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August 18, 2022
Why Walden Bello’s Arrest and Detention for Cyberlibel Demands Attention
The charge is a brazen case of weaponing the law against critics.
October 6, 2021
Closing Rikers Island Is a Matter of Life and Death
Isaabdul Karim wasn’t sentenced to death. In fact, he was never sentenced at all.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
September 9, 2021
How the War on Terror Created the “Muslim American”
Before 9/11, Muslims were just another of this country’s many religious groups. After, they became a targeted, racialized minority.
September 7, 2021
The War on Terror: 20 Years of Bloodshed and Delusion
From the beginning, the War on Terror merged red-hot vengeance with calculated opportunism. Millions are still paying the price.
April 21, 2021
These Attacks on Maxine Waters Reveal the Grifter Politics of Republican Dog-Whistlers
Kevin McCarthy and Marjorie Taylor Greene would punish Waters for supporting the right to assemble and petition for the redress of grievances.
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April 16, 2021
Remembering Ramsey Clark 1927–2021
There will never be another like him.
March 22, 2021
The Untold History of Freedom
A new book charts the tension between individual and collective notions of liberty.
February 24, 2021
The Threat Against Free Speech on Hungary’s Airwaves
The government shut down a station that connected many listeners—particularly the elderly—to their country and the world.
February 18, 2021
The Fight Against France’s Global Security Law Is Far From Over
Why don’t French activists accept the Macron government’s rationale for a new law limiting the public’s right to share images of police brutality? Maybe because they’ve read it.
January 26, 2021
The Madcap Mysteries of Homeland Security
Overreach into local law enforcement has led to the investigation of matters laughably unrelated to terrorism.