Tag: politics

Avi Asher-Schapiro: Holdouts from the Cult of Sisi

June 2014

Abdl Fatah El Sisi’s landslide victory in Egypt’s presidential election only obscured the country’s deep-set apathy, particularly outside of Cairo, in the south.

Dionne Bunsha: New Government, New India?

May 2014

On Monday, Narendra Modi will be sworn in as India’s new Prime Minister. Is he a savior for India’s economy or a threat to the country’s secular democracy?

Richard Falk: On Global Citizenship in the 21st Century

May 2014

Is global governance consistent with what we know of human nature?

David Byrne: Here Lies Love—The Road to the Stage

May 2014

The legendary musician recounts the creation of the rock opera Here Lies Love.

Theodoric Meyer: Senate to Take Up Longshot Amendment to Regulate Campaign Finance

May 2014

The Senate could soon consider a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and states the ability to limit money in politics, possibly reversing the effect of recent Supreme Court rulings.

Alyssa McMurtry: Mother Russia’s Resurgence

April 2014

As tensions rise in Ukraine, it's important as ever to understand the thinking behind Russia's bellicose behavior.

Angela Lang: A Kinship with Gabriel García Márquez

April 2014

Shared reading of García Márquez’s books was a way of finding an outlet for feelings kept and unsaid.

Richard Falk: The New Interventionists

April 2014

New developments in the interventionist debate.

Robert Reich: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

April 2014

With corporate acquisitions, the Gilded Age makes a comeback.

Tom Engelhardt: The Bermuda Triangle of National Security

April 2014

Old scripts and empty stories signal a new age."

Robert Reich: The Distributional Games

April 2014

America is playing the social scientist's distributional games.

Robert Reich: The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

March 2014

America is divided by tribes. So is the rest of the world.

Lewis H. Lapham: Crowd Control

March 2014

Political revolt and the accumulation of more.

Tom Engelhardt: A New World Order

March 2014

What happened to war and the imperial drive to organize the planet?

Maurice Chammah: Blue Star State

November 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 2013

How polarization is poisoning Turkey and Egypt.

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

November 2013

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

Kaya Genç: The Political Color Wheel

November 2013

In Turkey, different colors have long been associated with particular beliefs. Most recently, a rainbow coalition has spread across the country.

Robert Reich: The Democrat’s Version of Health Insurance Would Have Been Cheaper, Simpler, and More Popular

October 2013

So why did we enact the Republican version, and why are they so upset?

The Naked Man

September 2013

In the modern redux, penis is patriarchy, and patriarchy is violence. But must to show one's penis be to endorse power and privilege? An, er, intimate reconsideration of male nudity.

Bare-Knuckle Writing

September 2013

The acclaimed novelist & art critic on dismantling notions of gendered writing, the pleasures of translated texts, and “the clear divide between art and politics” in contemporary American fiction.

Ira Chernus: Political Dreaming in the 21st Century

July 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."

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

July 2013

It's all about personality.

Ed Winstead: Parliamentary Inquiry

July 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.

My Uncle’s Paradise

July 2013

A Libyan-American returns to make sense of the country after Gadhafi’s fall.

Surfacing Impunity

July 2013

The documentary filmmaker on reenacting atrocity as an allegory for impunity in his new film, The Act of Killing, which exposes the perpetrators of Indonesia’s mid-century genocide.

Robert Reich: Why the GOP Can’t Learn

June 2013

Will the Republican Party ever learn from its mistakes?

Beyond the Binary Behind Bars

June 2013

The activist academic on the prison industrial military complex and its impact on women of color.

Christie Thompson: Five Ways Congress is Trying to Curb Rape in the Military

June 2013

Senators have rushed to draft legislation to hold attackers accountable and provide support for victims.

Robert Reich: A Time for Harry Reid’s Backbone

May 2013

A president’s court picks shouldn’t require sixty Senate votes.

Robert Reich: Lessons from the World of Tax Avoidance

May 2013

How nations can negotiate with global capital.

Mattea Kramer & Jo Comerford: How America Became a Third World Country

May 2013

Ten years from now, looking back on the sequestration.

Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell

May 2013

The case for hope, continued.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: Somebody Give Bill Gates and Drew Faust a Copy of Citizens Disunited

May 2013

The new book by “class traitor” Robert Monks shows a system at its breaking point—and names the twenty-four Americans who can fix it.

Robert Reich: The IRS and the Real Scandal

May 2013

The problem is that the IRS has interpreted our tax laws to allow big corporations and wealthy individuals unlimited political influence.

Robert Reich: Pyromaniacs on the Potomac

May 2013

The problem with Obama's second term.

