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Section: The Atlantic (USA)

    The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries
    Jul27

    The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

    When a 36-year-old bibliophile in Daegu, South Korea, sat down at his computer and googled the word “library,” he didn’t expect to find anything particularly noteworthy. But as DooSun You scrolled through the results, an appealingly anti-tech concept popped up. The Internet led him to Little Free Libraries—hand-built boxes...

    A Sad, Pointless War
    Jul27

    A Sad, Pointless War

    If you think the human race is a bunch of idiots now, consider what happened a century ago. A Martian might have gazed down upon Europe in 1914 and seen a peaceful, prosperous continent with a shared culture. Pretty much everyone had enough to eat. The English listened to Wagner, Germans savored Shakespeare, Russian aristocrats mimicked the...

    Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (And Most Everything Else)
    Jul23

    Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (And Most Everything Else)

    The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories. My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way. Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.” (Yes, it was written in the present tense.) Then there are the messages from those who seek...

    The Particular Trauma of Working for an Airline During a Disaster
    Jul22

    The Particular Trauma of Working for an Airline During a Disaster

    For flight attendants, whose job it is to take to the skies several times a week or even multiple times a day, the aftermath of a tragedy like last week’s crash in Ukraine can be excruciating. And, in the case of MH17, says Jeffrey M. Lating, a psychologist at Loyola University Maryland who studied how flight attendants coped following...

    How Technology is Unraveling the Clues of Flight MH17
    Jul22

    How Technology is Unraveling the Clues of Flight MH17

    Over the weekend, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy turned into a Law and Order episode on the international stage with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on Fox News and other outlets to make a case against Russia, prompting Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace to observe that Kerry was once “a prosecutor in...

    How the Israel-Palestine Peace Process Collapsed
    Jul21

    How the Israel-Palestine Peace Process Collapsed

    In the New Republic, Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon offer an astonishing work of reporting, narrating the demise of John Kerry’s last-ditch attempt to broker a final agreement between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority. Rich in detail and elegantly written, it is very worth your time. But let’s face it, it’s a...

    Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines
    Jul19

    Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines

    I have an op-ed in Saturday morning’s NYT, whose title gets across its point: “Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines.” Short version: Airlines rely on regulators and national and international bodies to tell them about airspace they should avoid. Absent such warnings, airspace is presumptively legal and safe for transit. MH17 was...

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