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Political corruption

Forget About It

In the uneasy months following 9/11, the Bush Administration provoked a minor controversy when it announced the name of a new office dedicated to protecting the United States from terrorism…

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Tyranny of the Minority

Think of our democracy as a house we built in 1776, big enough only for Christian, property-owning white men. Over the next two centuries, various groups struggled to make it…

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A Polite Coup

Thailand's king is in declining health; Ian Buruma examines why the country so often finds itself under military rule

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Gangs of Karachi

Meet the mobsters who run the show in one of the world’s deadliest cities

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A Polite Coup

Why one of Asia’s most open societies keeps turning to military rule

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Dirty South

The foul legacy of Louisiana oil

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Promised Land

Will Brazil’s rural poor ever inherit the earth?

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Power Rangers

What, then, is the Washingtonian, this smug and satisfied man? Behold him as he ambles toward you on the sidewalks of Capitol Hill, phone clamped to his ear, talking loudly…

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