Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Nations rage and kingdoms totter

Nations rage and kingdoms totter

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | The 2011 street proved a potent vehicle for upending old orders

Cover Stories

Economic doldrums and government gridlock

Economic doldrums and government gridlock

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story Sidebar | Standard and Poor's downgraded the nation's triple-A credit rating for the first time

Cover Stories

Europe in the balance

Europe in the balance

by Warren Cole Smith

Cover Story Sidebar | 2011 brought Greece and then Italy to the brink of default

In this issue: "2011 News of the Year," Dec. 31, 2011

Features

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Scores of protesters camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street for two months

Trauma to triumph

Trauma to triumph

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survives assassination attempt in Tucson

Feast

Feast

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Prince William married longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton

9/11 anniversary

9/11 anniversary

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | A new memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks

bin Laden

bin Laden

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Special Operations forces shot and killed Osama bin Laden

Tsunami

Tsunami

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Japan triggered a catastropic tsunami

2012 race

2012 race

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich break through a crowded field

Occupy Wisconsin

Occupy Wisconsin

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Governor's attempt to close budget deficit sparks protests in Madison

Lunch break quake

Lunch break quake

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | East Coast earthquake causes damage to Washington Monument

Solar scandal

Solar scandal

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Solyndra files for bankruptcy despite millons of dollars in federal loan guarantees

Norway massacre

Norway massacre

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Gunman kills 69 at a Labor Party youth camp

Marriage under fire

Marriage under fire

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Navy changes course on chaplain directive regarding 'don't ask, don't tell'

South Sudan

South Sudan

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Despite independence, South Sudan still fears attack from north

Tornadoes

Tornadoes

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Tuscaloosa, Joplin hardest hit by summer storms

Greece

Greece

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Protest lead to Papandreou calling it quits

Broken wings

Broken wings

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Russian airliner carrying hockey team crashed; killing all 44 paasengers

Legacies lost

Legacies lost

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Joe Paterno and Jim Tressel are forced out after scandals

Irene

Irene

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Hurricane ravages eastern seaboard

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | U.S. forces operating under NATO command surpassed a decade of fighting in Afghanistan-the longest war in U.S. history. The year 2011 was the third-highest…

Wildfires and drought

Wildfires and drought

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | Weather wreaks havoc in western states

Shuttling off

Shuttling off

By The Editors

2011 News of the Year | The 30-year-old U.S. space shuttle program comes to an end

Departures

Departures

By Edward E. Plowman

2011 News of the Year | A list of notable deaths from the past year

Dispatches

Holding steady

Holding steady

By Joel Hannahs

Ron Paul stays strong in Iowa despite a fluctuating GOP field

Non-selective

Non-selective

By The Editors

and other news briefs

Voices

From trivial to vulgar

From trivial to vulgar

By Joel Belz

Be careful what survey results you wish for

The God without pride

The God without pride

By Janie B. Cheaney

How can He be in love with someone who doesn't love Him back?

Thinking small

Thinking small

By Mindy Belz

Some of the largest stories of 2011 happened among unsung heroes without headlines

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The gaping hole

The gaping hole

By Andrée Seu

A New Year's resolution to trust Jesus in the now and the not yet

More mush

More mush

By Marvin Olasky

Judging the worst journalism of 2011

Culture

<em>Horse</em> of a different color

Horse of a different color

By Emily Belz

Movies | Spielberg's latest drama, War Horse , is not primarily a horse movie or a war movie

The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Spielberg adapts the beloved story into a rich animated family film

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Against the backdrop of a post-Christian worldview, this murder mystery is powerfully and disturbingly portrayed

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