June 2011

The Atlantic - June 2011

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  • After the Arab Spring

    After the Arab Spring

    The crumbling of dictatorships across the Middle East presents the Obama administration with a conundrum: How to nurture the spread of freedom while managing the rise of Islamist fundamentalism? By promoting democracy in some countries while propping up monarchs in others.

  • The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

    The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

    Where would Alaska’s most notorious inhabitant—and our national politics—be today if she had run on her collaborative record rather than her divisive persona?

  • The Failure of American Schools

    The Failure of American Schools

    As chancellor of the nation’s largest school system, the author spent eight years battling recalcitrant unions and feckless politicians. American education, he learned, is a senseless system that must be gutted before it can be reformed.

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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