The talking cure comes to Kurdistan

“There was torture by the previous regime and by the current Iraqi regime,” Dr. Amin said. “Torture by our Kurdish government, torture by Syrians, torture by the U.S.”
Visiting His Own Grave © Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
On Free Will·

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And how the brain is like a colony of ants
“Philosophers have labored for more than two thousand years to explain consciousness. Innocent of biology, however, they have for the most part gotten nowhere.”
Collage (detail) by Frederick Sommer

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Criticism
New frontiers in pain compliance
"Policymakers, recognizing the growing influence of civil disobedience and riots on the direction of the nation, had already begun turning to science for a response."
Illustration by Richard Mia
Israel and Palestine·

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Where to go from here
“If Israel believes it needs to make a wall eight meters high between us and them, let them have it eighty meters high. Under one condition: It has to be on the international border.”
Photograph (detail) © Ali Jadallah / APA Images / ZUMA Wire

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Two centuries of racial tribulation in the nation’s capital
“Fueled by the national-security spending and corporate lobbying that followed 9/11, the flood of (mostly white) newcomers to the city appears irreversible.”
Portrait © © De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Images

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Chances that an applicant to a U.S. police force in 1992 was found to be “overly aggressive” on psychological tests:

1 in 2

Engineers funded by the United States military were working on electrical brain implants that will enable the creation of remote-controlled sharks.

Malaysian police were seeking fifteen people who appeared in an online video of the Malaysia-International Nude Sports Games 2014 Extravaganza, and Spanish police fined six Swiss tourists conducting an orgy in the back of a moving van for not wearing their seatbelts.

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Art — August 20, 2014, 8:00 am

“Fishing Boats at Hastings” and “The Sculler,” photographs made from decayed glass-plate negatives, by Tessa Traeger, from the Chemistry of Light series. Traeger is taking part in the Water Tank project. Her water tank can be seen at 110 Fulton Street, in New York City. Courtesy the artist

“Fishing Boats at Hastings” and “The Sculler,” photographs made from decayed glass-plate negatives, by Tessa Traeger, from the Chemistry of Light series. Traeger is taking part in the Water Tank project. Her water tank can be seen at 110 Fulton Street, in New York City. Courtesy the artist. These images accompany the Findings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Postcard — August 19, 2014, 11:17 am

Iraq in Therapy

The talking cure comes to Kurdistan

Visiting His Own Grave © Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Weekly Review — August 19, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Police crush protests in Ferguson, Missouri, an Iranian woman wins the Fields Medal, and jihadis appreciate the work of Robin Williams

ALL IN MY EYE

Art — August 15, 2014, 8:00 am

“Mauer Park,” an embroidered photograph by Diane Meyer

“Mauer Park,” an embroidered photograph by Diane Meyer, whose work was on view last month at Robert Mann Gallery, in New York City. © The artist. Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Editor's Note — August 13, 2014, 6:28 pm

Introducing the September 2014 Issue

Where Israel and Palestine can go from here, Washington D.C.’s enduring legacy of racial strife, Edward O. Wilson on free will, and more

Harper’s Magazine, September 2014

Weekly Review — August 12, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Police in Missouri kill an unarmed teenager, the U.S. government expands its terrorist database, and Justin Bieber saves a Russian fisherman

Babylonian Lion (thumb)

Art — August 8, 2014, 8:00 am

Montecito Palms, by Susan Goldsmith

Montecito Palms, white-gold leaf with pigment print, oil pastel, oil paint, and resin on panel, by Susan GoldsmithCourtesy the artist; Gallery Henoch, New York City; and Lanoue Gallery, Boston. This image accompanies the Findings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Six Questions — August 7, 2014, 8:00 am

Astra Taylor on The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

Astra Taylor discusses the potential and peril of the Internet as a tool for cultural democracy

Astra Taylor © Deborah Degraffenried

Postcard — August 6, 2014, 8:00 am

Virtualsity

Inventing the instruments of the future

Roger Linn with the Linnstrument © Roger Linn Design

Weekly Review — August 5, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Alternating shelter bombings and ceasefires in Gaza; a do-nothing Congress whimpers feebly into recess; and India hires a troupe of black-faced-langur imitators

Harper’s Magazine, March 1876

Art — August 1, 2014, 8:00 am

“Mark Under Breaking Wave,” a photograph by Wayne Levin

“Mark Under Breaking Wave,” a photograph by Wayne Levin, whose work is currently on view at Clic Bookstore & Gallery, in New York City. © The artist. Courtesy Clic Bookstore & Gallery, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Perspective — July 31, 2014, 8:00 am

On Joyce and Syphilis

New evidence of the author’s suffering, and reflections on the scholarly debate

James Joyce © Photo Researchers/Getty Images

Postcard — July 30, 2014, 6:38 pm

My Un-Private Idaho

Bowe Bergdahl, the political-entertainment complex, and the personal costs of scandal

Fox & Friends, Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekly Review — July 29, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

The quixotic quest for a Gaza ceasefire; West African doctors face mortal peril; and Russian gecko porn, restored

An American Mastiff.

Art — July 25, 2014, 8:00 am

Trappers, a painting by David Salle

Trappers, a painting by David Salle, whose work was on view in June at Maureen Paley, in London. © The artist. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London. This image appears in the Readings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Special Feature — July 23, 2014, 2:42 pm

The Glitch in the Video-Game Graveyard

An anthropological dispatch from the landfill dig to unearth Atari’s E.T.

Illustration by Timothy Taranto

Weekly Review — July 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

The “mystery” of who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17; the theater of war in Gaza; and ritual crime in Iceland

“His Majesty Frank Penguin, King of the Brutes” (January 1857)

Art — July 18, 2014, 8:00 am

Untitled Polaroids by Tom Bianchi

Untitled Polaroids by Tom Bianchi, whose work was on view last month at Fahey/Klein Gallery, in Los Angeles. Bianchi’s monograph Fire Island Pines, Polaroids 1975–1983 was published last year by Damiani Editore. © The artist. These images appear in the Readings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Publisher's Note — July 17, 2014, 12:36 pm

A Jerusalem Education

“It gradually dawned on me that since 1967, I had made very little progress in seeing Arabs or empathizing with their plight.”

Writing a Book

Art — July 16, 2014, 7:12 pm

“Dennis Rhodes, Hawesville, Kentucky, 2013” © Lisa Elmaleh, 2013

“Dennis Rhodes, Hawesville, Kentucky, 2013,” by Lisa Elmaleh. Elmaleh, a Harper’s Magazine contributing artist, will show her new series of tintype photographs of old-time musicians at an exhibition called American Folk, opening Thursday, July 17, at Foley Gallery in New York City. For more, please visit the Foley Gallery’s website.

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