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Jail

Ryan Holle, who has no prior record, is currently serving his eleventh year of a life sentence. 

Stop and Frisk

The cases that passed through Manhattan’s US Southern District court tell the history of post-World War II America.

Edward Snowden

A plea bargain, that is—it’s time to make a deal.

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan’s racist comments have been the mainstream view of the Democratic Party for decades.

Amman, Jordan

Social media platforms are enabling women to speak out anonymously and show that harassment exists—but that hasn’t resulted in culture change.

Occupy LA

Over the decades, this catchall term has lost all bite and meaning.

Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

Housing protest

International law can be a powerful advocacy tool for improving economic and social policy. 

Columbia University

The fate of Carole Vance and Kim Hopper should worry everyone who wants academics to play a larger role in public debates.

Arizona gay rights protest

After the defeat of Arizona's SB 1062, the religious right nurses its persecution complex.

Blogs

In an exciting development, LA Councilwoman Janice Hahn has picked up the call for fan ownership as a solution to the team's ownership woes.

April 25, 2011

As I perused the latest WikiLeaks releases this morning, a retweet from their Twitter feed caught my eye: “Gitmo: Compare the first paragraph of these two stories about the same thing.” One was a link to the BBC and one was CNN.

April 25, 2011

The year was 1986. Yale University President Bart Giamatti was on his way back to his office from a birthday lunch when he stumbled upon Mike Morand, a student leader of the anti-apartheid movement on campus.

April 22, 2011

The bill allows for undocumented students to receive in-state tuition in public universities in the state.

April 21, 2011

Largely thanks to one soldier who was in the thick of things on that day in 2007, the “Collateral Murder” incident is far from over.

April 20, 2011

During the holiest week in the Christian calendar, I am reminded again of the dangers and possibilities inherent in public God talk.

April 20, 2011

Is there a journalism school somewhere that teaches up-and-comers to put stories into little boxes? Half our job in independent media, it seems to me, is putting the connections back.

April 19, 2011

An American MA student, of Pakistani descent, was flagged by a Southwest Airlines crew member as “suspicious” and kicked off the plane, all for saying "I've got to go."

April 18, 2011

Few versions of "Taxman" to mark Tax Day.

April 18, 2011

Barry Bonds now faces ten years in prison after a trial that was an ugly, abhorrent farce. Witch hunt might be too kind a word.

April 13, 2011