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    George Packer writes: “Something has gone seriously backward since 1965: the quality of American institutions.” (Photograph by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

    What America Has Lost Since Selma - The New Yorker

    Jeffrey Frank on Eisenhower and the polio vaccine: “He never said, ‘I’m not a scientist, and so …’ Rather, he was someone who talked with scientists, understood what they were saying, and supported those who wanted to bring sense and order to a nationwide inoculation program that was greeted with enormous relief, but also, quite naturally, some apprehension.” (Photograph by Bettmann/Corbis)

    When Ike Trusted a New Vaccine - The New Yorker

    Anthony Lane on Charlie Hebdo: “Freedom of speech can easily coarsen and shrink into freedom of snort. Nonetheless, a certain rakish splendor hangs over those who refuse to calm down, shut up, or grow up.” (Photograph by Eric Gaillard / Reuters)

    Shooting the Jesters - The New Yorker

    In light of the murders in Paris, Philip Gourevitch explains why, for better or for worse, most of us are not Charlie: (Photograph by Thierry Chesnot/Getty)

    The Life-Giving Defiance of the Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists

    For over three decades, Jonathan Chasan has been trying to stop officers from beating up inmates on Rikers Island. Jennifer Gonnerman on the lawyer’s efforts. (Above: Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announces that the Justice Department is planning to sue New York City over the treatment of adolescent inmates on Rikers. Photograph by Bebeto Matthews / AP)

    A Lawsuit to End Abuse at Rikers - The New Yorker

    Whether or not North Korea was responsible, it has benefited from the perception that its hackers brought Sony to its knees. (Photograph by Damian Dovarganes/AP)

    Did North Korea Hack Sony? - The New Yorker

    Evan Osnos on the Sony hack and censorship in Hollywood: “If North Korea wanted to make studios bend, it didn’t need to hack them. It just needed to fund them.”

    After Sony - The New Yorker

    “After a bruisingly tough time on the international stage, Barack Obama has shown that he can act as a statesman of historic heft. And so, at this moment, has Raúl Castro," Jon Lee Anderson writes. (Above: Obama and Castro shake hands at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa. Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

    Obama and Castro Seize History - The New Yorker

    According to NBC News, the story of an unnamed C.I.A. senior officer runs through the entire torture report. Jane Mayer explains why, without even pseudonyms, it is exceedingly hard to hold her accountable. (Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty)

    The Woman the Center of the C.I.A.'s Torture Report

    “Cuba may be where Obama is finally getting to apply whatever lessons he learned from Iraq and the Arab Spring.” Amy Davidson on the President’s announcement Wednesday. (Photograph by Pete Souza)

    Barack Obama’s Cuba Surprise - The New Yorker

    Despite the media group’s complex history, journalists throughout Turkey have begun to defend Zaman's staff. (Above: Staff members and supporters of Zaman; Istanbul, December 14, 2014. Photograph by Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty.)

    What the Zaman Raid Means for Turkey’s Media - The New Yorker

    Alexis Okeowo on the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram: “A mass rescue is no longer a real possibility; it probably never was.” (Photograph by Adam Nossiter / The New York Times / Redux)

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    “What happened today is beyond what we could imagine.” (Above: A soldier escorts students from the Army Public School in Peshawar during the attack by Taliban gunmen. Photograph by Khuram Parvez/Reuters)

    Massacre in Peshawar - The New Yorker

    A human-rights organization has started installing city-wide plaques commemorating Muscovites who were executed by Stalin’s regime.

    Humble Memorials for Stalin’s Victims in Moscow - The New Yorker

    Asking students to engage in discussions of rape law has become so difficult that teachers are starting to give up on the subject, Jeanne Suk reports. (Above: Members of the audience hold signs during a board of visitors meeting about sexual assault at the University of Virginia. Photograph by Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress/AP)

    The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law

    Following the siege in Sydney, “social media proceeded to work the way one always hopes it will," Amy Davidson writes. (Above: People run from the Lindt Café during the hostage standoff in Sydney. Photograph by Joosep Martinson/Getty)

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    Five or ten years ago, it was often said that readers wouldn’t pay for online journalism. John Cassidy explains why you rarely hear this argument today. (Photograph by Mario Tama/Getty)

    A Bit of Good News About Journalism

    Rolling Stone's story on campus rape at the University of Virginia calls Jackie’s friend, "Cindy," “a self-declared hookup queen.” Amy Davidson on the label and its repercussions. (Photograph by Susana Raab/The New York Times/Redux)

    What Rolling Stone Did to “Cindy” - The New Yorker

    The World Food Programme has run out of money needed to feed 1.7 million Syrian refugees. Dexter Filkins explains why, despite the recent outpouring of support, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. (Above: Syrian Kurdish refugees enter Turkey, September 27, 2014. Photograph by Michael Christopher Brown/Magnum)

    Getting Help to Syria - The New Yorker

    In Hong Kong, though the government has refused to budge, protesters emphasized that their retreat did not constitute a surrender. (Photograph by Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty)

    Scenes from Occupy Hong Kong’s Last Stand - The New Yorker

    This week, Jane Mayer argues, Obama should have honored the real patriots: the officers who blew the whistle on the torture program, some of whom have paid a very high price for their actions. (Above: Ali Soufan in 2011. Photograph by Zinta Lundborg/Bloomberg via Getty)

    The Real Torture Patriots - The New Yorker

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently told one of The New Republic's departing editors that she had cancelled her subscription. Read Ryan Lizza’s in-depth look at the culture clash that brought down the hundred-year-old magazine. (Above: Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives the toast at The New Republic’s centennial gala in November. Photograph by Teresa Kroeger/Getty)

    Inside the Collapse of The New Republic - The New Yorker

    “In Cheney’s world, nothing Americans do can be called torture, because we are not Al Qaeda and we are not the Japanese in the Second World War (whom we prosecuted for waterboarding) and we are not ISIS,” Amy Davidson writes. (Photograph by Alex Brandon/AP)

    Torture in a Dick Cheney Minute - The New Yorker

    The pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have put up a final show of resistance. The anarchists, meanwhile, have always seen their fight as a long-term one, and a part of their daily lives. (Above: Tents set up by Occupy Hong Kong protesters under the HSBC building in November, 2011. Photograph by Thomas Lee/Bloomberg via Getty)

    The Anarchists of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central

    In his popular new book, Éric Zemmour declares France already dead and buried. Alexander Stille explains why this assertion isn’t new. (Above: General Charles de Gaulle in Lyon, in March, 1968. Photograph: AFP/Getty)

    The French Obsession With National Suicide - The New Yorker