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Amid a Record Homicide Rate, Baltimore Called a Ceasefire — and It Worked. But How Can It Last?

During the first weekend of February, Baltimore resident Ralph Moore joined hundreds of others outside in the freezing cold with a simple request: that nobody kill anybody. Mo...

A Massive U.S. Drone Base Could Destabilize Niger — and May Even Be Illegal Under Its Constitution

Late in the morning of October 4last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo Tongo. As they made their way ...

While Everybody Slept, Congress Did Something Extraordinary for Vulnerable Children

Tucked quietly into the most recent congressional measure to keep the government open was the most sweeping and ambitious piece of child welfare legislation passed in at least...

U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too

The United States intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents from Russian operatives, according t...

How ICE Works to Strip Citizenship from Naturalized Americans

For 10 years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative office has worked to keep its internal handbook out of American courts. The handbook could have been use...

Trump Administration Upends the Lives of Asylum-Seekers in So-Called Anti-Fraud Crackdown

Pap Koudjo is a satirical journalist from Togo, who founded and ran his own magazine that was critical of the oppressive 50-year rule of the government in the West African nat...

In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like

On a Thursday afternoon in November 2015, a light snow was falling outside the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, despite the relatively warm weather, and Julian Ass...

ICE Is Targeting Political Opponents for Deportation, Ravi Ragbir and Rights Groups Say in Court

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is unconstitutionally using its power to suppress political dissent by targeting outspoken immigration activists for surveillance and ...

For Georgia Democrats, the Governor’s Mansion Is in Reach. But Are They Selling the Platform Voters Want?

Stacey Abrams is a progressive: just ask her. “I believe in shared power. I believe in a sacred power. I believe in a people power — the willpower of progressives to put real ...

Retired Missouri Judge Who Sentenced Juvenile to 241 Years: “I Hope He Gets Out”

As Circuit Court Judge Evelyn Baker stared down at Bobby Bostic in her St. Louis courtroom, she was filled with disgust. It was the winter of 1997. Bostic had been found guilt...

For Immigrant Students on Long Island, Trump’s War on Gangs Means the Wrong T-Shirt Could Get You Deported

One day last spring, Dennis was walking to his 10th-grade English class at Hempstead High School on Long Island when he felt someone run up behind him. Three boys he had seen ...

How Powerful Men Helped Rob Porter Keep His White House Job After Learning He Abused Former Partners

In January 2017, the FBI began interviewing Rob Porter’s former romantic partners, part of the standard process for granting security clearance to high-level White House aides...

Six Insurgent Candidates Just Out-Raised Their Establishment Democratic Opponents

At least six progressive insurgents managed to out-raise their establishment Democratic opponents in House races in the final quarter of 2017, a stunning development that thre...

The Stock Market Swings Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Our Rigged Economy

Karl Marx used to say that unemployed people were capitalism’s reserve army. Though he didn’t invent the term, he meant that capitalism drew its strength from this army, stand...

The First Amendment Transcends the Law. It Gives Us Strength in Dark Times.

On December 13, I entered the Cook County Courthouse in Chicago prepared to be taken into custody and jailed for contempt. At issue was a subpoena demanding I answer questions...

Israel’s “Safe Zone” Is Creeping Farther Into Syria

Israel is expanding its influence and control deeper into opposition-held southern Syria, according to multiple sources in the area. After failed attempts to ensure its intere...

Former Wives of Top White House Aide Rob Porter Both Told FBI He Abused Them

As the FBI conducted a background check on an incoming senior White House official last year, the bureau learned of the man’s history of domestic abuse. Rob Porter, a top aide...

Iowa Progressive Emerges as Serious Challenger to Eight-Term Congressional Republican Steve King

Iowa Republican Steve King is a notorious bigot who has comfortably served in Congress since 2003, but a surprising challenger in the historically Republican district is provi...

Why a Convicted Killer Is Running for Office in Texas

On a cold day in January, Lewis Conway Jr. walked around the apartment complex in Austin, Texas, where he stabbed a man nearly 27 years ago. He spent two decades under the sup...

“I Refused to Secretly Spy” — An Iranian-American Turned Down the FBI and Wound Up With a Prison Sentence

To all appearances, Ahmad Sheikhzadeh led the life of a typical New York academic. A 62-year-old Columbia University Ph.D., he lived alone in a small West Village rental, prac...

Hedge Fund-Driven Austerity Could Come Back to Bite the Hedge Funds Driving it in Puerto Rico

Virtually every headline about the Puerto Rican government’s newly released fiscal plan has focused on its finding that the island won’t be able to pay back the vast majority ...

