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Cultural Criticism and Analysis
August 30, 2015
August 30, 1944: Molly Ivins Is Born
“Molly’s writing reminds us that dissent is what rescues the democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors, that republican self-government, properly understood, is an uproar and an argument, meant to be loud, raucous, disorderly and fierce.”
August 23, 2015
August 23: Sacco and Vanzetti Are Executed in Massachusetts (1927); AND the Hitler-Stalin Pact Is Signed (1939)
Is this the single darkest day on the calendar for the international left?
August 13, 2015
How Ukraine’s New Memory Commissar Is Controlling the Nation’s Past
Volodymyr Viatrovych was the driving force behind new laws that restrict free speech and regulate how history is written.
August 11, 2015
Steven Salaita, Professor Fired for ‘Uncivil’ Tweets, Vindicated in Federal Court
A federal judge has allowed his lawsuit against the University of Illinois to proceed, and the chancellor who rescinded his appointment last year has resigned amid an ethics investigation.
August 6, 2015
American Democracy Has to Do Better Than This
And we’re the ones who are going to have to change it.
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July 29, 2015
Leopoldo López Is Not Venezuela’s Savior
Despite US support, the revolutionary has only succeeded in pushing like-minded opposition leaders far, far away.
July 27, 2015
Ethiopia Claims a US Precedent for Its Crackdown on Journalists
Now that he’s in Addis Ababa, President Obama should call for the release of those locked up by Washington's “war on terror” ally.
July 8, 2015
What Is Scott Walker Trying to Hide?
As the Wisconsin governor prepares to announce his candidacy for president, his office admits involvement in an attempt to gut open-records laws.
July 7, 2015
Popular Protests Are Spreading Across Central America, and Washington Is Getting Nervous
As mass mobilizations sweep Guatemala and Honduras, the US prepares its usual response: Send in the military.
June 29, 2015
Can Tunisia’s Democracy Survive Terrorism?
Some Tunisians fear that the government’s proposed solution to deal with violent radicals will undo the victories of the 2011 revolution.