A Letter to Trump Voters

I wrote this letter two days after Donald Trump was elected President, attempting to grapple with what I and most friends and family saw as a national crisis. But our anger at the results seemed to be ripping the country even further apart; it felt like an urgent moment to empathize and seek common cause. Since […]

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36 Years Into Oil-Fueled Dictatorship, Angola’s Hip-Hop Scene is Thriving

Rapping can get you jailed, tortured, or killed in the southwest African country of Angola; nonetheless, its hip-hop scene is thriving. With plummeting oil prices pushing Angola’s long-standing regime to the brink of collapse, the country’s conscious rappers and other vocal activists might give the regime its final shove and change the lives of 24 […]

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Tanzania’s Contested Election Results May Threaten Years of Unity

Tanzania’s official election results suggest little room for dispute: John Magufuli—candidate for the conservative ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi, or CCM—won 58% of the popular vote, defeating opposition candidate Edward Lowassa’s 39%. Still, the results were contentious enough to garner a security crackdown, with officers and materiel deployed across Tanzanian city streets. In what was […]

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‘Udder Truth’ Campaign Erases Worker & Animal Abuse, Forecasts Media’s Future

If you’ve been on YouTube lately, presumably to watch replays of Bernie Sanders’s “Enough with the damn emails!” rant or Lil Dicky’s “$ave Dat Money” music video, you may have been forced to watch this ad before proceeding to your movie entertainment: It’s a teaser trailer for The Udder Truth, a dairy industry campaign supported by the USDA-supported organization […]

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Liberals Need To Respect the Hard-Working Middle Class

Recently, in conversations with hard-working members of the American middle class, I’ve been surprised by my own dismay at hearing their arguments against social programs aimed at the “lower class,” particularly a raised minimum wage and government entitlements like unemployment benefits, food stamps, and Medicaid. These arguments are nothing new to me: I grew up […]

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