Los Angeles Blames Wildfire on Homeless, But Evicting Them Won’t Solve the Real Problems: Climate Change and Urban Sprawl

In the early-morning hours of December 6, a wildfire began spreading through the hills surrounding Bel Air, California, eventually blazing through the Santa Monica Mountains a...

Ohio and Iowa Are the Latest of Eight States to Consider Anti-Protest Bills Aimed at Pipeline Opponents

Lawmakers in Ohio and Iowa are considering bills that would create new penalties for people who attempt to disrupt the operations of “critical infrastructure” such as pipeline...

Tech Companies Are Under Pressure Everywhere Except Where It Matters

It was the year of the tech backlash. Throughout 2017, Facebook, Google, and Twitter were hauled before Congress to answer for their roles in election hacking. More and more p...

St. Paul Companies are Spending Their Tax Breaks on Super Bowl Sponsorships. Teachers are Crying Foul.

With more than a million people headed to the Twin Cities over the next 10 days for the Super Bowl, local corporations, St. Paul school district officials, and civic leaders a...

Sales Pressure at Aflac Led to Account Fabrications and Policies Sold To Customers Without Consent, Agents Claim

“We’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado,” thunders Blake, played by Alec Baldwinin the David Mamet ...

A Native American Activist Followed Her Mother’s Footsteps to Standing Rock. Now She Faces Years in Prison.

After spending a year in jail awaiting trial, Oglala Lakota Sioux activist Red Fawn Fallis pleaded guiltylast week to two federal felonies related to her arrest while protesti...

What It’s Like to be Rolodexed: One Candidate’s Journey into the Reality of Political Fundraising

This essay, by former congressional candidate Paul Perry,is in response to The Intercept’s recent reporting on the role of fundraising in the 2018 election cycle. The first do...

Under Trump’s SEC, Wall Street Secrecy Expands as Enforcement Shrinks

Late last October, several hundred handsomely suited financiers gathered in the ballroom of a luxury Marriott, just two blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Trump Internat...

Revolutionary Musical Artist Seun Kuti Carries Fela’s Afrobeat Torch Into a New Era

Nigerian musical artist Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Like his father,Seun describes himself as a revolutionary and he is a fierce...

Eight Humanitarian Activists Face Federal Charges After Leaving Water for Migrants in the Arizona Desert

A faith-based humanitarian group that provides aid and shelter to undocumented migrants on the southwestern border fears it has become the latest target in the Trump administr...

Caught in a Gang Dragnet and Detained by ICE, an Immigrant Tests the Limits of a Sanctuary City

Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez awoke one morning in March to find two men wearing jackets emblazoned with the word “police” standing over his bed. They tugged at his blanket and point...

An Insurgent Campaign Is Targeting the Very Heart of the Chicago Democratic Machine — and Just Might Win

Forthe better partof the past four decades, the office in Chicago in charge of assessing and collecting property taxes has been firmly in the grip of the city’s Democratic mac...

You Think Your Landlord Is Bad? Try Renting From Wall Street

Renita Barbee, 52, was still grieving the death of her mother last fall when she received another shock. Her landlord, the Wall Street rental behemoth Invitation Homes, was ra...

Mike Pence’s Egypt Trip Gives Glimmer of Hope to Advocates of American Political Prisoners

For Moustafa Kassem, August 14, 2013 began as just another day in Cairo, where he was spending some time. The 52-year-old auto-parts dealer needed to run a simple errand in th...

How the Labor Movement Is Thinking Ahead to a Post-Trump World

The American labor movement, over the past four decades, has had two golden opportunities to shift the balance of power between workers and bosses — first in 1978, with unifie...

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Donald Trump: He Sounds Like ISIS

“It’s either a hug or an apology,” says Sadiq Khan, recounting how Americans react when they meet him for the first time. “‘Thank you for standing up to Trump,’ they say, or ‘...

Robert De Niro Accused of Exploiting Hurricane Irma to Build Resort in Barbuda

A chorus of voices from the Caribbean island of Barbuda is accusing Robert De Niro of being part of a backroom effort to exploit a devastating hurricane to fundamentally chang...

The Islamic State Is the God That Failed in the Middle East

“The revolutionary’s Utopia, which in appearance represents a complete break with the past, is always modeled on some image of the lost Paradise, of a legendary Golden Age,” w...

