Politics


Will Chess, Not Battleship, Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia?

By Pepe Escobar

Silk Roads, Night Trains, and the Third Industrial Revolution in China


The Islamic State’s Origins in Iraq

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The United States’ and Britain’s bipolar policies in Iraq directly contributed to the rise of the Islamic State.


On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

By Andrew J. Bacevich

Why Washington Can’t “Stand Up” Foreign Militaries.


Eqbal Ahmad: Political Predictor

By Stuart Schaar

Throughout the final years of his life, Eqbal Ahmad made accurate political predictions that would later shock and amaze his readers in the twenty-first century.


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The Trouble With Americans in Cuba

By Sarah Hill, from Boston Review

American prosperity is already stratifying wealth and littering the streets of Cuba.


The Problem With the Immigration Problem

By Elliott Young, from Oregon Humanities

What's behind the belief that immigrants harm our society?


Down in the Hole at Malmstrom Air Force Base

By Josh Harkinson, from Mother Jones

Hanging out with the disgruntled guys who babysit our aging nuclear missiles—and hate every second of it.


Pitchmen for Piety: Disneyland and the Invention of Christian America

By Kevin M. Kruse

Most Americans assume that our country has been a Christian one since the Founding Fathers, but Kevin M. Kruse reveals the idea of a “Christian America” is an invention of our own time.