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Civil liberties news and analysis from The Nation
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.
December 17, 2020
How Homeland Security Blurs Jurisdictions
Fusion centers were established after 9/11 to facilitate the sharing of counterterrorism intelligence among different agencies.
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November 3, 2020
To Repair Our Country, Start by Repairing Our Political Language
I understand and share the anger of those who say “defund the police,” but our job in the political arena is to make a better world for everyone—even those we disagree with.
October 6, 2020
How ICE Became a ‘Propaganda Machine’ for Trump
Internal communications exclusively obtained by
show that ICE has singled out journalists and social media users for retaliation.
September 25, 2020
America Can’t Afford to Descend Into Violence
Trump promises to take us down a dangerous path of hate and conflict. We can’t let his violence consume us.
July 20, 2020
You’re Only As Free as You Are Wealthy
Without real economic freedom, Americans cling to petty acts of refusal.
June 8, 2020
Rescind, Reform, and Fight: 3 Steps for Racial Justice
Across California, curfews are creating the potential for the exact type of racialized policing abuses that are being protested.