New Novel Glimpses the Dangers Facing the Impending “Asian Century”

People walk near the India Gate monument amid heavy smog in New Delhi, India, on Oct. 28, 2016. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images After hundreds of years of domination by the West, the world is now primed to have an “Asian Century.” After a long period of decline, demographic and economic trends point to … Continue reading “New Novel Glimpses the Dangers Facing the Impending “Asian Century””

Jerome Powell Calls Fed’s Role in Addressing Climate “Limited”

The Federal Reserve’s role in the climate emergency is “limited,” Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday, to what is effectively an educational role in helping financial institutions understand their long-term risk. Powell’s narrow approach was offered in response to questioning from Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who have pushed for the Fed to … Continue reading “Jerome Powell Calls Fed’s Role in Addressing Climate “Limited””

Is Biden in the Midst of a World Historic Crime Against Humanity?

The normally reserved International Committee of the Red Cross recently made a surprisingly direct statement about the unfolding economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. They said, “Can the international community” — meaning the U.S. — “hold 39 million people hostage to the fact that they do not want to recognise the authorities that are now … Continue reading “Is Biden in the Midst of a World Historic Crime Against Humanity?”

Former Ambassador on Haitian President in March: “Put Him Aside” and Embrace “Prime Minister Option”

At a little-noticed House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in March 2021, headlined “Policy Recommendations on Haiti for the Biden Administration,” a former ambassador to Haiti recommended that the way to deal with troublesome President Jovenel Moïse was to “put him aside” and embrace something she called “the prime minister option.” The U.S. was unsatisfied with … Continue reading “Former Ambassador on Haitian President in March: “Put Him Aside” and Embrace “Prime Minister Option””

I Spent 20 Years Covering America’s Secretive Detention Regime. Torture Was Always the Subtext.

“U.S. Takes Hooded, Shackled Detainees to Cuba,” declared the Washington Post headline on January 11, 2002. The reporters who wrote it were on the ground at Guantánamo Bay and in Kandahar, Afghanistan. I was in Washington, at my desk in the Post newsroom, where I worked as a researcher. As I read the story, one … Continue reading “I Spent 20 Years Covering America’s Secretive Detention Regime. Torture Was Always the Subtext.”

House Republicans Release Text of Redacted Fauci Emails on Covid Origins

On Tuesday, Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a letter that paints a damning picture of U.S. government officials wrestling with whether the novel coronavirus may have leaked out of a lab they were funding, acknowledging that it may have, and then keeping the discussion from spilling out into public view. … Continue reading “House Republicans Release Text of Redacted Fauci Emails on Covid Origins”

Why Civil Rights Groups Boycotted Joe Biden’s Speech on Voting Rights in Georgia

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Georgia on Tuesday to talk about overcoming a Senate filibuster for voting rights in the middle of a statewide hangover. The University of Georgia’s win over Alabama for the national college football title had half the state looking for an aspirin after parties the prior night. The … Continue reading “Why Civil Rights Groups Boycotted Joe Biden’s Speech on Voting Rights in Georgia”

“Don’t Look Up” and Fighting Capitalism With Naomi Klein

As 2022 begins, the world continues to see the effects of the climate crisis — from the severe drought in East Africa to the odd snowfall in British Columbia. But since December 5, a new film has been sounding the alarm. In Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up,” an allegory about the impending climate disaster, scientists discover an … Continue reading ““Don’t Look Up” and Fighting Capitalism With Naomi Klein”

Fire Retardant Violations Reported Twice Last Year in Bronx Apartment Building

The Bronx apartment building where a fire killed at least 17 people Sunday, eight of them children, was the subject of at least two maintenance code violations last year related to broken or defective fire retardant material in its walls. Publicly available data shows that on April 2 and October 21, 2021, the New York … Continue reading “Fire Retardant Violations Reported Twice Last Year in Bronx Apartment Building”

The Bronx Fire Was Not Only a Tragedy, but Also a Housing Injustice

First responders at the scene of the fire that engulfed a residential building in New York, killing 17 people, on Jan. 9, 2022. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images Within 12 hours of New York City’s deadliest fire in decades, which killed 19 people in the Bronx on Sunday night, officials were willing and able to apportion … Continue reading “The Bronx Fire Was Not Only a Tragedy, but Also a Housing Injustice”

Harry Reid Had the Courage Of Obama’s Convictions

On the night of December 16, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dialed President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. The Democrats had been shellacked in the midterms a bit over a month earlier, and Republicans were set to take over the House in just two weeks. That meant two weeks to finish what they could … Continue reading “Harry Reid Had the Courage Of Obama’s Convictions”

Bolsonaro Gave Brazil’s Army New Powers. The Generals Won’t Give Them Up Easily.