David Morris: Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own Futures

May 2013

Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments—and thwarting innovation.

Christie Thompson: Is Obama Delivering on His Promise of a “21st Century” Approach to Drugs?

May 2013

A look at the administration's latest approach to drugs, and what they’ve done so far.

Sebastian Rotella: How Hezbollah Trained an Operative to Spy on Israeli Tourists

April 2013

Hezbollah's recent activity casts doubt on its relationship with Europe.

Todd Gitlin: Is the Press Too Big to Fail?

April 2013

It’s dumb journalism, stupid.

Kirsten O’Regan: These Dark Histories

April 2013

A profile of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose exhibition A Haunted Capital is at the Brooklyn Museum through August.

Mattea Kramer: A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic

April 2013

Just doing what’s popular would make us healthier, wealthier, wiser, and less indebted.

Lois Beckett: Senator Pushes for Investigation of ‘False Statements’ by Dark Money Groups

April 2013

Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island, is calling for the Justice Department to do what the IRS won’t.

Lois Beckett: Voter Information Wars

April 2013

Will the GOP team up with Wal-Mart’s data specialist?

Joe Sexton: Capitol Offenses

April 2013

Bribes, wires, and little surprise.

Ira Chernus: Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

April 2013

When it comes to Israel, Palestine, and Iran, it could all come crashing down.

Robert Reich: The Morality Brigade

March 2013

The right regulates the bedroom before the banks.

Justin Elliott: Drilling Deeper

March 2013

Obama’s energy pick has a wealth of business connections.

Abrahm Lustgarten: Why the EPA Reversed its Stance on Polluting Texas Water

March 2013

Emails to Heather Podesta from an interim director raise questions about outside influence on the agency’s decisions.

Peter Barnes: A Brief History of How We Lost the Commons

March 2013

And what we must do to get it back.

Ben Mason: Pirates of the Parliament

March 2013

The rise and fall of Germany’s Pirate party casts doubt on a future of crowdsourced politics.

Robert Reich: Sequestration Nation, and Remembering Robert Kennedy

March 2013

Politics today is still a fight for social justice.

Theodoric Meyer: Under Obama, More Appointments Go Unfilled

February 2013

Why did 13 percent of appointed positions remain unfilled after the President's first term?

Robert Reich: Why We Need an Investment Budget

February 2013

A budget that makes needed public investments is crucial to prosperous future.

Katie Ryder: The Truth About Religious Freedom and the ACA

February 2013

Your right to swing your fist in religious practice ends when your fist reaches my nose, or uterus.

Theodoric Meyer: Do As We Say, Congress Says, Then Does What It Wants

February 2013

Federal law often falls short of regulating Congress itself.

Justin Elliott: Obama’s Flip-Flops on Money in Politics

February 2013

Four years, four reversals on dark money.

Nick Turse: The Hagel Hearings

February 2013

The last best chance for the truth about a lost war and America’s war-making future.

Amis Unfiltered

February 2013

The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.

Robert Reich: The GOP Crackup

January 2013

How Obama is unraveling Reagan Republicanism.

Joaquin Sapien: How the NRA Undermined Congress’ Last Push for Gun Control

January 2013

For Obama's gun control proposals to succeed, Congress must learn the NRA's past tactics.

Cora Currier: Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

January 2013

The U.S. is conducting drone strikes in at least three countries beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s a reading guide to understanding the our shadow wars.

Robert Reich: The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

January 2013

The neocons hate Chuck Hagel. That's a sign he's qualified for the job.

Jon Weiner: Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

January 2013

Fifty years ago, college was cheap, unions were strong, and there was no terrorism-industrial complex.

Karen J. Greenberg: Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style

January 2013

Seven easy, onscreen steps to making U.S. Torture and detention policies once again palatable.

Paul Kiel: Feds Replace Flawed Foreclosure Review With Vague $8.5 Billion Settlement

January 2013

Banking regulators admitted the Independent Foreclosure Review was a big expensive mess and shut it down. But many details about the $8.5 billion settlement that replaces it remain murky.

Nick Turse: “So Many People Died”

January 2013

The American system of suffering, 1965-2014.

Paul Kiel: As Foreclosure Crisis Drags On, So Does Flawed Government Response

January 2013

A look at the government's response as the foreclosure crisis enters its seventh year.

Rebecca Solnit: The Sky’s the Limit

December 2012

The demanding gifts of 2012.

Robert Reich: The Only Way Left to Beat Republican Fanatics

December 2012

We should call the Republicans' bluff and and go over the fiscal cliff.

