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    Russia and the Curse of Geography
    Oct31

    Russia and the Curse of Geography

    Reuters / Presidential Press ServiceVladimir Putin says he is a religious man, a great supporter of the Russian Orthodox Church. If so, he may well go to bed each night, say his prayers, and ask God: “Why didn’t you put mountains in eastern Ukraine?” If God had built mountains in eastern Ukraine, then the great expanse of flatland that is...

    Photos of the Week: 10/24-10/30
    Oct30

    Photos of the Week: 10/24-10/30

    Ihor Babak / Reuters Black bears in Florida, prayers for rain in Indonesia, Spain’s La Sagrada Familia basilica enters its final phase of construction, Slipknot performs in California, the Halloween Dog Parade in New York, students in India celebrate the 60th birthday of Bill Gates, the aftermath of Hurricane Patricia in Mexico, Chewbacca...

    How the West Propped Up Putin
    Oct28

    How the West Propped Up Putin

    Russian matryoshka dolls featuring Barack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev, and Vladimir Putin Denis Sinyakov / ReutersFive years after Vladimir Putin became president of Russia for the first time and began to rebuild the Soviet police state, I experienced a rebirth of my own. In 2005, I retired from 20 years on top of the professional chess world to join...

    Violence and Xenophobia on the German Campaign Trail
    Oct17

    Violence and Xenophobia on the German Campaign Trail

    Wolfgang Rattay / ReutersOn Saturday, Henriette Reker, a leading mayoral candidate in Cologne, Germany, was stabbed in the neck while campaigning at a market ahead of the city’s elections on Sunday. She was seriously wounded and is currently in stable condition. According to reports, her attacker was a 44-year-old Cologne man, who had been...

    Can Containment Work Against Modern Russia?
    Oct16

    Can Containment Work Against Modern Russia?

    Graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin extending a hand to the Ukrainian people on a wall in the Crimean city of Simferopol Shamil Zhumatov / ReutersThe signs of the times are everywhere. Estonia is erecting a 2.5-meter-high metal mesh fence reinforced with barbed wire along much of its border with Russia—and backing it up with...

    Is Eastern Europe Any More Xenophobic Than Western Europe?
    Oct16

    Is Eastern Europe Any More Xenophobic Than Western Europe?

    An anti-immigration protest in Dresden, Germany Hannibal Hanschke / ReutersAngela Merkel has arrived fashionably late to the chicest global party of the fall: the bash-Eastern-Europe bash. In a closed-door meeting last week, the German chancellor became the latest figure to criticize Eastern European governments for their isolationist response to...

    What Bernie Sanders Is Missing
    Oct16

    What Bernie Sanders Is Missing

    Lucy Nicholson / ReutersBernie Sanders didn’t prepare much for Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. And on foreign policy, it showed. It began when Anderson Cooper asked the Vermont senator “what would you do differently” than Hillary Clinton about the conflict in Syria. Sanders answered that, “We should be putting together...

    The World in Quotation Marks
    Oct15

    The World in Quotation Marks

    Pro-Russia protesters in Luhansk, Ukraine Shamil Zhumatov / ReutersAfter visiting Argentina in the 1970s, the novelist V.S. Naipaul reflected on the “colonial mimicry” of Buenos Aires. “Within the imported metropolis there is the structure of a developed society. But men can often appear to be mimicking their functions,” he wrote. “So many words...

    The Atlantic Daily: Israeli-Palestinian Violence, MH17 Report, Democratic Debate
    Oct14

    The Atlantic Daily: Israeli-Palestinian Violence, MH17 Report, Democratic Debate

    Mohamad Torokman / ReutersWhat We’re Following: Violence in Israel Three Israelis were killed and 20 others were readers’ stories, and share your own, here. Verbs Rand Paul’s entire day livestreamed, Pitchfork purchased, 92-year-old World War II veteran skydives. Answers: 80, COLORADo, 25,000 …read more Source: <a...

    Getting Ready to Move to Mars
    Oct13

    Getting Ready to Move to Mars

    Alvaro DominguezOne day, when earth is destroyed by war or rising seas or a wayward asteroid, humanity will be extinguished—and along with it reality television, baseball stadiums, and thousands of recipes for guacamole, with and without peas. Unless, that is, we’ve established a colony somewhere in space. “History has shown that extinction...

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