“Leader! Leader!” chanted dozens of uniformed cadets on the palm-lined grounds of Agulhas Negras Military Academy, Brazil’s equivalent of West Point. The young men bunched together tightly to listen to a special visitor, Jair Bolsonaro, then a member of Congress. “We need to change Brazil, OK?” Bolsonaro told the crowd in 2014, just a month … Continue reading “Bolsonaro Gave Brazil’s Army New Powers. The Generals Won’t Give Them Up Easily.”

Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum Is Facing a Serious Primary Challenge From the Left

A primary challenger to Rep. Betty McCollum raised more than $300,000 in the fourth quarter of 2021, marking the first major bid to unseat the Minnesota Democrat in her 21-year tenure in Congress. The challenge to McCollum comes from Amane Badhasso, a Democratic organizer and operative who arrived in Minnesota, like many others in the Twin … Continue reading “Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum Is Facing a Serious Primary Challenge From the Left”

More Kids and Overwhelmingly Black: New Records Show Concerning Trends in D.C. Gang Database

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department’s gang database almost tripled in size over eight years, and nearly nine out of 10 entries with a race listed are Black people, who make up 46 percent of D.C.’s population, according to internal records obtained by The Intercept. The records also include a breakdown of gang database entries … Continue reading “More Kids and Overwhelmingly Black: New Records Show Concerning Trends in D.C. Gang Database”

The Silence — or Worse — of Human Rights Hawks on U.S. Sanctions Against Afghanistan

A general view of a camp where some families make a living from begging, and others consider selling their children due to poverty in Qala-E-Naw, Afghanistan, on Oct. 28, 2021. Photo: Ahmad Seddiqi/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesMonths after the U.S.-backed Afghan government fell to the Taliban, ordinary Afghans now face what could be their direst winter in … Continue reading “The Silence — or Worse — of Human Rights Hawks on U.S. Sanctions Against Afghanistan”

Prosecutors Hit Anti-Pipeline Protesters With Felony Charges to Send a Message, Defense Says

Months after the pipeline company Enbridge announced it had finished its Line 3 pipeline, hundreds of the project’s opponents have pending court cases for arrests made at protests during last year’s construction. Defense attorneys for the water protectors, as the members of the Indigenous-led anti-pipeline movement are known, said many of the charges are overly … Continue reading “Prosecutors Hit Anti-Pipeline Protesters With Felony Charges to Send a Message, Defense Says”

Refugees Detained With No-Vax Djokovic in Australia Suddenly Have World’s Attention

The global media frenzy over Australia’s temporary detention of anti-vaccine tennis star Novak Djokovic has inadvertently drawn attention to the cruel mistreatment of refugees imprisoned in the same run-down, bug-infested facility in Melbourne. News reports showing Djokovic’s fans, and local anti-vaxxers, rallying in his support outside the Park Hotel, a makeshift detention center, have included … Continue reading “Refugees Detained With No-Vax Djokovic in Australia Suddenly Have World’s Attention”

Uber CEO Admits Company Can Afford Labor Protections for Drivers

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi reassured investors concerned about new European Union regulations in December, telling a group of bankers that his company can continue to thrive even under rules that would force it to hire drivers as employees. “We can make any model work,” Khosrowshahi said when asked about potential EU legislation that would require Uber to designate drivers … Continue reading “Uber CEO Admits Company Can Afford Labor Protections for Drivers”

Update: Devonia Inman Is Free

Devonia Inman’s exoneration was the culmination of decades of work, first by the Georgia Innocence Project, which secured DNA evidence pointing to another suspect, and then by former Georgia State University law professor Jessica Cino and pro bono attorneys with the Atlanta firm Troutman Pepper. After spending most of his adult life behind bars, Inman, … Continue reading “Update: Devonia Inman Is Free”

