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(Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center via AP)

I have a sentimental attachment to journals of political satire as unique and effective instruments of criticism.

(Reuters/Eric Gaillard)

The French magazine is blasphemous—and isn’t that an honorable thing to be?

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney (AP/Alex Brandon)

The criminal-justice system is set up never to jail police. Could restorative justice serve communities better?

 
I am Charlie

A more apt comparison would be between the surviving staff of the satirical magazine and the brave abortion providers who carried on after the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

NYPD detain a protester

From Ferguson to Baltimore, the message is clear: protest at your peril.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The fallout from the Edward Snowden fiasco wasn’t just political—it was largely economic.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In 1950, Baltimore was the sixth-most-populous city in the country. Today, it is 26th, and its remaining poor black residents are cut off from their more affluent neighbors.

There’s a world of urgent discourse beyond Dyson, West, and Gates.

NYC Protest

After a more permissive approach to protests in the fall, de Blasio’s NYPD has returned to Occupy-era tactics of violent repression.

Peace activists

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the efforts of the anti-war movement are being erased from history.

Blogs

"Like the Jews of Harlem or the Asians of East Africa or the Chinese of Southeast Asia, the Ibos were the prominent outsiders in the economic life of the dominant population and, like the others, they were hated."

May 30, 2015

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is running as the anti-Hillary, but the two are more alike than is comfortable.

May 29, 2015

Americans want to believe that sports are the last remaining venue for honest competition—but we’ve known otherwise for years.

May 29, 2015

"The bonus march must be considered simply a minor manifestation of the unrest spreading through the country."

May 29, 2015

The newest challenge to voting rights would be a dramatic powergrab for the GOP. 

May 28, 2015

The future of the planned FIFA vote on Israeli soccer’s future may be in peril but it may have received an unexpected boost.

May 28, 2015

“Politically, the Africans are becoming more conscious of their own rights and wrongs. They are not wholly ignorant of the fact that world opinion is on their side.”

May 28, 2015

An idea that didn't formall exist six weeks ago is picking up a lot of steam.

May 27, 2015

The dramatic arrests of leading FIFA officials are the tip of the iceberg. This could be the beginning of the end for the soccer federation in its current form.

May 27, 2015

It continues in the courts of law and public opinion—but justice is expensive.

May 27, 2015