Thursday, June 16

Avatar_57x57

The Man Who Would Be King

The first five years of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s tenure have been marked by a dangerous consolidation of power.

According to political allies and Western diplomats who have worked with Maliki, he isn't so much power-hungry as deeply cynical and mistrusting. The Dawa Party, which Maliki joined as a young man, was hunted by Saddam's Baathist regime. Even those living in exile -- like Maliki, who lived in Syria and Iran for more than 20 years -- organized themselves into isolated cells to protect against the regime's spies and limit the information that any one member might divulge if he were captured or compromised. Maliki's early career was saturated in perpetual suspicion.

Wednesday, June 15

Avatar_57x57

The Last Ride of A.J. Foyt

A profile of driver A.J. Foyt on the eve of what was supposed to be his final Indy 500.

Avatar_57x57

Post-Artifact Books and Publishing

How digital shifts the way we produce, distribute, and consume content:

The future book — the digital book — is no longer an immutable brick. It's ethereal and networked, emerging publicly in fits and starts. An artifact ‘complete’ for only the briefest of moments.

Avatar_57x57

America's Favorite Talking Head

On the relationship between Keith Olbermann and the camera.

Avatar_57x57

The Secret History of Iraq’s Invisible War

In the early years of the Iraq war, the U.S. military developed a technology so secret that soldiers would refuse to acknowledge its existence, and reporters mentioning the gear were promptly escorted out of the country. That equipment—a radio-frequency jammer—was upgraded several times, and eventually robbed the Iraq insurgency of its most potent weapon, the remote-controlled bomb.

Tuesday, June 14

Avatar_57x57

The True Life Confessions of Fleetwood Mac

Interviews with the band while “struggling to finish their very latefellow LP, a trouble child, called Rumours.”

Avatar_57x57

Death Becomes Him

A profile of Ludwig Minelli, the head of the Swiss assisted suicide organization Dignitas.

Avatar_57x57

American Marvel

A profile of Chris Evans, star of the upcoming Captain America:

At this point, which was a…number of drinks in, it was easy to forget that it really was an interview, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't cross my mind that something might happen (and that we'd go to the Oscars and get married and have babies forever until we died?). But there was always the question of how much of it was truly Chris Evans, and whom I should pretend to be in response.

Avatar_57x57

Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks

On secrets that surprise no one:

This is the paradox of public space: even if everyone knows an unpleasant fact, saying it in public changes everything.

Monday, June 13

Avatar_57x57

Virtual Currency

On Bitcoin, the world’s first “decentralized digital currency.”

Avatar_57x57

The Wallenberg Curse

The search for the missing Holocaust hero began in 1945. The unending quest tore his family apart.

Avatar_57x57

Black Ops and Blood Money

When a CIA operation in Pakistan went bad, leaving three men dead, the episode offered a rare glimpse inside a shadowy world of espionage. It also jeopardized America’s most critical outpost in the war against terrorism.