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Essay/History

The Masada mystery

Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?

Eric H Cline

Video/Nature & Environment

Clash of cousins: monkeys and humans wage a droll turf war at the Rock of Gibraltar

17 minutes

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Idea/Demography & Migration

How refugees have the power to change the society they join

Alejandra Dubcovsky

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Idea/War & Conflict

The Syrian seed bank that keeps going despite the war

Courtney Fullilove

Video/War & Conflict

How 60 ambiguous words gave the United States’ president unprecedented war power

7 minutes

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Essay/History

Revolutionary heroes

If the sultan of Mysore had had a bit more luck, George Washington might be known as the Haider Ali of North America

Blake Smith

Video/Social Psychology

‘The order could come at any moment’: two kamikaze pilots tell their story

8 minutes

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Idea/Social Psychology

How the fear of death makes people more Right-wing

Bobby Azarian

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Idea/Neuroscience

How video games unwittingly train the brain to justify killing

Teodora Stoica

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Essay/History

Guns, empires and Indians

Multilateral imperial politics triggered an indigenous arms race and led to the violent transformation of Native America

David J Silverman

Video/Social Psychology

How gang violence is American violence: it shows alienation at all social levels

5 minutes

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Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/War & Conflict

How two enemy soldiers saved each other’s lives decades – and continents – apart

18 minutes

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Essay/Travel

Boldly go!

In thinking about faraway travel, the ability to assess risk falters. It's probably safer than your morning commute

Henry Wismayer

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Essay/History

What Mortimer did

A diplomat in British India blundered a border. The consequences continue to shape world politics

Rafia Zakaria

Video/War & Conflict

When Barack Obama speaks after mass shootings, the moments of silence say the most

3 minutes

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Essay/War & Conflict

War, on drugs

Killing people is hard and horrible. No wonder that warriors, from berserkers to jihadis, need drugs to get in the mood

Peter Frankopan

Essay/Gender & Sexuality

The weaponised loser

Mass shootings have one thing in common: toxic masculinity. Where does it come from and what can be done to stop it?

Stephen T Asma

Video/Gender

How young Bosnian men are learning to separate masculinity from violence

9 minutes

Essay/Art

Moments of depth

Stuart Franklin has photographed conflict, nature and people. He discusses what makes a memorable image

Nigel Warburton & Stuart Franklin

Essay/War & Conflict

In praise of patience

Resilience is the fashionable prescription for trauma. But bouncing back is not the only – or best – way to bear sorrow

Samira Thomas

Idea/Law & Justice

How to stop prisons from turning criminals into terrorists

Cullen Thomas

Idea/War & Conflict

Junkie jihadis and the narcotic ways of war

Lukasz Kamienski

Idea/Poverty & Development

The US has spent a lot of money in Afghanistan. How wisely?

Noah Coburn

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Essay/History

Bridging the Hellespont

In the light of the Syrian refugee crisis, how long can we cling to our traditional ideas of ‘Europe’ and ‘Asia’?

Tim Whitmarsh

Video/War & Conflict

A Syrian refugee makes his barbershop a haven in Jordan’s largest refugee camp

22 minutes

Idea/Human Rights

Why humanitarian intervention goes horribly wrong

Rajan Menon

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Idea/War & Conflict

The US military is everywhere, except history books

Robert Neer

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Essay/Human Rights

The power of nonviolence

Nonviolent politics have unique power to change the world, but they require strategic suffering and ascetic self-mastery

Karuna Mantena

Idea/History

Why ISIS hates the Sufis and blows up their shrines

Nile Green