Crisis at the Kitchen Table

Last month, as the power switched off for the fourth night in a week in Maracaibo, a mother, father, and their two teenage girls gathered around the kitchen table to discuss their future.…

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In El Paso, Language Matters

The recent shooting attack in which a young white man is accused of killing 22 people in a Walmart in El Paso fits a new trend among perpetrators of far-right violence: They want the world…

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August and Everything After

Every August brings peak tourist season to Washington. Hordes of families and school groups swarm Capitol Hill and the Mall, drawing groans for standing on the left of the Metro escalators,…

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Spain's Democratic Decline

Spain is generally considered a healthy democracy, but troubling trends lie beneath the surface. Spain consistently violates international conventions — particularly in its treatment…

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Good Faith on the Florida Straits

I sat on the bow of the 50-year-old Coast Guard cutter just south of Key West. The sun beat down on the blue tarp overhead, and the thick humid air hadn’t stirred for days. I had soaked…

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We Need More Fiction

My commuter train to London feels, at times, like a locker room on rails. Men in suits and undone ties in a plume of cologne. Made up faces are finished, inboxes are emptied, and, in the…

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