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Books and Ideas
August 27, 2015
How the Atheist Son of a Jewish Rabbi Created One of the Greatest Libraries of Socialist Literature
Books with Marx’s handwritten notes; volumes annotated by Lenin; newspaper clippings from displaced Yiddish journalists—Chimen Abramsky’s book collection had it all.
August 19, 2015
The War on Women in Israel
Sexist laws and institutions threaten all women in Israel, but Arab women are beset from all sides.
July 24, 2015
Did ISIL Arise Partly Because of Climate Change?
Martin O’Malley was ridiculed by the right for correctly noting the role of climate-induced drought in causing Syria’s instability. The bad news is that this is only the beginning.
July 22, 2015
Climate Change, Alien Invasions, and Other Conspiracy Theories Cooked Up by Scientists
If it’s not in the Bible, Republicans aren’t buying it.
July 16, 2015
Who’s Behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Video? Troy Newman—and Other Rabid Anti-Choicers
The Center for Medical Progress is led not by well-meaning bioethics geeks but by some of the most virulent members of the anti-choice movement.
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July 15, 2015
Can Washington and Tehran Finally Escape Their Pathological Past?
Yes, but only if they begin behaving like responsible governments instead of causes.
July 10, 2015
July 10, 1925: The Scopes Trial Begins in Tennessee
“The Old Testament, to them, is not a mere sacerdotal whizz-bang, to be read for its pornography; it is an authoritative history.”
July 9, 2015
Fox News and Right-Wing Radio Have Helped Racists Broadcast Islamophobic Vitriol to Millions
The dangerous propaganda being promoted by hate groups is putting American Muslims at risk.
July 8, 2015
Israel Will Invade Gaza Again—the Only Question Is How Soon
A year after Israel's bloody assault on Gaza, another war is all but guaranteed.
July 7, 2015
Did the Catholic Church Endorse Fossil-Fuel Divestment?
The pope’s powerful encyclical on poverty and climate change is likely to transform the investment policies of religious institutions across America.