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Republicans Attacked These Queer Students’ Lives. So They Fought Back.

How three Kentucky high schoolers joined forces to stand up to a GOP assault on their rights—and brought hundreds of people along with them.

Shahamat Uddin

The Left

Is It Sexist to Demand That Feinstein Resign?

Men swarming her on social media would do well to remember that frailty in women leaders is perceived differently than in men.

Alexis Grenell

What Makes Special Effects Work?

In Empire of Effects, Julie Turnock examines how George Lucas and Industrial Light & Magic transformed the way we make and view movies.

Malcolm Harris

The Lost Worlds of Anton Shammas’s “Arabesques”

A new translation of the 1988 novel documents not only the loss and exile created by the Nakba but also the loss and exile created by occupation.

Raja Shehadeh


A student in the Mills College library, 1964.

The Reluctant Feminists of the 1960s

Wendell Stevenson’s campus novel Margot examines the life of a woman who initially resists the political and sexual education her era offers.

Lily Meyer
Liberating a Palestinian Novel From Israeli Prison

Liberating a Palestinian Novel From Israeli Prison

The Trinity of Fundamentals, a book Wisam Rafeedie penned while imprisoned, is a stirring account of dissidence and resistance to the Occupation.

Danya Al-Saleh and Samar Al-Saleh
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980.

The Indulgences of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Ian Penman’s study of the German filmmaker’s work elucidates his “cocaine communism”—an aesthetics and politics of revolution and pleasure.

Andrew Marzoni


Protesters at a rally for Banko Brown outside of the San Francisco district attorney's office on May 17, 2023.

The Killing of Banko Brown Shows What San Francisco’s Real Crisis Looks Like

A Black, trans, unhoused man was shot to death by a security guard. The DA refused to press charges. Why isn’t the national media paying attention?

Toshio Meronek
Anti-Trans Legislation Is Becoming a National Security Issue

Anti-Trans Legislation Is Becoming a National Security Issue

Bans on gender-affirming care are forcing some military families to seek compassionate reassignment.

Colleen Hamilton
“Salt” the South! Young Socialists Are Needed to Help Organize the Auto Industry.

“Salt” the South! Young Socialists Are Needed to Help Organize the Auto Industry.

Time to say goodbye to icy winters and frozen fingers! If enough young activists and organizers follow the US industrial base south, a far more powerful working-class movement is possible.

Peter Olney and Rand Wilson


Can the British Labour Party Win Power Without a Left Wing?

Can the British Labour Party Win Power Without a Left Wing?

Despite being far ahead of the ruling Conservatives in the polls, Labour’s leadership seems determined to purge its way to electability.

Rachel Shabi
Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, permanent representative of Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Ambassador Zhang Jun, permanent representative of China to the UN, engage in conversation during the UN Security Council meeting on Nord Stream pipeline explosions at the UN Headquarters on February 21, 2023, in New York City.

The Diplomatic Wins at the Heart of China’s Ascendancy

Its diplomatic feat of restoring relations in the Middle East reflects less its position as a rising power than the startling decline of American regional credibility.

Juan Cole
Rachid Ghanhouchi leaves a meeting with Tunisia's anti-terrorism prosecutor in Tunis last November.

The Throttling of Tunisian Democracy

Rachid Ghannouchi’s unjust imprisonment is an ominous sign for the enemies of despotism. 

John Keane

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Watch and Listen

Listen: Biden, the Republicans, and the Debt Ceiling

On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Brian Beutler discusses the dangers of caving in on the debt ceiling.

May 23, 2023

Listen: Jeffrey Toobin on the Roots of Jan. 6 and Adam Hochschild on Anti-Woke History

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, the legacy of the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building; and reading Hillsdale College’s “1776 Curriculum.”

May 18, 2023

Watch: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of a Nakba That Never Ended

In the decades since the event Palestinians know as “the Catastrophe,” dispossession has become a timeless theme of the Palestinian experience.

May 15, 2023