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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Will the Guantánamo tribunal execute a man we tortured?
The ferocity and failure of America’s sanctions apparatus
By Jonathan Franzen, from a footnote to his translation of “Nestroy and Posterity,” a 1912 essay by the Austrian satirist, playwright, poet, aphorist, and critic Karl Kraus (1874–1936). In the…
From previously unpublished descriptions of Adolf Hitler’s responses to films he watched in 1938 and 1939. The notes, written by Hitler’s adjutants as part of daily records of his activities…
What the United States can learn from the East German surveillance experience
Will the NSA’s surveillance program threaten the Atlantic Alliance?
From an open letter written in March by Bernhard Paul, founder and director of Germany’s Circus Roncalli, to Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democratic candidate for German chancellor, who in February…
Tracing the Holocaust-Symbol Theory of The Shining
Accounts of the legendary frontline ceasefires on Christmas Day between British and German soldiers Read More
Tina Rosenberg on the British spy novelist who hoodwinked Hitler
From Two Cheers for Anarchism, published last month by Princeton University Press. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. In the summer of 1990, in an effort…