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Disdained by the majority culture, Muslims turn for self-respect to absolutism.

'Modernity' isn't the archfiend. But as often preached, it appears so to many.

As Washington casts its glance on the Israel-Palestine situation, the usual aspersions against Palestinians are uttered again.

Cable news peddles a soft-shoe rendition of what matters on the global stage, with certain exceptions.

What plagued the O.J. Simpson trial—corruption, malfeasance and a breakdown of the rule of law—is exactly what the 'war on terror' is achieving in its blind quest to hold Bin Laden to account.

Cowed Democrats fail to confront Ashcroft's civil liberties violations.

America's enemies are not uniquely 'evil,' and it's naive to think of them as such.

Chelsea Clinton bristles at the antiwar movement while she attends Oxford.

Transgender activists may force us to rethink basic assumptions about sex.

Even stalwart liberals are knuckling under to the security state in the wake of September 11.

Blogs

Broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr, like Tom Paine, knew how to get on the wrong side of presidents.

July 26, 2010

College students currently spend an average of $900 a year on textbooks—a number that has increased at four times the rate of inflation since 1994.

July 26, 2010

On Sunday, WikiLeaks released more than 90,000 documents raising new questions about the war in Afghanistan. Here's extensive analysis of the fallout.

July 25, 2010

The Sunday morning pundits have renewed my frustration with our national reaction to the vilification of Shirley Sherrod. It seems we are insisting on focusing exclusively on the profoundly negative aspects of this racial story.

July 25, 2010

The Sherrod controversy "was a ginned-up, fabricated story,” The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel explains on The Today Show. “And this country can’t afford this kind of fake journalism.”

July 23, 2010

Charlie Rangel, "Top Secret America" and a new addition to Altercation.

July 23, 2010

Views on race and the progressive base. Plus: The case for Elizabeth Warren, and JoAnn Wypijewski on "the party of no."

July 23, 2010