As ICE Targets Immigrant Rights Activists for Deportation, Suspicious Vehicles Outside Churches Stoke Surveillance Fears

When word came down from the upper floors of Federal Plazain Lower Manhattan that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was taking custody of Ravidath Ragbir and intended to dep...

Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification the “NSA Reigns Supreme”

At the heightof the Cold War, during the winter of 1980, FBI agents recorded a phone call in which a man arranged a secret meeting with the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C. ...

Aflac Deceived Shareholders with ‘Cookie Jar Accounting,’ Lawsuit Says

On Thursday, January 11, shares of Aflac stock hit a 52-week high of $91.69. That capped an increase of 29.6 percent over the past year, tracking the market’s strong run in 20...

Christian Group That Pushed “Bathroom Bills” Is Taking Anti-Transgender Fight to Prisons

Donna Langan is very worried. Langan is a transgender woman in an American prison. She is a direct beneficiary of federal anti-rape regulations finalized in 2012, as well as s...

U.S. Border Patrol Systematically Destroyed Water Supplies Left for Migrants in Desert, Report Says

A new report says that humanitarian groups working along the U.S. border with Mexico have documented the systematic destruction of thousands of jugs of water left for migrants...

Private Prison Continues to Send ICE Detainees to Solitary Confinement for Refusing Voluntary Labor

Officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia locked an immigrant detainee in solitary confinement last November as punish...

Martin Luther King Jr. Spent the Last Year of His Life Detested By the Liberal Establishment

In 1999, thepolling agency Gallupset out todetermine the individuals Americans most admired in the 20th century. Mother Teresa came in first, with 49 percent of Americans putt...

Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions

Florida prisonersare calling for a general strike to startthis week —marking the third mass action over the course of a year in protest of inhumane conditions in the state’s d...

Here Are the Four Things a Democratic Presidential Candidate Will Need to Beat Trump in 2020

Presidential elections have a context. Without the context, what I’m about to say will sound crazy. Elections happen in a particular time and place in history. They have actua...

“We Don’t Consider You a Legitimate Journalist” — How I Got Blacklisted by the Pentagon’s Africa Command

Conversations with military spokespeople can be curt, even confrontational, but they are not supposed to go this way. “Nick, we’re not going to respond to any of your question...

Justice Department Helped Washington State Prosecutor Target the Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists

Nine months after pipeline opponents in Washington state staged a protest that blocked freeway traffic, Facebook ended a protracted legal standoff with a county prosecutor, tu...

The Same Democrats Who Denounce Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers

Leading Congressional Democrats have spent the last year relentlessly accusing Donald Trump of being controlled by or treasonously loyal to a hostile foreign power.

Behind the Duck: Former Aflac Employees Allege Fraud and Abuse in Nearly Every Aspect of Company

The insurance firm Aflac has exploited workers, manipulated its accounting, and deceived shareholders and customers, according to nine former employees. This article is based ...

Oprah Winfrey for President: Have We All Gone Bonkers?

Have we all gone bonkers? On Sunday evening, #Oprah2020 began trending on social media after Oprah Winfrey delivered a rousing speech against misogyny and racism at the Golden...

Armed Federal Agents Enter Warehouse in Puerto Rico to Seize Hoarded Electric Equipment

On Saturday, a day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government — the Fe...

A U.N.-Backed Police Force Carried Out a Massacre in Haiti. The Killings Have Been Almost Entirely Ignored.

At 5 o’clock on the morning of November 13, more than 200 Haitian police officers raided the Grand Ravine area of Port-au-Prince. There was a series of loud explosions, follow...

First France, Now Brazil Unveils Plans to Empower the Government to Censor the Internet in the Name of Stopping “Fake News”

Yesterday afternoon, the official Twitter account of Brazil’s Federal Police (its FBI equivalent)posted an extraordinary announcement.The bureaucratically nonchalant tone it u...

Five Spills, Six Months in Operation: Dakota Access Track Record Highlights Unavoidable Reality — Pipelines Leak

Representatives from Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, traveled to Cambridge, Iowa, in October to present a series of $20,...

Texas Police Chief Hands Over Undocumented Smuggling Victims to Local Organizations, Shunning ICE

Five months after the deadliest human smuggling tragedy in more than a decade unfolded in his city, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus did something unusual: He opted to...

Protests in Iran Took Many By Surprise — But Not Iranian Labor Activists

Over the past week, tens of thousands of people in dozens of cities across Iran have braved bullets and tear gas in a public outpouring of dissent against the country’s ruling...

