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Mumbai Masala

In Slumdog Millionaire, director Danny Boyle’s fast-paced, frenetic style suits the chaotic, East-meets-West world of modern Mumbai.

The Death of The Predator State

James Galbraith’s prediction of the collapse of the nation’s financial system has earned him a well-deserved reputation for prescience. His understanding of recent history, however, is another matter.

Is Capitalism Moral?

The John Templeton Foundation recently asked more than a dozen leading scholars and public figures to write short essays responding to the question, “Does the free market corrode moral character?” Templeton also sponsored an event in London on this subject in early December, from which the conversation below is adapted.

Punctuating History

What you see of 1990s-era America depends on where you stand.

Four Traps

Overcoming barriers to effective immigration reform.

A Letter From Air Force Two

Traveling with the Secretary of State can be fun (and games).

Back to Basics

Some truths about the relationship between policymaking and intelligence.

Do No Harm

The global dimension of the U.S. war on drugs needs downsizing.

Popaganda

Hollywood-produced movies like Kung Fu Panda paint Chinese culture in a positive light for all the world to see, which has Beijing wondering, “Why can’t we do that?”

The Comanches and Us

Historians traffic in characters and plots. They appreciate the extent to which timing, location and personality matter. Anthropologists, on the other hand, eschew the importance of contingency, inadvertence and timing, treating humans like predictable atoms, not willful Adams.

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