We Call This Progress

December 2012

From a speech at the Earth at Risk conference, Roy on the misuses of democracy and the revolutionary power of exclusion.

Jeremiah Goulka: The Botox Solution

December 2012

Why the formerly Grand Old Party needs to change and won't.

Abrahm Lustgarten: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

December 2012

Even as water grows more precious, the Environmental Protection Agency has permitted oil and gas, mining and other industries to contaminate aquifers in more than 1,500 places.

Robert Reich: The Billionaires’ Long Game

December 2012

America's rich may have lost this round, but they'll be back.

Robert Reich: Today’s Job Numbers Show Why Job-Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

December 2012

Yes, unemployment is down, but don't believe all the hype coming out of Wall Street.

Robert Reich: Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils Ahead

December 2012

Forget the fiscal cliff, there are three other, bigger dangers.

Robert Reich: Understanding the Fiscal Cliff

December 2012

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Tom Engelhardt: The Barack Obama Story

December 2012

An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.

C.D. Wright: The Obstacle Worth Engaging

December 2012

The poet C.D. Wright discusses book-length works, the political in art, and more.

Steve Fraser: The Archeology of Decline

December 2012

Debtpocalypse, austerity, and the hollowing out of America.

William J. Astore: Sucking Up to Military Brass

November 2012

Generals who run amuck, politicians who could care less, an “embedded” media...and us.

Dafna Lizer, Michael Grabell, Jeff Larson: Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of Cash

November 2012

he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from Moscow to Damascus.

Amitav Ghosh: Products of Folly

November 2012

The award-winning author on why he loves to write fiction and talk politics, and how nationalism fuels climate change.

Justin Elliott: From Russia with PR

November 2012

Several pro-Russian op-eds are revealed to actually have been written by a PR firm employed by the Russian government.

Robert Reich: The Upcoming Mini-Deal on the “Fiscal Cliff”

November 2012

For those newly in office, the easiest route is that of least resistance.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (II): Put a Trigger Mechanism in the Legislation

November 2012

Robert Reich weighs in for strategies for getting the economy under control.

Tom Engelhardt: The Mandate of Hell

November 2012

How not to change the world.

Robert Reich: Obama’s Next Economy: Why He Must Take This Opportunity to Reframe the Economic Debate

November 2012

With the fiscal cliff approaching, it's time for Obama to make some big decisions. Here's what he should do.

Rebecca Solnit: The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse

November 2012

Hurricane Sandy rides in.

Robert Reich: We the People, and the New American Civil War

November 2012

Amidst an election that has us feeling like a divided nation, the challenge is to rediscover the public good.

Emily Raboteau: Daughters of Obama

November 2012

In the wake of the election of Barack Obama, a writer explores black American identity and the ritual of return in Ghana.

Tana Wojczuk: Mitt Romney as Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

November 2012

In the aftermath of Sandy, it's time to reevaluate what it means to be dependent on government.

Richard Falk: Comparing Presidential Elections: 2008 versus 2012

October 2012

How hope and fear have defined America's last two presidential campaigns.

Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our Weapons

October 2012

Our political language is in desperate need of a change.

Robert Reich: If You Succumb to Cynicism, the Regressives Win It All

October 2012

Dear progressives: You may think there's not a huge difference between Obama and Romney. But there is, and you should still vote.

Robert Reich: Mitt Romney’s Question-Mark Economy

October 2012

Mitt Romney's election campaign is rife with questions, and wholly uncertain answers.

Tom Engelhardt: Democratic Mockpocalypse

October 2012

This year's presidential campaign is bigger and louder than anything we've ever seen before.

Robert Reich: Romney the Detail Man?

October 2012

Why it's decidedly ironic that the New York Times ran a story about Romney being a man of details.

Jay Walljasper: What is Mitt Romney Planning for America?

October 2012

Where does the rage in the Republican Party come from?

Dilip Hiro: The Alliance From Hell

October 2012

How the U.S. and Pakistan became the dysfunctional nuclear family of international relations.

Robert Reich: Obama is Back

October 2012

President Obama's performance in Tuesday's debate was a significant improvement.

Noam Chomsky: The Week the World Stood Still

October 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis and ownership of the world.

Robert Reich: How January’s Fiscal Cliff Turns Into a Gentle Hill by February

October 2012

The so-called fiscal cliff might not turn out as dramatic as we imagine.

Eric Knight: Why Do Politicians Break Promises About Tackling Climate Change?

October 2012

The problem may not be their lack of integrity, but how we frame the issue.

Memo to Joe, Re: Debate

October 2012

What Joe Biden needs to know before the vice presidential debate.

