Costumes from the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
Jim Lo Scalzo
Speculative writers flesh out our passing thoughts into complete, functioning societies and explore how they might unfold.
By obsessing over labels, we avoid having to confront more difficult questions.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is seen in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in 2018.
International law has deep connections to structures of power and inequality. Thankfully, committed jurists like Fatou Bensouda are fighting oppression through their unapologetic acts of resistance.
The biggest little bird in the nest.
On the back of the Mueller investigation's apparent exoneration of the POTUS, here's another surprise.
A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, April 2017.
Despite two major journalistic investigations of Fox News' so-called 'empire,' the idea that Fox News wields immense political power in the US and in the White House falls apart under scrutiny.
In the first year of ‘Russiagate’ coverage, the combined profits from Fox News, MSNBC and CNN increased by 13 percent.
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For the rest of us, it's another sign of the country's eroding media and political landscape.
Inmates, members of MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs, wait upon arrival at the maximum security prison in Zacatecoluca, 65 kilometres east of San Salvador, on August 9, 2017.
Marvin RECINOS / AFP
Imaginaries of gangs as inherent forms of brutal anarchy promote particular political agendas and obscure the ways gangs can reveal the underlying dynamics of the contexts within which they emerge.
How will Trump’s rural and small-town voters affect American politics after he’s gone?
Rural and small-town residents believe they aren't getting their fair share from the government. A majority of them were Trump supporters in 2016. How will they vote when Trump is gone?
Attorney General William Barr at an April 18 press conference about the public release of the special counsel’s report on Donald Trump.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
As the special counsel's investigation of Trump turns into a partisan battle in Congress, here are four key issues to follow.
A Pennsylvania elector holds her ballot for President-elect Donald Trump before casting it in December 2016.
Does the Electoral College encourage candidates to campaign in rural areas, as its supporters claim? And do electors actually filter the 'passions' of voters, as the founders wanted them to?
Too many people are spurning democracy and being seduced by propaganda, fake news and political strongmen. This First World War poster shows a giant Gibson Girl as the symbol of democracy, punching a German soldier resembling Hindenburg.
Many citizens are searching for certainty and control in uncertain times. But that means too many are spurning democracy and being seduced by fake news and political strongmen. Democracy needs our help.
Special counsel Robert Mueller reached no definitive conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in firing FBI Director James Comey or attacking his own investigation.
Reuters/Hyungwon Kang, AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Reuters/Jonathan Ernst, Twitter
Legally, a person can obstruct justice even if he committed no other crime – though it is harder to prove. It all depends on the intent behind pressuring investigators, say, or firing an FBI director.
Cars pass the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 25, 2019.
Russian media outlets are holding up the Mueller report as another example of American dysfunction, with President Trump a symptom of larger problems rather than the man who might solve them.
In this August 2017 photo, an RCMP officer informs a migrant couple of the location of a legal border station, shortly before they illegally crossed from Champlain, N.Y., to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Québec.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charles Krupa
Canada wants to expand a Canada-U.S. pact to make it tougher for asylum-seekers from the U.S. to come to Canada. The question is: What will Canada have to give the United States to get them to agree?
Attorney General William P. Barr, appointed by Donald Trump, has provided Congress with only a summary of Mueller’s report.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon/Jose Luis Magana
The president and attorney general can try to keep the findings of Mueller's investigation secret. They'll likely use both the secrecy of grand jury proceedings and executive privilege to do that.
A Likud party election campaign billboard outside Jerusalem reads: ‘Netanyahu is a different league’.
The US president's tweet declaring the US would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian territory was unexpected and will do nothing for regional stability.
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants.
Though largely political and symbolic, the campus free speech order that President Trump issued matters because it ties millions of federal research dollars to how well colleges protect free speech.
How man-made barriers can harm humanity for centuries.
Women and men sitting with baby carriages in 1916 in front of The Sanger Clinic in Brooklyn, considered the first Planned Parenthood clinic.
New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection/Library of Congress
The Trump administration's proposal to block federally funded organizations from providing comprehensive reproductive health care will deprive millions of people access to sexual health services.
President Donald Trump signs the first veto of his presidency in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 15, 2019.
President Trump vetoed Congress' rejection of his emergency declaration. That brings the constitutional confrontation closer to the Supreme Court and a potentially destabilizing outcome.