An orderly exit from Iraq depends on the development of a viable Iraqi security force, but the Iraqis aren't even close. The Bush administration doesn't take the problem seriously—and it never has
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James Fallows, "Why Iraq Has No Army"; Paul Bloom, "Is God an Accident?"; Christopher Hitchens, "Hurricane Lolita"; Mark Bowden on the Iran hostage crisis, Hanna Rosin on Jesus in Hollywood; Corby Kummer on Long Island Merlot; Nir Rosen on leaving Iraq; and much more.
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December 1979: Christmas comes for the Great Satan
Kazakhstan's Soviet-schooled dictator—part economic modernizer, part Muslim progressive, part vainglorious despot—has enough oil to make himself into anything he wants
Human beings come into the world with a predisposition to believe in supernatural phenomena—and this predisposition is a by-product of cognitive functioning gone awry
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The White House remains unperturbed by the growing prospect of economic calamity
The case for cutting and running
How the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov hopes to unseat President Vladimir Putin
Can sabotage and assassination stop Iran from going nuclear?
Will Saudi Arabia's Shiites remain docile?; Europe's dim view (quelle surprise!) of the United States; new doctors as menaces; the fairer, cleaner sex
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How slot machines give gamblers the business
Castro's least favorite books
Fifty years ago Vladimir Nabokov published his most notorious novel. Its ravishing effects can still be felt
Accidents, by Yael Hedaya
The Truth of the Matter, by Robb Forman Dew
A practical guide for hired help, from the eighteenth century to ours
Which way is the new Las Vegas Monorail heading?
From The Passion of the Christ to The Chronicles of Narnia, the Christian audience is making spirits rise
A Long Island winery is challenging Merlot's deservedly dismal reputation
Sidney Luft (1915-2005)
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