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September 11, 2020
The ‘Disposable Populations’ of Sports
A new study points to the blood being shed for the World Cup. That shouldn’t blind us to the deaths and misery caused by stadium boondoggles here at home.
June 29, 2020
A Decades-Old Atrocity Finally Sees Its Day in Court
In a potential test case for international law, the murder of Jesuit priests in El Salvador is now being prosecuted—in Spain.
June 17, 2020
America’s New Uighur Law Is a World First. What Took So Long?
The legislation targets China’s human rights abuses, which Trump allegedly encouraged President Xi to continue.
May 15, 2020
If They Walk Like Fascists and Talk Like Fascists…
Attacking science, forcing people back to work, closing the border, suppressing the vote—the Trump/GOP strategy looks increasingly like white nationalist accelerationism.
April 6, 2020
Confronting the Pandemic in a Time of Revolt: Voices From Chile
Surviving the coronavirus will be meaningless if Chileans do not simultaneously address the underlying causes of injustice and inequality.
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March 31, 2020
Covid-19: Cuba Deserves Relief From US Sanctions
Humanitarian deterrence of the virus, not Cold War–era regime change, should be the top priority of US foreign policy.
March 20, 2020
The Sudanese Ousted a Dictator Last Year—Why Is Washington Still Imposing Sanctions?
Middle East scholar Stephen Zunes talks about Sudan’s hopeful but uncertain future in the wake of its peaceful democratic revolution.
February 21, 2020
Trump Has Dropped the Pretense of Playing by the Rules of Democracy
He’s gambling that every agency that could put the brakes on his power grab is too cowed or compromised to stop him.
January 30, 2020
Confirmed: Elliott Abrams’s Defense of Mass Murder Was Based on Lies
The reporters who covered the El Mozote massacre were right all along.
January 21, 2020
The US Sanctions on Iran Are Causing a Major Humanitarian Crisis
There has been a catastrophic drop in living standards, and the deterioration in public health warrants immediate action by the international community.