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A new fence is another lurch away from a tradition of openness that used to coexist with concerns about protecting the President, Jeff Shesol writes: (Photograph by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Keeping the White House Open - The New Yorker

“Twenty-five years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Beijing violently cracked down on a peaceful student protest for democracy, the images of umbrellas … have come to represent a movement.” (Photograph by Reuters)

National Day Dawns on the Hong Kong Protests - The New Yorker

George Packer reflects on Obama’s two speeches—one in Cairo, the other in Oslo—that bear directly on the crisis in the Middle East today: (Photograph by Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)

Obama’s Two Speeches and a Tragedy

In the magazine this week, Jennifer Gonnerman writes about the case of a teen who was confined on Rikers Island for three years—nearly two of which were spent in solitary confinement. Now, Gonnerman explores New York City’s plan to eliminate solitary for sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds by the end of 2014: (Photograph by Richard Perry/The New York Times/Redux)

Getting Teen-agers out of Solitary at Rikers - The New Yorker

This weekend, police in Hong Kong responded to a peaceful pro-democracy sit-in by students in the city’s Central district with tear gas and pepper spray. Widespread outrage over the police response magnified the protest, which has now spread out to other densely populated parts of the city. A slide show of photographs from the growing demonstration: (Photograph by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

Slide Show: Growing Protests in Hong Kong - The New Yorker

The federal minimum wage has been raised 23 times since 1938. Still, its value today is far lower than it was two generations ago. William Finnegan on a bill to raise the minimum wage that has been rattling around on Capitol Hill for eighteen months, with, it now seems, no hope of passing: (Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Demonizing the Minimum Wage - The New Yorker

Should the iconic Union Jack stay or should it go? On Thursday, the Scots will deliver their verdict. Virginia Cannon on what the Scottish independence referendum would mean for the British flag: (Photograph by Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty)

A Referendum on the Union Jack - The New Yorker

Jelani Cobb reflects on the violence in Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death: (Photograph by Whitney Curtis/The New York Times/Redux)

The Anger in Ferguson - The New Yorker

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

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

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

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?

“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

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

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?

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

Maya Angelou Life in Photos

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

Summing Up the Firing of Jill Abramson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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