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The US Must Demilitarize Its Border With Mexico

From dystopian equipment like “robot dogs” to ICE’s for-profit detention centers, the militarization of the US-Mexico border has been accelerating. What is the history behind US border control, and what can the Biden administration do to prevent further violence and surveillance?

Putin’s Ukrainian History Lesson

History was the final weapon in Putin’s arsenal for the invasion of Ukraine. In his speech, the Russian president rewrote history to delegitimize the very idea of Ukrainian statehood. Cyril Babeev unravels Putin’s fantasies to explain the real Ukrainian history behind them.

Is Russia’s Move Toward Crypto a Precursor to War?

“Russia has now adopted a financial infrastructure through its central bank to support cryptocurrency to withstand US sanctions,” argues Captain Thomas Hader of the US Marine Corps Reserve. “If Russia invades Ukraine and sanctions are enacted, Russia will be poised to sustain itself economically.”

Existential Crises and Mass Movements

A pandemic sweeping the globe, liberal democracies facing threats from rising authoritarianism—there are many parallels between the Interwar period and today. But with the added specter of climate change, activists must redouble the interwar generation’s efforts to fight against existential crisis.

“Nobody Knew We Existed:” LGBTQ Voices From Afghanistan

The Afghan LGBTQ community has always faced hardship, but the return of Taliban rule has put their lives in even greater immediate danger. Victoria Jones speaks with activists Najib Faizi and Artemis Akbary about the path that LGBTQ Afghans are charting for themselves in this latest reality.

When Do Americans Give Up?

America’s haphazard withdrawal from Afghanistan has allies questioning whether the US will honor its defense commitments. Caroline Sutton explains what this means for Taiwan and the threat of war with China.

Texas, Enron, and Energy Monopolies

The deregulated energy infrastructure in Texas is the product of corporate interests and free-market principles gone haywire. The system is wholly incapable of dealing with extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.

Gay is Good for Business: LGBTQ Rights and the Economic Development of America’s Cities and Suburbs

The movement for LGBTQ rights began in cities—but in recent years, it has also moved to the suburbs, creating some strange political bedfellows in the process. Clayton Howard focuses on developments in Ohio to show how, historically, some urban planners saw the “creative classes” and gay friendly districts as engines of economic growth, leaving LGBTQ activists to work with those more concerned about business than civil rights.

Lebanon’s Finest or Final Hour?

Lebanon is currently facing historic economic catastrophe and hurtling towards civil unrest. Adnan Nasser examines what led to this point—and what it means for the future of the Lebanese people.

AMLO’s Mexican Dream Hangs on a Knife-Edge

Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador casts himself as the man to save the country—but his movement suffered a setback in last Sunday’s elections. Alma G. Meza analyzes AMLO’s rise in Mexican politics over the last 30 years.

History, Memory, and the Art of Protest in Belarus

Last week, the shocking arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich threw Belarus, often called “Europe’s last dictatorship,” into the global spotlight once again. It’s the latest episode in a long struggle led by demonstrators, online activists, and artists against the regime.

Hebron: A Microcosm of Occupied Palestine

The situation in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has again brought the world’s attention to the profound structural inequalities between Israeli settlers and Palestinians. INTERZINE founders Melania Parzonka and Victoria Jones recall their journey into the West Bank’s occupied city of Hebron.

Rusted Factories and Broken Promises

Hillary Clinton ignored the Midwest in 2016. But the Democratic Party had abandoned Rust Belt voters long before that. If they don’t address their failures, they could lose the region for good, argues Cormac Kelly.

Alaska: The Watershed for Pacific Diplomacy?

Face-to-face talks between top American and Chinese diplomats are being held this week in Alaska, of all places. David Tang examines the deeper symbolism behind the location, 80 years after a failed attempt to avert war between the US and Japan.

Migrant Voices in a Global Moscow

Central Asian migrant labor has fueled Moscow and other major Russian cities since the oil boom of the 2000s—a pattern dating back to the Soviet era. As Jeff Sahadeo demonstrates, Cold War Moscow was more than just “spies and hockey players, ballerinas and babushkas.”

A Passage to India?

As post-Brexit Britain reshuffles its foreign policy priorities, Ed Harvey discusses the ultimate obstacle in the UK’s relations with India: its colonial past.

Liberal Internationalism Comes Home

“Today’s alt-right are buoyed and strengthened by America’s foreign policy.” In this article, Ed Harvey makes the case for viewing the events at the US Capitol through the lens of America’s highly militarized approach to global politics.

The Price of Contamination

Legal cases against foreign multinationals in the Central African Copperbelt seek justice for decades of pollution. But activists should also investigate the historical legacies of colonial mining companies.

Protests in Belarus: A Second Ukraine?

As the Belarus protests continue for an eighth month, many have compared them to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych. Viktor Seliukov examines how the unique factors that define the Belarusian and Ukrainian post-communist political realities make the two movements more different than they appear.

