Is there a more polarizing contemporary rockstar than Bono? For some, the U2 frontman's international relief efforts epitomize what can be accomplished when a celebrity harnesses his fame to tackle global problems. But for others, Bono's self-appointed role as the definitive celebrity activist is a narcissistic venture that does as much harm (if not more harm) than good for the people he purports to be helping.
From Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" to Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," the combat novel takes its readers right into the action, into the horrors of war. With his recent novel "The Yellow Birds," author and veteran Kevin Powers does for Iraq what Remarque did for World War I and O'Brien did for Vietnam. On this Memorial Day, Powers reflects on his fellow veterans, and the military personnel still serving today.
It has been a devastating week for the people of Oklahoma. Monday’s tornado left twenty-four people dead, hundreds injured, and an estimated 2 billion dollars in damage. Despite the destruction, students from Moore, Southmoore and Westmoore high schools will graduate as planned on Saturday. Jeff Wood and Brooke Potter will be among them.
Today, in an address at National Defense University, President Obama will describe his administration's legal justification and framework for drone strikes and targeted killings. This follows official confirmation by Attorney General Eric Holder that four United States citizens have been killed in strikes. Micah Zenko, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of a recent comprehensive report on drone strike policies, describes the diplomatic problems that arise from targeted killing.
This week, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Known as psychiatry's bible, the DSM provides mental health professionals with descriptions and diagnostic criteria for every recognized mental disorder. Dr. Allen Frances chaired the DSM IV Task Force. He is concerned about "a loosening of the diagnostic criteria" in mental health care.
The IRS scandal continues to plague the Obama Administration. In part because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case, applications for tax-exempt status have increased dramatically over the past few years. Ken Gross, election law expert at and former counsel to the Federal Election Commission, explains the qualifications for tax-exempt status, and the political benefits.
In 1984, Christopher Guest and collaborators Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer unveiled "This Is Spinal Tap," a comedy shot in documentary form that follows the life and times of a fictional metal band. Today, television has fully embraced Guest's pioneering documentary style, and Guest himself has turned to the small screen, with his new HBO comedy, "Family Tree."
By removing the case from the chain of command, commanding officers with potential conflicts of interest would no longer be in charge of deciding whether a case should go to trial.
The immigrant experience has long been part and parcel of the American literary tradition."Americanah," the new novel by celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, explores the immigrant experience through Nigerian eyes. Her story follows a young couple, Ifemelu and Obinze, high school sweethearts in Lagos who find very different paths to adulthood.
On May 7, 2012, the Associated Press published an article about a Yemen-based terror plot that was thwarted by the C.I.A. Around that time, the Justice Department began collecting the phone records of several A.P. reporters across the country, without the organization’s knowledge. Bob Garfield, co-host of On the Media, explores the fallout.
In the wake of a Minnesota case in which nine Somali immigrants left the U.S. to fight with Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia, and the Boston bombing, Americans are re-thinking our understanding of home-grown terrorism. While Congressman Keith Ellison, Democrat from Minnesota’s fifth district, is certainly concerned about these recent cases, as the first Muslim representative elected to Congress, he also cautions against undue surveillance of Muslim communities.
As a member of Cleveland's Puerto Rican community, Arielle M. Rios distinctly remembers the day of Gina DeJesus's disappearance. She describes the community's reaction DeJesus's release, and learning that Ariel Castro, who hung a Puerto Rican flag on the porch of the home where he kept the three victims, is the lead suspect in this kidnapping case.
In anticipation of Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” opening in theaters this weekend, novelists Chang-Rae Lee, Jeffrey Eugenides and Nell Freudenberger discuss the novel's influence on their writing and the difficulty of transferring Nick Carraway's voice to the big screen.
Marijuana culture in this country is changing. There was legalization of recreational marijuana use back in November in Washington and Colorado. Medical marijuana is still legal in California. Today, we explore the different issues that weed legalization and use pose.
Cleveland is feeling a mix of emotions this week after the discovery and rescue of three young women who were kidnapped 9, 10, and 11 years ago and held captive in a residential home for years. The community is celebrating their safe return, but there are also questions and alarm. Connie Schultz, syndicated columnist and Cleveland resident, says the community is reeling.
Only 4 years ago, former Governor Mark Sanford was embroiled in an ethics scandal stemming from his disappearance to visit his mistress in Argentina. But last night, all that seemed forgotten as he was elected to South Carolina's First Congressional District with a 10-percentage-point lead over the Democratic candidate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Brian Hicks, a political columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier, discusses the circumstances that led to Sanford's comeback.
As Congress debates immigration reform, industries across the country want a piece of the pie. While tech companies lobby for programs to bring scientists and engineers to the US, farmers are looking to expand guest worker programs for more agricultural hands in the field. But how do these programs affect American workers?
As the executive director of the Bronx Defenders, a public defense and legal services organization, Robin Steinberg has spent her career demanding justice for the residents of the poorest Congressional district in the nation. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court case that created the public defender system to ensure some balance between prosecution and defense, but as Steinberg explains, "Leveling the playing field is simply impossible."
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: 45-square-miles of complex legal questions, where the Constitution may (or may not) apply, and where, as of Wednesday, May 1st, 100 of the 166 detainees are on hunger strike. Jeffrey Rosen, law professor at George Washington University and legal affairs editor at The New Republic, describes the legal complexities embodied in the detention and treatment of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
In countries across the globe, communities with very different cultural backgrounds are still trying to reconcile lofty ideals of universal justice with the tensions of tradition, as David Miller, professor at the University of Oxford, explains. And while the problem of justice in multicultural societies may seem like a very modern issue, Martha Nussbaum, professor of at the University of Chicago Law School, explores the original concepts of these ideas, all the way back in ancient Athens.