A Marine’s College Essay May Hold a Clue to His Role on January 6

The U.S. Capitol seen behind fences post-insurrection in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2021. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images Christopher John Warnagiris, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, is the highest-ranking active-duty military officer to have been arrested in connection with the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Warnagiris, stationed at the Marine … Continue reading “A Marine’s College Essay May Hold a Clue to His Role on January 6”

Judge Rules Against Pipeline Company Trying to Keep “Counterinsurgency” Records Secret

Last week, a North Dakota court ruled against a bid by the oil company Energy Transfer to keep documents about its security contractor’s operations against anti-pipeline activism secret. The court thwarted the pipeline giant’s attempt to narrow the definition of a public record and withhold thousands of documents from the press. Judge Cynthia Feland ruled … Continue reading “Judge Rules Against Pipeline Company Trying to Keep “Counterinsurgency” Records Secret”

It’s January 6 and the Warning Lights Are Flashing Red

Law enforcement use a smoke grenade to push back protesters at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesIt was the winter of 1991, and the country I was working in, the Soviet Union, was months away from its demise. Yet the collapse, so close, was unimaginable. Moscow … Continue reading “It’s January 6 and the Warning Lights Are Flashing Red”

What Drove a West Virginia Democrat to Storm the Capitol on January 6?

Eric Barber was elected as a Democrat to the Parkersburg City Council in West Virginia in 2016. Local progressives supported his campaign, and once in office, he sponsored a nondiscrimination ordinance that would extend additional protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Four years later, he was part of the mob that stormed the … Continue reading “What Drove a West Virginia Democrat to Storm the Capitol on January 6?”

Despite Omicron Risk, TSA Still Requires Travelers to Remove Masks at Airport Checkpoints

About two million times a day, every day for the past two weeks, a passenger in an American airport has reached the front of a line for pre-flight screening by the Transportation Security Administration and handed an identification card to an officer. Almost all of those travelers were wearing masks over their mouth and nose … Continue reading “Despite Omicron Risk, TSA Still Requires Travelers to Remove Masks at Airport Checkpoints”

Capitol Rioter Admits False Statements to FBI, but Prosecutors Haven’t Charged Him With a Felony

It wasn’t hard for the FBI to identify Jeff Grace as one of the rioters in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. A 61-year-old long-haul truck driver from Washington state, Grace was in the background of one of the most ridiculous and iconic photographs from that day: the shot of a man in a … Continue reading “Capitol Rioter Admits False Statements to FBI, but Prosecutors Haven’t Charged Him With a Felony”

Turned Tables: In Presidential Polls, Brazil’s Lula Leads Judge Who Locked Him Up

“This is not my version of the truth. This is the truth. An alternative truth doesn’t exist,” Sergio Moro declared defensively, before a mostly empty auditorium, during the launch of his new autobiography earlier this month. For the retired federal judge, the paltry turnout would’ve been unthinkable just a few years ago. Then, Moro was … Continue reading “Turned Tables: In Presidential Polls, Brazil’s Lula Leads Judge Who Locked Him Up”

Vaccine Passports Are Here to Stay. Why Worry?

Illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept “Yeah I use the pass. What should I be afraid of?” That’s Jack, a friend who works in state and city politics, responding to a poll I posted on Facebook about digital Covid-19 vaccination passports. “Are you using one? Why’d you download it instead of using the paper card? Do you … Continue reading “Vaccine Passports Are Here to Stay. Why Worry?”

Everything Democrats Didn’t Do in 2021

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters before boarding his campaign plane at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minn., on Sep. 18, 2020. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesWhen Joe Biden was sworn in January 20, the Democrats had control of the presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives for the first time … Continue reading “Everything Democrats Didn’t Do in 2021”

She Helped Expose Secret UAE-Run Prisons in Yemen — and Paid a Steep Price

Yemeni attorney Huda Al-Sarari had been representing women in domestic abuse and gender-based violence cases for years, when around 2015 she began fielding a different cry for help. As a civil conflict in Yemen turned to a proxy war between regional powers, women would call Al-Sarari in the middle of the night to tell her … Continue reading “She Helped Expose Secret UAE-Run Prisons in Yemen — and Paid a Steep Price”

“Innocence Isn’t Enough”: Arizona Urges the Supreme Court to Send Barry Jones Back to Death Row

