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Which Way for Cuba?  

As the country prepares for a historic presidential succession, ending the Castros’ nearly sixty-year grip on the highest office, inequality is growing and ordinary Cubans are increasingly disaffected. A report from Havana.





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A Tangle for the Anti-Development Left  

Housing debates have long been a mess of ideological contradictions. A far-reaching new bill in California, which would allow for denser construction in areas served by transit, begins to unscramble them.



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Paradoxes of UNRWA  

Dramatic recent cuts in U.S. funding to UNRWA, which provides essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees, illustrate the tensions embedded in the agency since its founding.







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West Virginia Teachers Walk Out  

Walking off the job for the first time in nearly thirty years, West Virginia teachers are channeling the spirit of their state’s historic, militant labor movement.



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“Nothing Dollarable Is Ever Safe”  

A provision of the GOP tax bill opened parts of Alaska’s majestic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling. The conservationists who created the refuge could have seen it coming.



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The Anxious Pilgrim  

A New Left veteran who navigated the streets of 1968 and Henry Kissinger’s Harvard alike, Norman Birnbaum remains a uniquely searching voice of the democratic left.



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Remember the Orangeburg Massacre  

Too often forgotten, the February 1968 killing of three student protesters by state troopers in Orangeburg, South Carolina marked a turning point in the black freedom struggle.





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When the Farce Is Tragedy  

Trump’s presidency may not bode the tyranny that many liberals fear. But we shouldn’t let his buffoonishness obscure the real danger that he represents.



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