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Biden Still Wants to Close GuantΓ‘namo Prison

By Carol Rosenberg

The Obama administration ran into a wall of political opposition when it tried. The former vice president rarely brings up the topic and has yet to draw up a strategy but says he shares the goal.

A Playful Masterpiece That Expanded the Novel’s Possibilities

By Parul Sehgal

Two new translations of “The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas,” by Machado de Assis, is a new opportunity to enshrine the singular talent and mischief of this writer.

The N.B.A. May Return Too Soon

By Marc Stein

In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein explores the risks of a July comeback, remembers Jerry Sloan and explains why the ’90s Western Conference is (wrongly) seen as weak.

The world's remaining communist countries, and how they're faring economically

By Louis Casiano

Communism is the political and economic doctrine that abolishes private ownership in favor of the state controlling the means of production in an effort to create economic equality and the abolishment of the exploitation of workers. For decades, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in the Cold War as both sought economic and military superiority.