Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?
Does the concept of "human rights" still have meaning in a world where everything qualifies?
When powerful democracies intervene in a troubled society, what is it that they want: democracy or liberalism?
A tribute to the home cooks of the Red Empire, who turned mass production, propaganda, and want into a cuisine.
The current political standoff in Thailand is a symptom of deeper problems that can't be solved by watering down democratic process.
Why taking the wrong stand on the Olympics can get you accused of being a traitor to the nation.
Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?
Why the country George Orwell once skewered is finally embracing its non-native son.
Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.
The Arab world's most prestigious literary award is thriving; whether anyone's actually reading the shortlisted books is another matter.
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.
China's Lunar New Year used to be special -- until people there got richer and more connected.
Snowden-esque scandals at the Ministry of Magic (and Ron and Hermione got a divorce).
Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.
There's a demographic reason why fictitious nerds from CalTech have charmed millions of Chinese viewers.
The essential books, articles, posts -- and hip hop performances -- of the year.
Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?
No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.
How long can Ukraine's protesters hold out against Yanukovych's thugs?