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Fifty-five decibels. That is as loud as the room got when American chess wunderkind Bobby Fischer took on the Soviet chess machine Boris Spassky on July 11, 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Officials began monitoring the hall’s sound levels when Fischer...

Ego Moves First

Fifty-five decibels. That is as loud as the room got when American chess wunderkind Bobby Fischer took on the Soviet chess machine Boris Spassky on July 11, 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Officials began monitoring the hall’s sound levels when Fischer...

For much of its existence, Armenia has been tossed between its larger, stronger neighbors—first Rome and Parthia, then Byzantium and the Abbasids, and later the Safavids and Ottomans. This pattern shows no signs of stopping. On September 11, 2023, ...

Arms for Armenia

For much of its existence, Armenia has been tossed between its larger, stronger neighbors—first Rome and Parthia, then Byzantium and the Abbasids, and later the Safavids and Ottomans. This pattern shows no signs of stopping. On September 11, 2023, ...

February 25, 2022. The morning wraps Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in a chilly fog cocoon. Anastasia Nikolaeva puts on a hoodie and a white coat, takes a sheet of blank paper, and makes her way to a busy intersection. It’s been around 24 hours since her c...

The Tragicomedy of Authoritarian State Terror

February 25, 2022. The morning wraps Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in a chilly fog cocoon. Anastasia Nikolaeva puts on a hoodie and a white coat, takes a sheet of blank paper, and makes her way to a busy intersection. It’s been around 24 hours since her c...

To an outsider, Sabantuy, the Southern Ural Festival of the Plough, might look like a battlefield. In this hilly region that draws the line between Europe and Asia in Russia, people don traditional fur-lined clothing, show up in horse-drawn carriages...

Mother Tongue

To an outsider, Sabantuy, the Southern Ural Festival of the Plough, might look like a battlefield. In this hilly region that draws the line between Europe and Asia in Russia, people don traditional fur-lined clothing, show up in horse-drawn carriages...

“The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women,” proclaimed First Lady Laura Bush in her radio address to the nation in 2001, as the United States entered Afghanistan in a war against the Taliban. Twenty years la...

A War For Women, A War on Women

“The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women,” proclaimed First Lady Laura Bush in her radio address to the nation in 2001, as the United States entered Afghanistan in a war against the Taliban. Twenty years la...

English Premier League soccer club Newcastle United was once a titan in English soccer, especially in the 1990s. However, it also experienced a long period of bad performances, which ultimately saw it fall from the top tier of the league in 2016. Res...

Sportswashing: The Struggle for Ethical Ownership

English Premier League soccer club Newcastle United was once a titan in English soccer, especially in the 1990s. However, it also experienced a long period of bad performances, which ultimately saw it fall from the top tier of the league in 2016. Res...

Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, is perhaps best known for his work at Bletchley Park during World War II. Turing and his team developed Bombe, a machine that was capable of reliably deciphering the infamous German Enigma code. Wha...

The Quantum Bombe

Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, is perhaps best known for his work at Bletchley Park during World War II. Turing and his team developed Bombe, a machine that was capable of reliably deciphering the infamous German Enigma code. Wha...

Beneath the high road to the district capital, large blue houses dot the hillside. Below them, you find one-story teal bungalows swallowed up by wild gardens and chickens. And below them, down the steep, uncut path through the jungle community, sit t...

Betting on Barbote

Beneath the high road to the district capital, large blue houses dot the hillside. Below them, you find one-story teal bungalows swallowed up by wild gardens and chickens. And below them, down the steep, uncut path through the jungle community, sit t...

Chevron Corporation, an American petroleum refineries company, recently launched the sale process for a web of its oil and gas assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Interestingly, this is not a singular event, but rather a pattern. In the recen...

The Onus Is on Big Oil

Chevron Corporation, an American petroleum refineries company, recently launched the sale process for a web of its oil and gas assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Interestingly, this is not a singular event, but rather a pattern. In the recen...