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December 2019

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The ‘Infinity War’ in the Streets of Hong Kong

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HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the lame-duck Beijing-backed ruler of Hong Kong, is unhappy that Christmas has been “ruined by a group of reckless and selfish rioters.” Joan Shang, who works in sustainable development and has joined the pro-democracy protests, takes a... More »

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A Longing for the Lost Landline

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This is a lament for the landline, a rhapsody for its dial tone, a hymn to the way it connected people. It’s the little things we miss. The landline was a focal point of the home, an antidote to atomization and loneliness, those scourges of our age.I still hea... More »

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Boris Johnson and the Coming Trump Victory in 2020

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Donald Trump, in his telling, could have shot somebody on Fifth Avenue and won. Boris Johnson could mislead the queen. He could break his promise to get Britain out of Europe by Oct. 31. He could lie about Turks invading Britain and the cost of European Union ... More »

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As a Disorienting Decade Closes, a Perilous One Begins

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A world without American leadership and in search of a fairer, post-carbon economic model is finely balanced between ascendant authoritarianism and popular protest against injustice and repression. It does not take much to push people over the edge. A subway f... More »

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The Incitement in Israel That Killed Yitzhak Rabin

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I’m not big on counterfactual historical musings. The hypothetical is tempting and tantalizing, but valueless. History happens but only just. Still, it happens. That events are not inevitable does not make them reversible.There is one exception to my impatienc... More »

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