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The numbers game in Afghanistan

Proponents of the surge point to encouraging stats, but Joshua Foust asks, what do these numbers really mean?

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Lost in the fog of Alzheimer’s

Contributor Kim Taylor, who watched her brother slowly disappear into Alzheimer’s, argues that more government funding to research the disease is needed to avert the coming health care crisis.

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The dark side of idealism in Cate Kennedy’s ‘The World Beneath’

In her new novel, “The World Beneath,” Cate Kennedy explores the myth of Persephone and the ways in which disappointment can define our lives. An interview by Jessa Crispin.

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Burying the lede

Joshua Foust: Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings had a story about how the military influences public opinion, but he buried it.

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Overlooked and underread: Five great reads by women

Women authors receive less critical attention than men, new statistics show, but Jessa Crispin offers a selection of five overlooked favorites from the last year.

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A fair wind for clean energy

How can the U.S. match Denmark’s success with wind power, especially offshore? Nicholas Gerry-Bullard reports from a recent fact-finding mission.

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Marjah one year on

Few reporters have visited Marjah, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, since a major offensive began there a year ago. And when they do, writes Joshua Foust, they’re not reporting on Marjah so much as peripheral issues like cross-dressing interpreters.

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On breaking the literary glass ceiling

Who’s to blame for the gender inequity in publishing? Jessa Crispin talks to two book publishers about the barriers to entry for women writers.

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‘Numbers don’t lie’: Addressing the gender gap in literary publishing

In the literary publishing world, male writers still far outnumber female, as new statistics confirm. But why? Jessa Crispin asks around.

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Yemen’s president says he won’t seek reelection, but he said that in 2005, too

Still, Yemen has a fairly robust political system, a fact that gets obscured by problems like the presence of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, writes Joshua Foust.

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The role of the artist in troubled times

Jessa Crispin talks to Alan Riding about his new book, “And the Show Went On,” and the role of the artist in troubled times.

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When can cops gain access to my personal info on Facebook?

The rules aren’t always clear, and you might not know when it happens, writes G.W. Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Postcards from the edge of the world

Jessa Crispin sates her wanderlust by checking in with four travel writers who are scattered around the globe.

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The climate dilemma: How warm and when?

Scientists agree that greenhouse gases will warm the planet. But how much and when? Robert Fri explains the crux of the policy maker’s dilemma.

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Greek cuisine beyond mythology

Jessa Crispin reviews Tessa Kiros’ “Food from Many Greek Kitchens” and shares a timeless honey cake recipe.

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Public sector workers are a ‘privileged new class,’ says billionaire

John Bellamy Foster explores the latest campaign to scapegoat public employees and discredit unions.