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Protestors confront police

History suggests that progress in racial justice comes only when American leaders see it as crucial to US geopolitical interests.

oil refinery

How the US is using trade sanctions and other means to curb the oil exports of its foes.

How Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gases became Guangzhou’s problem.

Hong Kong

Though the territory’s street protests have largely died down, the pro-democracy movement proved it was in for the long haul.

Obama

While the Obama administration used cancer metaphors to sell a war, it ignored the spread of a real disease.

Walter Kempowski on the set of A Standalone Chapter

For the German novelist Walter Kempowski, there was no single unifying experience of World War II.

ISIS

The terror-mongers are at it again, but dangers to the “homeland” are vanishingly small. 

UN flags

Women’s reproductive rights are at risk of being de-emphasized as UN member nations draft the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gaza bombing

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, inspired by the 1967 inquiry into American war crimes in Vietnam, examined the case.

Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping

There could soon be a trade alliance between Beijing, Moscow and Berlin—but you wouldn’t know it from the triumphal tone in Washington.

Blogs

“It is unacceptable that the Defense Department continues to waste massive amounts of money,” Sanders argues.

December 18, 2014

Only Congress can lift the embargo, and prominent Senators have threatened to block any ambassador to Cuba.

December 17, 2014

The two countries have resumed a dialogue after fifty years.

December 17, 2014

The history of US-Cuban relations in the last fifty-five years is the history of the loss of American prestige.

December 17, 2014

Dick Cheney clarifies what he means by American Exceptionalism.

December 17, 2014

The region’s transition out of dictatorship hinged on two words the United States would be wise to heed: “Never again.”

December 12, 2014

Advocates for countries most affected by climate change are outraged.

December 12, 2014

Stephen Cohen reflects on Putin’s “State of Russia” address.

December 11, 2014

Revisting Empire's Workshop.

December 11, 2014

What the CIA found out about its torture program is much different than what officials have said publicly.

December 10, 2014