The Making of the Modern, Muddled, Middle East

David Schoenbaum

Why and how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more equal than all the others.

Pity the Poor, Unloved Elite

Adam Rosen

“Elite” is the laziest slur in the book. Yet, on both the left and right, “elites” — however we define them — are getting whupped.

Secondhand Stories in a Rusting Steel City

Robyn K. Coggins

“Take what’s in front of you, not what it was or could be. And do what you can with it.”

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Is cultural repatriation just knee-jerk cultural nationalism?

Eric Nong

Should an Egyptian artifact be in a British museum? That question merits a broader conversation: does our cultural heritage belong to a people, a place, or the world?

The Behavioral Economist's Case for Prison Gangs

Shannon Mizzi

Prison gangs play a vital role in the prison economy, in enforcing order, and — counterintuitively — in reducing violence.

Bulldozing Mecca for Luxury Condos

Nicole Panoc

Most of Mecca’s historic sites have been razed, replaced by new hotels, luxury malls, and high-rises. Here, a glance at the “merchandizing of Mecca.”

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