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Smithsonian: Just Put the Art Back

The Smithsonian has made a mistake. The institution responsible for preserving and celebrating American history has chosen to selectively edit that history to appease the wishes of a cultural fringe movement.

QURRATULAIN HYDER: Voice of the South Asian Frontier

Hyder’s fiction reveals that the barriers separating seemingly distinct groups—Christians, Muslims, and Hindus; Europeans and Asians—are in fact hazy.

REPORT FROM INDONESIA: Frontline in the Fight Against Climate Change

Indonesia is ground zero for deforestation. Every year, 3.5 million acres of some of the most biologically diverse tropical rainforests in the world are destroyed in order to make way for plantations of fast-growing acacia trees, which are used in paper products and palm oil, and in everything from breakfast cereal to soap, cooking oil, and bio-diesel.

In Conversation


Macedonian director Milčo Mančevski is internationally recognized for his films. Conor McGrady and Dario Šolman recently spoke with Milčo in Skopje, Macedonia, as he was finishing work on his new film, Mothers, in which the relationship between fact and fiction is explored through a complex and innovative narrative structure.

A Holiday Letter From Santa Fe

I’m trying to cut down on the drink during the holidays, so I went to go see two movies this past weekend: Exit Through The Gift Shop and Inside Job.

Taibbi’s Shark Hunt

In July 2009, Matt Taibbi caused a stir with his controversial article “The Great American Bubble Machine,” which offered a brutal assessment of the role of Goldman Sachs in America’s economic crisis. Taibbi was lauded and criticized in equal parts, and the Rolling Stone writer, who to that point had focused primarily on the absurdity of American political theater, launched himself wholly into analysis of our deeply broken financial system.

More Than a National Pastime

In early 2009, journalist Ethan Casey returned to Asia, specifically India and Pakistan, after a five-year hiatus. His trip, a six-week journey beginning in Mumbai and ending in Karachi, aimed to capture the conversations and character of what, in many texts, headlines, and analyses on Pakistan, is fingered as the “world’s most frightening state.”

In the Manor of Lord Bryson

England, 1851: Queen Victoria is in power, Karl Marx is in London, and Charles Dickens is in print. It is the year of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park and the Immortal Game of Chess at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand.


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