The Ugly Stepsister of American Democracy

Today, a group of Republican senators will protest the Electoral College results in a dangerous and futile bid to keep Donald Trump in power. But why does the US still use the arcane system? Scott Wagner explains.

Unity By Gun

Last year, Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, his country is headed for another civil war. How did we end up here again? Jaclynn Ashly investigates in our special feature on Ethiopia.

Why the Polls Missed Again in 2020

Polls hinted at a “blue wave” in 2020. Instead, Democrats lost seats in the House of Representatives. What’s wrong with polling? Caroline Sutton looks at what’s changed since its heyday.

When Elections Go Wrong

The world is holding its breath today—and probably will be for days to come. Five elections have been disputed throughout US history. We’re likely headed for a sixth.

The Rage of Polish Women

Since October 22, Poland’s unprecedented mass protests in response to the tightening of abortion laws have drawn the world’s attention. Melania Parzonka investigates the history of reproductive rights activism in the country, only to realize that Poland has come full circle—from having one of the most progressive abortion policies, to the inhumane restrictions of today.

Poland’s Historical Identity Crisis

The national myth advanced by Poland’s Law and Justice Party—that of a staunchly Catholic, anti-communist people—obscures the nuances and complexities of Polish history. In light of the recent crackdown on the LGBT community, Melania Parzonka demonstrates how Poland must face the truth of its past to move forward.

Anti-Immigrant Racism in the United States: American as Apple Pie

The two images could not be more incongruous: on one side, the Statue of Liberty, a beacon of light in a world of darkness. On the other, Trump’s border wall, an imposing statement in concrete saying “Keep Out…Or Else.” Justin Faulhaber explains how, too often, the nation of immigrants has built barriers instead of bridges.

Black Lives Matter & Israel-Palestine: Learning From Ralph Bunche

“I can understand you. I am also a member of a persecuted minority.” Different experiences of injustice may bring people together, but they don’t necessarily translate into complete understanding. Asher Kessler examines Ralph Bunche, the American architect of the 1947 Partition Plan for Palestine, and how his exposure to racism and work to combat it led him to identify with the struggle of the Jewish people in the quest to establish Israel.

An Angry People – Serbia In the Times of COVID-19

Last month, Serbia was host to Europe’s first demonstrations against a coronavirus curfew. Although Belgrade’s pandemic response may have been the trigger for this unrest, Vukan Markovic explains how these protests actually represented a much deeper rupture within the country’s political reality, revealing many underlying frustrations that have been brewing for years.

Race and the Second Amendment: “If Only He Had Been Armed”

In June, a St. Louis couple the internet dubbed “Ken and Karen” went viral for confronting peaceful protesters with (improperly handled) firearms. Charged with a felony, Mark and Patricia McCloskey are speaking today at the Republican National Convention. They typify a certain American phenomenon: using racialized fear to justify abuse of the right to bear arms. To understand this dynamic, Scott Wagner examines the history of one of America’s most powerful lobbying entities: the National Rifle Association.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – Or Will It?

In late May, the United States was confronted with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of racial violence and hatred. Our Chief Editor Victoria Jones sat down with Allen Linton, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, to discuss whether the George Floyd protests and corresponding social media activism represent a moment or a movement.

Why China Won’t Back Down

China is one of the world’s preeminent powers—but it wasn’t always that way. From 1839-1949, China suffered numerous defeats at the hands of imperialist powers. As Caroline Sutton demonstrates, the Chinese Communist Party uses the “century of humiliation” to cement its legitimacy and assert the nation’s sovereignty.

Mercury Rising: The Role of Climate Change in Armed Conflict

Climate change is seeping into political conversations regarding mass migration, economic consequences—or even war. Natasha Ion discusses how climate change has already contributed to conflicts in Syria and Darfur and how confronting it will be a critical component of ensuring stability in the 21st century.

A Conversation With Patrick Cockburn

Iraq and Afghanistan are still reeling from the aftershocks of the US invasions in 2003 and 2001, respectively. Monia Al-Haidary sits down with Patrick Cockburn, award-winning journalist and author of the newly released “War In the Age of Trump,” to discuss how the failure to understand the two countries doomed the interventions.

Unmasking Chinese Censorship in the Age of COVID-19

During the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese system of information control seemed to stumble—only to emerge triumphant and even more resolute shortly thereafter. Our latest piece demystifies the often misunderstood phenomenon of censorship in China.

In Case of Emergency, Break Precedent

Last week saw the most widespread protests for racial justice in the US since the Civil Rights Movement. In response, Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military to quell dissent. Our editor Scott Wagner examines previous cases of military deployment to evaluate the unprecedented nature of Trump’s declaration.

Brexit: Northern Ireland’s Death Warrant?

Recalling the last 100 years of struggle between Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland, Tárlach Russell considers how Brexit may ultimately determine the fate of the only land border between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Poland, the Gulf War, and the New World Order

They say that the road to NATO is paved with good intentions. Melania Parzonka explores how Polish covert operations in the Gulf War freed Poland from the Warsaw Pact’s suffocating embrace and turned it into one of America’s most faithful allies.