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Bye Bye Beijing
Is China About to Lose Taiwan for Good?

If current projections hold, Beijing will be the big loser in Taiwan’s presidential election this Saturday—and the United States will have a golden opportunity.

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Untragic Nation
Hyman Bloom and the Art of Dying Well

In our death-fearing age, the artwork of a Jewish-American master—overlooked in his own time but the subject of a new exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts—has much to teach us.

Volodymyr Zelensky as Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko in Servant of the People
Dangerous Neglect
A Rough Start in 2020 to U.S.-Ukraine Relations

This is the second time Secretary Pompeo has cancelled a trip to the country, leaving its embattled president high and dry.

A Conversation with Branko Milanovic
The Future of Global Prosperity

In the conflict between capitalism and communism, capitalism won. But its triumph didn’t herald the end of history—just the next phase of it.

History Lesson
A Jew’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

As everyone knows, the evening of December 31 is New Year’s Eve. But why is December 31 New Year’s Eve? And why is the next year the number 2020?

Composite by Danielle Desjardins (clockwise from top left: The Irishman, Parasite, A Hidden Life)
Year In Review
The Top Ten Films of 2019

Amid all the tentpoles and remakes, some genuine cinematic imagination found its way onto screens large and small this year.

Year In Review
Our Favorite Articles of 2019

A difficult year yields excellent writing.

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Faith on Film
The Martyr’s Secret

Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life probes the inner life of an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for Hitler—and asks what it means to be a martyr.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?
The Jazz Magi of Carnegie Hall

There’s no better Christmas listen than “From Spirituals to Swing”—two jazzy Yuletide concerts from the late 1930s, brought to you by John Hammond and the wise men and women of rhythm.

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What’s At Stake
Impeachment, the Constitution, and American Civil Literacy

Impeachment has revealed a political class, a media, and perhaps most importantly a general public with a poor grasp of constitutional principles. Such political decay means the whole world will be the worse off—because the whole world is still watching.

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