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G20: World leaders are performing their own delicate dances at the annual G20 meeting in Buenos Aires. With converging controversies hanging over Saudi Arabia, the country’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, arrived at the summit, sharing a high five with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a reportedly tense moment with France’s Emmanuel Macron. Who will President Donald Trump meet with in Argentina—and whom might he avoid?
ISIS: A Biography: Many trace the origin of the Islamic State’s ideology back to a divergence between Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the eventual head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and Osama bin Laden. But Hassan Hassan recently obtained a 93-page document chronicling the life of another prominent man—and the contents of that secret biography caused him to reconsider the common wisdom of the origins of ISIS.
Read, Watch, and Listen: The Michael B. Jordan–anchored movie franchise Creed has “profoundly altered the racial subtext of America’s most iconic sports-film franchise.” The term electronic music feels almost redundant today—what music isn’t digitally transmitted and treated with synthesizers and software? But has the potential of electronic sound been squandered? And why can’t TV get medical dramas right?