Magazine December 21, 2015, Issue

With the Refugees

‘There were times this summer that I felt like I was holding a bomb . . . ’ — Mayor Spyros Galinos, Lesbos, Greece (Roman Genn)
Amid the throng, our reporter meets victims and frauds

The most chilling man I met in Eastern Europe had trekked from Serbia into Croatia, laboring through thick mud with a woman and two adorable children. He had a nice smile, and I felt sorry for him. He seemed traumatized.

He told me his name was Karman, and that he’d fled Kobani, a Syrian town attacked by ISIS last fall. American airstrikes and brave Kurdish fighters eventually fought off the jihadis, but the battle left Kobani destroyed, Dresden-like. He told me his father had perished there, as had a friend, “shot in the head, pop, to the street — I saw

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Politics & Policy

Race, Class, Health

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The Spratly Showdown

Obama-administration officials have been busy patting themselves on the back for what happened on October 27 in the South China Sea. There, the Arleigh Burke–class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen passed ...


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Books, Arts & Manners


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An Embracing America I loved “Civil-Rights Republicanism” by Theodore R. Johnson (November 2). I’m an immigrant. I believe that America is so great that it can embrace us wanna-be Americans and ...
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The Week

 ‐ President Obama insisted that gathering in Paris to eat canapés and chat about the weather in the wake of the horrific Islamic State attack on that city constitutes a ...

Of Carbon and Capricorn

Survey says: Democrats are more likely than Republicans to believe in pseudo-science that they think affects their lives directly but really has no bearing whatsoever. But enough about climate change. Turns ...
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ENTITLED WILDLIFE I’ve fought my way to easier days – So others should who find life hard. So why are there, beneath my gaze, So many single mothers in my yard? They even carp when ...
Happy Warrior

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