Tom Engelhardt: Overwrought Empire

October 2012

The discrediting of U.S. military power.

Cora Currier: Gitmo Detainee’s Body Being Held in Secure, Undisclosed Location

October 2012

Even in death, the travails of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif aren't over.

Robert Reich: The Politics of the Jobs Report

October 2012

Media headlines are crowing over the drop in the unemployment rate—but we need to look closer.

Lucy McKeon: Sixty Million and More: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

October 2012

Banned Books Week: This year, one Michigan school district tried to keep Morrison’s haunting narrative out of the classroom. A writer explores how Baby Suggs and Beloved teach us what we don’t learn in school.

Robert Reich: Romney Wanted to “Harvest [Companies] at Significant Profit”

October 2012

No one should be surprised by this video of Romney talking about Bain's business goals.

The Monkeyman of Delhi

October 2012

Aman Sethi consults a troubled storyteller about the terrifying urban legends proliferating among Delhi's displaced urban poor.

Rebecca Solnit: The Rain On Our Parade

September 2012

A letter to my dismal allies.

Seth Rosenfeld: On the Stifling of Dissent

September 2012

The author talks with Natasha Lewis about his new book Subversives: the FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power.

Alex Marshall: Hidden Issues in This Year’s Campaign

September 2012

Can the free market exist without the government's imposition?

Robert Reich: Repackaging Mitt as a Compassionate Conservative? It’s Too Late

September 2012

No amount of packaging can change what we already know about Mitt Romney.

Andrew Bacevich: Boykinism

September 2012

Joe McCarthy would understand today's Islamophobia.

Aaron Labaree: Counter-Jihad Takes to the “Information Battle-space”

September 2012

A look inside Pamela Geller’s 9/11 "Stop Islamization of Nations" conference reveals apocalyptic language, racial paranoia, and surprising links to the political mainstream.

Tom Engelhardt: Obama Against the World

September 2012

Forget Mitt Romney, can the president make it to November 7?

Robert Reich: Four Reasons Romney Might Still Win

September 2012

The election's not over yet, and rumors of Romney's demise are premature.

Harry Boyte: The President and the Citizen

September 2012

A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama's convention speech might signal a new direction for his administration--and the country.

Robert Reich: The Real Mitt Revealed

September 2012

What Mitt Romney's 47-percent comment means.

Nora Connor: The Myth of the Muslim Tide and the Search for the Moderate

September 2012

Doug Saunders's new book fights fears about “the Islamization of America” with historical and sociological fact, but slippery terminology gets in the way.

Robert Reich: Why Romney and Ryan are Going Down

September 2012

Unemployment, immigration, women's rights—the list of Romney-Ryan's failings goes on and on.

Rebecca Solnit: Occupy Your Victories

September 2012

It's the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, and there is much to look forward to.

Gender Gap

September 2012

Hanna Rosin’s controversial new book proclaims the "end of men." But what about the women?

Robert Reich: The Wrong Way to Save Money on Healthcare

September 2012

Shifting healthcare costs to the workers is not the answer.

Robert Reich: Moody’s in a Mood

September 2012

After warning the U.S. about the deficit, rating agencies are now concerned that "fiscal cliff" cuts will be too steep.

Robert Reich: The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama’s Second Term

September 2012

The debate on the campaign trail has focused on Obama's past economic policies, but the real question is what will be done after January.

Ed Winstead: More Than You Can Chew

September 2012

What the all-you-can-eat buffet tells us about misguided nostalgia, overcoming privation, and the RNC.

Robert Reich: The Jobs Report and the Election

September 2012

Obama's speech was missing the one thing it needed most: an economic plan.

Robert Reich: The Real Importance of Bill Clinton’s Wonderfully Long Speech

September 2012

Clinton's speech has given Americans just what they need: facts.

Robert Reich: The Most Important Political Week

September 2012

The most important news won't be anything coming from the Democratic National Convention.

Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza

September 2012

Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.

Justin Elliott: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group

September 2012

Bernstein was paid $12,000 for remarks in which he challenged the State Department to show evidence the Mujahadin-e Khalq should still be designated a terrorist organization.

Women in Power and Politics

September 2012

Sonia Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi have overcome tragic and arduous pasts to emerge as leaders of India and Burma. What’s next for these two historical icons?

Robert Reich: It’s Inequality, Stupid

August 2012

Income inequality is one of the most pressing issues facing the country, but you wouldn't know it from watching the RNC in Tampa.

Suevon Lee: Voting Rights Act: The State of Section 5

August 2012

A provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires districts with a history of suppressing minority votes to get federal approval of new voting laws, may be headed to the Supreme Court.

