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American Bankruptcy Law Already Undercuts Accountability for Police Misconduct American Bankruptcy Law Already Undercuts Accountability for Police Misconduct

And the Supreme Court may be about to make the situation worse.

Melissa B. Jacoby

Elliott Abrams: Convicted Liar, Defender of Dictators, Accomplice to Genocide—and Foreign Policy Wise Man Elliott Abrams: Convicted Liar, Defender of Dictators, Accomplice to Genocide—and Foreign Policy Wise Man

A career nearly as steeped in blood as Henry Kissinger’s hasn’t prevented the establishment from embracing—and whitewashing—this serial slanderer.

Eric Alterman

Is an Iran Upset in the Making? Is an Iran Upset in the Making?

A reformist challenges five conservatives in the June 28 presidential vote.

Bob Dreyfuss

World Leaders

Protesters hold inflatable tubes in Olympic colors

What Happens to the Paris Olympics if National Rally Wins? What Happens to the Paris Olympics if National Rally Wins?

If Macron’s snap-election gambit fails, the far right could be in power and use the Games to legitimize its politics.

Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Posters of candidates are hung on streets in Tehran ahead of Iran's presidential elections scheduled to be held on June 28.

Is an Iran Upset in the Making? Is an Iran Upset in the Making?

A reformist challenges five conservatives in the June 28 presidential vote.

Bob Dreyfuss

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs US President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport on October 18, 2023.

The Lifelong Incoherence of Biden’s Israel Strategy The Lifelong Incoherence of Biden’s Israel Strategy

The president’s muddled policy course in the Middle East is angering voters across the political spectrum—and it could usher Trump back into the White House.

David Klion

Africa

Jacob Zuma, the leader of the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party, reacts to a question at the National Result Operation Centre (ROC) at Gallagher Estate on June 1, 2024, in Midrand, South Africa.

Who Will Govern South Africa? Who Will Govern South Africa?

The era of ANC hegemony is over, and Jacob Zuma’s new party is threatening violence if he’s not welcomed into the government.

Benjamin Fogel

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa campaigning at an ANC rally in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

In the Face of Broad Disillusionment, the ANC Makes a Big Push to Gain Majority Support in South Africa’s Election In the Face of Broad Disillusionment, the ANC Makes a Big Push to Gain Majority Support in South Africa’s Election

For the first time since the end of apartheid, the party may be forced into a coalition government. Decades of broken promises have left many former supporters disillusioned.

Louis Freedberg

Pro-Palestinian Protesters Holds Gather For Another Protest On University Of Texas Campus

Gaza Protest and Free Speech, Plus Biden’s Haiti Gala Gaza Protest and Free Speech, Plus Biden’s Haiti Gala

On this episode of Start Making Sense, Ben Wizner on campus arrests, and Amy Wilentz on the White House state dinner.

Start Making Sense / Jon Wiener

Asia

Security guards walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution on March 1, 2008, in Beijing, China.

Chinese Soft Power Chinese Soft Power

On this episode of American Prestige, Maria Repnikova on China’s diplomatic strategy.

American Prestige / Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner

Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, speaks to members of the media outside the President's House in New Delhi, India, on Friday, June 7, 2024.

India’s Elections Shocked the World. They Shouldn’t Have. India’s Elections Shocked the World. They Shouldn’t Have.

The roots of the revolt against Narendra Modi’s government were visible to anyone who cared to look.

Arvin Alaigh

Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2017. Project 2025 commits the US to a state of permanent belligerence toward China.

A New Chinese Exclusion Act A New Chinese Exclusion Act

Demonizing China allows Republicans to unite around an authoritarian agenda at home—and provides a convenient rationale for unfettered Pentagon profiteering.

Feature / Jake Werner

Latin America

Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams: Convicted Liar, Defender of Dictators, Accomplice to Genocide—and Foreign Policy Wise Man Elliott Abrams: Convicted Liar, Defender of Dictators, Accomplice to Genocide—and Foreign Policy Wise Man

A career nearly as steeped in blood as Henry Kissinger’s hasn’t prevented the establishment from embracing—and whitewashing—this serial slanderer.

