Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Endurance test

Endurance test

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | Five years and 4,000 combat deaths later, U.S. forces mark another Iraq War anniversary. Should future commemorations be marked in years or in decades?

Cover Stories

Under wraps

Under wraps

by Jill Nelson

Cover Story Sidebar | At its 6.5-year milestone, the war in Afghanistan stalls on corruption, drug trade, and Islamic radicalism. And going incognito has no guarantees

In this issue: "Our long war," March 8, 2008

Features

The race for No. 2

The race for No. 2

By Mark Bergin

Politics | More than symbols, this year's running mates could reshape presidential tickets

Remembering Castro

Remembering Castro

By Priya Abraham

Cuba | Former allies say the former dictator knows only one title: the boss

The moon or bust

The moon or bust

By Daniel James Devine

Space | NASA works to finish the ISS so it can go to the moon instead

Can we talk?

Can we talk?

By Richard N. Ostling

Religion | Muslim "A Common Word" statement and the Christian response spark as much controversy as they hope to resolve

Long road back

Long road back

By Lynn Vincent

Entertainment | After years of false starts, Christian vocalist Michael English is back with a message of redemption

Preserve and protect

Preserve and protect

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | Unnecessary risk leads to failed strategy

Going digital

Going digital

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Next February will mark the end of old technology TV

Raising the bar

Raising the bar

By Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith

Charity | When Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) started investigating the finances of televangelists last year, one of them-Atlanta-based Creflo Dollar-complained on…

Ethical confusion

Ethical confusion

By Daniel James Devine

Science | As a bill governing the latest reproductive and cloning technologies makes its way through Britain's Parliament, lawmakers and medical researchers debate what…

Millar's crossing

Millar's crossing

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Repentant steroid user now part of a cycling team that keeps it clean

Harbin, China

Harbin, China

Houses of God | At the annual ice festival in Harbin, China, sculptors this year made a frosty replica of a Catholic church.

Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Human Race

Human Race | DECLARED DEAD: By order of a Chicago probate judge, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who disappeared last year flying solo over the Nevada desert, was…

Standing athwart history, yelling Stop

Standing athwart history, yelling Stop

By Marvin Olasky

The Buzz | William F. Buckley Jr. gave conservatism wit and a rudder

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Columnists

Dinner date

Dinner date

By Joel Belz

Focus on here-and-now tasks may cause us to lose sight of our educational tasks

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Cultural agendas

Cultural agendas

By Gene Edward Veith

The left isn't motivated by economic policy

Fighting over scraps

Fighting over scraps

By Janie B. Cheaney

What a scrapbooking scandal says about human nature

Blatant democracy

Blatant democracy

By Mindy Belz

Recent progress in Baghdad's chamber is more than a miracle

Deer in the headlights

Deer in the headlights

By Andrée Seu

It can be the beginning of the best adventure

Joyful noises

Joyful noises

By Marvin Olasky

Different notes for different folks-even in churches

A 'day of small things'

A 'day of small things'

By Vern S. Poythress

Get ready to serve the casualties of a coming cultural ugliness

Culture

Notable CDs

By The American String Project, Nickitas Demos, Simone Dinnerstein, Yolanda Kondonassis & András Schiff

Notable CDs | Five noteworthy new or recent classical CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Independent voice

Independent voice

By David Sessions

Music | British star Natasha Bedingfield has gone mainstream without blending in

War without end

War without end

By Megan Basham

Movies | Vantage Point follows terror war and succeeds as entertainment

Larger than life

Larger than life

By David J. Sanders

Movies | High-tech film adds dimensions to U2 hits

Sister act

Sister act

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Boleyn casts its starlets against type, with limited success

Kinder gentler dunderheads

Kinder gentler dunderheads

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Be Kind Rewind characters hit on a scheme so stupid it's genius

It was academic

It was academic

By Megan Basham

Movies | Back from the strike, a less political (than usual) and more patriotic Oscars

Why the West won

Why the West won

By Alex Tokarev

Books | Geography is not destiny when it comes to a nation's economic prospects

Studying God

By Wayne Southerland

Books | The bracing truth and the flatly false

Noteworthy books

By Margaret Maron, Louise Penny, Diana Abu-Jaber & Robert Ellis

Notable Books | Four noteworthy mystery/crime novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

Topical Depression

Topical Depression

Books | The hallowed New Deal succeeded in making a bad economic situation worse

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