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Fighters of the YJA-STAR, the women’s force in the PKK, Sinjar, Iraq, November 2015 (detail)

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Searching for the solar system’s origins at the end of the earth
A multiple-exposure photograph (detail) taken every hour from 1:30 pm on December 8, 1965, to 10:10 am on December 9, 1965, showing the sun in its orbit above the South Pole, Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station © Georg Gerster/Panos Pictures

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“Untitled,” 1989, by Zoe Leonard © Zoe Leonard (detail)

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Estimated number of times in the Fall of 1990 that George Bush told a joke about his dog asking for a wine list with her Alpo:

10

French researchers reported that 52 percent of young women exposed to Francis Cabrel’s ballad “Je l’aime à mourir” gave their phone numbers to an average-looking young man who hit on them, whereas only 28 percent of those exposed to Vincent Delerm’s “L’heure du thé” did so.

Migrant children were teargassed; carbon dioxide levels have reached three to five million year high; missionary killed by remote tribe

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Publisher's Note — December 10, 2018, 3:23 pm

A New Day?

“The Democratic Party is best understood as an assemblage of baronies, the three most important of which—California, New York, and Illinois—dole out the most patronage and political favors in return for filling the party’s coffers and guaranteeing the reelection of its most cherished adherents.”

Art, Monday Gallery — December 10, 2018, 11:28 am

“Remember Our Arrival,” a cyanotype by Ivan Forde

“Remember Our Arrival,” a cyanotype by Ivan Forde, whose work is on view this week at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, in New York City.

Courtesy the artist and Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, New York City

Weekly Review — December 5, 2018, 1:21 pm

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George H. W. Bush died; military law enforcement officers broke up a catfishing ring; a London ambulance trainee went rogue

Postcard — December 5, 2018, 10:00 am

The Shapes of Stones

The careful act of paying respects to kin while under curfew in Kashmir

Film — December 4, 2018, 12:37 pm

A Private War

Life during wartime is more complicated than easily digestible, Hollywood heroism

Art, Monday Gallery — December 3, 2018, 10:34 am

Chloe Dewe Mathews, Every winter, on the day of Epiphany, members of the Russian Orthodox church plunge themselves three times into the Volga River to remember Christ’s baptism. Astrakhan, Russia, 2012; from Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements (Aperture and Peabody Museum Press, 2018)

Two men by the Volga River in Astrakhan, Russia. Every winter, on the day of Epiphany, members of the Russian Orthodox Church plunge themselves three times into the river to remember Christ’s baptism. Photograph by Chloe Dewe Mathews, from her monograph Caspian: The Elements, published by Aperture and Peabody Museum Press in October.

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