A decision in New Orleans overturning the convictions of five police officers for their roles in post-Katrina murders reveals an abundance of prosecutorial misbehavior.
Why the upcoming shutdowns and defaults are symptoms of a deeper Republican malady.
It’s time to re-purpose America’s war machine.
As the New York Writers’ Coalition annual Write-a-Thon approaches, some thoughts on the role of creativity binges—and community—in the writing life.
An updated estimate says at least 210,000 patients.
“American exceptionalism” does not mean what most people think it means.
In a newly released survey, admissions directors at public universities speak honestly (and anonymously) about their goals.
How the security state’s mania for secrecy will create you.
The Obama administration helped kill a push for transparency on military aid.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling explores the imperceptible boundaries and lingering wounds of the Colombian drug wars.
How to make the economy work for us.
Thoughts for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
If an attack on Syria is averted, it could mark a welcome shift in U.S. foreign policy.
Why refusing to attack Syria matters.
“Offering “merit aid” over financial aid, colleges and universities are prioritizing smart kids who can pay over smart kids who can’t.”
Outpatient drug treatment programs can do more bad than good.
Why high wages are good for the economy and right-wing diatribes are not.
Congress has an opportunity to debate and reconsider decades of foreign policy, but don’t get your hopes up about it.
What we haven’t learned about Wall Street over the past five years.
Local efforts have always been the backbone of global green activism.
In this month’s Taxcast: Why development money gets routed through tax havens and a look at under-reported elements of the confrontation over Gibraltar.
On the startling size, scope, and growth of U.S. military operations on the African continent.
If Congress approves a strike on Syria, it could come at great political cost.
Unethical, unconscionable, legal: predatory lenders keep people in debt indefinitely.
A recent exhibit in Barcelona showcased the Chilean author’s unpublished manuscripts and demonstrated how much more there is to learn about his work.
Wishing for the Syrian civil war to be a revolution doesn’t make it so.
It’s rude to stare, but worth it.
Even if America attacks, the impact will be minimal.
As we prepare for more puerile politics and petty tactics, let’s remember what needs to be done to heal our economy and democracy.
It took years to enact tougher standards for investigating and punishing sexual violence in jails and prisons. Now, there is frustration over how those reforms will be enforced.
Understanding why the NSA spying programs are such a hot-button issue in the current German pre-election season.
Now in his mid-80s, a veteran activist sees hope for America’s middle class and the poor, despite ever-widening economic inequality.
Martin Luther King’s words in a surveillance world.
The author and comedian remembers attending the 1963 March on Washington, and feeling a movement converge.
At the Museum of Modern Art, Evans’s iconic photographs are seen in a new, fuller context.
The U.S. military’s lessons in recent history.
The philosopher and author of Immortality talks with Susan Neilson about elixirs of life, the fallacy of the singularity, and why we should all get up early to meditate on our inevitable demise.
On Chelsea Manning and the prices of disclosure.
E-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer.
The last words to an America in decline.