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Letter from Israel: Leftists on Zionism's Past, Present, and Future

Grafitti in the West Bank city of Hebron.  It is no secret that the Israeli left is marginalized; the suicide bombings of the Second Intifada (2000–2005) killed not only individual…
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5450 words)

Praise them!

When I took my son to visit my parents in South Carolina six months ago, my father yelled out ‘Good job!’ after I finished rinsing some dishes one night. It was a running joke at my…
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2555 words)

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The Next Bread Basket

Using hand tools and draft animals, a family harvests wheat in Ethiopia’s famine-prone highlands. Education has helped small farmers become more efficient, but wheat yields are still a third…
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3855 words)

Mineral fodder

One could easily be forgiven for thinking that life bears little connection to rocks. From high-school science curricula to Wikipedia, the institutional separation of geology and biology seems as…
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2454 words)

Generation atheist! Millennials to religion — get out of politics

The Changing Demography of NonbeliefIn American society today more than 93% of adults say they believe in God or a higher power, and about 38% say they attend religious services weekly. Among the…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 4, 2013
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4997 words)

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

At the Solvay Conference on Physics in 1927, the only woman in attendance was Marie Curie (bottom row, third from left). Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists,…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 3, 2013
LENGTH: 32 minutes (8202 words)

“I Was a Nazi, and Here’s Why”

In recent years, many victims of violence have written memoirs in which they seek out and confront the perpetrators who harmed them. The opposite is rare. Few perpetrators seek out their victims, let…
PUBLISHED: May 29, 2013
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2525 words)


Funny how often we automatically assume that long-standing, famous couples must be deeply devoted, madly in love, and happier than a couple of pigs in slop. Sometimes, like in the case of Salavador…
PUBLISHED: April 17, 2013
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4474 words)