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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
How America enables corruption in Honduras
My first reaction upon seeing what was supposedly a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing what was alleged to be a mine from the broken hull of what we were…
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…
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…
Thailand's king is in declining health; Ian Buruma examines why the country so often finds itself under military rule
Meet the mobsters who run the show in one of the world’s deadliest cities
Why one of Asia’s most open societies keeps turning to military rule
The foul legacy of Louisiana oil
Will Brazil’s rural poor ever inherit the earth?
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…