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Guantanamo Protest

How to pre-convict and pre-punish an American Muslim.

Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Western media are characterizing the demonstrations as a clash between Islamism and secularism—but it’s government abuse of power that Turks are protesting.

Bobby Seale at a “Free Huey!” rally on July 14, 1968, in West Oakland, CA

A new history of the party is too close to its subject, and misses the human drama.

An adopted child

I’d like to believe my sons’ best life is in my home, and not with their first families. But Christians committed to justice need to remember we are not entitled to other people’s children.

The neoconservative leading the fight over the legacy of Vatican II in the American Church.

Progressive activists can learn important lessons from a successful grassroots campaign against transit racism.

Myanmar police

Buddhism is marked by concern for the welfare of all “sentient” creatures. But when it is harnessed to ethnic intolerance and extreme nationalism, it can turn violent.

Walmart

The charges form the crux of a federal discrimination lawsuit that goes to trial this month.

A DNA analyst processes evidence

Collecting DNA upon arrest can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. But it also amounts to an expanding racial dragnet.

Passover Seder plate

As The New York Times worries about the difficulties of preparing vegan food for Seder, what about the difficulties of celebrating a plague that killed all firstborn Egyptian children and animals?

Blogs

One researcher found 220,000 people in the state don’t have the ID now necessary to vote. A judge has blocked the law pending a full trial, meaning it won’t be in play by the state primary next month.

March 7, 2012

Two states in the Super Tuesday primaries—Georgia and Tennessee—are part of a wave of states that created troubling voting laws following the Tea Party Republican victories of 2010.

March 6, 2012

The New York congressman will have more hearings on Muslim radicalization in America, despite statistics that show a waning threat. 

February 24, 2012

More than a decade after Congress passed the PATRIOT Act, its varied implications are still unraveling.

February 24, 2012

The definition of “white” will grow and expand as the country diversifies.

February 23, 2012

Republicans are trying to turn their party into the “white party” and the Democratic party into the “black party.”

February 15, 2012

It’s time that we realize the culture war is good for progressives.

February 13, 2012

In conservative political rhetoric, black people are either one or the other.

February 1, 2012

Newt Gingrich appeals to South Carolina Republicans like no other candidate. But can he overcome his personal history and his incompetent ground game?

January 20, 2012

Faith, morality and “family values” are back now that the Republican primary has moved south. 

January 19, 2012