Claire Potter: After Britain’s Gold Rush

August 2012

London won its Olympic bid based on a promise to reinvigorate the nation’s interest in sport—now, after the Games, Parliament has to deliver the funds

Robert Reich: George W. Bush as Hurricane Isaac

August 2012

Hurricane Isaac may end up reminding voters of the legacy of George W. Bush.

Tom Engelhardt: The Best Laid Plans

August 2012

How quickly will the U.S. leave Afghanistan?

Stephen Engelberg and Kim Barker: The Flood of Secret Campaign Cash Isn’t All Citizens United

August 2012

The campaign is glutted with anonymous money because of loose FEC oversight, and the Commission is unlikely to become more assertive anytime soon.

Robert Reich: Romney’s Lying Machine

August 2012

Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, but Romney's lies are another thing altogether.

Greg Muttitt: Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

August 2012

How an American disaster paved the way for Big Oil's rise—and possible fall—in Iraq.

Linda Sarsour: Surveillance and the City

August 2012

The director of the Arab Association of New York talks with Meaghan Winter about mosque monitoring, civil liberties, and kids asking 'why do they hate us?'

Kim Barker: How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare

August 2012

Drawing on documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, here's your guide to how 501(c)(4) groups have used their tax status for purposes the law never intended.

Rachel Riederer: Rape and Rhetoric

August 2012

Todd Akin's comments highlight the danger of letting ideology create facts instead of the other way around.

Robert Reich: The Five Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America

August 2012

Introducing the so-called bold, marvelous, and much-needed Ryan-Romney economic plan.

Robert Reich: Mitt’s 13-Percent Tax

August 2012

Romney’s alleged 13% tax rate violates the core principles of tax fairness and equal sacrifice.

Craig Epplin: Snowball’s Chance, Ten Years Later

August 2012

A decade after John Reed's Orwell parody was released, it still feels current, and, perhaps, even more relevant than before.

Kim Barker: Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

August 2012

Two conservative non-profits have poured $60 million into the presidential race, far outspending the super-PACS.

Robert Reich: Whose Plan Destroys Medicare — Obama’s or Romney-Ryan’s?

August 2012

Mitt Romney has charged that the Affordable Care Act will make massive cuts in Medicare. Is he right?

The End of Gore Vidal

August 2012

The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America.

Alfred W. McCoy: Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

August 2012

How two administrations and both parties made illegality the American way of life.

Announcing $22.5 Million Fine, FTC Says It Investigated Google’s Internet Tracking Early On

August 2012

Senior FTC official said it was looking into the Google privacy issue before any articles were published about the case.

Aaron Leaf: Pussy Riot’s Closing Statements

August 2012

Instead of using her closing statement to express remorse, Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot talked about Putin, power, and the subversive potential of images.

Robert Reich: The Ryan Choice

August 2012

By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has provided a stark contrast for voters.

Nick Turse: Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War

August 2012

The election year outsourcing that no one’s talking about.

Lois Beckett: Pandora Asks Listeners to Share Their Emails With Romney

August 2012

Don't harass me on my email, don't stalk me on the apps that I use, says Crystal Harris after receiving a pop-up message asking her to share her email with the Romney campaign.

Subhankar Banerjee: Walking the Waters

August 2012

"Extreme oil" and the destruction of our oceans

David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

August 2012

The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.

Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: Afghanistan

August 2012

A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.

Justin Elliott: Lobbyist-linked Group Footed Bill for Rep. Burton’s Bahrain Trip

August 2012

The Bahrain American Council says it doesn’t have any lobbyists on its staff. But it sure is close to them.

Notes from the Underground

August 2012

Writer and former radical bookstore owner Sean Stewart talks about his new book on the underground press that was so vital to '60s counterculture.

Closing the China Gap

August 2012

China’s voracious appetite for resources isn’t something to be feared—it should be emulated.

Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” War

July 2012

Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history.

Noam Chomsky: Destroying the Commons

July 2012

How the Magna Carta became a minor carta.

Maurice Chammah: Egypt’s Military Kitsch

July 2012

As Egypt’s first civilian president assumes his role, it’s unclear how much political power the nation’s generals will wield.

Ivan Illich: Origins of Our Economic Powerlessness

July 2012

Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.

Mattea Kramer: Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

July 2012

How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country's most pressing issues.

Roslyn Bernstein: Report from Berlin – Artists, Studios, and History

July 2012

How Berlin's past shapes its present and future as an artist base.

Robert Reich: The Perfect Storm for Selling American Democracy

July 2012

Our democracy is for sale. And people are buying.

