Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.
The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.
The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.
A journey with food writer Mark Bittman into the bellies of America's enemies.
This might be the golden age of vice, but people are getting richer, freer, and more connected every day.
Why home cooking can lead to weaker economic performance -- and more dysfunctional politics to boot.
A Syrian-American writer finds her voice, with help from Libya's most famous novelist.
It's Americans, not Mexicans, who are responsible for the rise of margaritas and moles north of the border.
Civil society groups face an uphill battle in a society dominated by militias.
Female soccer players are rewriting the rules for women's sports in the Middle East.
How the Ryan Braun scandal explains Egyptian Revolution punditry.
A young Sudanese author explores his fraught relationship to religion.
Why there's absolutely no reason you should care about the royal baby, unless you're British. And even then, probably not.
What the undead can teach us about the fall of Rome -- and cyberwar.
Russia's officials are reverting to old instincts: When in doubt, forbid.
The U.S. military actually looks pretty good compared to, say, college.
Just because our military won't take over doesn't mean civilians can ignore it.
The mainstream media have finally discovered human rights violations in Turkmenistan. And it's all thanks to Hollywood.