WORLD WATCH - Washington cares less about Ukrainian independence and sovereignty than Russia.
WORLD WATCH - America’s national media typically pay little attention to the moves the nation’s state lawmakers make.
NATIONAL SECURITY - A relative of mine, who works for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiling data on foreigners entering the United States, recently posted a curious logo on his Facebook profile: a white Roman numeral three on a black background surrounded by 13 white stars.
ROE VS WADE POLITICS - Saturday 22 January marks 49 years since the US Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v Wade, the court case established a right to abortion across the US.
LABOR POLITICS - Even as retail and hospitality workers see pay hikes, the wealthiest Americans got even bigger raises during the pandemic — widening income inequality even further.
OVERDUE PROCESS - The U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay reached its shameful 20th anniversary this January. Its legacy is the detention of nearly 800 Muslim men and boys, most without charge or trial. Many have been tortured.
CONFRONTING WHITE NATIONALISM - “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu
ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY - "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can do much to help it…The freedom to do as one likes leads straight to its overthrow." —Judge Learned Hand, 1944
A VIEW FROM HERE - Although the country’s history with slavery is not the core problem facing the nation, there is the need to root out a strong anti-Black legal tradition.
IMMIGRATION WATCH - One of the signal stories of 2021 was a narrative of unfulfilled promise:
HOUSING WATCH - A few weeks ago, in November, activists in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, had done something momentous: in each of their cities, against the deep-pocketed landlord lobby, they managed to convince voters to pass pro-rent control ballot measures.
DC WATCH - The Biden administration’s foreign policy in its first year was mostly defined by an unwillingness to make major policy changes and to take significant political risks to follow through on the president’s campaign pledges.
DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE - The just-concluded Summit for Democracy was intended to be a rallying point for democratic and nearly-democratic states, with pep talks on confronting rising authoritarianism and building democratic institutions.
TRUMP WATCH - You have to listen to what Donald Trump says. If he’s made one thing clear, it’s that, when it comes to the big stuff, he keeps no secrets.
POLITICAL UNREST - In recent years, the world has been shaken by protests. From the Arab Spring to the social uprisings in Chile and Latin America, the world has seen a dramatic rise in protests.
CHILD CARE - Child care is one of the biggest expenses many families face — in much of the country, it can run higher than college tuition. Could a national child care program ease that burden?
HOUSING WATCH - It seems like everyone is talking about housing these days. For many, it is in a state of crisis.