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"War and Peace

Strangle China's Economy: America's Ultimate Trump Card?

Peter Navarro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

Winston Churchill once famously remarked that Bolshevism must be "strangled in its crib." In that same spirit, should the U.S. now seek to strangle China's economy as a means of deterring its aggression?

Yo, Tolstoy! You See What Andrew Davies Did With War and Peace? Relax. Give Jane Austen a Call

David Hinckley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Leo Tolstoy might have been surprised by a few of the scenes in the new television adaptation of War and Peace, just as Jane Austen might have been surprised 20 years ago by a few scenes in the 1995 television version of Pride & Prejudice.

Cruel War and Peace TV Producer Says We May Still Have to Read the Book

David Hinckley | Posted 01.07.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Let's cut right to the money question here: Did the A&E networks commission a lavish eight-hour production of Tolstoy's War and Peace as a public service, so the rest of us would never have to actually read it?

The Christmas Day That Peace Broke Out

Michael Winship | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Once again, politicians and others run around ferociously beating the war drums, pandering to our fears and baser instincts. In the end, while there are really very few differences among us, there will always be those who seek to turn those small differences into monsters. Do not let that happen. We all rest on the same side. See you next year.

Tolstoy's Take on What Matters Most This Christmas

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 12.21.2015 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

If to live is to suffer, as Tolstoy understood so well, then to persevere is to find meaning in one's suffering. Does hardship make us beasts, Tolstoy asks, or better human beings? Do we continually focus on getting what we think we want, or on making something meaningful out of what we have, no matter how miniscule or shabby it might seem?

Yemenis for Peace Need Your Support

Afrah Nasser | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Afrah Nasser

The ongoing conflict has sparked a catastrophic humanitarian crisis and the country is at risk of slipping into famine, according to a recent UN report. The coming peace talks could be a real opportunity to have an end to this disastrous conflict.

Poppie's Personal Trainer

Jerry Zezima | Posted 09.30.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

At the advanced age of 61 (my age is advancing while the rest of me is regressing), I am happy to say that I don't need to join a health club. That's...

A Coffee House Paper on War and Peace

Jon Van Til | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Jon Van Til

This is a Budapest coffee shop paper. You know how it goes: three friends sipping the world's best coffee and musing on the state of the world. Overhead the buzz of planes connecting the busier capitals of the planet.

First Nighter: 'Doctor Zhivago' Caught at Musical Malpractice

David Finkle | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Before the lights go down at the Doctor Zhivago start, the tall, dark Broadway Theatre curtains are parted maybe six or eight feet. Filling the space between them is a compilation of grey chairs piled chaotically high.

The American People: Larry Kramer's Blistering Magnum Opus

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

The American People is predictably commanding and passionate, its insights are stunning and endless, its narrative consistently compelling. But how much of the history it recreates is true?

War and...

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.03.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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A Neanderthal Foreign Policy

John Feffer | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's still not entirely clear why Neanderthals died out. They might have been simply absorbed through interbreeding. They might not have had sufficient numbers to compete for scarce resources. Or perhaps it had something to do with climate.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether you love him or hate him, Rand Paul is succeeding in doing something that other Republican candidates have not done in a very long time: broaden the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party in order to encompass a growing libertarian streak among younger Americans.

The Cloud of Guantanamo Hangs Over the White House

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Like it or not, Guantanamo will be with us for a long time -- or, at the very least, until Obama marches with his successor down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2016 inauguration.

Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."

To Rome With Audrey, With Turrell to the Sky

Edward Goldman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I've been in love with Audrey Hepburn all my life. Well, not really all my life, but at least since the moment I saw her in William Wyler's 1953 classic film, Roman Holiday. I was just a kid living in Russia, and I could only dream about traveling to Rome.

Even Drones Are Taking The Selfies

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.01.2014 | Arts

Imagine a world free from war, terror and violence, where drones are stripped of their aggressive associations. What will become of these war machines...

How Are You Is Not Fine

Francis Levy | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Thank God for the Russians. Russia produced The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina, War and Peace and Pussy Riot. OK Sochi might ...

Remembering Tolstoy During The Sochi Olympics

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Tolstoy takes us to the center of battlefields drenched in blood. But he also gives us some of the most memorable moments of transcendent beauty in all of world literature.

On Studying Russian Literature

Lauren Schuhmacher | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Lauren Schuhmacher

Lots of people around campus ask why I decided to take this class, considering the high volume of assigned reading. I'm in this class because I've loved Russian Literature since I was a sophomore in high school.

Russia Today: A Short Interview With Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812's David Abeles

Danny Groner | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

It's hard to put into words what it's like to witness Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 in person. You're sort of crashing the party just by turning up on their set. Don't expect anything you've ever seen before.

Sex. Vodka. Opera. You Must See: The Great Comet of 1812

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 02.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan D. Lovitz

If you're in New York, you owe it to yourself to see the sexiest, most mind-blowing night of singing and sin you'll ever experience.

Deleting Tolstoy

Carl Pettit | Posted 12.08.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Tackling Tolstoy was an emotional, as well as a financial investment. Even if you couldn't wade through the hefty prose, that beautiful hardback edition would display prominently on your oak bookshelf, right next to your edition of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce.

These Terms and Conditions Shouldn't Apply to Anyone

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Weinstein

Similar to Vine, they can rent or sell your information as they see fit, as long as it adheres to its Privacy Policy, which as a living document, it can change at any time without notifying you. Did you follow that?

Reading Revelation Realistically

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The minute we claim a reading of apocalyptic literature that is exclusive -- this story is about us, our age, our nationality, our crisis -- we deny the book's relevance to other Christians removed from us in space and time.