Politics & Law

Robin Lakoff Teacher tenure: Yes!

In his New York Times op-ed of August 19, Frank Bruni has become only the latest in a long line of authoritative people to denounce teacher tenure. By so doing, Bruni enters the race to become my least favorite Times columnist, against the stiff competition of Maureen Dowd and David … More >

Robin Lakoff My Hillary prediction

I am now in a position to make a prediction: Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be the Democratic candidate for president in 2016.

Remember: you read it here first.

Why do I think that? Because I have been following the rants of the commentariat on the topic for the last couple of … More >

Jonathan Simon The real problem with mass incarceration? Inhumanity

We may disagree on who belongs and who does not belong in prison, or on how long prison sentences should be, or what goals those sentences should be meted out to accomplish. But one thing we should not, must not disagree on, is that those prisons should be humane.

What is … More >

Ethan Elkind California’s infill backlash

For environmental and economic reasons, we want jobs and people to move back to our cities. People living in cities pollute less because they don’t drive as much and tend to live in smaller homes. Economically, they can save a lot of money on transportation and energy costs, while thriving … More >

Tamirace Fakhoury Lebanon’s 2014 Presidential Elections: When Local and Regional Power Arenas Collide

The original version of the article was published in French and Spanish in Afkar/Ideas42

Lebanon’s presidential elections were supposed to be held by May 25, 2014, the day the six-year term of President Michel Sleiman came to an end.   However, the two contending political coalitions – the pro-Syrian March 8 and the anti-Syrian … More >

Yuriy Gorodnichenko MH17

I flew to Ukraine on July 16, 2014. It was a typical flight and travelers thought they could abstract from the war in the East of Ukraine. The next day changed everything. Pro-Russian separatists shot down MH17, a passenger airplane with 298 people aboard, 80 of which were children.

This is an … More >

Jonathan Simon Life in prison with the remote possibility of death: the death penalty and California’s broken punishment paradigm

This week’s 39-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney — finding California’s death penalty unconstitutional — is already setting off a wave of debate in the media. We will see yet whether it catches any political fire in this dry, but so-far politically placid, season in California.

There is much to recommend in the … More >

Rosemary Joyce Central American Children on the US Border Deserve More

The first plane has landed in Honduras, carrying women and children deported from the US earlier this week. Press coverage notes that “U.S. officials said there would be many more.”

The L.A. Times report goes on to note that “More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have sought permission to remain” in the … More >

Beatriz Manz Putting the children’s migration in context

The dramatic surge in the number of Central American children and teenagers entering the US has created considerable concern among many in the United States. Already this year, 52,000 children have been apprehended. The latest estimates indicate that almost 90,000 unaccompanied minors — overwhelmingly from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — will be picked-up by the US Border Patrol through this fiscal year ending in September 2014, almost … More >

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