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The Great Divide

America’s “red/blue” political divide is real, but both its novelty and significance are overstated.

A Letter from San‘a
Well Gone Dry

Yemen is running out of oil and water, and a new front in the War on Terror may be emerging.

Down for the Count, Again

Declinism is an old American tradition, with a miserable track record. And it’s back.

Fueled Again?

The United States has plenty of ways to eliminate its dependency on imported oil. We’d better use them fast.

Inked Well

The sudden popularity of tattoos among the American bourgeoisie is undeniable. But what does it mean?

What Russia Can Be

Russian politics are democratic in form but illiberal in substance. The reasons are instructive, and not just for Russians.

Imitation Russia

Democracy or dictatorship? Friend or foe? Russia under Vladimir Putin is all of these — and none of them.

The Bear Is Back

Is Russia finished as a major power? Far from it.

Privacy Parts

A bill intended to help workers has morphed into a bureaucratic beast that endangers quality health care.

The Stranger in Crawford

The literati scoffed at Albert Camus’ place on President Bush’s summer reading list. They misunderestimated them both.

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