Eric Alterman

President Joe Biden announces asylum restrictions at the US-Mexico border in the East Room of the White House on June 4, 2024.

President Biden Has His New Asylum Ban. Does He Have the Stomach for What Comes Next? President Biden Has His New Asylum Ban. Does He Have the Stomach for What Comes Next?

Many people say they want tougher border enforcement. They don’t always like what that looks like.

Jack Herrera

Peru Surf Break

Surfers Are Fighting to Save the Waves—and the Planet Surfers Are Fighting to Save the Waves—and the Planet

By the end of the century, the world could lose almost half of its sandy beaches. But a movement of surfers across Latin America is working to protect the coastal-marine environme…

StudentNation / Ilana Cohen

Middle East

Posters of candidates are hung on streets in Tehran ahead of Iran's presidential elections scheduled to be held on June 28.

Is an Iran Upset in the Making? Is an Iran Upset in the Making?

A reformist challenges five conservatives in the June 28 presidential vote.

Bob Dreyfuss

Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams: Convicted Liar, Defender of Dictators, Accomplice to Genocide—and Foreign Policy Wise Man Elliott Abrams: Convicted Liar, Defender of Dictators, Accomplice to Genocide—and Foreign Policy Wise Man

A career nearly as steeped in blood as Henry Kissinger’s hasn’t prevented the establishment from embracing—and whitewashing—this serial slanderer.

Eric Alterman

A Message From 1930: Zion Cannot Be Built on Bayonets

A Message From 1930: Zion Cannot Be Built on Bayonets A Message From 1930: Zion Cannot Be Built on Bayonets

A hope for a more just future echoes across the decades from the pages of The Nation magazine.

Editorial / Richard Kreitner

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How the 1960s Ended—and the Unending War in Gaza

How the 1960s Ended—and the Unending War in Gaza How the 1960s Ended—and the Unending War in Gaza

On this episode of Start Making Sense, Francine Prose talks about her memoir 1974, and Hussein Ibish explains why neither Hamas nor Israel want a cease-fire.

Jun 19, 2024 / Jon Wiener

The President’s Kill List: Assassination and US Foreign Policy since 1945.

Assassination and US Foreign Policy Since 1945 Assassination and US Foreign Policy Since 1945

On this episode of American Prestige, Luca Trenta on US policy on assassinations as a foreign policy tool.

Jun 18, 2024 / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev during the opening of the Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR in Moscow on December 17, 1990.

13 Days That Changed the World 13 Days That Changed the World

On the 35th anniversary of the First Congress of People’s Deputies in Moscow.

Jun 17, 2024 / Nadezhda Azhgikhina

LAPD officers leave the University of Southern California after clearing an encampment on May 5, 2024.

The Liberal Police State: How Democrats Are Playing Into GOP Hands The Liberal Police State: How Democrats Are Playing Into GOP Hands

Applying the tactics of counterinsurgency warfare to peaceful domestic protest risks blurring the line between Trump and his opponents.

Jun 14, 2024 / Sandy Tolan

Israeli hostage Andrei Kozlov disembarks with soldiers from an air force CH-53 Sea Stallion military helicopter which landed in the grounds of the Sheba Medical Center, after his rescue by the Israeli army from captivity in the Gaza Strip, on June 8, 2024.

An Israeli Hostage Operation, a Victory for the European Right, and Tensions in Korea An Israeli Hostage Operation, a Victory for the European Right, and Tensions in Korea

On this episode of American Prestige, headlines from around the globe.

Jun 13, 2024 / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

Lawson with microphone

The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., 1928–2024 The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., 1928–2024

The “greatest teacher of nonviolence in America” was a mentor to generations of activists, from Martin Luther King Jr. to today’s union organizers and immigrant rights campaigners…

Jun 13, 2024 / Obituary / Peter Dreier

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