SPOTLIGHT – Looking again at Solitary Confinement

“Hell is other people.” Compared to much of human history, modern prison life might not sound so bad: you won’t starve, you won’t freeze, and you won’t get eaten by a lion. The worst part is probably, as Sartre reminded … Continue reading

Spotlight: On North Korea, A Call to Action

The Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge, the Rwandan genocide – in each of these cases the world stood by and did nothing while hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, died in horrible and unnecessary ways. In … Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: When the News Cycle Forgets What Ever Happened to GITMO?

What happens when the news cycle just forgets about a story? If you want an example of how a story can just fall out of the conversation, then there’s perhaps no better example than the American prison at Guantanamo Bay. From lightning rod to barely a footnote, Americans have moved on. Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: Why Marriage is Not Enough

It doesn’t take an advanced degree in social science to see that public opinion on gay marriage has changed quickly. But the celebratory tone surrounding strides towards equal marriage rights, as well as repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military, has served to obscure some troubling facts. It’s time for a reality check. Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: Sexual Violence in America

You can’t tackle sexual violence without empowering women. You can’t tackle sexual violence without enlisting men in the project. You can’t tackle sexual violence without having a grown-up conversation about sex. And you can’t tackle sexual violence one case at a time. Continue reading