Category Politics

A (Silicon) Valley Grows in Algeria

A staggering 97 percent of Algeria’s exports and 60 percent of the government’s income come from oil and gas—numbers that are all fine and well, when the price of oil is high. But oil prices tumbled to nearly half their value a year ago, and have remained stuck there ever since. Algeria is now struggling to find a way […]

What’s It Like to Have a Dictator for Your Dad?

Maybe your dad was a workaholic. Maybe your dad was an alcoholic. Maybe your dad was never around at all. But hey, at least he’s not a dictator. Father’s Day can be a tough time for the kids of difficult fathers, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. At the end of the […]

Hitler, Franco, and a Banker: The Path Not Taken in Nazi Germany

Winston Churchill’s axiom that history is written by the victors is a cliché drilled into budding historians, hinting to them, perhaps, that alternative histories can be unearthed by imagining what might have happened had the losers won. In the case of Nazi Germany, the history written by the victor is largely one of an ideologically […]

Author Cara Hoffman Talks about the War on Terror and the War Women Face at Home

In Cara Hoffman’s novel Be Safe I Love You, Lauren Clay, a young combat veteran from the Iraq War, returns home to her working class roots in small-town upstate New York. Lauren’s struggles to readjust to civilian life ultimately manifest in full-blown PTSD, and Hoffman’s prose provides a lyrical, harrowing reminder of war’s rippling repercussions. But […]

How Psychological Care for Refugees Could Help Prevent Extremism

There are 51.2 million refugees in the world who’ve had to abandoned their homes, their countries, and the lives they built in hopes of finding a better existence somewhere else. Some of these people have suffered gang rapes, been locked in a cell and beaten for days on end, or had to watch as their entire family […]

Dismissive of ‘Rape Culture,’ a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against ‘Sensitivity’

Judith Shulevitz’s cri de coeur in Sunday’s New York Times against the “self-censorship” she believes is stifling intellectual debate in American universities due to the supposed heightened emotional fragility of today’s students should appall anyone who cares about or believes in mental health. In her article, Shulevitz equates passionate advocates for gay rights and abortion rights with rape survivors, […]

A Former Combat Advisor Is Exploring the War on Terror through the Eyes of a Young Afghani

Elliot Ackerman served as a Marine infantry and special forces officer in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2011, at the height of the War on Terror. In Afghanistan, he also worked as a combat advisor to an Afghan battalion tasked with capturing senior figures in the Taliban. Ackerman has parlayed his experiences into a remarkable debut novel, Green […]

An Afghan War Vet Adopts the Voice of an Afghan Boy in His Heartbreaking First Novel, Green on Blue

Elliot Ackerman is a decorated veteran of the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan, and now the debut author of a remarkable novel, Green on Blue, out February 17 from Scribner. Green on Blue is narrated by a Pashtun teenager named Aziz, who describes the state of his country as such: “In Pashto, [our] type of war […]

How is Manuel Valls Doing?

France’s new prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed to his position last month by President François Hollande, as one of many attempts to revive that man’s flagging popularity, along with that of his Parti Socialiste (PS).  A month into his tenure, things seem to be going well for a man whose leftist credentials are considered anything but pristine to […]

There’s One Big Lie Being Told About Obamacare — And it Won’t Go Away

Quick: Is the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, well-liked by the public? If you tune in to political news, you might think it’s one of the most hated laws in the nation. The reason for that is simple: twisted information. Calling the Affordable Care Act unpopular has become something of a given for any journalist writing a story […]