David Morris: What’s Good for Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools

December 2, 2013

Actually, it turns out to be bad for Microsoft too.

Humera Afridi: Tell Them Our Stories

November 25, 2013

On storytelling and survival in post-disaster landscapes, from Tacloban City to Staten Island.

Todd Gitlin: How to Reverse a Slow-Motion Apocalypse

November 25, 2013

Why the divestment movement against big energy matters.

Robert Reich: Battling Against the Spin

November 25, 2013

How the Republican tempest over the Affordable Care Act diverts attention from three large truths.

Bridget Potter: Something Had Happened in Dallas

November 22, 2013

It was just another Friday afternoon in the CBS studios, until it wasn’t.

Win Bassett: Prison Scratchings

November 22, 2013

A former assistant district attorney reflects on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer and the intimacy of the handwritten word.

Radka Franczak: Painting the Past in a New Russia

November 22, 2013

Ela Bittencourt talks to the director of Losing Sonia, a profile of an Orthodox nun and icon painter who reflects the changes in modern Russia.

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber: Generic or Name Brand?

November 21, 2013

With billions in potential savings for Medicare at stake, we asked drug experts and practitioners alike why more doctors don’t recommend generics when they can.

David Morris: Yes to Amazon.com, No to the Public!

November 21, 2013

Welcome to the new post office.

Todd Miller: Border Patrol International

November 20, 2013

Entering an era where “homeland security” no longer stays in the homeland: it’s mobile, it’s rapid, and it’s international.

Kim Barker: Crossroads’ Tax Return Shows Big Donors, But Doesn’t Name Them

November 20, 2013

How Karl Rove’s “social non-profit” exploits loopholes in tax and election rules to pour millions of dollars from undisclosed donors into conservative campaigns.

Phil Klay: Ten Kliks South

November 19, 2013

“You’ve killed zero point seven something people today. That’s like, a torso and a head.”

Robert Reich: What Walmart Could Learn from Henry Ford

November 19, 2013

Why paying its employees more could be just the stimulus Walmart—and the economy—needs.

Maurice Chammah: Blue Star State

November 19, 2013

Wendy Davis’s filibuster becomes a book, a performance piece, the origin story of a new political star, and a symbol of change in a maybe-not-so-red Texas.

Richard Falk: Two Forms of Lethal Polarization

November 18, 2013

How polarization is poisoning Turkey and Egypt.

Michael Klare: Surviving Climate Change

November 18, 2013

Climate change may destroy us, but not before we see a green energy revolution by the people.

Ann Jones: War Wounds

November 15, 2013

Wounded veterans face a long road to recovery.

Nina Martin: A Dispute at a Catholic Hospital

November 15, 2013

Gag rules at Catholic hospitals limit what doctors can do—and say.

David Bromwich: Counterfeit Solidarity

November 14, 2013

A response to Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on the dangers of intervening in Syria, and of false logic.

Charles Ornstein: Brushes with the Medical System

November 14, 2013

Four journalists describe how their own experiences with the health-care system has affected their reporting.

Robert Reich: Democrats in Need of a Backbone

November 14, 2013

Why we need to set mandatory standards for health insurance.

Thomas Larson: On the Social Authorship of The Bible

November 13, 2013

The third installment of The Social Author explores social authorship and holy texts.

Tom Engelhardt: Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

November 13, 2013

In today’s global surveillance state, American moles aren’t spying for a foreign power, but for us.

Jessica Conrad: Vancouver Values Sharing

November 13, 2013

Can we move from a global surveillance state to a global sharing state?

Editors’ Picks: November Reads

November 12, 2013

A quarter-life crisis during Mardi Gras, the Soviet Union right after it crumbles, and the murders in Mexico in 1990s are definitely things to write home about. Or to write books about.

Marian Wang: On ‘Country Club’ Campuses

November 12, 2013

He brought sushi to campus dining halls and revamped the dorms. Now he’s wondering whether he did the right thing.

Robert Reich: Pragmatists, Ideologues, and Inequality in America

November 12, 2013

The New Jersey gubernatorial election and the New York City mayoral election give a taste of what to expect in the 2016 elections.

David Morris: Time is Running Out to Save the Post Office

November 11, 2013

Are we observing the inevitable decline of the US Postal Service, or its rescue?

Marshall Allen: Why Doctors Stay Quiet About Colleagues’ Mistakes

November 11, 2013

Doctors have an ethical duty towards their patients. What about to fellow doctors?

Ann Jones: The Losers From Our Lost Wars

November 8, 2013

How the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan first silenced our soldiers and then defeated them.

Charles Ornstein: Why Two Obama Loyalists Lost Their Health Policies

November 8, 2013

Two casualties of the transitioning American healthcare system.

Tara Isabella Burton: Lingering Scars in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

November 7, 2013

In a deserted sniper’s lair, reminders that some wounds are very slow to heal.

Cora Currier: What We Still Don’t Know About Drones

November 7, 2013

The government’s tally of civilian deaths, and guidelines on who can be targeted, just to name a few.

Robert Reich: Game Changer

November 7, 2013

What Tuesday’s election results really mean.

Ela Bittencourt: The Driver’s Seat

November 6, 2013

On Mark Kendall’s documentary La Camioneta, doing business with Mexico’s drug cartels, and what old school buses have to do with self-determination.

Charles Ornstein: Why Health Insurance Cancellations Shouldn’t Be a Surprise

November 6, 2013

An interview with health-care adviser Kip Piper.

Bob Dreyfuss: A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

November 6, 2013

Don’t think for a second that Washington’s ineffectiveness stops with the ongoing Syrian fiasco.

Rita Zoey Chin: Solo

November 5, 2013

Your hands swiped gently up at the sky as you named the constellations, each syllable a puff of white smoke into the cold. I could already see the faces our children would have.

Jeff Larson: NIST to Review Standards After Cryptographers Cry Foul Over NSA Meddling

November 5, 2013

The federal institute that sets national standards for data encryption has announced it is reviewing all of its previous recommendations.

Richard Falk: Invisible Horizons of a Just Palestine/Israel Future

November 5, 2013

The burden of history lies heavy on the United Nations.