A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones: The Emerald City

July 30, 2013

Assisted living facilities are meant to preserve a patient’s independence and dignity. The reality is often far more desperate.

Richard Falk: Geopolitical Winds Blow in China’s Direction

July 30, 2013

With intervention out of favor, American foreign policy is returning to “the great game” of great power politics.

Cora Currier: The Enemy is Classified

July 29, 2013

The U.S. is at war with Al Qaeda and “associated forces.” But the government won’t say who those forces are.

Tom Engelhardt: Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

July 29, 2013

Living in a one-superpower world (or Edward Snowden vs. Robert Seldon Lady)

Matthew Parker: Amnesty by Any Other Name

July 29, 2013

Why the term “amnesty” gets hurled at undocumented workers while plenty of corporate lawbreakers escape legal penalties.

Kara Brandeisky: Six Ways Congress May Reform NSA Snooping

July 26, 2013

A measure to end one NSA program was just defeated in the House by a surprisingly narrow margin. Here are other proposals on the table.

Ira Chernus: Political Dreaming in the 21st Century

July 26, 2013

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s famed speech approaches, give in to the power of dreaming and “the fierce urgency of now.”

Sebastian Rotella: Syria’s Jihadi Migration to Europe and Beyond

July 25, 2013

The global jihad sees the Syrian conflict as its principal front.

Robert Reich: Why Republicans are Disciplined and Democrats Aren’t

July 25, 2013

It’s all about personality.

Abigail Sindzinski: A Nation Called to Action

July 24, 2013

“George Packer’s The Unwinding details the bitter realities of a stagnant economy, but leaves no room for malaise.”

Krys Lee: Girl on a Leash

July 24, 2013

Already, his face was remote, fleeing her.

Editors’ Picks: Heat Wave Reads

July 23, 2013

“What grows best in the heat: fantasy, unreason, lust.”

Emma Rosenberg and Mario Alejandro Ariza: Freedom Gained or Freedom Imposed?

July 23, 2013

The appointment of the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic presents both risks and opportunities.

Taxcast: How to Stop Corporate Tax Evasion

July 23, 2013

Ideas on how to hold corporations accountable from the OECD, Japan, Mexico, and others.

Justin Elliott: Does the NSA Tap That?

July 23, 2013

What we still don’t know about the agency’s internet surveillance.

Robert Reich: Detroit and the Bankruptcy of America’s Social Contract

July 22, 2013

A city’s downfall highlights the unprecedented income segregation that exists in the U.S. today.

Rajkamal Kahlon: A Time for Breaking Laws

July 19, 2013

An intervew with the Jameel Jaffer, the Director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, about surveillance, privacy, and the importance of “meta data.”

Brothers Writing to Live: A Statement on the Reclamation of All Black Life

July 19, 2013

For Trayvon, Marissa, and Jordan.

Theodoric Meyer: FEMA Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

July 19, 2013

Your house may sit on top of a hill, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be forced to buy flood insurance.

Rebecca Solnit: Prometheus Among the Cannibals

July 18, 2013

A letter to Edward Snowden

Robert Reich: Stop Subsidizing Sky-High CEO Pay

July 18, 2013

It is time we reexamined the tax subsidy to corporate executives.

Tom Engelhardt: How to Be a Rogue Superpower

July 17, 2013

No one’s laughing in a global security state.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Why You Should Care About the Drugs Your Doctor Prescribes

July 17, 2013

When taking prescription drugs, a lot is left unknown.

Ed Winstead: Parliamentary Inquiry

July 16, 2013

In the age of K Street, soft money, and safe seats, it’s tempting to abandon our political institutions and shout down our opponents. Here’s why we shouldn’t.

Alfred W. McCoy: Surveillance Blowback

July 16, 2013

The making of the U.S. surveillance state, 1898-2020.

Peter Sleeth: Army Launches Search for Missing War Records

July 16, 2013

The army admits to losing records and preventing veterans from obtaining disability benefits.

Katie Ryder: A Note to Zimmerman’s Facebook Defenders

July 15, 2013

The problem with the “but this is the law” response.

Camille Gage: The Cat’s Out of the Bag and Now I Must Take it Even Further

July 15, 2013

Camille Gage talks to poet and performer Douglas Kearney about poetry as painting, painting as performance, and the coexistence of mediums.

Christie Thompson: California Hunger Strike Raises Issue of Force-Feeding on U.S. Soil

July 15, 2013

California inmates may be given the same treatment as Guantanamo detainees.

Andrew Ridker: Profane Fruit – On Kanye, Yeezus, and the Sanctity of Sound

July 12, 2013

An irreverent sample of “Strange Fruit” would signify a takedown of not only a great American jazz standard, but of a crucial civil rights work as well. You can probably tell what’s coming next.

Todd Miller: Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex

July 12, 2013

How to turn the U.S.-Mexico border into a war zone.

Sebastian Rotella: The Terror Threat and Iran’s Inroads in Latin America

July 12, 2013

Chavez is dead and Ahmadinejad is out of office, but the ties that bind Venezuela and Iran are still strong.

Marian Wang and Theodoric Meyer: F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to Egypt

July 11, 2013

A look at how much aid the US gives to Egypt, where the money goes, and who decides how it’s spent.

Robert Reich: Could the Good Republicans Please Speak Up?

July 11, 2013

Why are sensible Republicans who care about governing being silent?

Matthew Harwood: Political Violence and Privilege

July 10, 2013

Violent right-wing extremism doesn’t scare Americans.

Theodoric Meyer: Why So Many Flood Maps Are Still Out of Date

July 10, 2013

“An interview with David R. Maidment, an advisor to FEMA.”

Idra Novey and Andrew Zawacki: Courting Influxes

July 9, 2013

A conversation between poets about writing place, time, technology, and transformation.

Joe Sexton: Less than Total Recall

July 9, 2013

A defendant’s faulty memory tests the boundaries of credibility.

Nick Turse: The Classic Military Runaround

July 9, 2013

If you’re reporting on the U.S. military, always expect evasion.

Abrahm Lustgarten: EPA Drops the Ball, Again

July 8, 2013

In its latest abdication, the EPA hands over the Wyoming Fracking Study to a drilling company.