Culture

Argument

Hey, J.Lo, Thanks for Serenading that Dictator

The mainstream media have finally discovered human rights violations in Turkmenistan. And it's all thanks to Hollywood.

Sarah Kendzior |

Think Again

Think Again: Working Women

Why American women are better off than the lean-inners and have-it-allers realize.

Kay Hymowitz |

In Box

Epiphanies from Frank Gehry

The starchitect on his first project in the Arab world -- and why it's hard these days to find a benevolent dictator with taste.

Benjamin Pauker |

In Box

In Search of Mickey Li's

Why doesn't China have its own fast-food mega-chain?

Paul French |

In Box

Fast-Food Nations

Six regional chains that are learning to compete with U.S. fast-food giants.

Joshua E. Keating |

In Other Words

The Cookbook Theory of Economics

Why Chinese and Mexican dominate the market.

Tyler Cowen |

In Other Words

Recipe for Living: Add Rice. Stir.

The grain that sustains the war weary.

Anna Badkhen |

In Other Words

Austerity Lentils

What a country cooks when it's collapsing.

Joanna Kakissis |

In Other Words

Market Revolution

How Poland learned to love its own cuisine.

Anne Applebaum |

Argument

Star Trek Into Dumbness

The clumsy politics of Captain Kirk's latest adventure.

Michael Peck |

Argument

Brad Pitt and the Zombie Shark

How World War Z ruined the zombie apocalypse.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Dispatch

On Your Left, the Decline and Fall

Visiting Brussels soon? A new museum offers a peek into the future to see how the European dream died.

Gareth Harding |

Putinology

A Russian Artist's Snapshot of the National Psyche

Why Russia's entry at the world's toniest art fair speaks volumes about the country's predicament.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

How to Negotiate Like a Pashtun

A field guide to dealing with the Taliban.

Jonah Blank |

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 |

Argument

Erotic Republic

Iran is in the throes of an unprecedented sexual revolution. Could it eventually shake the regime?

Afshin Shahi |

Dispatch

Political Idol

A new reality television competition is booming in Beirut and Ramallah: democratic politics.

Fernande van Tets |

Argument

Ai Vey

A look at Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei's terrible new music video.

Jon Campbell |

Feature

Pulp Liberation Army

Welcome to the strange -- and terrifying -- underground world of Chinese military fantasy novels.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Micah Zenko

Our Military, Ourselves

Why Americans are to blame for the Pentagon's outrageous sex scandals.

Micah Zenko |

Feature

Wisdom of the Crowd

What 1.2 billion Indians think about democracy, America, and the world. 

Rory Medcalf |

Interview

Bassem Youssef Isn't Joking Around

The Egyptian satirist stands on the front lines of Egypt’s culture wars.

David Kenner |

Feature

The Call of the Clan

Why ancient kinship and tribal affiliation still matter in a world of global geopolitics.

Mark S. Weiner |

Argument

Iron Man vs. the Super Censors

In China, even Tony Stark can’t get around the culture police.

Suzanne Nossel |

Feature

Russia Wasn't Built in a Day

Inside Moscow's ridiculous plan to redevelop a massive Soviet-era exhibition space.

Peter Savodnik |

Slide Show

Endangered Spaces

Photos of the Syrian cultural heritage sites now being used as battlefields and sniper hideouts.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

The Art of Civil War

As the conflict rages in Syria, it's a bull market for antiquities dealers and thieves.

Fernande van Tets |

Slide Show

Empty Slides and Empty Swingsets

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

Slide Show |

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 |

Argument

France's Forgotten War

Mali is old news in Paris. Now it’s all gay marriage all the time.

Robert Zaretsky |