Author: DPstaff

Sunday Poem: Old Self

I chanced across my old selftoday. I was sitting in the secondfloor office where I…

Brazil: A Melting-pot Genetic Present and an Uncharted Deep Past

by Razib Khan at Unsupervised Learning: In 1494, the expansionary Iberian powers negotiated the Treaty…

The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

Raghuram G. Rajan at Project Syndicate: There is a buzz in India today – a…

Why was a Laughing Woman Seen as Lethal, Not Least to Herself?

Maggie Hennefeld at Psyche: As I argue in my new book, Death by Laughter: Female…

The Incredible Story of the Fake Allied Military Unit that Fooled Hitler Ahead of the D-day Invasion of Normandy

By Taylor Downing at Air Mail: General Hans Cramer was a German officer of the…

South Africa’s Enduring Unfreedom

An interview with S’bu Zikode, leader of the shack dwellers’ movement, 30 years after apartheid’s…

Truth

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. —Oscar Wilde; The truth is not always…

Saturday Poem: What Kind of Times Are These

There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphilland the old…

Presidential Debates Have Outlived Their Usefulness

John McWhorter writes in Persuasion: Donald Trump is incapable of meaningful participation in such an…

Points to Ponder

Talking Points from an editorial in Dawn: –Pakistan is in a debt trap.–It must borrow…

You Are What (Your Microbes) Eat

Veronique Greenwood in Harvard Magazine: IN THE LATE 2000s, Rachel Carmody was spending a lot of time…

Thirty Years of Talking About Pablo Escobar

Juan Gabriel Vásquez in El Pais: Pablo Escobar, the most infamous drug trafficker in history,…