Joe Sexton: Plenty of Misconduct, and 129 Pages of One Judge’s Disbelief

September 23, 2013

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.

Robert Reich: Incapable of Governing

September 23, 2013

Why the upcoming shutdowns and defaults are symptoms of a deeper Republican malady.

Mattea Kramer and Miriam Pemberton: Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

September 20, 2013

It’s time to re-purpose America’s war machine.

Kassi Underwood: Write Your Heart (or Humiliation) Out

September 20, 2013

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.

Marshall Allen: How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

September 20, 2013

An updated estimate says at least 210,000 patients.

Mugambi Jouet: An Exceptional Distortion

September 19, 2013

“American exceptionalism” does not mean what most people think it means.

Marian Wang: Admission Process

September 19, 2013

In a newly released survey, admissions directors at public universities speak honestly (and anonymously) about their goals.

Tom Engelhardt: Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower

September 18, 2013

How the security state’s mania for secrecy will create you.

Cora Currier: Killing Military Transparency

September 18, 2013

The Obama administration helped kill a push for transparency on military aid.

Rafia Zakaria: Bogotá Divided

September 17, 2013

Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling explores the imperceptible boundaries and lingering wounds of the Colombian drug wars.

Robert Reich: The Myth of the “Free Market”

September 17, 2013

How to make the economy work for us.

Rebecca Solnit: Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

September 16, 2013

Thoughts for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

Richard Falk: Resolving the Syrian Chemical Weapons Crisis

September 16, 2013

If an attack on Syria is averted, it could mark a welcome shift in U.S. foreign policy.

Peter Van Buren: What if Congress Says No?

September 13, 2013

Why refusing to attack Syria matters.

Marian Wang: Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind

September 12, 2013

“Offering “merit aid” over financial aid, colleges and universities are prioritizing smart kids who can pay over smart kids who can’t.”

Jake Bernstein: Inside a New York Drug Clinic, Allegations of Kickbacks and Shoddy Care

September 11, 2013

Outpatient drug treatment programs can do more bad than good.

Robert Reich: Beware Capitalist Tools

September 11, 2013

Why high wages are good for the economy and right-wing diatribes are not.

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

September 10, 2013

Congress has an opportunity to debate and reconsider decades of foreign policy, but don’t get your hopes up about it.

Robert Reich: Happy Anniversary, Lehman Brothers!

September 10, 2013

What we haven’t learned about Wall Street over the past five years.

Jay Walljasper: Save the Planet, Starting on Your Block

September 9, 2013

Local efforts have always been the backbone of global green activism.

Taxcast: Development Money, Gibraltar, and Carbon Taxes

September 9, 2013

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.

Nick Turse: The Pivot to Africa

September 6, 2013

On the startling size, scope, and growth of U.S. military operations on the African continent.

Robert Reich: Obama’s Political Capital and the Slippery Slope of Syria

September 6, 2013

If Congress approves a strike on Syria, it could come at great political cost.

Paul Kiel: To Dodge Law, High-Cost Lender Offers Cash for Free

September 5, 2013

Unethical, unconscionable, legal: predatory lenders keep people in debt indefinitely.

Shaj Mathew: Poring Through Bolaño’s Archives

September 5, 2013

A recent exhibit in Barcelona showcased the Chilean author’s unpublished manuscripts and demonstrated how much more there is to learn about his work.

Tariq Ali: What Is A Revolution?

September 4, 2013

Wishing for the Syrian civil war to be a revolution doesn’t make it so.

Jennifer H. Fortin: Self Timer

September 4, 2013

It’s rude to stare, but worth it.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Intervention?

September 4, 2013

Even if America attacks, the impact will be minimal.

Robert Reich: Before Congress Resumes, a Reminder About What’s at Stake

September 3, 2013

As we prepare for more puerile politics and petty tactics, let’s remember what needs to be done to heal our economy and democracy.

Joaquin Sapien: Questions Arise in Effort to End Prison Rape

September 3, 2013

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.

Jannis Brühl: Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany

August 30, 2013

Understanding why the NSA spying programs are such a hot-button issue in the current German pre-election season.

Robert Reich: Breakfast With My Mentor

August 30, 2013

Now in his mid-80s, a veteran activist sees hope for America’s middle class and the poor, despite ever-widening economic inequality.

Ariel Dorfman: A Time for Creative Suffering

August 29, 2013

Martin Luther King’s words in a surveillance world.

Lewis Black: A Tiny Part of Something Huge

August 28, 2013

The author and comedian remembers attending the 1963 March on Washington, and feeling a movement converge.

Roslyn Bernstein: Walker Evans’s American Photographs

August 28, 2013

At the Museum of Modern Art, Evans’s iconic photographs are seen in a new, fuller context.

Cora Currier: Gitmo Soldiers Get 9/11 Lessons

August 28, 2013

The U.S. military’s lessons in recent history.

Stephen Cave: Anti-Death Behavior

August 27, 2013

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.

Heather Smith: Secrets

August 27, 2013

On Chelsea Manning and the prices of disclosure.

Thomas Larson: Writing Seen, Writing Spoken

August 26, 2013

E-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer.

Ernest Callenbach: Epistle to the Ecotopians

August 26, 2013

The last words to an America in decline.