Iraq’s forgotten Christians in Kurdish exile

"In mid-August, hundreds of displaced Christians who had fled to Erbil were moved by Kurdish authorities into the concrete shell of a half-built mall. "
Photograph by Sebastian Meyer
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A Marine returns to a divided Iraq
“Iraq has every disease there is; its mind is deranged with too many voices, its organs corrupted, its limbs only long enough to tear at its own body.”
Photograph by Benjamin Busch

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The U.S. air-power lobby, botched bombing missions, and bootless combat.

“President Obama’s war against the Islamic State will represent, by a rough count, the eighth time the U.S. air-power lobby has promised to crush a foe without setting boot or foot on the ground.”
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The facts in the case of Haruki Murakami
“In Murakami’s fiction, what presents itself as a key reveals itself simultaneously to be a keyhole.”
Illustration by Steven Dana

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PBS Self-Destructs·

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And what it means for viewers like you
“The present state of PBS, the result of built-in deficiencies and ideological conflicts, was almost an inevitability.”
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Estimated percentage of U.S. gasoline consumption that occurs during traffic jams:

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In India, 1.8 million female children were estimated to have died between 1985 and 2005 as an indirect result of domestic violence against their mothers; the boys of abused mothers were not at increased risk of death.

Vanilla latte and lemon pound cake continued to be the best-selling items at the Starbucks at CIA headquarters, where baristas do not write customers’ names on their cups.

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Postcard — September 30, 2014, 11:41 am

Marooned at the Mall

Iraq’s forgotten Christians in Kurdish exile

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Student protests in Hong Kong, two sex-scandal resignations, and the CIA’s lust for lemon pound cake.

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Art — September 26, 2014, 8:00 am

True Story 8, a mixed-media painting by Tim Hussey

True Story 8, a mixed-media painting by Tim Hussey, whose work was on view in March at LAUNCH, in Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist. This image appears in the Readings section of the October 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Weekly Review — September 23, 2014, 8:00 am

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Scotland rejects independence, Sierra Leone issues a three-day lockdown, and Iran lashes its citizens for doing a “Happy” dance

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Art — September 19, 2014, 8:00 am

“From Cipango II” and “From Cipango III,” gelatin silver prints by Bianca Sforni

“From Cipango II” and “From Cipango III,” gelatin silver prints by Bianca Sforni, whose work was on view in July at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, in New York City. Courtesy Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the October 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Heart of Empire — September 18, 2014, 2:55 pm

Flying Blind

The U.S. air-power lobby, botched bombing missions, and bootless combat.

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Six Questions — September 17, 2014, 8:00 am

Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton on Women in Clothes

Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton discuss how the clothes we wear shape our lives

Leanne Shapton, Sheila Heti, and Heidi Julavits © G Powell

Weekly Review — September 16, 2014, 8:00 am

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Obama announces air strikes in Iraq; a monsoon superfloods India; and California nudists cover up for the Man

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Editor's Note — September 12, 2014, 12:41 pm

Introducing the October 2014 Issue

Rebecca Solnit on silencing women, a Marine commander returns to Iraq, the decline of PBS, and more

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Art — September 12, 2014, 8:00 am

Monument, a painting by Sarah Awad

Monument, a painting by Sarah Awad, whose work was on view last year at Diane Rosenstein, in Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles. This image appears in the Readings section of the October 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Publisher's Note — September 11, 2014, 1:49 pm

Is France in peril? Au contraire!

“To compete with tight-fisted, export-driven Germany, France needs to devalue its currency, but it can’t, since it doesn’t have its own currency.”

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Special Feature — September 9, 2014, 4:32 pm

Ending College Sexual Assault

Can Obama’s new campaign bring change?

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ISIL murders journalist Steven Sotloff; Satan in Moscow and Detroit; and Florida police play Cherries Waffles Tennis

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Art — September 5, 2014, 8:00 am

Netter, a painting by Bradley Castellanos

Netter, a painting by Bradley Castellanos, whose work was on view last year at the Miami Project Art Fair, in Miami. Courtesy the artist and RYAN LEE, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Postcard — September 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

Lunch at the Robot Grill

What Japan’s automats portend for American restaurant chains

Outside a shokkenki restaurant, Tokyo © Aaron Gilbreath

Perspective — September 3, 2014, 8:00 am

On Maleness and Deep Springs College

An alumnus reflects on the possibility of female students at Deep Springs

Farm work at Deep Springs College ©© Sean Fraga (Flickr)

Memento Mori — September 2, 2014, 5:33 pm

Charles Bowden (1945–2014)

We at Harper’s Magazine are grieved to learn of the sudden passing of long-time contributor Charles Bowden. His articles for the magazine appeared from the 1980s through the early years of the present century, and they could hardly be rivaled for their brutal honesty and intensity. His memoir, “Torch Song,” from the August 1998 issue, is available to read for free, and subscribers can read all the rest of his superb work from the magazine here.

Weekly Review — September 2, 2014, 8:00 am

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Kurdish and Shia forces battle ISIL in Iraq; a ceasefire takes hold in Gaza; and Barack Obama’s audacious taupe

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Art — August 29, 2014, 8:00 am

“Black Swans, Kellidie Bay,” a photograph by Kate Breakey

“Black Swans, Kellidie Bay,” a photograph made using a motion-detecting infrared camera, by Kate Breakey, whose work is on view this month at Etherton Gallery, in Tucson, Arizona, and Stephen L. Clark Gallery, in Austin, Texas. © The artist. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Six Questions — August 28, 2014, 12:56 pm

William Deresiewicz on Excellent Sheep

William Deresiewicz discusses the miseducation of the American elite

William Deresiewicz © Mary Ann Halpin

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