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Century of Disaster

A tale of the twentieth century, from Stalin to Barbie

Military Police

How the excessive militarization of the police has turned cops into counterinsurgents.

Not if activists succeed in making the genetic modification of food politically unsustainable.

Memorial for Eric Garner

Eric Garner’s death marks a darkening mood fifty years after Freedom Summer.

Guatemalan children

Our fickle immigration system leaves many families stuck between violence in their home countries and an aggressive enforcement regime across the border.

A malnourished child

A man-made famine in South Sudan is brutal evidence of the limits of American nation-building in Africa.

Richard Nixon

Neither Congress nor the courts have taken the exam­ple to heart and stood firmly against presidential crimes or serious misconduct.

Blogs

The Roosevelts pumps PBS ratings, but that doesn’t make the network any less centrist.

September 19, 2014

The city becomes the first in the nation to say 'no' to bans on sex-selective abortions.

September 19, 2014

Corporal punishment is an extension of respectability politics, the idea that when people of color behave “correctly,” racism can be overcome.

September 19, 2014

"As long as there is no justice, there's no time for games."

September 19, 2014

The failure to protect workers is worsening an already dire public health crisis.

September 19, 2014

Scotland was closely divided on the issue of independence. But media cast a loud “no” vote.

September 19, 2014

Forty days after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, America’s “justice system” continues to fail.

September 18, 2014

Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains what the Ray Rice scandal means for black feminism.

September 18, 2014

A century and a half of writing on the always-possibly-imminent break-up of the United Kingdom.

September 18, 2014

If Scotland wakes up on Friday still bound to England, it will not be because solidarity or shared vision prevailed but rather fears of job loss, higher prices and higher taxes.

September 18, 2014