June 2011

The Atlantic - June 2011

Features

  • 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.

    Interview: The Secretary of State answers questions about Arab and Chinese leadership in a way that is fluent, masterful, and unusually pugnacious.

  • 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.

  • Hunting a Killer in L.A.

    Twenty-three years after a young nurse was murdered in southern California, detectives zeroed in on a most unlikely suspect. A tale of deception, forensic science, and a cold case gone suddenly hot.

    Video: Two LAPD detectives interrogate a fellow officer suspected of committing a murder 23 years earlier.

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A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

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'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

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What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

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