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The imprisonment of an American couple in Qatar reveals biases in criminal justice, at home and abroad.

Ehab Al Shihabi

The network wants to reshape the market. But first it must reach—and win over—its viewers. 

A growing controversy over use of the “paddle” to discipline children has a painful racial subtext.

Catherine “Kitty” Genovese

How turning the Murder of Kitty Genovese into a parable erased its particulars.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

Barbed wire

After extensive lobbying, the private probation industry is poised to wield ever more power over Georgia’s debtors.

TSA screening

Rahinah Ibrahim’s life was derailed by the tangle of national security bureaucracies that have come to define post-9/11 America. 

Too many for-profit colleges leave their students mired in debt and facing grim job prospects. So why doesn’t the government turn off the tap?

Malaysia flight

Behind the scrim of the familiar and the empty, there lies a new, unnerving age that no one cares to focus on. 

Scaffold Brigada

In the London neighborhood of Forest Gate, the spark of a soccer revolution is brewing.

Blogs

Obama and Romney are taking now-familiar approaches on the difficult issue of the day: gun control. 

July 26, 2012

If you’re under the false impression that the world is falling into utter moral disrepair, turn your eyes toward Pompeii.

July 26, 2012

Was Sally Ride’s choice to stay private about sexual orientation a personal one? In a country increasingly fractured on equality, the personal unfortunately remains political.

July 25, 2012

The real story behind the most political, controversial, inspiring moment in Olympics, if not sports, history: the black gloved salute of  runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

July 25, 2012

If the US is committed to an AIDS-free generation, why is it excluding some of the most vulnerable communities?

July 25, 2012

A growing body of evidence suggests that, at least mentally, the line between James Holmes and a Muslim jihadist may not be too thick.

July 25, 2012

A 93-year-old woman who voted in every election for five decades will lose her right to vote this November. The question of constitutionality that presents goes before a judge tomorrow.

July 24, 2012

The Pennsylvania Governor emerges unscathed, while Penn students bare the burden of the punishment. Why is a private organization wielding this unprecedented power?

July 24, 2012

With the return of the largest global AIDS conference to the US after a two decade absence, marginalized groups are still fighting for a seat at the table.

July 24, 2012

Aurora isn’t likely to strengthen our gun laws. In fact, our existing gun laws are poised to get much weaker.

July 23, 2012