The World’s Most Efficient Languages – The Atlantic

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together? Just as fish presumably don’t know they’re wet, many English speakers don’t know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out. It’s easy to think that what one’s native language …

Bridges to Nowhere | Foreign Affairs

Over the past ten years, the BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—have built hundreds of grand infrastructure projects. But as these governments emphasized speedy, showy results, they paid less attention to quality, and corruption thrived. As countries grow economically, they often invest in huge public works projects. Grand infrastructure …

Michelle’s Night

PHILADELPHIA — O.K., Michelle Obama stole the show. It would be hard to beat an African-American first lady saying that she woke up every morning: “in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the …

How Fox News Fired and Silenced an Ailes Accuser — NYMag

Ailes is finished at Fox, but sexual-harassment claims are following him out the door. The Murdochs may have ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes, but he is still working to cover up claims of sexual harassment at the network. A few hours after Rupert, Lachlan, and James Murdoch announced Ailes’s …