Street Art and the New Bohemian: A conversation with Eric Drooker and Molly Crabapple

July 2012

The two visual artists on the gravitas needed to make protest art, the rhetoric and representations of the Occupy movement, and how to seduce an audience by grabbing them by the eyeballs.

Nick Turse: Obama’s Scramble for Africa

July 2012

Secret wars, secret bases, and the Pentagon’s “new spice route” in Africa.

Megha Rajagopalan: How Many Millions of Cellphones Are Police Watching?

July 2012

No one knows for sure why or how many cell phone records have been picked up, or whether it's fully legal.

Rebecca Solnit: Apologies to Mexico

July 2012

As narcotraficantes terrorize Mexico with surreal acts of violence, it's time to reconsider our basic assumptions about the U.S. War on Drugs.

Robert Reich: The Truth About Obama’s Tax Proposal

July 2012

There's the media portraying President Obama's tax proposal, and then there's the real thing.

Richard Falk: Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

July 2012

What is the best way to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon?

Robert Reich: The Wall Street Scandal of All Scandals

July 2012

Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, here's the insider-trading Libor scandal.

Tom Engelhardt: The Military Solution

July 2012

A process of militarization is working its way through all facets of American government, and it's not likely to stop any time soon.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The John Roberts Head Fake

July 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare obscures the ruling’s other, deeply conservative result: a road-map for gutting Congressional power.

Robert Reich: Patriotism

July 2012

There are two competing visions of patriotism in America today.

Robert Reich: Mitt Romney and the New Gilded Age

July 2012

America's multimillionaires are buying the 2012 election—and with it, American democracy, taking us back to the Gilded Age.

Robert Reich: Ponderings on the New Politics of Extremism

June 2012

Washington feels under siege. Who's outside the walls?

Peter Van Buren: Leaking War

June 2012

Is the Obama administration's crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers indicative of a new sort of Imperial Presidency?

Robert Reich: Why the Economy Can’t Get Out of First Gear

June 2012

The problem isn't taxes or Wall Street. It's that we just don't have enough money.

Robert Reich: Why the Public’s Growing Disdain for the Supreme Court May Help Obamacare

June 2012

Less than half of Americans believe that the Supreme Court is doing a good job. Here's what that may mean.

Loren Lynch: (Re)Call to Action

June 2012

Scott Walker is the first American governor to survive a recall election. It wasn't just about the money.

Richard Falk: On the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations

June 2012

To solve global problems, we have to start thinking in terms of civilizations instead of than nation-states.  A dispatch from the recent Istanbul Partners Forum.

David Morris: A Phony Crisis

June 2012

The U.S. Postal Service is scaling back in the face of a massive budget deficit. Did it bring this on itself, or is someone else to blame?

Tomas Hachard: The Red Ink

June 2012

What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?

Bill McKibben: The Planet Wreckers

June 2012

Climate change denial is facing significant new challenges, but the fight is nowhere close to over.

Robert Reich: U.S. Wages and European Austerity

May 2012

We may be about to enter the worse of both worlds.

Robert Reich: Romney-Trump in 2012

May 2012

The Romney campaign is getting very close to Donald Trump, but why?

Robert Reich: True Patriotism

May 2012

True patriotism means taking your share of America's burden.

Wuer Kaixi: Returning Home—Or Not

May 2012

Dissident Wuer Kaixi talks about fellow activist Chen Guangcheng, his own attempt to return to China, and his continued hope for “counter-talk” with the regime that exiled him.

Andrew J. Bacevich: Unleashed

May 2012

Globalizing the global war on terror.

Tom Engelhardt: How to Forget on Memorial Day

May 2012

Whistling past the graveyard of empires.

Robert Reich: Why Obama Should Be Attacking Casino Capitalism

May 2012

Are the recent controversies surrounding JPMorgan Chase and Bain Capital isolated incidents, or symptomatic of a single, larger problem?

Jamal Mahjoub: The Half-Life of a Revolution

May 2012

Egypt's presidential election is a tremendous opportunity for the Egyptian people, but does not come without risks.

Josh Dratel: Updates in the War on Civilian Privacy

May 2012

With surveillance cameras on every corner and our smartphones tracking our every move, we've entered a new era of the war on civilian privacy.

Robert Reich: How Odd that Mitt’s Smitten With Clinton

May 2012

Mitt Romney has spoken highly of the Clinton administration. Is it pandering, or could he really mean it?

Ellen Cantarow: How Rural America Got Fracked

May 2012

The environmental nightmare you know nothing about.

