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China’s Picture Book Market Has Exploded, but Is It Fun for Children?

China’s Picture Book Market Has Exploded, but Is It Fun for Children?

As thousands of children’s books are translated into Mandarin, China’s domestic market for young readers is also blossoming. Yet emphasis on traditional Chinese values such as education — both as an aim and as a vehicle to mold model citizens — is perhaps holding the industry back.

Horror Films Help Pakistanis Process Modern-Day Anxieties

Horror Films Help Pakistanis Process Modern-Day Anxieties

In recent times, both Pakistani cinema and TV have been experimenting with horror, trying to address the complexities of living in modern-day Pakistan, such as the rising discourse about feminism, the fear of Western influences, the evolution of the family system, and the role of religion in everyday life.

Ramadan and Eid’s Crescent Wars

Ramadan and Eid’s Crescent Wars

Controversy over how to determine the dates of Ramadan and Eid has long been framed as being about the science of astronomical calculation versus religious traditionalism. Yet this fails to capture the legal heart of the question, and obscures the politics of what I like to call the “Crescent Wars.”

DJ Khaled’s Disappearing Act

DJ Khaled’s Disappearing Act

The silence of the prominent Palestinian-American artist DJ Khaled on the war in Gaza is a reminder of the pitfalls of celebrity solidarity. The question shouldn’t be “Where is DJ Khaled?” but rather: “Do Palestinians really need him?”

How Henry Kissinger Bungled the Arab Oil Embargo

How Henry Kissinger Bungled the Arab Oil Embargo

Most public debate about Kissinger’s legacy has concerned the morality of his “realism.” Yet examining his approach to U.S.-Saudi relations at a key moment reveals little strategic thinking and more of an ad hoc style, influenced by deep ideological values and a naive understanding of the Middle East.