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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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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.”

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In Praise of Michael Hastings

The Last Magazine exposes the lies and obfuscations of the march to war in Iraq 

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Stick a Fork in Fund-raising Banquets

The false virtue of the fund-raiser

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More Irksome Than a California Quake

The taming of a once-wild state

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The Left Must Derail Hillary Clinton in the Primaries

A straightforward strategy for reversing the rightward trend of both parties

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Say No to Dubai on the Hudson

“Pharaonic exclusion is their motto; contempt for human scale and ordinary people their raison d’être.”

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In Praise of Shakespeare’s Comedies

Rethinking the best way to introduce Shakespeare to the young

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The “Paper of Record” Gets it Wrong on André Schiffrin

Times obituary misrepresents the career of a distinguished publisher

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Some Balance on Press Snoops, Please

Why more attention should have been paid to terminal tapping at Bloomberg News

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Racism Revisited in the New York City Mayoral Race

Why are opponents of Bill de Blasio invoking the David Dinkins era?

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Hitler and Other Syria-debate Low Points

When the facts won’t convince the public to march into battle, politicians ramp up the rhetoric

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Publisher's Note — August 15, 2013, 1:13 pm

Thomas the Tank Engine

The foolish free-trade sophistry of Thomas Friedman

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The Party of Wilson, Wiretaps, and War

On the problems with Democratic interventions

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In Boston, An Exercise in Intimidation

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, why did so few people protest the decision to lock down parts of the city?

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No Reward for Being Right on Iraq

Where were the voices of conscience on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War?

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Obama’s Real Political Program

Vague talk about the middle class, and plenty for big business

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Introducing the April issue of Harper’s Magazine

On John le Carré and the relaunch of the Folio section

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Publisher's Note — March 4, 2013, 5:51 pm

The State of Fostoria, Ohio

A short documentary about a town whose Autolite spark-plug plant moved most of its jobs to Mexico in the wake of NAFTA.

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