The Gatekeepers·

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On the burden of the black public intellectual
Bloom, acrylic, ink, wood, and fabric on canvas, by David Shrobe © The artist. Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco

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The Vanishing·

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The plight of Christians in an age of intolerance
Overlooking the village of Mergey from the old section of the Mar Mattai Monastery, Mount Maqlub, Iraq. All photographs from Iraq (October 2017) and Jerusalem (March 2018) by Nicole Tung (Detail)

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Investigating Hate·

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Inside New York City’s task force on bias
Illustration by Shonagh Rae (Detail)

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Toward an ethical archive of the web
Illustration by Hanna Barczyk

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Average life span, in years, of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon:

25

Researchers in California succeeded in teaching genetically engineered E. coli bacteria to communicate using a new chemical “language”; the research aims at turning cells into tiny robots.

Theresa May’s Brexit proposal was rejected; Trump suggested raking to prevent forest fires; Jair Bolsonaro insulted Cuban doctors working in Brazil

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Special Feature — November 21, 2018, 11:41 am

Light in the Donbass Window

Among the “anti-imperialist” foreign volunteers in East Ukraine

Weekly Review — November 20, 2018, 3:10 pm

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Theresa May’s Brexit proposal was rejected; Trump suggested raking to prevent forest fires; Jair Bolsonaro insulted Cuban doctors working in Brazil

From the Magazine — November 19, 2018, 4:10 pm

More on Investigating Hate

On November 15, after this piece had gone to print, the New York Police Department announced that Deputy Chief Michael Osgood would be removed from the Special Victims Division and sent to Staten Island to run the Patrol Division. Mary Haviland, the executive director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, told the Daily News that the city was “losing a very innovative, creative leader around sexual assault.” “This is not the move you would make if stopping rape is a priority,” another infuriated victims advocate told me. “These men [NYPD brass] are sending the message loud and …

Editor's Note — November 19, 2018, 3:32 pm

Inside the December 2018 Issue

Janine di Giovanni describes the plight of Christians in the middle east; Mychal Denzel Smith on the burden of the black public intellectual; Kathy Dobie goes inside New York City’s task force on bias crimes; Nora Caplan-Bricker considers an ethical archive of the web

Art, Monday Gallery — November 19, 2018, 1:45 pm

Alsoudani, Garage Sale, 2018, acrylic, charcoal, color pencil on canvas, 76 x 124 in., 193 x 315 cm, CNON 60.501

Garage Sale, a painting by Ahmed Alsoudani, whose work is on view this week at Marlborough Contemporary, in New York City. 

Courtesy the artist and Marlborough Contemporary, London and New York City 

Podcast — November 15, 2018, 1:17 pm

Checkpoint Nation

Not satisfied with toeing the line, US Customs and Border Protection agents are expanding their reach into the country’s interior

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“Nowadays, most states let just about anybody who wants a concealed-handgun permit have one; in seventeen states, you don’t even have to be a resident. Nobody knows exactly how many Americans carry guns, because not all states release their numbers, and even if they did, not all permit holders carry all the time. But it’s safe to assume that as many as 6 million Americans are walking around with firearms under their clothes.”

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