Abrahm Lustgarten: New York State Bans Fracking

December 2014

After years of delays and debate, Governor Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards.

Robert Reich: The Coin of the Realm

December 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 Han

December 2014

As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian pirouette.

David Morris: Alaska Balances Privacy Rights and Public Interest

December 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 Sandy

December 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 Abolition

December 2014

How the president who pledged to banish nuclear weapons is enabling their renewal.

Humera Afridi: The Call of the Dervish

December 2014

Religion in America: Pilgrimages to a master of mysteries in the Bronx.

Mallika Kaur, Harpreet Kaur Neelam, and Kirpa Kaur: Sikh Feminism and SAFAR

December 2014

Daring to celebrate an egalitarian tradition.

Lucy McKeon: The Meaning of Coincidence

December 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 You

December 2014

When you know us, it’s harder to kill us.

Rob Spillman: Shades of Gray in Patrick Modiano’s Paris

December 2014

Readpolitik: Reading the new Nobel laureate’s misty, wintry fictions in his misty, wintry city.

Adam Hochschild: Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

December 2014

How we celebrate war over and over and peace once.

Marian Wang: When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

December 2014

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools.

Elisabeth Frost: Mother and Daughter

December 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 Commons

December 2014

Density has become a dirty word.

Robert Reich: Wall Street’s Democrats

December 2014

Wall Street is one of the Democratic party’s biggest contributors.

Jan Bindas-Tenney: The Border Crisis in Leisureville

December 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 Wealth

December 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 Going

December 2014

The American Red Cross fudges the numbers.

Tom Engelhardt: The War Party Ascendant

December 2014

Thirteen years after 9/11, the War Party is on the rise.

Ruth Wilson: These Trails Are Made for Sharing

December 2014

Hiking as a commons way of life.

Nina Martin: Pregnancy Discrimination Case Reaches Supreme Court

December 2014

Here’s some preparatory reading for the latest gender rights fight.

Cindy Lamothe: Fireworks in June

December 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 Students

December 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 Street

December 2014

The new Las Vegas invites you to defy or deny outright the desert that the old Vegas celebrated.

Jake Bernstein: Leak at Federal Reserve

December 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 Justice

December 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!).