The morning of the oral argument in Shinn v. Ramirez, the last case on the U.S. Supreme Court’s calendar in 2021, Barry Jones’s children gathered around a large flat-screen TV in Tucson, Arizona. Jones’s daughter Brandie was there, as well as her younger brother James. Their youngest sibling, Andrew, whom Brandie often relied upon to … Continue reading ““Innocence Isn’t Enough”: Arizona Urges the Supreme Court to Send Barry Jones Back to Death Row”

U.N. Power Broker Jeffrey Sachs Took Millions From the UAE to Research “Well-Being”

Starting in 2016, the men who run the United Arab Emirates went all-in on positivity. They installed a giant smiley face on the dome crowning a Dubai police station. They created a Ministry of Tolerance and a Ministry of Happiness, as if inspired by George Orwell. And they began funding research, bankrolling prominent global intellectuals to study … Continue reading “U.N. Power Broker Jeffrey Sachs Took Millions From the UAE to Research “Well-Being””

How the Pursuit of Unknown Viruses Risks Triggering the Next Pandemic

“I can feel the fear — fear of infections,” Tian Junhua said as he gazed wide-eyed at a clump of bats clinging to the wall of a dark cave. “Because when you find the viruses, you are also most easily exposed to the viruses.” Tian, a researcher for the Wuhan Center for Disease Control who … Continue reading “How the Pursuit of Unknown Viruses Risks Triggering the Next Pandemic”

Humanitarian Exemptions to Crushing U.S. Sanctions Do Little to Prevent Collapse of Afghanistan’s Economy

When the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan in August, ceding to the Taliban, the country’s economy began a severe contraction — what the Financial Times calls “one of the worst economic meltdowns in history.” The sprawling crisis has left nearly 23 million people in extreme hunger, and at least 1 million children under the age of 5 … Continue reading “Humanitarian Exemptions to Crushing U.S. Sanctions Do Little to Prevent Collapse of Afghanistan’s Economy”

Inside Mexico’s Historic Lawsuit Targeting U.S. Gun Companies

Alejandro Celorio Alcantara was not surprised when the responses finally came in. As a top legal adviser in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Celorio led a team of lawyers in filing a historic lawsuit in August, accusing some of the United States’ most well-known gun companies of lethal negligence on a mass scale. Seeking $10 … Continue reading “Inside Mexico’s Historic Lawsuit Targeting U.S. Gun Companies”

The U.S. Military Is a Machine of Impunity

An Air Force AC-130 gunship in this undated photo was used by the U.S. military to attack targets around Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2001. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Getty Images My education in wartime savagery started in Bosnia in the 1990s. Reporting on the war, I visited death camps, saw civilians get shot and beaten, interviewed torturers, and was arrested multiple … Continue reading “The U.S. Military Is a Machine of Impunity”

The 10 Worst Americans of 2021

From top left, clockwise: Rupert Murdoch, Sen. Joe Manchin, President Joe Biden, Elon Musk, former President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Photo illustration: Shaun Lucas/The Intercept, Getty Images At this time of year we traditionally reflect upon our blessings and forgive those who have trespassed against us. But we’ve … Continue reading “The 10 Worst Americans of 2021”

“When I Saw Him I Knew It Was Real”: Devonia Inman Is Free After 23 Years Behind Bars

Across from the Augusta State Medical Prison on Highway 10, the red Cadillac Escalade pulled up just before 4 p.m. Beaming in the passenger’s seat with his granddaughter on his lap, 43-year-old Devonia Inman waved to the people gathered at the side of the road, who cried and cheered as the car came to a … Continue reading ““When I Saw Him I Knew It Was Real”: Devonia Inman Is Free After 23 Years Behind Bars”

Son of the South

In the darkness of a temperature-controlled vault within the Tennessee State Library and Archives, an aging black-and-white photograph draws a striking line between antebellum Nashville, the city’s current mayor, and its representative to the United States Congress, Democrat Jim Cooper. In the undated photo, former Tennessee Gov. Prentice Cooper poses with two veterans of the … Continue reading “Son of the South”

EPA Official Prevented Staff From Warning Public About Widely Used Carcinogen

In December 2019, a toxicologist at the Environmental Protection Agency was tasked with assessing a product that was about to be introduced to the market. As is often the case, the single product — a paint — contained several individual chemicals. One of them, a solvent known as parachlorobenzotrifluoride, or PCBTF, made up half of … Continue reading “EPA Official Prevented Staff From Warning Public About Widely Used Carcinogen”

