Catching Religion at the Sagrada Familia

The confessions of an atheist.

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Will Putin Put Down the Kazakh Spring?

Why the popular uprising against corrupt national elites in oil-rich Kazakhstan has Putin and Russia so nervous.

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Is Kazakhstan Russia’s Next Ukraine?

Former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev may be the last barricade blocking a confrontation between Russia and Kazakstan.

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Closing Memorial: Putin’s Blueprint for U.S. Republicans

How the closure of the Memorial in Russia is a template for the kind of society Republicans want to build in the U.S.

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We the People: An Important New Year’s Resolution

Increased consumption of ultra-processed foods is directly linked to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

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Countering Authoritarianism: The Very Essence of Freedom

Looking ahead to 2022, three Nobel Prize winners have one uniting message for all of us: All around the world, we must fight much harder for freedom.

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Sayonara to Iran’s Arab militias?

Iranian support for Arab militias has long threatened Iran’s enemies. Now, the tide may be turning. The Iran-sponsored militias may be losing their usefulness for Iran.

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1971: Big Shifts in China and in the U.S.

The year when China was brought out of its shell — and the U.S. started learning about unsuccessful interventions.

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Why We Travel

Two age-old questions: What is travel? And why do we do it?

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Eric Zemmour: Hijacking Beethoven

How Eric Zemmour, a right-wing candidate for president in France, abuses the legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven for electoral purposes.

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