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Emily Weinstein

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  • 8 years ago

    One of torture's most striking aspects is the simplicity of its methods. Former detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay have said they were "waterboarded"—strapped to a board, their faces covered with cellophane, while water...

  • 8 years ago

    The Arabic alphabet consists of 28 letters, half of which are multiples of letters that share "the same skeleton," writes Sinan Antoon in the author's note to his brief novel I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody. The letters are distinguished from one anothe...

  • 8 years ago

    Despite all that's followed, the defining moment of George W. Bush's presidency may still be May 1, 2003, the day on which Bush, costumed in a flight suit, landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln before a red, white, and blue banner that roa...

  • 9 years ago

    Wendy Lesser begins Room for Doubt, a book of three interconnected essays, by admitting her own inflexibility. "I expected to go a lifetime without ever setting foot in Germany," she writes. "'I have never been to Germany' became one of the totemi...

  • 9 years ago

    In 1925, H.L. Mencken traveled to Tennessee, to cover the Scopes trial for the Baltimore Evening Sun. These dispatches helped forge Clarence Darrow's legend—later gold-plated by Hollywood's 1960 version of the play Inherit the Wind—as th...

  • 9 years ago

    All of a sudden, Al Gore is even more everywhere than before, crisscrossing the continent and jetting to Cannes to promote his global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. This month he appears on the covers of Vanity Fair and Wired, as well...