March 2007

The Atlantic - March 2007

Mark Bowden, "Jihadists in Paradise"; Joshua Green, "They Won't Know What Hit Them"; James Fallows, "Mr. Zhang Builds His Dream Town"; Sandra Tsing Loh on women's preference for food over sex with their husbands; Ross Douthat on George Bush's Legacy; Ilana Ozernoy on a disintigrating Baghdad Neighborhood; Emily Hiestand travels to Sweden; Mona Simpson reviews Chekhov; and much more.

Features

  • Jihadists in Paradise

    A kidnapping at a Philippine resort triggered a yearlong hunt for pirate terrorists and their American hostages. A behind-the-scenes tale of intrigue, spycraft, and betrayal. [Web-only: Watch CIA surveillance footage and video interviews with the story's key players]

    Interviews: Mark Bowden, author of "Jihadists in Paradise," on hunting down the story of Abu Sabaya.

  • They Won’t Know What Hit Them

    The software mogul Tim Gill has a mission: Stop the Rick Santorums of tomorrow before they get started. How a network of gay political donors is stealthily fighting sexual discrimination and reshaping American politics

  • Mr. Zhang Builds His Dream Town

    A singing workforce, Mongolian millionaires in Porsches, and saving the planet—inside the empire of a Chinese tycoon with more than money on his mind. [Web-only: "At Home With Mr. Zhang." A narrated slideshow.]

  • Religion & Faith

    This is the thirteenth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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