A Political and Literary Forum
During the Cold War, the “police apparatus” was held up as a prime example of Soviet repression. Yet in its efforts to fight subversives, the United States ended up with its own carceral state.
They also acknowledged, for the first time, that the grounds for torturing Abu Zubaydah—who was detained in the wake of September 11 and is still languishing in Guantánamo—were mistaken.
As news leaks of India’s forced communications blackout in Kashmir, the work of poet Agha Shahid Ali is tragically timely—both its depiction of Kashmiri suffering and the poet’s attempt to imagine a better future for his home.
Contemporary gun violence is not so much terrorism as tradition. It is deeply intertwined with the white supremacist foundations of the United States.
With virtually no democratic oversight and over 6,500 missiles in the United States alone, the use of nuclear weapons is almost inevitable. So why is it so hard to think about nuclear war?
Elaine Scarry, Rachel Ablow
The doomsday clock is inching towards midnight. A reading list for a time of new nuclear threats.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
The Cold War says more about how U.S. elites imagined their “freedom” than it does about enabling other people to be free.
Nikhil Pal Singh
The famine in Yemen is not simply “man-made.” Particular men are responsible, and they should be brought to justice.
Alex de Waal
Donald Trump says there is “a crisis of the soul” at the border. He is right, though not in the way he thinks.
It reflects, like a funhouse mirror, a twisted image of U.S. imperialism.
A reading list on surveillance, security, and citizenship-for-sale.
We have surrendered the cherished value of “innocent until proven guilty” for the security logic that we are all “risky until proven safe.”
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