Obama could not be clearer: something needs to be done about Assad. But he is ducking every opportunity to act.
Historically, rioting may not have been beneficial to black communities, but the easy dismissal of black rebellion allows politicians like Obama, and those to whom he appealed, to believe that stalled progress in race relations has been the result of indi
Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.
From fairly early on, the Civil Rights Movement, in many instances, was a carefully managed affair. Bonnie Greer examines the role of the black middle class in the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington.
The horrors of segregation bound the US civil rights movement together. Fifty years on from Martin Luther King’s great speech, inequality persists – but in subtler ways.
Nicky Woolf is glad that there are still people such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning around.
29 November 1963: "The shock and the grief are universal and so great. Emotions have poured out - and they have gilded the truth."
In 2010, Private Manning did his duty to humanity and supplied proof from within the murder machine. This is his triumph, and his show trial merely expresses corrupt power’s abiding fear of people learning the truth.
With Motor City finally declared bankrupt, the Midwest’s industrial powerhouse has turned into a production line for drink, drugs and deprivation.
"Carlos Danger" is the man New Yorkers just can't let go of.
"I think it was around the time of the 48th cannon blast that you realise 'Oh, now I get it - in response to the royal birth, the news has gone on maternity leave'."
By placing what is essentially a variant of Florida's "stand your ground" law on the statute book, the coalition has created the potential for greater acts of vigilantism.
In reality, nobody alive but George Zimmerman knows exactly what happened the night that Trayvon Martin was shot. In all the speculation, nobody is talking about the real problem: guns.
Tabatha Leggett speaks to Willie Brown, of Harrison, Arkansas, who did just that.
The Supreme Court rulings on the Defence of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 stand in stark contrast to the day before, and show a split activist court.
The problem is that the racism the Voting Rights Act attempts to counteract never really went away.
Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.
An impressive piece of work – but not a happy one.
On questions of “US national security”, from wiretaps to Gitmo to drone strikes, Barack Obama has shown his thinking is even less unenlightened than that of the junior Bush. And liberals everywhere better accept that.
Expose injustice and pay the price.
It's time to listen to the real experts, says Lauren Hersh.
The whistleblower who leaked Top Secret documents to the <em>Guardian</em> about NSA domestic spying practices has revealed himself to be 29-year-old Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee.
The <em>Guardian</em>'s stories of the last two days are the highest-level US leaks since the Pentagon Papers.
The President is caught riding rough-shod over privacy for the second time in a month.
A lot of bad books have been written about Occupy, too, and what saves this from being one of them is its perspective.
"I will go back at this," the President claimed. But when? While he wrings his hands and blames Congress, men who have been denied justice are protesting in the only way they can - refusing to eat.
An interview with New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier, winner of the US$1m Dan David Prize, on critical standards in a technological age, slowing the march of Big Data and Barack Obama's moral vanity.
Governor Chris Christie's cosy relationship with Obama could turn and bite him in the Primaries.