It's nuclear-armed and seems increasingly unstable yet we lack a contingency plan for a sudden collapse of the North Korean regime, warns The Economist.
David Jays speculates on why no play was shortlisted for a recent major literary award. Is theater too “brazenly collaborative and transient ” for the literary gatekeepers?
Nobel Laureate Gary Becker and Judge Richard Posner consider whether a central bank like the Federal Reserve should remain independent of the government.
Do men have the right to choose? After being divorced and sued for child support, one man testifies that he and his ex-wife had agreed to get an abortion if she became pregnant.
A lifetime ban on donating blood for men who have slept with other men, created to protect recipients from HIV, is being challenged as outdated and unfair by two Canadian physicians.
The C.I.A. planned to shoot separate mock, gay sex tapes implicating Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden in an attempt to delegitimize the men's authority, according to The Guardian.
Energy producers who met with skyrocketing food prices and international protests while using food crops to create large quantities of biofuels are now eyeing inedible waste.
A cache of René Magritte's personal letters are set to be auctioned soon at Sotheby's, reports the Economist; the French surrealist was "unremittingly cheery" in his correspondence.
After three men who each believed he was Jesus Christ were made to live together as a psychological experiment, psychologists better understand the nature and limits of identity.
Do the similarities between the Black Panthers of the '60s and today's TEA Party run deeper than guns, anger and demand for limited government?
"English has been a language of occupiers and imperialists, but also one of insurgents and democrats," writes Isaac Chotiner. The New Yorker discusses the new lingua franca.
"China, Russia and the U.S., as permanent members of the security council, are holding themselves above the law," says Amnesty International in a new report.
With the popularity of the Internet and self-publishing, Garrison Keillor laments the end of the glamorous age of publishing from a rooftop in Tribeca.
The strange behavior of two suppermassive black holes may change the way scientists understand the evolution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way.
Robert Fisk thinks that political speak has taken over journalism and that accuracy of fact has become dominated by competing historical narratives that favor power over truth.