Quote IconThe civil war in Syria has a habit of swallowing people whole. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 10,000 people are currently imprisoned in regime facilities, with another 3,000 held by rebel fighters. … Reporters Without Borders says that along with upwards of 100 citizen and professional journalists killed in Syria since March of 2011, 74 more have been arrested, kidnapped, or gone missing. The Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, who spent 152 days in rebel hands, recently described Syria as a “country of evil.”

One of Syria’s Brave Young Journalists Has Been Kidnapped

Quote IconThe idea that Americans have traditionally been a war-loving people is false. In fact, over the past two centuries, large numbers of citizens sought to stop presidents from initiating nearly every major and minor conflict and then protested most of those interventions once they began.

Americans Were War-Weary Long Before Iraq

By Michael Kazin

Quote Icon'The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not.' This is probably my favorite line in the whole damn thing. There's a Russian saying that goes, “the severity of the law is mitigated by the need to get around it.” Russians, from a grocery cashier up to President Putin, know that there's a way around every law should the will to get around it exist. This is probably because in Russia, the law is not a framework to enforce rights and order; the law is seen as a bludgeon which can be used to selectively punish people. This understanding of the law has flowered most fragrantly under Putin.

Here’s What Went Unmentioned in Putin’s NYTimes Op-Ed.

By Julia Ioffe

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I asked if we could continue the conversation about Russia and Putin.

Rumsfeld narrowed his eyes. He had a glass of white wine in front of him and some crudités.

"I’m 81 years old," he said. "I’ve been under the weather for two to three months, and I’m only now coming back. I may be spry, but I’m not stupid. I’m not going to give you a single thing."

My Train Ride with Rumsfeld

By Julia Ioffe