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The Inaccessibility of the Lives of Others

Nobody has ever catcalled me.  God knows I’ve tried: short shorts, no top, the whole caboodle.  But however much I’m “asking for it,” it...

How Donald Trump gets away with saying things other candidates can’t

This is piece is not saying that Donald Trump never means what he says. It's just sayin'...

In the Ruins

"Under a superb, dazzling sun, the devastated city stretches outward like a cemetery without end." Zabel reports on the 1909 massacres in Adana

The Fatwa on Chess

  Saudi Arabia's leading religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, last week put a fatwa on chess in advance of a tournament scheduled to be...

Nous Sommes Paris

I love Paris. Walking through the world’s most beautiful streets for the Climate Conference reminded me of why. To me and to so many, Paris...

Reporter’s Notebook: Inside the Brothels of Mumbai

I am seated cross-legged on a brothel floor on a hot April afternoon. The door is ajar. Just beyond it, a disheveled man in a...

Congo: the Story of One Family’s Endurance

The tragedies in the Congo brought to focus in the most personal, human way

Goodbye Climate Change, Goodbye Global Poverty?

A political agenda for dealing humanely with climate change will have to come from the Global South

Interlude: Yemen

It’s Thursday in Old Sana’a, and the call to prayer has yet to rush anyone home. Our motley tourist troupe – Egyptian, Brazilian, Canadian, American...
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Coming of AIDS

Dedicated to every angel in America—then and now. Coming of age, as I did, during the 1980s meant that I came of age in the...

An End to Impunity? Protests and Hope for Mexico

MEXICO CITY – I have covered many massacres, witnessed too much bloodshed, so many that the latest killings should not have come as a...

The Case for Wikipedia

Last weekend as Harvard prepared to take on Yale for Ivy League football bragging rights, a “Yale cites Wikipedia” poster flashed on College GameDay....