A Creek Named Malaita

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August 22, 2020

“As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore,” Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) famously cautioned her congressional colleagues as she prepared to cast the lone dissenting vote of 519 against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Afghanistan. Wh...

July 12, 2020

The murder of George Floyd by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department laid bare the city’s and the country’s failure to reckon with the realities of institutionalized racism in core components of American life. In Minneapolis itself, unrelenting activists have ch...

May 8, 2020

What happens when “The Beautiful Game” becomes the dirtiest, bloodiest game imaginable? 

What happens when an event renowned for its displays of world-class individual skill on the biggest stage becomes the backdrop for the dehumanization and oppression of the individua...

March 29, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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January 13, 2020

"You have the watches. We have the time."

A saying among Afghan locals, reflecting decades of foreign intrusion, attributed to a captured Taliban fighter. It means that the foreign forces will one day leave, while the locals will always stay.

Last month, a series of prev...

December 17, 2019

The Iowa caucuses are often held up as both a strong indicator of how a presidential campaign will play out and a somewhat perfect representation of the state of democracy in America. Unfortunately for everyone but the handful of highly politically-engaged, racially ho...

October 29, 2019

When Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) arrived in Washington, he came in with a reputation as a critic of neoconservatism and the foreign policy establishment. “Foreign policy can often be a jumble of contradictions. Global enemies of the last decade can be our allies in today’...

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