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The Haiti story you won’t read

Gina Athena Ulysse examines why destitution, sensationalism and violence are the mainstays of the media’s coverage of Haiti.

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If the defense fits: Don’t toss out the insanity defense yet for Loughner

Don’t toss out the insanity defense yet in the case against Jared Loughner, writes legal analyst Jami Floyd. His lawyer has a history of using it well.

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Antidotes to political alienation

In the current vitriolic political climate, it can be easy to feel alienated from one’s country or community, writes Jessa Crispin. But here are five books that can help.

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Why is rape different?

Naomi Wolf on why Julian Assange’s rape accusers deserve to be named.

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A ‘Little Star’ is born

Jessa Crispin looks at the renaissance of small literary journals, and talks to the editor of a new, promising contender.

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EPA does energy

The EPA can boast of some impressive accomplishments in its first 40 years, but Robert Fri argues that, as a major player in energy policy, the agency must evolve.

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Five things you need to know about the Afghanistan War review

The Obama administration’s review is clear about the preferred outcomes; what’s missing is any sense of how to achieve them, writes Joshua Foust.

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Weapons and WikiLeaks

Among the piles of recently leaked documents are details about the global arms trade that have arms experts worried, writes G. W. Schultz.

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Of serendipity and synchronicity (or a year in reading)

For Jessa Crispin, 2010 began with Coco Chanel, then took a fortuitous turn. Check out her favorites.

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How ballet changed the world

NTK contributor Jessa Crispin talks to author Mary E. Davis about the Ballets Russes and how it influenced every facet of the art world, from music and dance to fashion and design.

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Women vs. Wal-Mart

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a group of women can join together for the biggest class-action discrimination case in history.

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What do Somalia, Sudan, Iran and the U.S. have in common?

None have signed the U.N.’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

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WikiLeaks hurts the cause of transparency

Joshua Foust says that in the wake of Wikileaks, agencies are clamping down on access to information, making it harder to connect the dots.

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AIDS in the Bible Belt

Why the Deep South is ground zero for the domestic AIDS epidemic.

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In the story of a missing boy, a mother as protagonist

Jessa Crispin revisits the novel, “Still Missing,” which was inspired by the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz.

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TSA’s ‘Blogger Bob’ separates myth from fact in pat-downgate

The Transportation Security Administration’s own blogger separates myth from fact in the uproar over new security measures, but he is often thoroughly rebuffed in the comments section.