Tomas Hachard: At the End of the Arc

May 2012

Kelly Reichardt's Oregon Trilogy, screening at the Whitney's Biennial, explores the thin lines between hope and loss, sorrow and joy, the America we've got and the one we could have had.

William J. Astore: The National Security State Wins (Again)

May 2012

There will be a winner in the 2012 election, but it won't be Obama or Romney.

Robert Reich: How J.P. Morgan Chase Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Banks and Resurrecting Glass-Steagall

May 2012

J.P. Morgan's mounting losses and poor monitoring reveal the ongoing fragility of the U.S. banking system.

Belén Fernández: Honduras’ Illegitimate President and His Cheering Squad

May 2012

Honduran President Pepe Lobo received an International Leadership Award last week from the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. But why?

Randa Jarrar: Imagining Myself in Palestine

May 2012

On a recent trip to Israel, Randa Jarrar gets detained, denied entry, and sent to the "Arab Room."

Tom Engelhardt: America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill

May 2012

On staring death in the face and not noticing.

David Morris: Profiles of Political Courage

May 2012

Health care reform may be repealed if Republicans win in November, but it may not be the only president's signature legislation that's in danger.

Michael T. Klare: The Energy Wars Heat Up

May 2012

Six recent clashes and conflicts on a planet heading into energy overdrive.

Robert Reich: On Bedrooms and Boardrooms

May 2012

The latest election controversies are over gay marriage and abortions, but we're not in trouble because of what goes on in the bedroom. We're in trouble because of the CEOs in the boardrooms.

Noam Chomsky: Plutonomy and the Precariat

May 2012

On the history of the U.S. economy in decline.

Richard Falk: Under the Radar

May 2012

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are staging hunger strikes in Israeli detention centers.

Robert Reich: Why the Economy is Heading for a Stall

May 2012

It's a bad idea to enact cuts in government spending right when consumers can't spend more.

Bill McKibben: Too Hot Not to Notice?

May 2012

A planet connected by wild weather.

Richard Falk: Charles Taylor and Selective Criminal Accountability

May 2012

While the United States advocates for international criminal justice, it may be ignoring human rights abuses closer to home.

Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

May 2012

Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.

Tom Engelhardt: The Obama Contradiction

April 2012

Obama: Weakling at home, imperial president abroad.

Richard Falk: Choosing a President for the World Bank

April 2012

Why the international search for the new head of the World Bank was a charade.

Anthony Kammer: After Me, The Flood

April 2012

Our economy’s death cycle has a very famous historical parallel: the lead-up to the French revolution.

Rachel Riederer: Emergency in Slow Motion

April 2012

"The Island President," a new film about the crisis in the Maldives, wants to change the way we talk about climate change.

Dilip Hiro: Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

April 2012

Dilip Hiro describes how the Pakistani government has outmaneuvered Washington to the tune of several billion dollars.

Richard Falk: Nuclear Weapons Are Not Instruments of Peace

April 2012

Richard Falk on the so-called decline of violence, nuclear weapons, and subtle academic corruption.

Robert Reich: Why a Fair Economy Is Not Incompatible with Growth but Essential to It

April 2012

Robert Reich on how economic fairness encourages growth, not stifles it.

Robert Reich: Why the Buffett Rule Sets the Bar Too Low

April 2012

Robert Reich on three reasons why Obama's plan to reduce income equality will not do enough.

Tom Engelhardt: The Afghan Syndrome

April 2012

Vietnam has left town, say "hello" to the new syndrome on the block.

Robert Reich: What Today’s Job Numbers Mean

April 2012

The numbers suggest our economic recovery may be stalling, and it's for the simplest of reasons.

Ela Bittencourt: Biotechnology and Its Human Tragedies in India

April 2012

Director Micha X. Peled's Bitter Seeds is a compelling portrait of families and biotechnology in modern India.

Tom Engelhardt: Drone Warfare and the United States of Fear

April 2012

Anis Shivani interviews Tom Engelhardt, creator of TomDispatch, about how today's political leaders are leading us toward Soviet-era doublethink and decline.

Rachel Signer: The Trillion-Dollar Question (Part II)

April 2012

Skyrocketing student loan debt has dramatically changed the historical conversation about the social worth of education.

Mallika Kaur: France of Institutionalized Discrimination, “J’accuse!”

April 2012

France has institutionalized discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs, and Jews—but that hasn't stopped India, home to large populations of Muslims and Sikhs, from brokering an international arms deals with the country.

David L. Hudson Jr.: The Heckler’s Veto at School

April 2012

How a picture of an astronaut set off a court case over student free speech rights.

