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Killing with drones

Marko Kovic (ZIPAR): The Strategic Paradox of Autonomous Weapons. From Filozofija i drustvo, Meisels Tamar (Tel Aviv): Targeted Killing with Drones? Old Arguments, New Technologies; and Srdan T. Korac (Belgrade): Depersonalisation of Killing: Towards a 21st Century Use of Force “Beyond Good and Evil?” The wounds of the drone warrior: Even soldiers who fight wars from a safe distance have found themselves traumatized — could their injuries be moral ones? Avengers in wrath: Dave Blair and Karen


Paper Trail

Being Mortal author Atul Gawande has been named CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase’s joint healthcare initiative. “I have devoted my public health career to building scalable solutions for better healthcare delivery that are saving lives, reducing suffering, and eliminating wasteful spending both in the US and across the world,” Gawande said in

Syllabi

The Roots of the Alt-right

Mike WendlingDuring the last presidential election cycle, you may have read reports describing the alt-right—a loosely organized group of anti-PC, anti-feminist, race-obsessed online warriors—as a strange, newly

Daily Review

You Say You Want an Evolution

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was not a flop when it came out. It was a big hit and ended up the highest-grossing film of 1968. It was especially popular with acidheads and pot smokers, science geeks, budding filmmakers, and people under forty in general. The critics in New York, however, all hated it (except for Penelope Gilliatt in the New Yorker), and it had not done well in preview screenings with studio execs and celebrities, who found it boring and confusing. Those preview screenings and early reviews have become part of the film’s legend. People love to remember how the snobs got it wrong.

Interviews

Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour’s memoir, Sick, is a deeply powerful and harrowing odyssey through the most profound mysteries of mind and body, as Khakpour explores the roots of a chronic illness that has no clear beginning or end.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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Excess—The Factory

Leslie Kaplan

Below is an excerpt from Leslie Kaplan's 1982 fiction of the French factory revolts. For more on the book, recently released in an English edition (translated by Julie Carr and Jennifer Pap), see Jason E. Smith's review in our special summer issue, 1968 Now.

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