Abrahm Lustgarten: New York State Bans FrackingDecember 2014
After years of delays and debate, Governor Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards.
Robert Reich: The Coin of the RealmDecember 2014
Inside traders are rigging America.
Rebecca Gordon: American Torture—Past, Present, and… Future?December 2014
Beyond the Senate torture report.
Pepe Escobar: Go West, Young HanDecember 2014
As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian pirouette.
David Morris: Alaska Balances Privacy Rights and Public InterestDecember 2014
Smart policies on marijuana, alcohol and drugs should be model for US Supreme Court.
Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott: Occupy Wall Street, the Red Cross and Hurricane SandyDecember 2014
Red Cross officials had no concerns about Occupy Sandy's effectiveness.
Manash Bhattacharjee: Return to ‘Commitment’?December 2014
The politics of Picasso, Sartre, prose, and poetry.
James Carroll: The Abolition of AbolitionDecember 2014
How the president who pledged to banish nuclear weapons is enabling their renewal.
Humera Afridi: The Call of the DervishDecember 2014
Religion in America: Pilgrimages to a master of mysteries in the Bronx.
Mallika Kaur, Harpreet Kaur Neelam, and Kirpa Kaur: Sikh Feminism and SAFARDecember 2014
Daring to celebrate an egalitarian tradition.
Lucy McKeon: The Meaning of CoincidenceDecember 2014
Religion in America: Jung’s concept of synchronicity was supposed to help us understand the world’s more wondrous events. Then Self-Help hijacked the idea to make it all about us.
Raillan Brooks: #MyBlackTeacher is About the Black Lives That Matter to YouDecember 2014
When you know us, it’s harder to kill us.
Rob Spillman: Shades of Gray in Patrick Modiano’s ParisDecember 2014
Readpolitik: Reading the new Nobel laureate’s misty, wintry fictions in his misty, wintry city.
Adam Hochschild: Why No One Remembers the PeacemakersDecember 2014
How we celebrate war over and over and peace once.
Marian Wang: When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name OnlyDecember 2014
Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools.
Elisabeth Frost: Mother and DaughterDecember 2014
Flash Fiction: The daughter, the one they think they made all by themselves, holds the hand, and holds also the head, unwise and old and greedy.
Jay Walljasper: Creating the Urban CommonsDecember 2014
Density has become a dirty word.
Robert Reich: Wall Street’s DemocratsDecember 2014
Wall Street is one of the Democratic party’s biggest contributors.
Jan Bindas-Tenney: The Border Crisis in LeisurevilleDecember 2014
In Arizona, the Samaritans are working to provide water and aid to immigrants crossing the border—in spite of sabotaged water bottles and harassment from border patrol.
David Cay Johnston: One Nation Divided by WealthDecember 2014
Inequality isn’t natural: it’s the result of government policy.
Jessie Eisinger and Justin Elliott: The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are GoingDecember 2014
The American Red Cross fudges the numbers.
Tom Engelhardt: The War Party AscendantDecember 2014
Thirteen years after 9/11, the War Party is on the rise.
Ruth Wilson: These Trails Are Made for SharingDecember 2014
Hiking as a commons way of life.
Nina Martin: Pregnancy Discrimination Case Reaches Supreme CourtDecember 2014
Here’s some preparatory reading for the latest gender rights fight.
Cindy Lamothe: Fireworks in JuneDecember 2014
Making a run for it through El Salvador’s violent and burning streets, before curfew begins.
Annie Waldman: LA and New York Schools Deny Physically Restraining StudentsDecember 2014
All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.
Rebecca Solnit: Las Vegas and the Global Casino We Call Wall StreetDecember 2014
The new Las Vegas invites you to defy or deny outright the desert that the old Vegas celebrated.
Jake Bernstein: Leak at Federal ReserveDecember 2014
Ben Bernanke ordered an internal review of the previously undisclosed leak, which found its way into a newsletter for big investors.
Janee Woods: A Different Kind of JusticeDecember 2014
Punitive justice won't bring back Michael Brown--or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice or Trayvon Martin or John Crawford. Why unraveling systemic racism starts with communities, not courts.
Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?December 2014
Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).