, had just called Ohio—and, by extension, the country—for Barack Obama. While the network broadcast images of jubilant crowds in Chicago, Rove refused to concede. “This is premature,” he insisted, ticking off...

    Republicans Are as Tainted by the Russia Scandal as Trump
    May18

    Republicans Are as Tainted by the Russia Scandal as Trump

    All politicians, even the most polished, say things they wish they hadn’t. In the jargon of Washington, the process of resolving these self-inflicted crises is usually called the walk back. Compelled to provide more context, politicians will—usually through their press aides—admit they they “misspoke” or “regret their remarks.”Donald Trump...

    Trump’s Mouth Has Made America an Unreliable Ally
    May16

    Trump’s Mouth Has Made America an Unreliable Ally

    President Donald Trump’s reported disclosure of classified information about the Islamic State to Russian diplomats is, like many of his reckless acts, both shocking and entirely unsurprising. In fact, it was predicted even before Trump became president. In mid-January, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, relying on the reporting of...

    Russia Has Weaponized Fake News to Sow Chaos
    May12

    Russia Has Weaponized Fake News to Sow Chaos

    Donald Trump and his top advisers have spent the past four months under near constant scrutiny: Two congressional committees, the FBI and CIA—not to mention the entire news media—have launched separate investigations into the role Russia played in orchestrating his victory. Washington rarely sees such intense intrigue surrounding a sitting...

    Life in Africa’s Last Colony
    Apr24

    Life in Africa’s Last Colony

    For over 40 years, the people of Western Sahara have endured war and occupation—yet few outside of northern Africa have ever heard of them or their suffering. In 1975, their vast ­territory—some 100,000 square miles of desert bordering the Atlantic—was invaded by Morocco. Almost half of the traditionally nomadic Sahrawi population was driven into...

    What Just Happened?! A Review of President Trump’s Twelfth Week.
    Apr14

    What Just Happened?! A Review of President Trump’s Twelfth Week.

    “The real, the unique misfortune: to see the light of day,” wrote the dour Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran in his 1973 masterwork The Trouble With Being Born. “A disaster which dates back to aggressiveness, to the seed of expansion and rage within origins, to the tendency to the worst which first shook them up.” Cioran was writing about the...

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