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The Perils of Majoritarianism


By Namit Arora (On the ethnic history and politics of Sri Lanka and a review of Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War.

The Dragon will never become the Eagle: China and Democracy


by Stephen T. Asma Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he is a founding Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture.

Brand ISIS: A Case of Extremism as Cultural Innovation


by Ahmed Humayun A shepherd tending to well fed sheep on a lush green field, the blades of grass glistening in the sunlight.

Perceptions


Akram Dost Baloch. Code # 14355. Mixed media on canvas board. More here.

CATSPEAK


by Brooks Riley

If the DNA molecule is the book of life, it's a very strange book indeed


by Yohan J. John The DNA molecule is often described as the book of life, as a blueprint for constructing the organism, or as a program for computing the organism.

Valley of the Saints

by Rafiq Kathwari My friend Irfan and I drove a Gypsy with faulty brakes to Baba's shrine nestled in the Himalayan foothills.

The Perils of Majoritarianism


By Namit Arora (On the ethnic history and politics of Sri Lanka and a review of Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War.

Night-Plane


by Mara Jebsen I cross the country.   Beneath me Towns crackle, bullet holes bleeding light. Yellow, hard, a bright-mustard honey.

Monica Byrne: acclaimed novelist offers arresting visions of the future


The scientist turned author has just won the James Tiptree award for her first novel, The Girl in the Road, as she works toward a goal of ‘radical empathy’.

Tiffanie Wen interviews Mohammed Dajani Daoudi


From Guernica: Mohammed Dajani Daoudi’s ancestors include custodians of King David’s tomb, two mayors of Jerusalem, and an assassinated peace activist.

The Vietnam War, as Seen by the Victors


Elisabeth Rosen in The Atlantic: Forty years ago, on April 30, 1975, Nguyen Dang Phat experienced the happiest day of his life.

How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program


Avner Cohen and William Burr in Politico: For decades, the world has known that the massive Israeli facility near Dimona, in the Negev Desert, was the key to its secret nuclear project.

Sunday Poem

Eve of the Ascent ........... —Yosemite National Park. Neither level nor inhospitable. near the summit the ridgeline gentles, the bald rock ringed (unevenly) with pines.

Zayn Malik Solo - I Won't Mind

Note: For Sheherzad

Hannah Arendt "Zur Person" Full Interview

The Tin Drum Chapter 1 by Günter Grass

günter grass (1927 - 2015)

Did Affluence Spur the Rise of Modern Religions?


Bret Stetka in Scientific American: About 2,500 years ago something changed the way humans think. Within the span of two centuries, in three separate regions of Eurasia, spiritual movements emerged that would give rise to the world's major moral religions, those preaching some combination of compassion, humility and asceticism.

Freeman Dyson Interview


From the New York Times: What books are currently on your night stand? “The Left Side of History,” by Kristen Ghodsee, and “The Parthenon Enigma,” by Joan Connelly.


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