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The "Raging Reporter" on the Front Lines of the First World War

Inside the bloody diaries of Egon Erwin Kisch.

Karl Kraus, the Press, and War

The great Austrian satirist's biting critique of a liberal press that embraced militarism during the First World War.

The West's Illusions About Ukraine

Western ignorance is leaving Ukraine's problems—and paths to a solution—overlooked.

Essays

The Case for Norman Angell

He said that economic interdependence had made war obsolete. Four years later, World War One turned him into a laughingstock. Yet his later career saw him abandon many of his own illusions.

When Camelot Went to Japan

RFK's public-diplomacy trip turned the relationship around.

The New Yorker Casts Its Ballot

One of America's top magazines often appeared smug as it covered 2012 elections.

Tear Gas over Batamaloo

Angry protests and brutal crackdowns are nothing new to Kashmir. Neither is the intrigue between India and Pakistan. What has changed is Kashmiris' renunciation of violence—and a reawakened desire for autonomy.

The Kremlin Begs To Differ

One doesn’t need to be a Russian domestic radical or a foreign Russophobe to see major flaws in the way Russia is ruled. The population, however, is satisfied with the status quo...for now.

Xenophobia on the Continent

Anti-Semitism is on the march in Europe. But the European’s new turn toward isolationism goes even further than that.

Blogs

Unsolvable Syria

It is easy to confuse possibility with responsibility, and policy with inescapable reality.

Leaks and an Irresponsible Press

The media are far less critical of Edward Snowden and his allies than they should be.

Ukraine's Invisible Fascists

Eager to see a simple struggle between good and evil, the Western media ignores the presence of crypto-Nazis in the Kyiv protests.

Books & Reviews

Voice of the New Global Elite

The newsmagazine world has been turned on its head. Yet one weekly publication, The Economist, is arguably more prestigious than at any time in its 169-year history. This content analysis helps explain why.

Eyes and Ears of the Arab Spring

The English-language news channel of Al Jazeera consistently is first on the scene of Mideastern developments, and its journalists provide smart analysis of global events. It may be today’s most influential television-news operation.

Hugo Chávez Gets a Twitter Account

According to cyberutopians like Clay Shirky, everything from Wikileaks to Twitter is making us better, kinder, gentler human beings. But technology is a tool that can be manipulated by both peaceful protesters and repressive governments.

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April 16, 2014