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Past articles by Matt:

Silicon Valley’s Forgotten Minority

Why Asians remain absent from the tech industry’s highest echelons → Read More

Could Truman Have Worked With Mao?

In the early months of 1949, it became increasingly clear that Mao Zedong’s Communists would win the Chinese civil war. This presented U.S. President Harry S. Truman with an unappetizing set of choices. He could either acknowledge the Communist victory and forge a modus vivendi with Beijing, which was the approach favored by his ambitious Secretary of State, Dean Acheson. → Read More

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82

Sacks remained a prolific writer well into old age. In December 2012, he described the phenomenon of hallucination in an essay published in the Atlantic: > But the fundamental reason that hallucinations -- whatever their cause or modality -- seem so real is that they deploy the very same systems in the brain that actual perceptions do. When one hallucinates voices, the auditory pathways are… → Read More

Egypt Sentences Three al Jazeera Journalists to Prison for 'Broadcasting False News'

Forty years ago, on the eve of its official release, “Born to Run”—the song that propelled Bruce Springsteen into the rock-and-roll stratosphere—had already attracted a small cult following in the American rust belt. At the time, Springsteen desperately needed a break. Despite vigorous promotion by Columbia Records, his first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The… → Read More

How Loudspeakers and Balloons Heighten Tension Along the Korean Border

North and South Korea, locked in one of the world’s most intractable conflicts, exchanged fire on Thursday. → Read More

Why ISIS Killed an Antiquities Scholar

The Islamic State’s slaying of Khaled Asaad, 82, who refused to say where some artifacts were kept, is as much about economics as ideology. → Read More

Why Indonesia Has So Many Plane Crashes

Sunday’s crash of a Trigana Air flight in the remote Papua region is the third major aviation disaster endured by the Southeast Asian country in the last 12 months. → Read More

China’s Currency Falls for a Third Consecutive Day

Despite assurances, the depreciation has renewed fears of a currency war. → Read More

A Troubling Execution in North Korea

A vice premier becomes the latest victim of Kim Jong Un’s consolidation of power. → Read More

The Tragic Legacy of Junior Seau

The dominant linebacker, who took his own life in 2012, is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame under controversial circumstances. → Read More

Why the U.S. Can't Build an Opposition Army in Syria

An attack on an American-funded military group epitomizes the Obama Administration’s logistical and strategic failures in the war-torn country. → Read More

A Winter Olympics in a City Without Snow

The IOC’s selection of Beijing as the host of its 2022 games meets a lukewarm response. → Read More

The Enduring Mystery of Flight MH370

The discovery of a plane's fragment—which could be part of the aircraft that disappeared in March 2014—may not bring closure to the victims’ families. → Read More

Why Obama Pushed for Gay Rights in Kenya

President Obama’s advocacy for gay rights in Kenya is likely to stir up colonial resentment in the country. But he may have forced a necessary national conversation. → Read More

A Good Month for Syria's Tyrant

Turkey’s decision to attack ISIS—combined with the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal—is good news for Syria’s dictator. → Read More

Chris Brown's Neverending Philippine Tour

The R&B singer has been barred from leaving the country due to missing a scheduled concert last year. → Read More

E.L. Doctorow’s Masterful Manipulation of History

The novelist beautifully captured bygone eras despite an often cavalier attitude toward accuracy. → Read More

The Ugly Words of Bill Cosby

A ten-year-old deposition published by the New York Times draws an even sharper contrast with the comedian’s once-pristine image. → Read More

An Attack on a U.S. Military Recruitment Facility

After having shot and killed four U.S. Marines at a facility in Chattanooga, Tennesseee, the gunman was killed in the attack. → Read More

Can a Lawsuit Stop Chinese Aggression?

A tribunal in The Hague aims to help settle a potentially dangerous territorial dispute. → Read More