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The American War on Women

The American War on Women

When men feel superior to women, empowered by culture and the law, or the lack thereof, violence and bloodshed follow. By the time you finish reading this piece — and every 11 minutes thereafter — a woman will have been killed by someone she knew, even trusted.

How ‘Stand Your Ground’ Erodes a Homicide Probe

'Stand Your Ground’ and Murder

A suspect shot and killed an unarmed man in a vehicle outside his house, then claimed it was self-defense. At the heart of this case is the expansion of “Stand Your Ground” laws, which expanded self-defense to public spaces, thus removing the traditional “duty to de-escalate” a conflict.

Globally, a Waning Gun Culture: Is It a Lesson for America? 

Globally, a Waning Gun Culture: Is It a Lesson for America? 

As I grew up in Pakistan in the 1980s, gun culture was a big deal, as large a presence in society as it is in America. Guns were to men what jewelry was to women. It took the emergence of a real threat to change Pakistan. Can America similarly adapt?

The Deep State: the Conspiratorial Turn in America

The Deep State: the Conspiratorial Turn in America

The concept of the Deep State began as something real and tangible: a parallel network of power behind the politics of Turkey. In America, though, it is the realm of conspiracy, seized upon by Trump, the Jan. 6 insurrectionists and QAnon supporters alike.

Restoring Glory to a Baltimore Neighborhood

Restoring Glory to a Baltimore Neighborhood

Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood erupted into America’s consciousness with the murder of Freddie Gray by police officers in 2015. But the struggle to recapture the neighborhood’s former glory predate one unhappy Sunday morning – and say much about the attitude of local and national government towards one of the most disadvantaged areas of the country

Two 19th-Century Tales of Muslims and American Slavery

Two 19th-Century Tales of Muslims and American Slavery

Western scholarly approaches tend to approach African and Islamic studies in separate lenses: “too Islamic” to be a legitimate subject of study for most anthropologists and Africanists, and “too African” to be of interest to Islamicists, thereby causing African-Muslim scholarly voices to fall through the cracks.

In Ukraine Coverage, the Press May Be Doing Putin’s Work

In Ukraine Coverage, the Press May Be Doing Putin’s Work

By now everyone is surely an expert on the mud-freeze theory of warfare or whether bombs-away begins halfway through the bobsleigh or snowboarding competition in Beijing.