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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. 

CIA

As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing.

Sex worker

Villainizing sex workers won’t improve their lives. Basic labor rights will.

Yaoundé Prison

Anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda provoke outrage in the US—but Cameroon has quietly been locking up LGBT people for years with little international notice.

Robert MacLean

Robert MacLean, a US Air Marshal fired for allegedly leaking sensitive government documents, is just trying to get his job back. For the rest of us, his case has much more profound implications. 

Obama and Cameron

Britain’s citizenship deprivation processes may help obscure the Obama administration’s willingness to kill and kidnap Britons.

Kenneth Bae

Resolving this injustice could open doors for diplomacy between the US and North Korea. 

Anti-government protesters

All parties involved share responsibility for the failure of negotiations and the escalation of violence in Ukraine. 

Guantánamo Bay

Prominent lawyers from Obama's home state of Illinois urge the president to shutter the infamous, illegal prison. 

Blogs

Viral videos speak louder than words on gun violence, Scientology and the “God Made a Farmer” Super Bowl ad.

February 7, 2013

The House held its first immigration hearing of the year—and undocumented youth claimed their space there. 

February 6, 2013

As the Washington media gleefully covers the skeet shooting photo, real issues like joblessness get left left by the wayside.
 

February 5, 2013

The Justice Department is suing Standard & Poor’s. But why isn’t anyone going to jail?

February 5, 2013

A slippery slope that ought to scare us all.

February 5, 2013

This week, students host convergences, boycott standardized tests and chain themselves to a potted tree. Can need-blind admissions be saved at Wesleyan? After Adios Arpaio, what's next for Arizona?

February 1, 2013

This week: immigrants cross the US-Mexico border using GPS and poetry, US-trained armies around the world commit attrocities and pundits and politicians shoot themselves in the foot on gun control, among other topics.

February 1, 2013

Although the media rightly continue to cover gun control, not every outlet gets its facts right on the effectiveness of the lapsed assault weapons ban.

February 1, 2013

The agreement is designed to resolve Walmart’s allegations that workers’ Black Friday protests were illegal.

January 31, 2013

The victim has not been named publicly but the two boys accused of rape have long since been in the media spotlight.

January 31, 2013