May 2007

Mark Bowden, "The Ploy"; Nadya Labi, "The Kingdom in the Closet"; David Samuels, "Let's Die Together"; Gershom Gorenberg, "The Minister for National Fears"; Andrew Bacevich on military activism; Caitlin Flanagan on abortion; Marc Ambinder on Hillary's husband; Michael Hirschorn hails reality TV; Virginia Postrel sees fashion as art; and much more.

The Atlantic - May 2007

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The Ploy

The inside story of how the interrogators of Task Force 145 cracked Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s inner circle—without resorting to torture—and hunted down al-Qaeda’s man in Iraq

The Kingdom in the Closet

Sodomy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, but gay life flourishes there. Why it is “easier to be gay than straight” in a society where everyone, homosexual and otherwise, lives in the closet

The Minister for National Fears

With the collapse of the center in Israeli politics, and the growing menace of Iran, Avigdor Lieberman’s extremist views may suddenly become mainstream.
Interviews: Gershom Gorenberg elucidates the startling politics of Avigdor Lieberman, a right-wing Israeli politician who has lately taken center stage

Let’s Die Together

Why is anonymous group suicide so popular in Japan?


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Warrior Politics

Why we should worry about the military's increased political assertiveness
Interviews: Andrew J. Bacevich, author of "Warrior Politics," talks about the increased politicization of the American military and its troubling potential consequences


Immigrants on parade; Scottish pride; Korea's transgendered pop stars

Primary Sources

Presidential tea leaves; open-market elves; the fine art of sword-swallowing

Breaking Away

Serious trouble is brewing in Iraq’s one quiet corner: the Kurdish north.

Iran in Iraq

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about Iran's role in the Iraq conflict

Running Mate

What role will Hillary’s husband play in the campaign?

When the Buck Stops

The age of the dollar has been great for America—but it may end soon.


Stalin’s Gift

Stalin on the Eastern Front

The Sanguine Sex

Abortion and the bloodiness of being female

New Fiction

Acceptance, by Susan Coll

One Fraught Englishman

The turbulent life of Kingsley Amis

Travels With Their Aunts

Freeloading aesthetes and the women who kept them

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases: the history of the car bomb; Ralph Ellison; the annals of impotence; and more

The Skeleton Coast

A safari by air over Namibia’s haunting sands [Web only: "Above Namibia ." A narrated photo essay.]

The Supermarket of the Future

An exciting new Italian bazaar makes Whole Foods look like the A&P—and it’s coming to America.

Dress Sense

Why fashion deserves its place in art museums [Web only: Slideshow: "Museums in Fashion."]

Group Therapy

New programs ease the frustration of working with others online.

The Case for Reality TV

What the snobs don’t understand

Word Fugitives

Mockingbird blu; technological no-how


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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