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May 21, 2018, Issue
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The Selfless Servant Leadership of the African-American Women of the Civil-Rights Movement
These women didn’t stand on ceremony; they accepted the risks of activism and fought for worlds where others might have freedoms that they themselves would never enjoy.
Janet Dewart Bell
Can the ACLU Remake Itself as a Mass Movement for Progressive Change?
Through a new “People Power” initiative, the country’s oldest civil-liberties organization wants to go beyond the courts—and into the streets.
Break Facebook’s Power and Renew Journalism
We must take the Internet back from monopolies.
Why It’s So Important to Save the Iran Nuke Deal
If Trump dumps it, it could set off a Middle East nuclear-arms race and lead to another disastrous war.
Michael T. Klare
Actually, Guns Do Kill People
The research is now clear: Right-to-carry laws increase the rate of violent crime.
Trump Is Putting Anti-Choice Extremists Back in Power
He’s filling his administration, agencies, and the courts with activists who peddle junk science and lies about both contraception and abortion.
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This Saudi Blogger Called for Modernization. So Has the Crown Prince. So Why Is the Blogger in Jail?
If Mohammed bin Salman truly wants to promote freedom of expression, he must release Raif Badawi.
Depressing White House Personnel News
The Veneration of the Windrush Generation
The UK government’s treatment of elderly black Britons from the Caribbean is a scandal, but their elevation to national treasure offers hope.
Books & the Arts
Female nude climbing out of a pot
Wallace Thurman in Harlem
As an editor, novelist, and playwright, Wallace Thurman sought to offer honest, unabashed portraits of black life in Harlem.
Alfred Döblin’s Hard-boiled Berlin
, we are plunged into a cauldron of alienation, violence, and social breakdown that would deliver all of Germany into the hands of the Nazis.
A History of 19th-Century Britain Without the People
focuses on high politics to the exclusion of nearly everything else.
Richard J. Evans
The Lamentations of Mount Eerie and David Byrne
and David Byrne’s
both try to find meaning in a world of loss and death.
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Letters From the May 21, 2018, Issue
Crossed wires… Painfully prescient … Misreading, misleading?…
Puzzle No. 3465
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto