Robert Grenier, a former CIA station chief in Pakistan, can envision only breakdown in Afghanistan: Congress has divergent goals and counter-insurgency tactics are insufficient.
Documentation made during the late 1960s of how one liberal German after-school center attempted to teach sexual liberation demonstrates the thin line between freedom and abuse.
"What's so bad about deflation?" asks Slate. "After all, it's a pleasant surprise when prices of many items fall." As it turns out, there is good deflation and bad deflation, but which is which?
"The letters of Pliny the Younger provide gripping insight into Roman life — and the last hours of a city." Michael Dirda reviews the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.
Just give money to the poor, says a new book by the same name. In it, three British professors say direct cash payments to the developing world's poor will help economies to grow.
The novels of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, along with relics of Victorian technology, have inspired a new cult following called "Steampunk." The group celebrates the Victorian spirit.
Murdoch is putting up paywalls and Jobs is censoring risqué apps. Have we reached the limits of free information exchange that everyone predicted from the Internet? What's coming next?
July 3rd marks an equally important day for American independence, says Walter Rodgers, recalling how the Union's Civil War victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg presaged the modern state.
Naomi Wolf likes shopping for clothes too, but she knows brutal labor conditions lurk behind each inexpensive blouse. She calls on Western women to be more aware of cheap fashion's true cost.
The Internet is a double edged sword for small retailers, says The Economist, providing a wider audience for niche products while giving big advantage to companies with economies of scale.
Would an xxx. domain for pornography make the industry easier to filter or would it simply increase the amount of explicit material available on the Web? And what does Steve Jobs want?
Not a recluse in her personal life, before the rights to her poems created feuds between her close associates, the poet's life was complicated by a love triangle she initiated with a married man.
A baby's first smiles are not likely an expression of inner emotion but "first smiles teach infants the positive associations attached to a smile that we adults already feel," says one professor of psychology.
In a scientific experiment, men selected women with small feet and long thighs as the most attractive, while women selected men with small wrists. Evolutionary success could explain their choices.
New research suggests that reciting maxims to one's self, such as "Everyone makes mistakes," can help the ego recover from guilt associated with acting against one's principles.