Students Await Judgment in Suit Over Fordham University Banning of Pro-Palestine Club

On Wednesday afternoon, a court convened to hear the case of students at Fordham University who are suing the school for denying them the ability to form an official student c...

New Republic, AlterNet, and Nation Institute Had No Real HR When Abuses Occurred

When Hamilton Fish became publisher and editorial director of the New Republic in February 2016, he faced a gargantuan task in turning around the storied publication, which wa...

New NY Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger Has an Unusual Admirer: Wisconsin’s Far-Right Governor Scott Walker

The New York Times recently announced that A.G. Sulzberger, the 37-year-old son of its current publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., will become the paper’s new publisher on ...

Trump Administration Bricked On at Least Half of Its Executive Orders in 2017

The Trump administration has either failed to complete or is keeping from the public more than half of the reports that President Donald Trump assigned to the administration t...

Republicans Mock “Coastal Elites,” But the Trump Administration Is Full of Them

In a culture of sound bites and memes, one conservative trope that has strangely stuck to liberals and Democrats is that of “coastal elites.” It’s a phrase frequently used by ...

A Leftist Economist Steps Aside As the Debate Shifts His Way

When Lawrence Mishel came to Washington during the height of the Reagan revolution, the options for a young leftist economist looking to make a difference were nearly non-exis...

Facebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli Government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be delet...

Documents Reveal the Complex Legacy of James Angleton, CIA Counterintelligence Chief and Godfather of Mass Surveillance

Veteran CIA officer Cleveland Cram was nearing the end of his career in 1978, when his superiors in the agency’s directorate of operations handed him a sensitive assignment: W...

One Year of Immigration Under Trump

Donald Trump made his formal entry into politics with the racism and xenophobia that would become a hallmark of his lightning-rod candidacy and, ultimately, his first year in ...

For the First Time in Three Decades, the “Death Penalty Capital of America” Goes Without an Execution

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was filling the tank of his cruiser at a gas station outside Houston, Texas, when he was ambushed and shot repeatedly in the back...

Puerto Rico Homeowners Brace for Another Disaster: Foreclosures

Lenders to Puerto Rican homeowners have kicked foreclosures into high gear in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, skirting local and federal borrower protections.

Banned From the Banking Industry For Life, A Scott Pruitt Friend Finds a New Home At the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has tasked a banker who was banned from the banking industry for life with oversight of the nation’s Superfund program. In May, the Federal...

“This Is Not A Symbolic Action” — Indigenous Protesters Occupy Oil Platforms in Radicalized Fight Against Pollution in the Amazon

The skiffs arrived a few hours after sundown on September 18, a dark and moonless night in the Peruvian Amazon. They landed at several points along the broad Corrientes River,...

How a Gay Friendly and “Very Pro-Choice” Trump Created the Most Anti-Choice, Anti-LGBT Administration in Generations

Maggie Wynne’s career as a foot-soldier in the anti-abortion movement began in Congress, where throughout much of the 1990s she was a staffer for the so-called Pro-Life Caucus...

Zerious Meadows Was Sentenced to Life Without Parole at 17. Now He’s Struggling With Freedom.

On Zerious Meadows’s last day in prison, he woke up at 4 a.m., as usual, because his cell mate works in the kitchen and leaves early to prepare breakfast. He listened to the r...

After Going from Church to Church Seeking Help, A Mexican Family Finds Sanctuary in Philadelphia

Her search began on Thanksgiving day. Carmela Hernández went from church to church in Philadelphia, knocking on doors. Her asylum appeal had just been denied,and she and her f...

Can the Supreme Court Continue to Live with Our Arbitrary and Capricious Death Penalty?

Rudolph J. Gerber has never forgottenwhere he was when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the death penalty over45 years ago.Hewas a new lawyer in Phoenix, working as the asso...

The Election Fraud in Honduras Follows Decades of Corruption Funded By the U.S. War on Drugs

On the night of December 2, 2017, a Honduran woman in the rural province of Olancho was protesting what she saw as a stolen election. The woman, eight months pregnant, stood i...

How the Government’s Case Against Cliven Bundy Went Sideways

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Nevada declared a mistrial in the prosecution of Cliven Bundy, his sons Ryan and Ammon, and family supporter Ryan Payne, over charges related ...

Forget Coates vs. West — We All Have a Duty to Confront the Full Reach of U.S. Empire

So, which side are you on? #TeamWest or #TeamCoates? Choose fast, preferably within seconds, and don’t come to this gunfight with a knife. No, like some nerdy Rambo, we want y...