Rachel Riederer: How the Million Hoodies March Quells Our Unreasonable Fears

March 2012

Hoodiephobia is real, irrational, racial—and that’s why the Million Hoodies March is so important.

Russ Baker: The Trayvon Effect, Americans As Tragedy Addicts

March 2012

The Trayvon Martin case is emotional, high-stakes, and has been getting a lot of attention—but should human drama drive the discourse?

Robert Reich: Healthcare Jiujitsu

March 2012

With a bit of political jujitsu, the President could turn any such defeat into a victory for a single-payer healthcare system—Medicare for all.

Gal Beckerman: The DNA of the Israeli-American Jewish Relationship

March 2012

Q&A with the recent winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Richard Falk: The Ordeal of Hana Shalabi

March 2012

Hana Shalabi continues her historic hunger strike to protest abuse that she experienced and her objections to the Israeli practice of prolonged detention without charges, without trial.

Joshua Dratel: The Evaporation of American Political Dissent

March 2012

Is the anti-Occupy law fundamentally un-American?

Robert Reich: Why Mitt Won’t Be Able to Hide From His Primary Self

March 2012

Mitt Romney needs to learn that we’re no longer in an Etch-a-Sketch world.

William D. Hartung: Throwing Money at the Pentagon

March 2012

A lesson in Republican math.

Karen J. Greenberg: The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror

March 2012

Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, on how the most important thing in Washington now is “messaging”, and how this affects Washington’s unnerving national security.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Rediscovering Poverty

March 2012

How we cured the “culture of poverty” but not culture itself.

Carmen García Durazo: M.I.A.’s Controversial “Bad Girls” Video Will Do Nothing For Saudi Women

March 2012

M.I.A. likes to portray herself as a revolutionary, but if the “Bad Girls” video is any indication, she’s more interested in pandering to Western stereotypes of Arab countries.

Danny Thiemann: In Syria, “Holding a Camera is a Death Sentence”

March 2012

Danny Thiemann interviews the founders of the Syrian citizen-journalist movement.

Erik Raschke: A Dutch Dissonance

March 2012

The Dutch love to chide America on its unethical domestic policy—so it’s time they looked at their own.

Michael T. Klare: A Tough-Oil World

March 2012

Why 21st century oil will break the bank—and the planet.

Robert Reich: Why We Need a Surtax on the Super Wealthy

March 2012

With the wealth gap so large, shouldn’t we be aiming higher than a “Buffet tax” on the incomes of millionaires?

The Weight of the Poor

September 2011 The professor Glenn Beck loves to hate speaks with Cornel West about waitressing, black nationalism, how the radical right helped her define her politics, and why she’s gloomy about America’s future.

On the Fly: Robert Reich

April 2011 The former Secretary of Labor on the Great Recession, class warfare, and why President Obama must challenge right-wing distortions with a counter-narrative.

The Un-Victim

February 2011 In the wake of sedition threats by the Indian government, the writer and activist describes the stupidest question she gets asked, the cuss-word that made her respect the power of language, and the limits of preaching nonviolence.

The Wrong Side

November 2010 The unrepentant revolutionary poet and Beat godfather, now 91, looks back at friendships with Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda, Fidel, and the Sandinistas—and asks when The Nation will publish his next poem.

Captive

June 2010 The former prisoner of the Colombian FARC on life in the jungle, coming to forgive, and Emmanuel, her son born in captivity.

Sanctioning Disaster

June 2010

The Burma expert defends aid, diplomacy, and “understanding” Burma’s dictators in order to improve human rights, sway softliners, and save lives.

Economics for the Rest of Us

May 2010 Columbia professor Moshe Adler on why Main Street needs to take economics back from Wall Street.

101 Billionaires

March 2010 At the beginning of 2008, the list of the richest Russians contained 101 billionaires; a magical number that for the time being will not be matched. These photographs document a very different Russia.

Generation, Gap

March 2010 The financial watchdog on the trouble the American middle class is in, who’s responsible for it, and what needs to be done to get out of it.

On the Emancipation of Women

January 2010

Just as the 1800s were ripe for the abolition of slavery, this century will bring forces to bear on freeing women from violence, slavery, and oppression.

Taking Care of Wall Street

December 2009 The Ohio Congresswoman (and the House’s longest-serving woman) on the vested interests in our broken system, how the bailout made things worse, and if she traded earmarks for donations.

Chomsky Half Full

November 2009

The controversial critic of U.S. foreign policy discusses his forthcoming book, the hypocrisy of neoliberalism, where he feels hopeful about democracy despite U.S. terrorism, and his friendship—okay, passing acquaintance—with Hugo Chavez and other “pink tide” presidents.