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Gary Younge

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Gary Younge is an Alfred Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, columnist for The Guardian, broadcaster, and the author of, most recently, The Speech: The Story Behind Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream (Haymarket). His next book, Another Day in the Death of America, will be published by Nation Books in October 2016. He writes the “Beneath the Radar” column for The Nation.


  • Activism June 15, 2006

    Rebels With a Cause

    A new generation of student activists is flexing its muscles, rolling back employment rules in France, demanding education reform in Chile and fighting for immigrant rights in the US.

    Gary Younge

  • Political Figures May 18, 2006

    George & Tony’s Not So Excellent Adventure

    If democracy represents the will of the people, then there is either something wrong with democracy in the United States and Britain or something wrong with the people on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Gary Younge

  • April 20, 2006

    The Battle of New Orleans

    The candidates for New Orleans mayor--two white, one black--differ little on the issues. Voters may rely on the symbolism of race, but it will take more than melanin to rebuild this city.

    Gary Younge

  • World Leaders March 23, 2006

    Left’s Labour Lost

    After nine years, Tony Blair's magic has worn off. His Labour Party has mutated from an imperfect conduit of progressive change into an active obstacle to it.

    Gary Younge

  • February 27, 2006

    Curtains for ‘Rachel Corrie’

    So much for freedom of speech, let alone thought.

    The play My Name Is Rachel Corrie, directed in London by actor Alan Rickman anddue to open in New York City in March,

    The play adapts the diaries of the 23-year-old woman from Seattle who wasmurdered inRafah in 2003, when she was deliberately run down by anIsraeli Defense Forces bulldozer. Rachel had traveled to the Gaza Strip during the last intifada as an activist for the International Solidarity Movement.

    Gary Younge

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  • Immigration Policy February 26, 2006

    Hard Times in the Big Easy

    The American economy cannot function without migrant labor. The paradox is the country's political culture cannot function without scapegoating immigrants.

    Gary Younge

  • Religion February 9, 2006

    The Right to Be Offended

    The question raised by cartoons deemed offensive to Islam has never been whether or not to draw the line but where it should be drawn.

    Gary Younge

  • Gender and Sexuality January 25, 2006

    What’s Race Got to Do With It?

    Socially conservative black churches may be ripe for exploitation by the Christian right on gay marriage. But that's only part of the story.

    Gary Younge

  • Politics June 23, 2005

    Racism Rebooted

    Forty years after the now-famous murders of three civil rights workers, racism persists in Mississippi.

    Gary Younge

  • Global Organizations June 2, 2005

    A Win for EU Democracy

    Voters in France and the Netherlands were right to reject the European Constitution.

    Gary Younge