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The author's half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.

The events behind his story Benito Cereno are more than two centuries old, but the deceptions of racial inferiority that Melville exposes resonate today.

Gay rights protest

An alliance is born between anti-gay, anti-abortion American groups and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Edward Snowden

Throughout history, activists have proven that true patriotism demands a vigilant confrontation with government infamy.

Surveillance

The modern national security state can be understood as a proselytizing warrior religion, complete with its own sacred texts, holy orders and warrior priests. 

Protest against NYPD surveillance

A systematic look at the patterns of rights abuses in the United States’ domestic “war on terror” since September 11, 2001.

Tarek Mehanna supporters

As the government embraces a “counter-radicalization” approach to counterterrorism, prosecutors are turning radical beliefs into criminal acts.

Amid the bad news for women, the year had its bright moments.

With Duck Dynasty, A&E has a golden opportunity to get real.

How Bill de Blasio can help solve the twin problems of over-policing and under-educating in one swoop

Blogs

The "Lone Wolf" defense is no excuse in Wisconsin’s Planned Parenthood bombing.

April 5, 2012

Just down the road from the Kremlin is a television station with opposition spirit. 

April 3, 2012

People optimistic about change coming to the NCAA should probably wise up.

April 2, 2012

Is it possible to have a real discussion about race in sports?

April 2, 2012

Voter ID supporters rely on tricky language. Missouri didn’t fall for it.

March 30, 2012

Beinart's The Crisis of Zionism tells a series of important truths about Israel, the occupation and the American Jewish establishment. 

March 30, 2012

 Eric Alterman on Bruce and Reed on free speech in the media.

March 30, 2012

New state laws seek to prevent organizations from registering new voters from under-represented groups. 

March 29, 2012

Each week, Nation interns pick compelling stories in their areas of interest.

March 29, 2012

The trick is on us—Magic Johnson is just a figurehead.

March 28, 2012