The concrete abyss
We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims — but what does it do to the rest of us?
Hell on Earth
What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment
Each tree and farm, street and courthouse of my home county rests on shallow-buried stories of slavery and Civil War
Power or glory?
Religion itself needs redemption. In the Occupy movement, its potent ideals and traditions of resistance are resurrected
A people’s truth
The Hanford nuclear site was meant to be safe for its neighbours. Now they are fighting the experts to tell their story
Wrong side of the fence
In taking the logic of settlement to extremes and shutting out minorities of every stripe, Israel damages only itself
Who killed Knut?
The death of a beloved polar bear casts the logic of zoos in a cold light. Are they safe havens or places of sacrifice?
In the face of prejudice and persecution, the Ugandan gay rights movement has crafted a surprising victory
Return of the tithe
Can private charity eliminate world poverty – or is it about making the givers feel better about themselves?