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The War on India’s Free Press — with Manisha Pande and Samar Halarnkar

The War on India’s Free Press — with Manisha Pande and Samar Halarnkar

India’s media ecosystem has a long and proud history. It was in Kolkata, after all, that the first newspaper in Asia was published. But journalists and observers inside the country are speaking with increasing alarm about a climate of repression and self-censorship, in which outlets that challenge the official government…

How the Queens of Crime Fiction Developed a Modern Myth

How the Queens of Crime Fiction Developed a Modern Myth

Between World War I and the Great Depression, the murder mystery was perfected by four women writers, gaining stratospheric popularity. Amid unparalleled social change, fictional detectives offered to symbolically restore traditional values, in a new myth for a rational age.

The Vision Behind the US Consulate in Erbil Is Dissolving

The Vision Behind the US Consulate in Erbil Is Dissolving

The planned U.S. consulate complex in Erbil, in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, has been plagued by delays and is being overtaken by changing political circumstances. The substantial compound may stand as a relic of unfulfilled ambition: a case study in the ebb and flow of dynamics in a volatile region.

Can We Laugh? On the Ground With Ukrainian Artists

Can We Laugh? On the Ground With Ukrainian Artists

There is an enormous appetite for readings, stand-up comedy and theater across Ukraine, as people release tension and try to process what is happening to them. Yet there is often violence in the catharsis, and the line between humor that hurts and that which heals is often blurred.

In South Sudan, Political Rivalries Fuel Conflict

In South Sudan, Political Rivalries Fuel Conflict

When it gained independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan emerged as the world’s newest nation. However, two years later the country descended into a civil war sparked by a political difference between President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, which escalated into a protracted ethnic conflict. The internal…