Destroyer of Worlds·

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Taking stock of our nuclear present
Illustration by Darrel Rees. Source photographs: Kim Jong-un © ITAR-TASS Photo Agency/Alamy Stock Photo; Donald Trump © Yuri Gripas/Reuters/Newscom

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When private ownership of a bridge gets old
Illustration by Richard Mia

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“I am Here Only for Working”·

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Conversations with the petroleum brotherhood in the UAE
Photograph from the United Arab Emirates by the author. This page: Ruwais Mall

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The Year of The Frog·

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“Horse 1,” by Nine Francois. Courtesy the artist and AgavePrint, Austin, Texas

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Dead Ball Situation·

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A philosopher’s flat-footed meditations on the beautiful game
Tostão, No. 9, and Pelé, No. 10, celebrate Carlos Alberto’s final goal for Brazil in the World Cup final against Italy on June 21, 1970, Mexico City © Heidtmann/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

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Chances that an American pediatrician has treated a child for a gunshot wound in the last year:

1 in 6

Researchers found that young teens who witness gun violence are more than twice as likely to commit a violent crime themselves.

Brailsford’s lawyer said Shaver was “not a bad person” but that “his actions” had gotten him killed, referring in part to the defendant’s claim that a hand movement of Shaver’s while he was on his knees made it appear as if he might have been reaching for a weapon in the waistband of his basketball shorts, which at that point had fallen down.

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Publisher's Note — December 13, 2017, 7:25 pm

McCain’s War

“Although McCain participated in a morally unpardonable war in which the United Sates killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, one can’t help sympathizing with him in his reduced state.” 

Essay — December 13, 2017, 1:32 pm

Allah Knows

“How can a man who left his country, his parents, his siblings, his land full of rich olive and fig trees, who left everything he owned just to come to America, the land of opportunities, to work to support his family—how can that man die?”

Public Record — December 12, 2017, 10:32 pm

Moore Problems

Doug Jones is elected to the Senate

Official Business — December 12, 2017, 10:37 am

A Conversation with Olive Ayhens

Please join us Saturday, December 16th, at Bookstein Projects in Manhattan, for a conversation between Harper’s Magazine’s art director, Stacey Clarkson James, and the artist Olive Ayhens, whose solo exhibition Lettuce Lake is on view at the gallery until January 6, 2018.

Weekly Review — December 11, 2017, 2:21 pm

Weekly Review

A jury in Arizona heard closing arguments in the trial of a Mesa police officer charged with the murder of Daniel Shaver, a twenty-six-year-old traveling pest exterminator who was staying at a La Quinta Inn when he was shot and killed by a response team after guests in a hot tub outside his window mistook for a rifle the pellet gun he’d used to eradicate birds from a local Walmart and reported him to the hotel staff…

Art, Monday Gallery — December 11, 2017, 11:34 am

Cloud Island, a woodcut by Tom Hammick, whose work is on view this week at Flowers Gallery in New York City © The artist/Bridgeman Images. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York City

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"Gun owners have long been the hypochondriacs of American politics. Over the past twenty years, the gun-rights movement has won just about every battle it has fought; states have passed at least a hundred laws loosening gun restrictions since President Obama took office. Yet the National Rifle Association has continued to insist that government confiscation of privately owned firearms is nigh. The NRA’s alarmism helped maintain an active membership, but the strategy was risky: sooner or later, gun guys might have realized that they’d been had. Then came the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, followed swiftly by the nightmare the NRA had been promising for decades: a dedicated push at every level of government for new gun laws. The gun-rights movement was now that most insufferable of species: a hypochondriac taken suddenly, seriously ill."

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