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International Territory

Illustration by Tim Robinson. Every year, the United Nations General Assembly descends upon New York City, bringing with it traffic jams, crowded subways, diplomatic mishaps, and, in recent years, some tens of millions’ worth of public spending. Given the trouble—and today, a president whose only real interest in foreign policy seems to be alienating other nations—it’s hard to believe that ordinary Americans once saw the prospect of hosting the UN in their country as a benefit, not a costly liability. Ad Policy In This Review Yet that was the prevailing…

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The Power Historian

Arthur Schlesinger, 1974. (Waring Abbott / Getty Image) In the years shortly after the Second World War, a new idea caught fire in the North Atlantic: consensus. The postwar settlement had divided the world into two spheres. In the West, liberal democracy—sometimes more social democratic, sometimes more laissez-faire—dominated; in the East, various forms of socialism and communism. Many intellectuals on the right and left decried this new age of conformity. Liberals, on the other hand, celebrated it. It marked their arrival: They had won the war of ideas, if not…

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Fighting Spirits: 3 Cocktails to Fuel the Resistance

Knee-Bend (aka the Kaepernickebein)1 Ad Policy by David Wondrich2 The Knickebein—or, roughly, “Knee-Bend”—was a German-American drink of the 19th century with an egg yolk floating in it, a whole bunch of sweet liqueur, and a foamy egg-white top. For this modern tribute to principled protest, I kept the egg white and a splash of liqueur but replaced everything else with good American spirits and a touch of lemon juice. There’s a little bitterness in it to remind us of the bitter reason why we protest.3 Stir together in cocktail shaker:½…

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In Facebook We Antitrust

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during an annual Facebook developers conference on April 18, 2017. (Reuters / Stephen Lam) Want more independent journalism? Sign up for The Nation Daily. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Fight Back! Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send…

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A Taste of Syria

(Sheryl Julian) Want more independent journalism? Sign up for The Nation Daily. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Fight Back! Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send you three meaningful actions you can each week. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation…

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How Food Brought an Unlikely Group of Syrian Refugees Together

(Sima Diab) As I weaved through the alleys of Ritsona, a refugee camp set up on an abandoned Greek Air Force base on a mountain north of Athens, I let my nose guide me. The air was filled with the scent of roasting meat. Smoke wafted through the rows of white, single-room container homes. At last I reached the source: a makeshift grill pit at the end of an alley, surrounded by men squatting to tend the fire.1 Ad Policy This story is part of Dalia Mortada’s project Savoring Syria…

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Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

(Shutterstock) In 1970, John E. Franz, a 40-year-old chemist from Springfield, Illinois, hit upon a discovery that would profoundly change agriculture: a chemical that works its way into the leaves of weeds and down to their roots, eventually killing them. Franz sold the patent for the breakthrough to his employer, Monsanto, for $5. Four years later, Monsanto released Roundup.1 Ad Policy This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative-news organization. “Weeds? No problem. Nothing kills weeds better,” announced the actors in the…

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Trump’s Latest Attacks on the Press are Ignorant, Wrongheaded, and Dangerous

United States President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on October 11, 2017. (Associated Press) Want more independent journalism? Sign up for The Nation Daily. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Fight Back! Sign up for Take Action Now and…

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The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go

Donald Trump speaks to the Fraternal Order of Police on August 18, 2016. The organization endorsed him for president. (Reuters / Carlo Allegri) Want more independent journalism? Sign up for The Nation Daily. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Fight Back! Sign up for Take Action Now and…

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