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Bethesda Fountain

Coming of AIDS

Dedicated to every angel in America—then and now. Coming of age, as I did, during the 1980s meant that I came of age in the...

The Case for Wikipedia

Last weekend as Harvard prepared to take on Yale for Ivy League football bragging rights, a “Yale cites Wikipedia” poster flashed on College GameDay....

Wake-Up Call

What does it take to represent voters? Jeanne Dietsch takes us into the unglamorous, necessary work of democracy, of a candidate for local office knocking on doors, learning her community, facing the hard questions.

Interlude: Yemen

It’s Thursday in Old Sana’a, and the call to prayer has yet to rush anyone home. Our motley tourist troupe – Egyptian, Brazilian, Canadian, American...

Stepping Back: Election Blues on Veterans Day

Over the long Veterans Day weekend, I’m hitting the final lap on the world’s most procrastinated thesis. I’m focusing on Virginia Woolf—specifically, on how...

Will They Make It Home Again?

Images of Childhood Evacuation in Wartime A middle-aged man wanders into an unused part of London’s Liverpool Street Station, stares up at the light coming...

The Inaccessibility of the Lives of Others

Nobody has ever catcalled me.  God knows I’ve tried: short shorts, no top, the whole caboodle.  But however much I’m “asking for it,” it...

The Fatwa on Chess

  Saudi Arabia's leading religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, last week put a fatwa on chess in advance of a tournament scheduled to be...

Timeout on the Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has a problem. With Stockholm, Krakow, Lviv, and now Oslo pulling out of the running to host the 2022...

Congo: the Story of One Family’s Endurance

The tragedies in the Congo brought to focus in the most personal, human way

The Promise of Magdoos: A Sliver of Hope in the Syrian...

This article is being published in collaboration with Harvard's Kennedy School Review. A Jordanian woman in the Northeastern city of Mafraq had been nagging her husband...

When Things Go Wrong, Do Right: Options for Action

Thoughts in response to a friend asking, after grand catastrophe: “What can we do?” We ask each other in times of trouble: “What can we...