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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
On the politics of nostalgia
The United States is teaming up with Al Qaeda, again
Are French prisons incubating extremism?
From a list of rules the Islamic State has imposed within territories it has claimed since 2013. Translated from the Arabic by Asma Ghribi. Read More
By Justin E. H. Smith, from “The Fundamentals of Gelastics,” a work in progress. Smith’s latest book, Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference (Princeton), will be published in June. In…
Smuggling and subterfuge in the North African desert
A Taliban intelligence chief’s death and resurrection
Behind the rescue of Mali’s historic manuscripts
From an October 27 federal criminal complaint against Luqman Ameen Abdullah and ten other alleged members of Ummah, a radical Islamic separatist group based in Detroit. On October 28, after…
By Andrew J. Bacevich, in the August 15 issue of Commonweal. Bacevich is a professor of international relations at Boston University and the author, most recently, of The Limits of…