Fun Stuff

Review

To Boldly Go Across the Hexagonal Board

We play the board game in which Starfleet is a bunch of imperialist jerks.

Michael Peck |

Feature

Introducing Yo! Yo! Honey Singh

Meet the foul-mouthed rapper who explains India’s real estate bubble -- and its rape crisis.

Amana Fontanella-Khan |

Slide Show

Empty Slides and Empty Swingsets

Striking photos of playgrounds -- sans children -- from around the globe.

Slide Show |

Argument

What a Piece of Junk!

Imperial investigators report weaknesses in Death Star management, performance.

Michael Peck |

Dispatch

Yemen's Power Wedding

When the sons of Yemen's most powerful tribal leaders tie the knot, it's not only a marriage -- it's a chance for a show of strength that nobody in Sanaa can ignore. 

Adam Baron |

Dispatch

The Outsider

Meet Sayed Kashua, Israel's most popular writer, comedian, critic -- and Arab.

Debra Kamin |

Argument

Why Bart Simpson Drives the Venezuelan Authorities Nuts

Venezuela's leaders give new meaning to the phrase “¡Ay, Caramba!”

Thor Halvorssen |

Argument

Woe to the Imperialists!

How I briefly defended North Korea from American aggression.

Michael Peck |

Argument

Why Dictators Don’t Like Jokes

Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.

Srdja Popovic |

Feature

Sim Paulo

How I used SimCity to solve the world's worst traffic jam.

Mike Rose |

Argument

March Madness

The top sports cinderella stories vs. the best from world history.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Cowboys vs. Kippot

The awesome sci-fi novel about U.S. relations with Israel -- in an alternate acid-trip universe.

Michael Peck |

Dispatch

The Beatified Game

How the new pope has blessed the long suffering soccer fans of Argentina’s Club Atlético San Lorenzo.

Haley Cohen |

Feature

The Geopolitics of 'Girls'

How Lena Dunham explains the world.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Slide Show

Pulp Non-Fiction

How to explain Washington dysfunction in 10 pulp-fiction posters.

Michael Peck |

Feature

You Don't Know Chuck

Who said it: Sen. Hagel or the Shin Bet?

J. Dana Stuster |

The List

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

28 games for your President's Day weekend.

Michael Peck |

Argument

What Young North Koreans Dream Of

The copyright infringing video game destruction of America, apparently.

Michael Peck |

Feature

What Richard III Can Teach Us Today

The world is grown so bad that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch. Can Shakespeare’s fallen tyrant help us set it to rights?

John Watkins |

Argument

Vive L'Empereur!

Five wargames in which the French fight.

Michael Peck |

Argument

Sometimes They Come Back

How this zombie game explains our failure in Afghanistan.

Michael Peck |

Argument

Turing Test

Can you beat the father of artificial intelligence at Monopoly?

Michael Peck |

Feature

Obama's First Inaugural -- Revised

What if America's new president had told us what would really happen in his first four years?

Daniel W. Drezner |

Christian Caryl

What I Learned from Gerard Depardieu

The French actor's case is the exception that proves the rule: Citizenship still matters.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

Enterprise vs. Enterprise

Which is better, the starship or the aircraft carrier?

Michael Peck |

The List

The World War on Christmas

Five places where Santa really does have to watch his back.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

Argument

Alien War Brings Mideast Peace

And other benefits of an extraterrestrial invasion.

Michael Peck |

Slide Show

Paris on the Yangtze

A look at the Western villages and monuments that are popping up all over China.

Slide Show |

The List

Why Do We Keep Digging Up Dead World Leaders?

Exhuming the remains of the powerful rarely changes what we know about their deaths.

Uri Friedman |

Feature

Launch Your Own Gaza War

Help us field-test 'A Reign of Missiles.'

Michael Peck |