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Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Western media are characterizing the demonstrations as a clash between Islamism and secularism—but it’s government abuse of power that Turks are protesting.

Bobby Seale at a “Free Huey!” rally on July 14, 1968, in West Oakland, CA

A new history of the party is too close to its subject, and misses the human drama.

An adopted child

I’d like to believe my sons’ best life is in my home, and not with their first families. But Christians committed to justice need to remember we are not entitled to other people’s children.

The neoconservative leading the fight over the legacy of Vatican II in the American Church.

Progressive activists can learn important lessons from a successful grassroots campaign against transit racism.

Myanmar police

Buddhism is marked by concern for the welfare of all “sentient” creatures. But when it is harnessed to ethnic intolerance and extreme nationalism, it can turn violent.

Walmart

The charges form the crux of a federal discrimination lawsuit that goes to trial this month.

A DNA analyst processes evidence

Collecting DNA upon arrest can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. But it also amounts to an expanding racial dragnet.

Passover Seder plate

As The New York Times worries about the difficulties of preparing vegan food for Seder, what about the difficulties of celebrating a plague that killed all firstborn Egyptian children and animals?

A postcard featuring Pope Francis

There is nothing in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s record to suggest that he will reform the Catholic Church.

Blogs

Has the romanticization of American history allowed the resurgence of discriminatory practices in recent episodes of crisis?

July 30, 2014

We don’t escape America's history of racism because we believe ourselves to be good people, or that we're just doing our jobs. It’s already defined our lives. 

July 23, 2014

We have ceded so much power to the police, and they brazenly flaunt it without fear of repercussion.

July 21, 2014

I’m wondering— what can’t be blamed on absent black fathers?

July 17, 2014

Women there die from pregnancy-related causes at three times the national average. A report highlights the dangers of birthing while black.

July 16, 2014

A new report reveals that the NSA spied on five prominent American Muslims.

July 9, 2014

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is a victory for the forces of nonsense.

July 9, 2014

However one feels about subway dancers’ high flying antics, we should be able to agree they shouldn’t be arrested.

July 8, 2014

The US government has until Tuesday evening to explain to a federal judge why men held at Guantánamo do not have the same religious freedoms as Hobby Lobby.

July 8, 2014

The United States isnt close to being prepared, or even willing, to see its racist past or present.

July 3, 2014