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Political dissent news and analysis from The Nation
May 17, 2017
In Iran’s Presidential Elections, Reformists’ Hopes Are Limited
They have united many formerly opposed voters—but for now the fight for personal and political freedoms is taking a back seat.
April 27, 2017
Relax, Donald: After 100 Days, You’ve Already Done So Much
President Trump shouldn’t be so defensive about Saturday’s milestone. The list of his accomplishments is long.
April 18, 2017
At Resistance School, Trump-Era Activists Learn To Get Down to the Roots of Things
Only by learning how to communicate our values can we plausibly enact them in the world.
April 5, 2017
The Death of Russia’s Great Poet-Dissenter and the Lack of His Civic Courage in the US Establishment
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who died last week, challenged Soviet authorities for decades while Americans at far less risk remain silent in the face of Cold War hysteria.
Stephen F. Cohen
March 1, 2017
Has Spain’s Podemos Party Squandered Its Prospects?
While the Madrid-based leadership has been mired in factional infighting, regional representatives and allies offer inspiring alternatives.
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February 24, 2017
CPAC’s Hollow Disavowal of the White Nationalists in Its Midst
Looking in the mirror would be much more productive.
February 6, 2017
Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement
An explosion of new activism offers a ray of hope in these dark political times.
February 1, 2017
Trump Is Just Fine With Harsh Repression in Egypt
The regime of dictator Sisi is taking unprecedented measures against political prisoners, but Trump thinks he’s a “fantastic guy.”
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
February 1, 2017
The History of the State Department’s Dissent Channel—and How Trump Is Trying to Squelch It
If the administration continues this crackdown, we may soon find out what a nation without career diplomats looks like.
January 24, 2017
Why It’s Not OK to Punch a Neo-Nazi in the Face
A reply to Natasha Lennard: White-supremacist Richard Spencer is odious, but bashing him in the head is not the solution.
Peter Van Buren