Culture

Report

#AfricaTrending

From FIFA to Magnum ice cream to Nairobi’s traffic, a glimpse at what Africans talk about on Twitter.

Michela Wrong |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Argument

The Anderson Doctrine

Director Wes Anderson is waging a twee war on imperialism and the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.

Jake Scobey-Thal |

In Other Words

The Reckoning

After decades of censorship, Burma's filmmakers probe their country's dark past.

Francis Wade |

Tea Leaf Nation

'I Feel as if I Were Holden Caulfield'

Chinese from each recent epoch have found a reason to care about U.S. literature.

Helen Gao |

Rebuttal

The Recline! Response (Part 2)

Kristin Lord, Suzanne Nossel, Whitney Kassel, and Ari Ratner weigh in on Rosa Brooks's recent columns and a woman's right to recline.

Kristin M. Lord |

Putinology

The Maidan's Fighters Stand Their Ground

The nationalist militias of Kiev are ready for a fight with Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Rebuttal

The Recline! Response (Part 1)

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Julianne Smith, and Mieke Eoyang take on Rosa Brooks' Manifesto for the new working woman.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Julianne Smith and Mieke Eoyang |

COLUMN

Live, from the Anchor Desk

What's a Crimea again?

Matt Bors |

COLUMN

Slack? Nap? Snooze?

A follow-up to my Recline manifesto.

Rosa Brooks |

Christian Caryl

Rescue Me!

Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Different Chapter, Same Book

What Crimea’s history can teach us about Crimea’s future.

Peter Eltsov |

Argument

The Human Rights That Dictators Love

Does the concept of "human rights" still have meaning in a world where everything qualifies?

Pedro Pizano |

COLUMN

Unrealistic Expectations

When powerful democracies intervene in a troubled society, what is it that they want: democracy or liberalism?

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

A House United

Why analysts touting Ukraine's East-West division are just plain wrong.

Alexander J. Motyl |

Feature

Mayo-Drenched and Heroic

A tribute to the home cooks of the Red Empire, who turned mass production, propaganda, and want into a cuisine.

Anya von Bremzen |

Argument

The Thai Malaise

The current political standoff in Thailand is a symptom of deeper problems that can't be solved by watering down democratic process.

Duncan McCargo |

Putinology

Patriotism and the Olympics

Why taking the wrong stand on the Olympics can get you accused of being a traitor to the nation.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Report

Big Brother's Burmese Comeback

Why the country George Orwell once skewered is finally embracing its non-native son.

Catherine A. Traywick |

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Argument

Eyes on the Prize

The Arab world's most prestigious literary award is thriving; whether anyone's actually reading the shortlisted books is another matter.

M. Lynx Qualey |

Putinology

The Sochi That We've Lost

Most visitors to the Winter Olympics will only see the giant stadiums and overpriced hotels. But some Russians are mourning the lost paradise of childhood.

Anna Nemtsova |

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

China's Lunar New Year used to be special -- until people there got richer and more connected.

Yuan Ren |

COLUMN

There's Something Rotten in Hogsmeade

Snowden-esque scandals at the Ministry of Magic (and Ron and Hermione got a divorce).

Daniel W. Drezner |

COLUMN

King Kendrick and the Ivory Tower

What hip-hop can teach academia. Seriously.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

No Exit

Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.

Gavin Weise |

In Box

The Longitude of Latitude

Could rising temperatures hurt democracy?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

COLUMN

Altitude Sickness

Why does Davos so often get the world's big questions wrong?

Daniel W. Drezner |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Big Bang Theory in Little China

There's a demographic reason why fictitious nerds from CalTech have charmed millions of Chinese viewers.

Liz Carter |