The April 2015 issue of The Atlantic is now available online—with key pieces summarized and provided below:
Cover Story: “Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?”
For half a century, the searing memories of the Holocaust inoculated Europe against overt anti-Semitism. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest in a mounting tide. Last year, France’s Jewish minority, which constitutes less than 1 percent of the population, was the target of the majority of the country’s racist attacks; more than half of British Jews say they fear Jews have no future in their own country. National correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg asks whether the time has come, just less than 70 years after the Allies declared victory in Europe, for the Jews to leave the continent—and, if so, where they should go. The poignant and powerful piece is the result of a year of travel and reporting in Europe, where Goldberg spoke with leaders, students, and heads of state—including David Cameron and Manuel Valls. In every country he visited, Jews described persecution, discrimination, hatred, and fear. NOTE: Goldberg will discuss his reporting with Atlantic co-president and editor in chief James Bennet during an event at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 7.
Features and Essay:
“The False Gospel of Alcoholics Anonymous”: Alcoholics Anonymous has earned a reputation as the treatment for alcohol addiction in the U.S., and its faith-based 12-step program dominates the rehab industry. But, as Gabrielle Glaser reports, there is no definitive scientific evidence that 12-step treatments work, and a comprehensive review of treatment approaches ranks AA 38th out of 48 methods. Glaser dismantles the widespread acceptance of AA, arguing that "nowhere in the field of medicine is treatment less grounded in modern science." She makes the case that alcohol dependence is an illness, not a moral failing, and points to alternative treatment approached widely accepted (and successful) beyond the U.S. NOTE: Glaser will be interviewed about her feature at The Atlantic Health Forum on March 18 in Washington, D.C.