The Star-Spangled Banner and the Question of Liberty

Scott Wagner

On July 4, the citizens of the United States celebrate their independence and freedom. But as Scott Wagner demonstrates, that term—and the extent to which the US has represented it—has a complicated history.

Techno-Optimism to Disillusionment: The Complex Legacy of the Howard Dean Campaign

Caroline Sutton

As COVID-19 forces US politics to go online, Caroline Sutton investigates the relevance of technology in election campaigning by taking a look at one of the most important primary runs you may have forgotten.

Between Utopia and Dystopia: Lessons From Sweden's Socialist History

Fabian De Geer

As the world marks International Workers' Day, Fabian De Geer analyzes one of the countries most renowned for socialism: Sweden. Seen by some as a model to aspire to and others as one to fear, he uncovers what Swedish socialism is really all about.

What, To the Descendants of Enslaved Africans, is Juneteenth?

Aviva Helena Neff

What is Juneteenth, and what does it mean for Black Americans today? Aviva Neff explores the history behind the holiday as a celebration of Black resistance and a reminder of the work yet to be done.

Who Paved the Way for Putin?

Melania Parzonka

Should the upcoming constitutional referendum pass in Russia, it would allow Vladimir Putin to stay in presidential office for two more terms. In this article, Melania Parzonka answers the all-important question: how did Putin actually come into power?

A Violent Inheritance: The Roots of Bolsonaro’s Authoritarianism

Luiza Monetti

Investigating Brazil’s violent and oppressive military dictatorship that ruled from 1964 to 1985, Luiza Monetti details how many of the elements that gave rise to Bolsonaro’s authoritarianism have actually been in place for decades.

The History of Quinine Should Make Us Wary of Leaders Who Claim Hydroxychloroquine Can Cure COVID-19

Aditya Iyer

In light of Trump's controversial claims about the efficiency of an antimalarial treatment for COVID-19, Aditya Iyer recounts the fascinating history of quinine and its ties to colonialism.

The Kent State Shootings, 50 Years On: Interview With a Survivor

Victoria Jones

50 years after the 13 seconds that changed America forever, Victoria Jones interviews Chic Canfora in this special feature about the horrifying events of May 4, 1970 to discover what they can teach us about youth activism today.

A War from Within? Drug Cartels and the Mexican State

Monica Guerrero Ruiz

Using the border state of Tamaulipas as an example, Monica Guerrero Ruiz uncovers what people are getting wrong about the relationship between the cartels and the Mexican state.