Anger at Jen Psaki Helped Americans Get Free Covid Rapid Tests

Two weeks after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki triggered an avalanche of social-media outrage by mocking the idea that the government should send Americans free rapid antigen tests for Covid-19, she explained on Tuesday that President Joe Biden had decided to do just that. The abrupt policy reversal, subsequently confirmed by Biden, was framed … Continue reading “Anger at Jen Psaki Helped Americans Get Free Covid Rapid Tests”

Joe Manchin for President

Sen. Joe Manchin walks the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18, 2021. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images When Lyndon B. Johnson took over leadership of the Senate Democratic caucus in the early 1950s, anybody who suggested that he would one day become the most consequential elected champion of civil rights in nearly 100 … Continue reading “Joe Manchin for President”

Grape Pickers Crash Lavish Sonoma Winery Banquet Demanding Better Wildfire Protections

Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the Mexican general who colonized California’s Sonoma County, remains an admired figure to this day. A local authority erected a monument to the general as recently as 2017. The darker side of this history is typically overlooked. In 1838, according to records, Vallejo executed 35 of his Indigenous workers as suspected cattle thieves. … Continue reading “Grape Pickers Crash Lavish Sonoma Winery Banquet Demanding Better Wildfire Protections”

Right-Wing Groups Opposed to Government Aid Cashed In While Collecting PPP Loans

“Government spending is a HUGE problem,” the conservative video site PragerU tweeted in September 2019. “We must reinvest in Americans by giving them a hand up, not handouts,” the group wrote in another tweet that November with a video of then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson discussing rehabilitation for incarcerated people titled, “Americans … Continue reading “Right-Wing Groups Opposed to Government Aid Cashed In While Collecting PPP Loans”

Trump Admits He Got Vaccine Booster Shot in Secret, Skipping Photo-Op That Could Save Lives

To a smattering of boos from his supporters, Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that he got a booster dose of a covid-19 vaccine recently in private. That means the former president has declined three times in the past year to try to save the lives of his fans by having himself photographed as he got … Continue reading “Trump Admits He Got Vaccine Booster Shot in Secret, Skipping Photo-Op That Could Save Lives”

Jayapal Defends Breaking From Progressives’ Two-Track Strategy on Build Back Better

It started as an accidental dare. As House leaders met on November 5 in an effort to reach a final deal on both the Build Back Better Act and a bipartisan infrastructure bill, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., suggested the Congressional Black Caucus could be helpful in ending an impasse between a group of … Continue reading “Jayapal Defends Breaking From Progressives’ Two-Track Strategy on Build Back Better”

Joe Manchin Is Faking His Fears of Inflation

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks to a caucus lunch at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 17, 2021. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/APOn Sunday, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia appeared on Fox News to explain that he “cannot vote” for the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s agenda: the Build Back Better bill the House of … Continue reading “Joe Manchin Is Faking His Fears of Inflation”

America’s Frontline Doctors Plans to Open Clinics as California Medical Board Investigates Founder

America’s Frontline Doctors, an organization that has been widely criticized for spreading false information about Covid-19 vaccines and advocating for potentially dangerous replacements, is expanding. According to a newsletter the group sent to its supporters last week, “AFLDS is opening its first medical clinic in the coming months, with many more planned shortly after.” The email … Continue reading “America’s Frontline Doctors Plans to Open Clinics as California Medical Board Investigates Founder”

U.S. Military Hid Fuel Pipeline Flaws From Public in Okinawa

A leaked report describes significant deficiencies in the safety and integrity of the pipelines used by the U.S. military to shuttle fuel to U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force warplanes in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. As early as 2014, the military discovered monitoring system flaws and dangerous leakages in the pipelines, some of which run beneath … Continue reading “U.S. Military Hid Fuel Pipeline Flaws From Public in Okinawa”

As Omicron Surge Begins, Hospitals Have New Reason to Open Covid-19 Wards to Journalists

Michael Dowling made an unorthodox move when the Covid-19 pandemic got underway. Dowling is the chief executive of the largest hospital network in New York, and he decided that instead of barring journalists from Northwell Health’s facilities, he would let a documentary team inside one of its hospitals. A prominent figure in the U.S. health care … Continue reading “As Omicron Surge Begins, Hospitals Have New Reason to Open Covid-19 Wards to Journalists”