The Simple Life in Finland

Trevor Corson shares images from his mökki vacation

¡Evo Si!

Photographer Evan Abramson offers a different take on Bolivian leader Evo Morales and his indigenous supporters

China Climbs the Ladder

James Fallows and Megan McArdle discuss the current industrial moment in China and the folly of the term "currency manipulators"

Musical Chairs

Michael Pettis is a finance pundit by day, a Beijing rock impresario by (very late) night.

Sayonara, Prada

Why Japan’s young consumers are turning away from luxury goods

The Last Ace

American air superiority has been so complete for so long that we take it for granted. For more than half a century, we’ve made only rare use of the aerial-combat skills of a man like Cesar Rodriguez, who retired two years ago with more air-to-air kills than any other active-duty fighter pilot. But our technological edge is eroding—Russia, China, India, North Korea, and Pakistan all now fly fighter jets with capabilities equal or superior to those of the F-15, the backbone of American air power since the Carter era. Now we have a choice. We can stock the Air Force with the expensive, cutting-edge F‑22—maintaining our technological superiority at great expense to our Treasury. Or we can go back to a time when the cost of air supremacy was paid in the blood of men like Rodriguez.

The Velvet Reformation

The place of gay people in the church is one of the bitterest disputes in Christianity since the Reformation. The Anglican Church is trying to have it both ways—affirming traditional notions of marriage and family while seeking to adapt its teachings to the experiences of gays and lesbians. Presiding over the debate, gently—too gently?—prodding the communion toward acceptance of gay clergy, is Rowan Williams, the brilliant and beleaguered archbishop of Canterbury. He’s been pilloried from all sides for his handling of these issues, but his distinctive theology and leadership style may offer the only way to open the Anglican Church to gay people without breaking it apart.

The African in Him

Archbishop Desmond Tutu reflects on terrorism, torture, and what the first African American president might mean for Africa.

Security Blanket

Afghanistan’s most venerable relic faces its greatest challenge.

Strange Paradise

Panama has pristine jungles, a nascent ecotourism industry—and the dark allure of a Graham Greene novel.

Found in Translation

The Basques reclaim their cultural identity, one word at a time.

Small World

Market crashes are inevitable, but financial innovation and globalization have massively increased our vulnerability to them. Unless we make big regulatory changes—changes on a global scale—we should prepare for more years like this one.

Caveat Donor

A street brawl in India brings down a global kidney-transplant ring.

The Ottoman Mystique

In Turkey, there are dancers, and there are dancers.


The spies who loved me

“Be Nice to the Countries That Lend You Money”

In his first interview since the world financial crisis, Gao Xiqing, the man who oversees $200 billion of China’s $2 trillion in dollar holdings, explains why he’s betting against the dollar, praises American pragmatism, and wonders about enormous Wall Street paychecks. And he has a friendly piece of advice:

Getting Away With Murder?

The investigation into the 2005 assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri is nearing its end—and a trial in international court looms. Insiders say the trail of evidence leads, ultimately, to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But having spent three years fearing for their lives, the investigators are now grappling with a different fear: that Western concerns about regional stability will prevent the naming of the biggest names. Inside the investigation that could blow up the Middle East

Iceland’s Meltdown

An economic morality play, in 10 acts

Quick Study

Turkish Bath

A new dam could submerge one of the world’s richest historical sites.

The Gangster In My Tub

The author finds himself in hot water at a Japanese onsen.


Why France’s religious strife melts away in Marseille

Quick Study

Ghetto tax; Taliban talking points; biblical trauma

Their Own Worst Enemy

AS CHINA PREPARES to take its place as the world’s dominant power, it faces confounding obstacles: its insularity and sheer stupidity in delivering the genuine good news about its own progress.

The Things He Carried

Airport security in America is a sham—“security theater” designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items—as our correspondent did with ease.


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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