Russia's Hottest Satirical Novelist Takes On the Anti-Putin Opposition

How the country is reacting to Victor Pelevin's latest novel, Batman Apollo

How Learning a Foreign Language Reignited My Imagination

Pardon my French

Big in Japan: Steve Jobs

An American icon finds immortality

In Defense of Henry Kissinger

He was the 20th century's greatest 19th-century statesman.

How Do You Celebrate the Birthday of a Great Composer Who Inspired Hitler?

Germany grapples with the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth.

The Skeptic’s Guide to the South Pacific

How I learned to stop worrying and love vacation

The Day the Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The intelligence brief on the apparent accident was three sentences long, and it scared the hell out of White House officials.

My Hyperinflation Vacation

A trip to the Iranian resort island of Kish illuminates the pressures, limits, and strange consequences of economic sanctions.

The Modern King in the Arab Spring

Amid the social and political transformations reshaping the Middle East, can Jordan's Abdullah II, the region's most pro-American Arab leader, liberalize his kingdom, modernize its economy, and save the country from capture by Islamist radicals?

Moscow Under Terror

In 1937, the city was both a world capital of artistic ferment and a slaughterhouse.

Why Priests?

Six Degrees of Sally Oren

Just one woman links Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Bibi Netanyahu.

Enter the Dragons

In the hottest year of the Chinese zodiac, how's a mother-to-be supposed to find a hospital bed in Shanghai?

A Supposedly Stupid Thing I’d Totally Do Again

There are easier ways to see India than pinned inside a tiny rickshaw. But to truly experience the country, that’s the way to go.

My Conversion Will Not Be Televised

How I ended up on TV debating Salafism with an Egyptian cleric

Being There

Put down your smartphone—the art of travel demands the end of multitasking.

Tea and Kidnapping

In the desert with the world’s friendliest hostage-takers


An island nation confronts rising sea levels—and the related flood of foreign aid.

Can EuroVegas Save Spain?

Sheldon Adelson goes scavenging in the euro zone.

Talk Like an Iranian

As the author learned in Tehran, yes sometimes means no.

Finding the Perfect Wave in Liberia

Its old war scars healed, the West African coast beckons surfers of all varieties.

World’s Worst Traffic Jam

How a 40-mile trip to Lagos took 12 hours

Intrigue in the South China Sea

Hard Laughs

Black humor, from Damascus to Homs

In the Forests of the Night

Along the Bay of Bengal’s wild tidal basin, the scorpions and crocs can seem relatively harmless.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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