Opinion | Joe Manchin Got the Voting Bill He Wanted. Time to Pass It.

Far too many Republicans are gamers in a cynical pantomime: They say that the new voting restrictions being handed throughout the nation are designed solely to thwart widespread voting fraud, when the actuality is that widespread fraud doesn’t exist and the new restrictions’ function is to frustrate and drawback voters…

Opinion | In a Pennsylvania Town, Tainted Water Was Only the Beginning

I first encountered Tom Crawley eight years in the past, once I attended a city corridor hosted by a Republican state consultant, Garth Everett, in the cavernous volunteer firehall of Hughesville, a hamlet nestled in the Appalachian foothills of North Central Pennsylvania. I’m an environmental sociologist, and I had lately…

Opinion | Repression Without Borders

Smiting foes wherever they could be has a agency place in mythology, literature and historical past. The meddling Greek gods. James Bond’s license to kill. Joseph Stalin’s hit man who lastly caught up with Leon Trotsky in Mexico City. Given this legacy, it’s honest to ask why human rights organizations…

Opinion | One Thing I Don’t Plan to Do Before I Die Is Make a Bucket List

I want somebody had instructed me that the top of a life is a mathematical equation. At 35, the docs inform me I have Stage IV colon most cancers and a slim probability of survival. Suddenly years dwindle into months, months into days, and I start to depend them. All…

Opinion | A Guide to Finding Faith

“If appreciating among the concepts in St. Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ was sufficient to make you a Christian,” a buddy mentioned to me some years in the past, “then I’d be a Christian. But a personal God? The miracles? I can’t get there yet.” Whenever I write concerning the decline of organized…

Opinion | Why Hungary Inspires So Much Fear and Fascination

For the previous couple of years, Hungary, a rustic of fewer than 10 million folks, has occupied an outsize place within the creativeness of American liberals and conservatives. If you assume the American proper is sliding towards authoritarianism, you cite Viktor Orban’s nationalist authorities as a darkish mannequin for the…

Opinion | Cubans Want Much More Than an End to the U.S. Embargo

In the final month, Cuba has been rocked by the largest antigovernment protests in a long time in response to the nation’s Covid-19 disaster, meals and drugs shortages, a shrinking financial system and longstanding restrictions on rights. The protests have been largely peaceable, with Cubans spontaneously becoming a member of…

Opinion | Andrew Cuomo and the Quislings of Albany

WASHINGTON — “Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded” by Samuel Richardson is an 18th-century British novel a couple of highly effective man who makes life a horror for a reasonably younger maidservant by consistently harassing and assaulting her. In the most shuddersome passage, he’s aided in his efforts by Mrs. Jewkes, his…

Opinion | Covid, the Unvaccinated and Where to Direct Our Rage

In the spring, I obtained my Covid-19 vaccination photographs from county well being employees in an outdated constructing on the principal avenue of a tiny Kansas city. My first dose got here from a quiet nurse carrying a plastic visor over his N-95 masks and a leather-based cowboy belt with…