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May 17, 2018
The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Assault on Our Words
Language is disappearing from government documents before our eyes—and that’s no accident.
Karen J. Greenberg
February 13, 2017
America’s Favorite Syrian Militia Rules With an Iron Fist
The Kurdish YPG recruits fighters at gunpoint, assassinates political opponents, and suppresses the media.
January 11, 2017
When Trump Pits Journalists Against Each Other, He’s Won
In a rambling press conference, he offered lame answers on his business conflicts of interest and alleged Russian hacking.
December 13, 2016
Trumpism Poses the Most Dire Threat to Academic Freedom in Recent Memory
A shadowy new Professor Watchlist has revived the McCarthyite hysteria of the 1950s. We must fight back.
December 7, 2016
Take a Pledge to Defend the First Amendment From the Trump Administration
The president-elect has been alarmingly hostile to the press and free-speech rights.
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June 14, 2016
Is Removing Climate Skepticism From Textbooks Censorship?
The public-school board in Portland, Oregon, tried to broaden the district’s climate-change curriculum. Now it’s being accused of suppressing debate.
February 15, 2016
NSA: National Security, Art
Perhaps what’s most striking about “Astro Noise” and “Agitprop!” are the ingenuity and openness of the institutions hosting the shows.
July 27, 2015
A Traitor Who Writes
Chinese novelist Yan Lianke on censorship and the dream of getting published without writing drivel.
July 2, 2015
This Professor Was Fired for Saying ‘Fuck No’ in Class
The misuse of sexual-harassment policies by pusillanimous college administrators is creating a campus panic.
April 15, 2015
The New Thought Police
Why are campus administrators invoking civility to silence critical speech?
Joan W. Scott