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Civil liberties news and analysis from The Nation
March 10, 2016
The Gaping Hole in Clinton’s and Sanders’s Plans for Criminal Justice Reform
Why aren’t more reform-minded politicians talking about the public defender shortfall?
February 29, 2016
Why Apple Should Cooperate With the FBI
Far from serving civil liberties and the public interest, its refusal to do so undermines corporate accountability and civil rights.
February 25, 2016
This Radical Librarian May Soon Run the World’s Largest Library
Dr. Carla Hayden will be the first woman and African American to fill the post—unless
Senate Republicans stand in her way.
February 11, 2016
Freedom of Speech v. Civility
Does the speech of students warrant the same First Amendment protections enjoyed by adults?
Joan Wallach Scott
February 4, 2016
Finally, Obama Visits an American Mosque
“You fit in here,” the president told American Muslims in a rebuke to growing anti-Muslim bigotry.
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February 3, 2016
Transgender Russians Struggle to Take Their Movement Out of the Shadows
As the country grows more conservative on gender and sexuality, transgender Russians are fighting for their lives under great threat.
January 29, 2016
In a Gay-Friendly Age, Poor LGBT New Yorkers Still Struggle
Marriage equality is progress, but the LGBT movement needs to tackle economic oppression as well if it is to achieve broader equality.
January 12, 2016
The Junior Militiaman Anti-Government Playset
Now with real firearms!
December 22, 2015
When the Berlin Wall Fell, Bernie Sanders Didn’t Respond Like Other Politicians
Instead of heralding “the end of history,” Sanders called on Americans to take the revolutions of 1989 as a model.
December 18, 2015
China’s Latest Crackdown on Workers Is Unprecedented
Seven worker-activists involved in the independent labor organizations known as “worker centers” have been arrested.