Paul Kix is a senior editor at ESPN the Magazine. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Men’s Journal, and Salon. Twitter: @paulkix

Are suicide bombers really motivated by religious fervor? A controversial study suggests they're just clinically suicidal. Paul Kix on how bin Laden's death affects al Qaeda's sad ranks.

Libya should get the blame for rising oil prices, right? Wrong. Oil speculators who have nothing to do with actually extracting oil account for a huge part of the marketplace, says Paul Kix.