Meg Randall

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High Profile Cases Highlight Border Patrol Abuses and Need for Systemic Change

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the Border Patrol in particular—has a reputation for repeatedly and systematically violating the rights of …

Immigration

Exploring The Future Of Christianity By Rewatching ‘The Last Jedi’

By this point, you’ve probably read all the takes you need on <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>. It’s proven to be a highly divisive film: some people loved it, and some people hated it so much that they created bots to kill the Rotten Tomatoes rating. Then there was the faction of mischief makers who …

Religion

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Middle East

U.S. gathers data on migrants deep in Mexico, a sensitive program Trump’s rhetoric could put at risk

MEXICO CITY — The United States government is expanding a program to capture the biometric data of tens of thousands of Central Americans and other migrants arrested in Mexico, gaining unprecedented access to Mexican immigration jails to identify criminals, gang members and potential terrorists …

Immigration

A Light Unto Some Nations

Last month, Israel’s government initiated a sweeping new effort to expel tens of thousands of unwanted African asylum-seekers. Officials offered them …

The scientific, efficient way to learn languages: “spaced repetition”

Before your trip abroad, you hit the flashcards hard. You memorized how to say essential words and phrases like “hello,” “where is the bathroom,” and “I’ll have a beer.” But once you arrived, it’s like your brain had never encountered the language at all. Words would not come.<p>It’s not you, it’s how …

Language Learning

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care

Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it.<p>As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter.<p>Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and …

Donald Trump

Why Evangelicals Support President Trump, Despite His Immorality

While the majority of Americans consistently report that they disapprove of President Trump, and millions rally to protest the Muslim Ban, attacks on …

Black History

Why Your Next Read Should Be From Catalonia

Since the recent vote for Catalan independence resulted in an overwhelming cry to “leave,” the world’s gaze has been cast upon the Spanish region of …

Listening to the Avett Brothers and Thinking About Extreme Musical Honesty

On Monday night, HBO premièred “May It Last,” a documentary, directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, about the folk-rock band the Avett Brothers. The siblings at the center of the group, Seth and Scott Avett, were raised in Concord, North Carolina, and have been playing together for most of …

Michael Wolff and the Smearing of Nikki Haley

It’s an age-old story, and a uniquely tiresome one: a woman’s reputation, sold out to sell stuff.<p>“She had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers. … The president had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One, and was seen to be grooming her …

Nikki Haley

This is how democracies die

Defending our constitution requires more than outrage<p>Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but …

Political Science

A burst of acrimony on Capitol Hill threatens immigration deal

A burst of public acrimony across Capitol Hill Tuesday exposed how much President Donald Trump's use of a vulgar expression during a meeting on immigration and border security had set back negotiations on the issue.<p>Under intense questioning from both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate …

Donald Trump

What I’ve learned from a year of taking antidepressants

Happy fluoxetine-versary, me.<p>Just a year ago I was a miserable bundle of dark emotions and thoughts stuck in a pit of my brain’s own making.<p>I would …

The list

List-Worthy

From the north pole to Middle-earth: Tolkien's Christmas letters to his children

Bodleian library to exhibit illustrated letters from Hobbit author, masquerading as Father Christmas<p>In December 1920 Father Christmas wrote a letter to a modest house in the Oxford suburbs, enclosing a watercolour sketch of his own rather more exotic domed snow house, approached by a flight of …

Literature

How children will suffer in the latest immigration battle

If we are going to treat the U.S.-born children of people living in the country illegally as second-class citizens, let’s at least be honest about it, and about how doing so treads upon our core constitutional principles.<p>Evidence of the targeting of U.S. citizen children of immigrants is subtle but …

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>I wrote about farmers’ suicides – and the reaction has been overwhelming<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in …

Mental Health

Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet

Telling people what to eat is perilous, whether the advice is aimed at a friend or an entire country. Of course, people and governments do it anyway. Dozens of countries have come up with recommendations for the perfect, most health-promoting diet.<p>Those recommendations are aimed at improving …

Diets

Trump Sent Judges to the Border. Many Had Nothing to Do.

The administration's plan to speed up deportations and reduce the immigration court backlog might be making things worse.<p>On September 4, immigration judge Denise Slavin followed orders from the Department of Justice to drop everything and travel to the U.S.-Mexico border. She would be leaving …

Immigration

With 'Dreamers' out, bring aliens under temporary status in

The Temporary Protected Status program (TPS) provides refuge in the United States to more than 300,000 aliens from a total of 13 countries: El …

‘Please, God, Don’t Let Me Get Stopped’: Around Atlanta, No Sanctuary for Immigrants

CHAMBLEE, Ga. — Not many notice when the SUVs arrive.<p>Around 5 a.m., when the immigration agents pull into the parking lot of the Chamblee Heights apartments, 16 miles from downtown Atlanta, only one person is on the lookout.<p>Cristina Monteros catches sight of the cars with the telltale tinted …

Immigration

How Trump is slowly destroying America's national security agencies

The president’s words and actions are deconstructing these vital agencies – and it might take years for the damage to be undone<p>The Guardian has reported that John Le Carré, the famed British spy novelist, recently said of the Trump presidency: “Something truly, seriously bad is happening and we …

Foreign Policy

Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves

WASHINGTON — Of all the State Department employees who might have been vulnerable in the staff reductions that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has initiated as he reshapes the department, the one person who seemed least likely to be a target was the chief of security, Bill A. Miller.<p>Republicans …

U.S. Dept. of State

The "Lord of the Rings" of Chinese literature is finally being translated into English

The world imagined by Chinese writer Jin Yong is one which celebrates loyalty, courage, and the triumph of the individual over a corrupt and authoritarian state—carried out by no less than heroes who fly through trees and deliver deadly blows to their enemies with a single finger.<p>It’s a world …

China

Post Office Fails to Deliver on Time, and DACA Applications Get Rejected

The paperwork was mailed from New York in plenty of time. On Sept. 14, Allison Baker, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, sent a client’s application to renew a permit that would let him stay and work in the United States legally as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — long …

Immigration

Key findings about U.S. immigrants

Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2015.

Immigration

Donald Trump's Impeachable Offense

The commander in chief’s calls to abridge freedoms of speech and the press represent attacks on the Constitution he swore to protect and defend.<p><b>Whereas</b> Donald J. Trump stood beneath American flags on the steps of the United States Capitol on January 20, 2017, placed his hand on a Bible, and spoke …

Donald Trump

Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees

<i>Editor’s note: At a rally Friday in Huntsville, Ala., President Trump called on NFL owners to release players who took a knee during the national anthem like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who intended to draw attention to police violence against African Americans. Here,</i> …

NFL