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Jon Lee Anderson on the rise of extremist groups that delight in broadcasting cruelties: “This is the ‘Saw III’ generation, making its own real-life revenge porn, and it has to stop.”

Performance Terrorism

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Jelani Cobb examines the ways in which today’s border crisis harks back to the civil-rights struggle.

The Border Crisis and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Adam Gopnik on news that Pluto may be accepted back into the club of planets: “Having many moons, apparently, helps make you a planet in the eyes of people on other ones, as having children was once said to make you an adult.”

Many Moons Redux

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How an American Marine and a Syrian activist came to understand the ascent of ISIS through each other.

Did the Pakistani government play a role in the Bergdahl affair? Dexter Filkins reflects on his discussion with a Taliban leader four years ago.

What Did Pakistan Do for Bowe Bergdahl?

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“A map of polio, it turns out, is a map of modern political violence.” Sarah Stillman looks at the long list of trouble spots where polio persists.

The Political Fight Against Polio

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Twenty-five years later, a look at powerful photographs of the Tiananmen Square protests, and the government crackdown that followed.

Slide Show: Tiananmen Square, 1989

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George Black on Narendra Modi’s campaign to clean up the Ganges, “a kind of litmus test for his vision of efficient, if authoritarian, government.”

Can Modi Clean Up India's Holiest and Dirtiest River?

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In memory of Maya Angelou, a look at a slide show of her life in photographs.

Maya Angelou Life in Photos

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Ken Auletta sums up the complicated, unpleasant tale of Jill Abramson’s firing.

Summing Up the Firing of Jill Abramson

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Robin Wright speaks with Javad Zarif, who is at the center of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers.

Javad Zarif on Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

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In two days, two judges, in Oregon and Pennsylvania, overturned their states’ bans on gay marriage. Amy Davidson on the rulings, and the road to marriage equality in all fifty states.

Getting to Fifty on Marriage Equality

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As the U.S. and Chinese governments move in a direction of greater conflict, popular shows like “The Big Bang Theory” are giving people on both sides of the Pacific more in common than ever before.

'The Big Bang Theory' and Our Future with China

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Samanth Subramanian on India’s elections and Narendra Modi’s stunning victory: “What looked a few weeks ago like a mere dramatic change of government now appears to be a seismic shift.”

Narendra Modi's Stunning Victory in the Indian Elections

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Jelani Cobb on the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education: “There are no metrics for how quickly a group should recover from legally enforced subordination, and no statistical rendering of ongoing racial inequalities could match the explanatory power of a ‘Colored Only’ sign.”

The Ambivalent Legacy of Brown v. Board

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Michael Specter examines Magic Johnson’s remarkable impact on the course of the AIDS epidemic: “No advertising agency could have invented a better, or more effective, role model.”

What Donald Sterling Doesn't Know About Magic Johnson and AIDS

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Ken Auletta examines how questions about pay inequality may have contributed to Jill Abramson’s firing from the New York Times.

Why Jill Abramson Was Fired

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Sarah Stillman explores how a small Connecticut café helped bring part of the Rwandan genocide to light, twenty years ago.

In Lulu's Café Waiting for Word from Rwanda

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Chibok residents said that they had heard the terrorist group Boko Haram was coming to the town up to two hours before the kidnapping of over 300 schoolgirls. The military only sent more troops several hours after the abduction.

The Troubled Search for Nigeria's Stolen Girls

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Jane Mayer compares the current Congress’s reaction to Benghazi with the response to a series of bombings in Beirut, thirty years ago.

Ronald Reagan's Benghazi

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Alexis Okeowo explores the recent kidnapping of at least two hundred schoolgirls in Nigeria, and speaks with one student who escaped.

Nigeria's Stolen Girls

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The N.B.A. has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life. Jelani Cobb on the announcement: “The lifetime ban limits the damage that Sterling can do to the N.B.A.’s reputation. But no punishment can resolve the deeper question of why his actions were tolerated for so long.”

Amy Davidson on the Los Angeles Clippers owner’s racist remarks: “What are we saying, really, when we ask how an N.B.A. owner, of all people, could say those things? Is the idea that part of the job is putting on a non-racist mask that somehow isn’t required elsewhere in society?”

John Cassidy on the release of Facebook’s earnings this week: “Where Facebook outdoes other big media companies is in its ability to target ads based upon its users’ activities on the site. In many ways, in fact, Facebook is the world’s first global direct-marketing company.”

Facebook: The World's Biggest Direct-Marketing Company

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Increasingly, the most profound dividing line in the United States is class rather than race. John Cassidy makes a case for race-blind affirmative action.