Yearly Archives: 2015

Readings — December 30, 2015, 11:48 am

Divide and Conquer

Sample problems from a mathematics textbook for children between six and twelve years old, published by the Islamic State’s ministry of education.

Weekly Review — December 29, 2015, 11:32 am

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Christmas was banned in Somalia, and a ban on wearing “hats or clothes that resemble Santa Claus” continued in Brunei. Canada experienced a shortage of peppermint candy canes. A man in England dressed as Santa climbed through the window of a KFC wielding a knife, and it was reported that the number of people giving guns as Christmas gifts had increased since last year. “It is a significant gift,” said a gun-shop owner, “to arm the people that you love.”

Art, Monday Gallery — December 28, 2015, 11:57 am

Le Masque

Le Masque, a photograph by Sarah Moon, whose work was on view last year at Galerie Camera Obscura, in Paris. © The artist. Courtesy Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris

Postcard — December 24, 2015, 10:00 am

The Golden Drop

A visit to the heart of African Paris

Art, Sketch — December 23, 2015, 11:00 am

Greenwich Village Then and Now

Greenwich Village Then and Now, illustrations, by Julia Wertz, of three blocks in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, as they appeared in the 1930s and today. View all…

Weekly Review — December 22, 2015, 1:05 pm

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France’s National Front party, whose president, Marine Le Pen, recently compared Muslims praying in public to Nazi occupiers and was acquitted of hate-speech charges, won a record 6.8 million votes in regional elections. Danish legislators considered a measure that would allow authorities to seize jewelry, cash, and other valuables from refugees. Public schools in Los Angeles and Nashua, New Hampshire, were closed because of bomb threats, and a poll found that 30 percent of Republican primary voters support bombing Agrabah, the fictional city from Disney’s Aladdin. Continue reading…

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