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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
How the United States helped spoil a plan to end gang violence in El Salvador
In 1979, a catchy Kenny Rogers song called “Coward of the County” made it to the top of the country charts. It’s about a man named Tommy, whose father, a…
From an interview with Richard Rodriguez published in the Spring 2014 issue of Boom: A Journal of California. Rodriguez is the author, most recently, of Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, excerpted…
Former militants take on the post-apartheid struggle
The gruesome legacy of Mexico's antidrug campaign
Notes on addiction to the pornography of violence
“Into the palace parlor they stepped; her hand in his paw the old bruin kept,” 1875 Two hundred fifteen people were killed in a massive bombing and mortar attack on…
A kinkajou, 1886. The Pentagon announced that civilian casualties in Iraq had increased recently by more than fifty percent, and death squads were said to be torturing and killing as…